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Hoya 55mm Haze UV Filter
Hoya 55mm Haze UV Filter

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 29 May 2011
There is not really much to say about this filter - it does exactly what it says on the tin. Outdoor pictures can be more precise because the hazing caused by scattered UV light is filtered out. Note that most digital SLR cameras already filter out UV light prior to it reaching the sensor. The filter is coated only once on each side so expect some flaring or aberration.
This filter is cheap and specific enough to be left on permanently as a protector for your valuable front lens, if you feel that's necessary. It's double-threaded, so you can screw another filter or lens accessory onto the front of it once it is mounted. The filter has a reasonably low profile and will not interfere with most lens hoods, but vignetting may occur on very wide angle lenses, especially when using a full frame camera.

I am removing a star for build quality as the glass is held into the ring by a piece of sprung metal which allows it to move about slightly. I have also had this piece of metal ping out and fly at my face with a larger filter from the same product line, which is obviously a hazard!


Hama Lens Pen Digi-Clear
Hama Lens Pen Digi-Clear
Offered by PicStop
Price: 9.02

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the original!, 19 May 2011
Hama have updated their Lens Pen with a triangular head making it even better than before. I gave the previous version 5 stars, so Amazon are going to need to change to a 6 star rating system!

The pen looks and feels quite tacky but it is a great piece of kit with a compact size overall. At one end you have a retractable brush which is great for flicking dust and dirt off lenses and cleaning out the threads, where mischievous particles can lurk. I found it most effective to use the brush in combination with a blower. The other end of the pen is a soft velvety pad dabbed in some sort of cleaning agent held in the cap. This can be used to wipe clean smears, grease, and stubborn dirt from the glass by making small circular motions, like a spirograph. The new triangular shape makes it easy to get into edges and corners, which is particularly useful since this pen is also great at cleaning screens on a number of electronic devices - it's not just for lenses!

One note of caution... the brush is some kind of nylon or other artificial fibre. I would suggest that you never attempt to brush your DSLR's sensor with it since there is some potential for static discharge.

All in all, this is a great product. No worrying about cleaning solutions, and at least as effective as a lens cloth. Highly recommended!


Hama Lens Pen
Hama Lens Pen
Offered by Foto Palme
Price: 10.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 19 May 2011
This review is from: Hama Lens Pen (Accessory)
I did not know how dirty my lenses were until I used this product.

The pen looks and feels quite tacky but it is a great piece of kit which now goes everywhere my camera bag goes. Its overall size is quite compact. At one end you have a retractable brush which is great for flicking dust and dirt off lenses and cleaning out the threads, where mischievous particles can lurk. I found it most effective to use the brush in combination with a blower.

The other end of the pen is a soft pad which is dabbed in some sort of cleaning agent held in the cap. This can be used to wipe clean smears and stubborn dirt from the glass by making small circular motions, like a spirograph. On one occasion I found the pen left a trail of tiny dust particles but I simply put the cap back on, gave it a half-circle twist, and tried again. The dirt vanished very quickly!

The pen is versatile and I have successfully used it to clean the lens on my camera phone, as well as various LCDs and touch screens. It does not appear to have affected the coatings on any of them.

One note of caution... the brush is some kind of nylon or other artificial fibre. I would suggest that you never attempt to brush your DSLR's sensor with it since there is some potential for static discharge.

All in all, this is a great product. No worrying about cleaning solutions, and at least as effective as a lens cloth. Highly recommended!


Editors Professional Keyboard key set stickers for Soundforge
Editors Professional Keyboard key set stickers for Soundforge

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not last more than a few months, 19 May 2011
This item is supplied by the manufacturer/marketer EditorsKeys, and it works out cheaper to buy through Amazon than through their own web site. To be absolutely clear, there is NO KEYBOARD supplied and NO COVER for your keyboard. This product is a sheet of labels for individual keys.

The official marketing copy describes these labels as "over 40 micro-interweaved PVC layers of the highest quality", and although the labels feel very tough and durable to begin with they do not last.

After a mere four months the top plastic layer on the most commonly used keys slides off and gets displaced further from the rest of the label with each press, leaving you pressing your fingertips into a sticky mush of adhesive. So much for interwoven layers. Once this layer has gone the icons and colours printed on keys rapidly wear away.

A few months is not sufficient usage time for a product which the manufacturer claims turns your keyboard into a "professional editing environment". The product is barely fit for purpose.


Lastolite Off Camera Flash Cords Single eTTL Canon Pro 3m
Lastolite Off Camera Flash Cords Single eTTL Canon Pro 3m
Offered by Crooked Imaging
Price: 30.00

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Pleased, 30 April 2011
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I have bought a lot of low price photographic accessories so I was not expecting much from this cable. I am pleased to say that I have been pleasantly surprised.

The cable is NOT QUITE as you see in the picture - it's better! On top of the end connecting to the camera there is a standard single pin hot shoe for firing a non-dedicated flash or a simple radio trigger. This means you could have one (manual) flash on the camera on the lens axis, and have another moved off the camera (manual or ETTL). I do not have a non-dedicated flash to test in the shoe at this end of the cable so I cannot say how the manual flash will behave if an ETTL flash is used at the other end of the cable. This end of the cable locks in place via a plastic wheel which seems entirely sufficient. It has five sprung metal pins underneath it to connect with the ETTL contacts on any EOS camera hot shoe.

The cable is a good length and since it is not coiled you do not get false expectations about its reach. It is not flimsy and seems adequately protected by the plastic jacket.

