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10 pack 30" Heavy Duty Olive Elastic Bungee Cords
10 pack 30" Heavy Duty Olive Elastic Bungee Cords
Offered by Savage Island
Price: 10.94

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed with the quality., 1 Mar 2014
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I use these most days in my work as a builder & despite all the very good reviews (the reason I purchased them) I am disapointed with the quality,
They are quite thin compared to real heavy duty bungees, the end hooks can be bent quite easily by hand & the first time I used a few to secure a ladder to my trailer one bungee had nearly failed after a couple of miles, for safety I always use at least two on each fixing so not a real danger but not a great start,
Probably fine for lightweight use around the home or camping etc but I am now looking for stronger ones for work.

Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (16.2MP) 3 inch LCD
Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (16.2MP) 3 inch LCD
Offered by marashopping
Price: 413.34

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Camera for most people most of the time., 2 Feb 2014
I have been interested in photography for many years & had countless cameras but I have to say this is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure to use,
There are a few niggles / problems which I will note later but on the whole if you cant take great photos with this camera you really need to take time to learn about the basics of photography,
Not everyone will like the controls / layout but it just works for me, I love the flip out screen & live view when taking long exposures of waterfalls, night sky etc, I love the big clear screen for adjusting the settings etc, I worried I would miss the dedicated control buttons & top info LCD on cameras like the D200,300 but I always had to put my glasses on to adjust settings where the screen on this camera is so clear I dont need to,
Personally I never use the video feature but its there if I need it & the range of built in settings / effects probably wont get used much although I do like the miniature, selective color & HDR options,
This really is a amazing camera capable of top quality results you just need to take time & learn to get the best out of any DSLR camera, (I know its not what you want to hear but it really is worth the effort otherwise you might as well stay with a point & shoot camera)
I have purchased a budget Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 dg macro lens for around 100 on Amazon & in combination with this camera it takes wildlife photos you could only dream of in this price range a few years ago (if you have a bird feeder in your garden, using the 70-300mm lens wait for a bright sunny day set the camera to manual, set the white balance to auto, shutter speed around 1/2500, F number to around 5.6 to 8, iso around 200-400 & see what photos you can get, if the photos are to dark use a higher iso setting anything up to around 1600 is ok with this camera & if the photos are to light try iso around 100) basically experiment & try out different settings, I used to wander around all day in with my camera in auto & had no idear why things were blurred or just disapointing,
As for the niggles / problems mentioned earlier, I find the battery life is not as good as other nikons I have used D80 D200/300 etc & is particularly bad in live view which is understandable so I have purchased another battery & a in car charger,
Quite a few lenses do not work with the D5100 so make sure any lens you buy is compatible, I do use some of my old lenses on this camera but you have to manually focus use some manual settings depending on the lens, In my dreams Nikon make a camera just like this D5100 (flip out screen etc) but with a D200 type battery life & body that takes any nikon lens ever made!
Anyway I hope some / any of this review was some / any use to you & as I have been trying to point out this wonderful camera is capable of stunning results you just need to put some effort in to get the best results.
(I will try & post a couple of Goldfinch on Teasel photos taken with this camera & the Sigma 70-300 in my back garden)

Tamrac Rally 6 Messenger Camera Bag Brown/Beige
Tamrac Rally 6 Messenger Camera Bag Brown/Beige
Offered by HarrisonCameras
Price: 32.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for., 2 Feb 2014
I have had quite a few camera bags over the years, Domke, Crumpler, Sandstrom, Kalahari to name a few & to be honest there is always something not quite right either to bulky, to small, not enough padding etc but this Tamrac Rally 6 seems to be ideal for my needs,
its comfortably big enough for a Dslr body plus a normal 70-300 type zoom lens & a 18-55 type walkabout lens as well as all the other bits & bobs like filters, spare batteries, cleaning equipment, manuals etc & there are net pockets on either end for small bottles or battery chargers etc,
It sits well on the body as its quite narrow so if you go in shops, cafes etc you dont knock things off shelves as you turn around! & it also has a good Strong shoulder strap with adjustable padding but take note the shoulder strap is not removable unlike some bags,
It has a little grab handle which I find useful & some bags dont have & it looks quite subtle & unobtrusive so is less noticable as a camera bag,
The padding is adequate not the thickest but enough for general use & there is no zip around the top of the bag to scratch screens, lenses etc, the downside is there is nothing to keep the dust out apart from the top flap,
The only faults I have found so far is the front catch is a poor design & often difficult to use in a rush & I dont think the bag is going to be very waterproof but obviously waterproof bags are available if thats what you need,
Personally I would have liked some tripod straps on the base of the bag but very few bags have them so not a big problem,
If you carry big telephoto lenses or lots of different lenses / flash units this bag probably wont be big enough but otherwise its ideal.

