In last week's "Guess the Gear" section of B&H Explora, we featured a cropped image of a relatively bare, orange spherical object. In the Comments section, our readers chimed in with their guesses of what the bulbous mystery might be. A fellow named Brian thought it was a “fishing bob.” Someone else, going by the name Gustavo, stated that it looked like a “mini portable speaker,” which is understandable, considering the free-form creativity that dominates today’s portable speaker market (perhaps Gustavo has encountered this gizmo from iHome).
Aside from a few other interesting submissions (someone named Bob suggested it was a Silly Putty container), a good number of readers got it right. The piece of gear we featured last week was the Paterson Darkroom Safelight. Photographers who opt to work with film and produce their own prints in a darkroom still need to be able to see what they're doing when the regular lights go out. A safelight lets them see what they're doing (once their eyes adjust, anyhow) when they're operating an enlarger and submerging prints in chemical baths, without affecting the exposure on the photo paper.
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