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1.0 out of 5 stars My stinginess has come back to haunt me, 6 Sep 2010
I bought one of these for my Canon 20D in March 2010. It has now stopped working after only 5 months of use. My advice, spend a little more on the proper Canon switch as there is nothing worse than equipment letting you down whilst you are on a shoot.

Manfrotto 460MG 3-Way Magnesium Head
Manfrotto 460MG 3-Way Magnesium Head
Price: £64.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manfrotto 460MG 3-Way Head, 25 Feb 2010
This is a very well designed and innovative 3-way head. Straight out the box, one is presented with exceptional build quality. This head is compact and light, due to its magnesium construction, but still feels rugged and stable. All moving parts are precise with no play once locked into place.

Instead of the usual pan and tilt handles, this head comes with three adjustment knobs, which are large and coated with tough rubber grips. Once you get used to where the knobs are and what they do, agjustments are quick and effortless; a few small turns on each will lock your camera securely. Manfrotto seem to have got the balance between speed and precision bang on.

The head has a small spirit level and an angular measurement disc to aid those stitched panoramic shots. It also comes with a quick release plate with safety catch.

The 460MG's trump card is its versatility. Coupled with the Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod, I have yet to encounter a situation beyond its reach. One can achieve every possible angle with ease and there are no long, obtrusive handles to get in the way.

My first Manfrotto purchase has certainly not left me dissapointed. An outstanding piece of kit at a very affordable price.

Digital Grey Kard DGK-1 White Balance Card / Gray Card for Digital Photography
Digital Grey Kard DGK-1 White Balance Card / Gray Card for Digital Photography

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap solution to correct white balance, 28 Oct 2009
This is a very handy piece of kit. Simply take a photo of the grey card in the same lighting conditions as your subject, you can then set the image as the custom white balance reference in-camera or use it in post processing. My white balance has been spot on ever since I bought this.

B+W 67mm 103 Single Coated +3 Stop Neutral Density Filter - F-PRO Mount
B+W 67mm 103 Single Coated +3 Stop Neutral Density Filter - F-PRO Mount
Price: £63.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great build quality, 28 Oct 2009
ND filters are essential for long exposures of waterfalls and coastlines. This 0.9 ND filter reduces 3 stops of light entering the camera. B+W filters aren't cheap but you certainly notice the difference in build quality between them and cheaper alternatives.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM Lens
Price: £491.90

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lens, 20 Oct 2009
If you are looking for a good yet affordable telephoto zoom for your Canon DSLR, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM could well be the perfect choice. The optical quality is immaculate. With my other lenses there is a noticeable drop in sharpness when using the widest aperture. This lens is tack sharp throughout the entire range, so you can shoot wide open without compromising sharpness. Construction is first class as expected from a Canon L series lens and the USM focusing is quiet, fast and accurate. I have not yet experienced issues with back focusing as some have previously mentioned. At f/4, it's not the fastest lens in the world and it lacks image stabilization, so a tripod is required at long focal lengths or in low light. However,it makes up for these omissions by having great optics and a very reasonable price tag compared to its higher spec Canon siblings. A highly recommended investment.
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Partie Traumatic
Partie Traumatic
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £12.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Forget the hype, 9 July 2008
This review is from: Partie Traumatic (Audio CD)
It's not often that a band gets a backlash before they even release their first album but that's what Black Kids have unfortunately witnessed from some over skeptical critics. The truth is, if you listen to the 10 songs on this raucous indie pop album without attaching any unfounded expectation then you'll probably love it.

The band are obviously influenced by The Cure. 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You' and 'I'm Making Eyes At You' are reminiscent of 'In Between Days' and 'Close To Me' respectively. There's a few songs that sound a bit rushed but overall, Partie Traumatic is a fine debut effort.

Sennheiser CX 95 - High End Noise Isolating Ear-Canal-Headphones
Sennheiser CX 95 - High End Noise Isolating Ear-Canal-Headphones

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sound quality, overall product could improve, 2 July 2008
After my old headphones finally died through many years of use, I decided to treat myself to these top of the range Sennheisers. I have owned a few sets of Sennheisers previously and they have never let me down.

Upon first listen I was instantly blown away by the sound quality. The bass response is deep and brilliantly defined if you select the right set of silicon tips (there are 3 sizes supplied). Mids are warm with good instrument separation and treble, whilst not the strong point, is still clear and by no means shabby. I tried playing lots of genres through my iPod from ambient electronica to heavy rock via jazz and classical and these phones can handle pretty much anything you throw at them. The overall sound is extremely well balanced. They're also pretty lightweight and are extremely comfortable to wear. The cables exit the housing at an angle so that they dangle vertically; reducing the stress on the cable joints and helping the phones stay in your ear. They look pretty stylish as well.

There are a few drawbacks. First of all, the cable is not what I would expect from a set of phones in this price range. They feel a bit thin and flimsy, which leads to a high tendency to tangle in your pocket (one of my pet hates). The main cable is only 60cm long (for use with in-line remote controls and arm mounted iPods) with a 1m extension piece. If you don't have a remote or don't do sports then you'll have to put up with having way too much excess cable. A shorter extension piece would have made better sense. The extension socket, whilst of good quality, is very heavy and tends to pull the cable down. I had to steal the clothing clip from a cheaper set of Sennheisers to compensate. The storage case supplied is also completely useless.

I'm willing to overlook all these teething problems though due to the amazing sound quality but a better overall product would have made this a 5 star.

Sennheiser PMX70 - Sportline Stereo Neckband Headphones
Sennheiser PMX70 - Sportline Stereo Neckband Headphones

5.0 out of 5 stars Green Wonder, 24 Jun 2008
I've tried many headphones whilst running and most aren't worth bothering with. You can spend a lot of money on a pair with good sound quality but they either fall out, need constant adjustment, or hurt your ears. These Sennheisers are the first pair that I've been completely satisfied with. No matter how much you swing or nod your head, these things just don't move. The fit is pretty much perfect for my ears so much that I don't even notice them on after a long run.

The only slight drawback is that the neckband sometimes gets caught on your clothing, which sounds like someone blowing hard in your ears. Oh, and you have to like green!

Soundwise, they're pretty decent too. I was surprised by how much bass response they offered compared to my Sony in-ear buds. I also like the fact the sound is directed into the side of your ears rather than directly into your eardrum, dampening the trebles and emphasising the bass and mids.

If you do any regular exercise and are looking for a pair of headphones that can take the punishment without sacrificing sound quality, you really can't do any better than a pair of these green wonders.

Western Digital My Book  Essential 500GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive
Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless so far, 23 May 2008
You can't go wrong with one of these. I Opened the box, plugged it in, connected the USB, went through a 5 minute installation and off I went...500GB of lovely disk space. Does exactly what it says on the tin.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Keep well away!, 13 May 2008
The blurb sounds great, 1TB of storage with remote access to files and sharing without setting up a ftp site. I've now tried 2 of these and both have failed in the same manner. I've read that this thing has major issues with its IP address which means 80% of the time your router will not be able to find it. This makes it utterly useless! Not surprisingly, Western Digital have not replied to a single one of my questions on their support site.

Stay well away from this piece of junk.

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