Philips Airfryer Healthier Oil Free Fryer - White
Philips Airfryer Healthier Oil Free Fryer - White
Offered by SPARES-2-GO
Price: 109.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Although expensive we are very pleased so far., 6 Nov 2013
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Paid around 100 which seems expensive for what it is (a small oven with a fan & grill) but it is a lot cleaner & must be better for your health than chips fried in oil,
We found different chips give very different results, crinkle cut chips & thin french fries are fine but thick chips can be to dry, experiment with different makes untill you find what you like,
Our deep fat frier was impossible to keep clean but this is a doddle & although you cant beat chips fried in oil this can produce very acceptable results,
Good points,
Easy to use, easy to keep clean & with the right chips gives perfectly acceptable results,
Not so good points,
Expensive, quite noisy (about the same as a normal extractor fan),

Kalahari Molopo K-41 Camera Bag for DSLR Cameras and Bridge Cameras - Black
Kalahari Molopo K-41 Camera Bag for DSLR Cameras and Bridge Cameras - Black
Offered by axels-fotoshop
Price: 25.04

5.0 out of 5 stars A soft canvas camera bag., 14 Oct 2012
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Exactly what I was looking for, a soft canvas camera bag with some padding but not to stiff or bulky,
I can fit my Nikon D5000 in with a 70-300 lens fitted & there is plenty of room left for the 18-55 kit lens, spare batteries & filters go in the end pockets & the instruction manual fits in the large full length back pocket + there is still a large pocket on the front for other bits & bobs,
If your looking for a very protective waterproof camera bag with adjustable compartments keep looking but if you want a strong, easy to use camera bag that blends in rather than stands out this is ideal,
It seems to be very strong & well made with a good long adjustable strap, the only thing that would have been usefull is a smaller grab handle but thats a minor niggle.

Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro For Nikon Digital & Film Cameras
Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG Macro For Nikon Digital & Film Cameras
Price: 98.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A very usefull bargain lens., 10 Oct 2012
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To start with this lens is fully compatible with the Nikon D5000 & is a absolute bargain,
When I purchased my Nikon D5000 it came with the Nikon 55-200vr lens which although very good was a bit short for wildlife, I then tried a Tamron 28-300 which was a very usefull general purpose lens but produced quite soft images so after reading the reviews I gave this Sigma lens a try & I have to say I have been very impressed,
You will need a steady hand, Tripod or support of some kind at the longer end but with care this lens can produce very sharp images which you will find hard to better even with much more expensive lenses,
I have only been using it for about 2 months so I hope its going to last ok & at the moment there is no lens creep in fact for the price it feels well made & is nice to use,
The only slight problem I have come accross is the macro switch can be a bit difficult to engage but if you just focus the camera at different lenghts a couple of times it usually frees itself & at this price with the image quality it can capture I feel thats a minor niggle.

