Real or Fake?

Get ready. A wave of counterfeit photo gear is washing up on these shores, and it ain't pretty!

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A real SanDisk Extreme IV 2GB CompactFlash card

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A fake SanDisk Extreme IV 2GB CompactFlash card

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A real Canon Lithium Ion Battery Pack

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A fake Canon Lithium Ion Battery Pack

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A ruptured, fake Canon Lithium Ion Battery Pack after an attempt to put it in a real Canon charger.

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Another real Canon Lithium Ion Battery Pack

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Another fake Canon Lithium Ion Battery Pack

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The package that held the fake Compact Flash Card as it arrived at the author’s home.

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The packaging of the fake Compact Flash card looks authentic, until there’s some closer inspection.

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Another view of the packaging of the fake Compact Flash card

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The packaging of the fake Compact Flash card

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The opened packaging of the fake Compact Flash card