cls65pro-riser75wHobo Lighting have, for some years, produced the very popular CLS65 5-section compact reflex light stand. The CLS65 was manufactured to some very artificial constraints; namely that it folded down to 500mm or less, and an extended height of over 2m, weighed less than 1kg and could safely take the load of a simple stand adapter, speedlight and umbrella, amounting to about 1.5kg in total.

But, in order that these artificial constraints could be achieved, many compromises had to be made. Many joints were riveted, the tube sections used were narrow and the riser clamp collars were pared down to a minimum. Photographers using them persistently asked, ‘Why?’ Why does the CLS65 feel fragile? Why can’t it take a heavier load? Why did this collar clamp snap (yes, about 0.5% did, usually when nearly new)? Why isn’t the stand designed to be repaired? Why can’t the stand come with a decent quality carry bag, instead of this lightweight drawstring bag?

And so the CLS65 Pro has been designed, tooled and produced, and at a very competitive price, typically about £5-6 lower selling price than the CLS65. The CLS65 Pro addresses all the questions being asked of the CLS65, and with an increase in weight of only 175g. It feels sturdier, uses wider section tubing, has cam ‘flip’ type riser clamps, uses nuts and bolts wherever possible (with spares and a toolkit provided), can take a much heavier load and has a nice sturdy carry bag. So, come on, why don’t you buy one now? Or, buy in multiple quantities and get even better pricing.

Editor’s Note: The post below was taken from our previous Joomla website and is shown here to enable users to access older posts (since this was first written we have moved server type and CMS platform; from Joomla! to WordPress):

One factor that had dissuaded us from running our own website was management of the content. Hence the decision to use Joomla! as the content management. However, the bane of sites using content management systems is the hacker. For some time banks have countered the username/password hackers by using two factor authentication, where a third means of identification is needed to login, which only the account holder knows, and is different each time they login. Some banks use a device to do this, others randomly selected characters in a predetermined phrase.

Google have now made available an app for smartphones called Google Authenticator. It is available in iOS, Android and Blackberry implementations. It is best used with a barcode scanning app, for example, on Android, the Barcode Scanner app. Having installed those two apps on your smartphone, you need to go into the administrator backend of Joomla! 3.x. Go to the Plugin Manager and find the Two Factor Authentication – Google Authenticator plugin (you can filter using twofactorauth as the filter) and enable it. If you have just installed Joomla! and you are at the back-end screen, you should have a message asking if you want to enable Two Factor Authentication, in which case you can enable it by clicking the button. Then go in to edit the plugin’s settings and enable the site section you want to use it for. For now I have it set to Administration back-end only, but I will enable it for the user front-end when we go live.

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Editor’s Note: The [edited] post below was taken from our previous Joomla website and is shown here to enable users to access older posts (since this was first written we have moved server type and CMS platform; from Joomla! to WordPress):

If you saw this site when I first made it live, you might have noticed that the print and email icons to the top right of the articles were black and not in keeping with the site schema. A few extra lines of css and some new image files and that’s fixed. An archive file containing the three files is downloadable form the foot of this article. They need to be extracted to the images-source folder of the cleanlogic-for-joomla-3.x template folder.

Here is the css that needs to be added to the end of the template.css file found in the css folder of cleanlogic-for-joomla-3.x template folder: (more…)