(UPDATE 31st jan 2014)
I loved the results this lens gave me but some months ago for some reason I decided to sell the Sigma & 'upgrade' to the Nikon 55-300vr,
I have to say despite the Nikon being twice the price of this lens & having a little bit more range I didnt like it as much as the Sigma, I tried different settings (I think I know enough about the technical side of photography to give it a fair test) but could never quite get the Sharpness with the Nikon as I did with this Sigma so I decided to return the Nikon & purchase another Sigma 70-300, Again I am very pleased with the results & if anything in the months since I last had this lens the build quality has been improved ie the macro switch feels much better, both lens caps have been improved, it just feels right & still gives fantastic results,
Over the last 12 months I have tried a lot of different budget lenses in this range & despite some being quite a bit more expensive I Have found nothing that is as good,
in fact I recently came across a mint condition Sigma 300mm F/4 prime lens which although has slightly better autofocus speed is over twice the weight & nearly twice the size & the results are not noticably better than the smaller Sigma even to experts who have viewed the results,
Suffice to say I think for the money you will not find a better lens in this zoom range & I have upgraded my rating from 4 to 5 stars.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy so far., 1 April 2012
I have had this weather station (mine is called the Weathereye WEA22 but looks identical) for a couple of months now & I am pleased to say so far so good,
I was originally just looking for a accurate inside outside temperature gauge but came accross this new on ebay at 60 with free postage so thought it was worth a gamble,
Having read lots of reviews & tips on setting up I spent plenty of time finding the right spot & following advice I mounted the wind direction & wind speed instruments on a strong metal pole taking care to get the north south directions accurate before fixing,
the rain meter is fixed lower down on a easy to get at solid base as strong winds & birds can give false readings & spiders have been known to use it as a home!,
The temperature/pressure/transmiter unit is also situated with easy access for battery replacement but with good air circulation & out of direct sunlight, the long leads noted in other reviews allow for this set up & although it takes a bit of time I think its worth the trouble,
Once the batteries are installed & the unit is up & running it can take a while for the time & date to pick up the signal but otherwise everything starts up fine & having calibrated the temperatures inside & out with other gauges they seem to be spot on,
I have sat the touch screen in a modified picture frame holder so I can place it on the table next to my chair & I find it easy to read although the pressure history gauge is constantly flashing & can be a bit annoying,
I think for the price it seems a good quality & easy to use weather station which can help to make our british weather a bit more interesting.

New Superb Satgear 52 Element Gold Digital Aerial Kit HD Ready Freeview CAI Benchmarked with 2 Year Warranty
New Superb Satgear 52 Element Gold Digital Aerial Kit HD Ready Freeview CAI Benchmarked with 2 Year Warranty

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its ok but may not be the complete answer., 4 Jun 2011
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I purchased this Aerial to try & solve digital TV reception problems & it did certainly help but was not the complete answer,
Almost as important as a suitable Aerial is a good quality Aerial lead, Try & buy the best quality "copper foil cable" you can get as in my case it made almost as much difference as the Aerial & obviously use good quality & carefully fitted connectors,
Even with the new Aerial & cable I was still having a few problems getting all the Digital channels so I also invested in a Commtel signal booster which now allows me to get most if not all the digital channels available (ok most are not worth having but its nice to know you can get them),
Back to the Aerial I was also a bit dissapointed in the build quality ie one of the threads on a wing nut stripped just turning it by hand & the whole thing felt a bit "flimsy" to put on a roof, In my case due to planning regulations we are not allowed outside aerials so it had to go in the loft (hence the original problems getting a good signal) but I really would not be happy subjecting this aerial to some of the winds we have,
Obviously all areas are different & reading previous reviews this aerial could be the answer to all your signal problems but dont give up if its not quite as good as you hoped.

4 Outlet TV Signal Booster Splitter Amplifier Digital High Gain
4 Outlet TV Signal Booster Splitter Amplifier Digital High Gain

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Might be the answer to your digital TV signal strength problems., 4 Jun 2011
After having months of trouble with my digital TV signal I purchased this in a DIY store sale (still not as cheap as Amazon) with little hope of it making any difference,
I set it up in the loft where my Aerial cable splits into 2 different runs (lounge & kitchen), plugged it in, switched it on & problems solved, most if not all digital channels are now available on both TVs where before approx half were not available or broke up so much were not watchable,
I may have been lucky to get such good results but if your having trouble its got to be worth a try for the price.

Krups FEP215 Expert 2 Slice White & Chrome Toaster
Krups FEP215 Expert 2 Slice White & Chrome Toaster

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a good quality toaster., 25 Oct 2010
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I have had this toaster about 2 weeks & I am impressed with the build quality & features,
Bread is evenly toasted both sides & unless its very long sliced its going to fit in ok, Crumpets & tea cakes also fit in no problem due to the extra width available & the high lift lever makes getting them out again a doddle,
it looks well built & is quite compact (approx 7inches wide & 11inches long) & looks modern but not to flashy,
28 is quite a lot for me to spend on a toaster but I do use it everyday & with the extra features not usually available on cheaper models hopefully its going to be worth it,
The only slight faults I can find so far are its quite noisy when the toast pops up & I am eating far to many crumpets.

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