The flash end of the cable duplicates the ETTL contacts of an EOS hot shoe. It is also mounted in a pivoting bracket which can be loosened or tightened using a twisty knob. The bracket has a 1/4" threaded hole and includes a knurled screw for locking it onto a cold shoe or a Speedlite's plastic foot. Remove the screw to fix the bracket onto a 1/4" threaded spigot.

I've used this cable on an EOS 7D, with a 580EX II on the far end of the cable acting as a wireless master for 430EX II slaves. All menu and custom functions of the 580 could be accessed normally through the camera menus, and the camera instructions were sent correctly along the cable to the 580 which meant that the wireless ETTL worked flawlessly between the master and slaves.

This is great because you get the best of both worlds: an off-axis, high speed sync and second curtain-capable wireless master. This means you don't need to "waste" the capabilities of your expensive 580 master control unit if you want to use Canon wireless flash but don't want on-axis light hitting your subject. Simply move the controller off axis and include it as your key light! It also means you can run the cable inside a soft box to control a master unit which then triggers slaves which are also inside the soft box - more strobes means less power needed for any given Exposure Value, which means faster recycle times!

All in all this product is really good quality for the price, and the doors it opens up for you make it well worth the money. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to move Canon Speedlites off the camera.
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Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni Bounce Flash Diffuser
Sto-Fen OM-EW Omni Bounce Flash Diffuser
Offered by Five Star
Price: 11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lightweight diffuser, 29 April 2011
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There are lots of companies offering similar diffusers, but Sto-Fen are a brand offering products of consistent quality which are trusted by the professionals. This diffuser does exactly what it is supposed to, although sometimes I still need to dial back the flash gun's power a bit especially when snapping highly reflective subjects up close. I do much prefer to bounce flash off the ceiling and walls, but for those situations where that's not possible or won't give even light coverage, the OM-EY is quick, easy, and convenient to use.

This particular model (ASIN number B000CLNHXY) is for the Canon 430EX and the 430EX II Speedlites, and it fits perfectly. A common complaint with Sto-Fen diffusers is that they are sometimes "too tight" to fit on the intended flash unit. This can be true; they are quite tight at first. But that doesn't last!

This model is NOT big enough to fit the Canon Speedlite 580 models - you need this one.

Highly recommended for diffusing on the move!


33" Inch 84cm Pro STUDIO Umbrella Professional Photographic Translucent White Soft light Diffuser/ reflector (White)
33" Inch 84cm Pro STUDIO Umbrella Professional Photographic Translucent White Soft light Diffuser/ reflector (White)
Offered by BV-electronics
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price, 29 April 2011
This umbrella is not what anyone would call professional studio quality (except for BV & Jo apparently), but it's certainly sufficient for people just starting out, indoor shooting, and some outdoor situations.

The material is obviously not satin but it closely approximates the finish and thus how it diffuses the light: spread from a flash gun is even and crisp. The pole is about 6-7mm in diameter; I found it difficult to measure accurately as it is not actually circular in profile! I have found that it works well when combined with the Interfit Strobies Umbrella Holder.

My umbrella was posted out in a cardboard poster tube, and since it is sold by a marketplace seller I presume this will hold true for other customers. I found the tube is ideal for permanent and travel storage of the umbrella. Bonus!


Cokin P455 55mm TH0.75 Adapter
Cokin P455 55mm TH0.75 Adapter
Offered by fotoSENSE_Ltd
Price: 5.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does its job with no fuss, 18 April 2011
There isn't much you can say about this item really. It screws smoothly onto the front of any lens with a 55mm filter thread, and allows a P-series Cokin filter holder to be slotted onto it.

Unlike other adaptor rings in the range, such as the 77mm and 72mm, this one doesn't come out of my bag very often as I rarely use a 55mm-threaded lens. So I somewhat resent paying almost a tenner for this one, whereas it seemed more fair with the other adaptors which I use much more frequently. But maybe that's just me!

From the feel of it I would say it is made of aluminium or steel - although practically weightless there is no give or flex in it at all. The adaptor ring comes in a small plastic bag with a simple card insert; that's all there is to it.

This item does its job, it's not really that over-priced compared to a lot of camera accessories, and it is well machined. Can't be faulted!


Cokin P472 72mm TH0.75 Adapter
Cokin P472 72mm TH0.75 Adapter
Price: 5.48

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job!, 18 April 2011
There isn't much you can say about this item really. It screws smoothly onto the front of any lens with a 72mm filter thread, and allows a P-series Cokin filter holder to be slotted onto it.

From the feel of it I would say it is made of aluminium or steel - although practically weightless there is no give or flex in it at all. The adaptor ring comes in a small plastic bag with a simple card insert; that's all there is to it.

This item does its job, is not that over-priced compared to a lot of camera accessories, and it is well machined. Can't be faulted at all!


Cokin P477 77mm TH0.75 Adapter
Cokin P477 77mm TH0.75 Adapter
Offered by Camera Box Kettering
Price: 6.45

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does its job with no fuss, 18 April 2011
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There is not much that can be said about this item. It screws smoothly onto the front of any lens with a 77mm filter thread, and allows a P-series Cokin filter holder to be slotted onto it.

It feels like it is made of aluminium or steel - although practically weightless there is no give or flex in it at all.
The adaptor ring comes in a small plastic bag with a simple card insert; that's all there is to it.

This item does its job, is not over-priced, and is well machined. Can't be faulted at all!


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