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AmazonBasics Armband for iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6
AmazonBasics Armband for iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 28 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Tried this on the small format iPhone 6. It was a bit tight to fit in the slot to start with. There's a key holder (just the one key) that I would not like to trust. Bit awkward to initially adjust the straps (my arms are too big for the single strap- sigh- you can add a second velcro extender. In those cases where you really need to secure your phone for fast movement. It is a little, come mug me unless you hide it under a short sleeve.


Beurer HK49 Cosy Back Strap Heating Pad
Beurer HK49 Cosy Back Strap Heating Pad
Price: £39.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Much warmer than other heating pillows, 28 July 2015
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i use heat when I put my back out. My hot water bottle produces a more intense relief but the latest one has lost its seal and needs replacing. I've tried heated underblankets and pillows. They seem to be pretty wimpy, so I inevitably return to the soggy water bottle. This is a little warmer on the highest setting and comfotably directional. Theres a cut off after 90minutes and you can machine wash at 30C. Looks a useful piece of kit.


Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens
Price: £549.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the current bunch, 26 July 2015
I agonised over this lens. There are an awful lot of xx to 300mm lenses out there for Nikon. It's a really nice concept to have such a large focal range, so you can switch subjects easily, but this does come at a cost. It's a thumpingly expensive lens, (although it replaces the two lenses you'd have to buy for the same total price in the Canon system). So checking just the tests for camera sharpness on DXOMARK's website and being careful to select the same crop camera body to fully compare the DX and FX lenses in this category, this just squeaks ahead. It's quite a nice weight and balances well on the smaller bodies. In comparison the FX 28-300mm really tips forward on a small D3200 camera and really needs the balance of the chunkier D7200. You do have to lock it when carrying as the barrel is relatively loose and tends to open to its full extent...you might have trouble at odd angles on a tripod shot.

I've been trying to produce technically perfect pictures at the moment to improve, so I've been going back to the same locations over and over again and limiting the auto ISO range to between 100-400 (I'm controlling grain in the image).. Yesterday, with new lens hood attached I tried the canal in strong sunlight. I wasn't wonderfully impressed....I was taking shots on manual and trying to get a good depth of field at f22 on mooring posts and lockgates. One of the pain points on such a wide focal variety is trying to learn the different depths of field for the whole lens...it can vary between a centimetre to infinity depending on focal length, distance from the subject and f stop. I'd laboriously plotted out a spreadsheet for this sensor size from a depth of field calculator. The images were soft and the edges desperately needed chromatic aberation correction in Adobe Lightroom. My significant other said he limited the 28-300mm lens he used to f/8. I tried again today at the same location (cloudy) and there does seem to be a definite improvement, with far less chromatic aberation evident (unless this was due to light strength). I'd really wondered whether to buy the other version which is limited to f/5.6 at the 300mm end, rather than 6.3 as in this example, and it turns out that it really doesn't matter because f/8 seems to be the go to aperture for any of these xx to 300mm lenses.

I'd really wanted to make sure I had a lens where the front element didn't rotate, so I could finally use a circular polarising filter (so ignore the Sigma).

I also found out fairly quickly that the lens needs a hood. On the first day out with this lens I was out with swans that were feeding on the river, and the water droplets on their bodies were causing far too much points of flare.

CONCLUSION
This is a compromise lens, and you have to be careful to get the best performance out of it, mostly by keeping the aperture at f/8. It's great as a general and very portable tool. Other higher rated lens flavours would work much better, but would mean more changes to suit the shot. There's reasonably priced choice at the wide angle and 35mm and 50mm end, which also perform better in low light (f/1.8). At the telephoto end you have to spend some... For CROP cameras either of the 70-200mm lenses look good but only the newer 80-400mm improves on sharpness and light transmission. But that's serious money and they are three times the weight. Given Nikon's past history of revisiting this particular lens focal variation, they'll probably be a slightly better one along next year, and I wouldn't hesitate to replace it. In the meantime, I'm glad I've spent the extra money to pamper it with a Nikon brand lens hood (with a matt inner surface to reduce reflection) and a Hoya pro1 CIR polarizing filter. You really need to squeeze out the extra performance like the end of the toothpaste tube. The lens seems to improve performance slightly on more expensive crop bodies. It's a compromise lens, which seems from the tests to just be slightly ahead of its siblings, but once you pass a certain point in skill you'll need to use more limited range focal lengths to get around situations that demand more precision. But as the back up quick fix, you'll probably always want to keep it handy.


Post-it and Scotch Back to School Stationery Pack
Post-it and Scotch Back to School Stationery Pack
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Taster pack, 22 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
a fairly small pack of stationery, whose individual parts are pricey if you don't buy in bulk. Useful for trying out stationery especially for school kids, but somewhat pointless if you are already using any of the products


Rexel Joy A4 5 Subject Notebook - Blissful Blue
Rexel Joy A4 5 Subject Notebook - Blissful Blue
Price: £8.42

4.0 out of 5 stars Not much space, 14 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
this notebook has a set of inbuilt dividers. But because there are only a few pages in each section, I really can't see how long it would last for any decent course. All the sections tear out.


Rexel JOY A4 Journal - Blissful Blue
Rexel JOY A4 Journal - Blissful Blue
Price: £5.45

5.0 out of 5 stars all good, 9 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Good quality large notebook with elasticated strap to stop the pages from getting damaged- this is a non perforated type


Copy, Copy, Copy: How to Do Smarter Marketing by Using Other People's Ideas
Copy, Copy, Copy: How to Do Smarter Marketing by Using Other People's Ideas
by Mark Earls
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Galapagos finches- wot?, 8 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Whereas the idea that coping (and modifying) other people's ideas is an achievable concept- I'm not sure how this book actually justifies it's price- nor quite why a plate of Darwin's Galapagos Finches has any relevance to the debate. Skim read and gave up.


Cakeology: Over 20 Sensational Step-By-Step Cake Decorating Projects
Cakeology: Over 20 Sensational Step-By-Step Cake Decorating Projects
by Juliet Sear
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a range of possiblities, 8 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's a hefty hardback with a fair few recipes and cake decorating ideas, from vases for flowers to burgers and chips. I'm not sure if it it's a bit beyond my capabilities, but there's lots to inspire and try


Tefal Multi-Cook Advanced 45-in-1 Multi-Cooker
Tefal Multi-Cook Advanced 45-in-1 Multi-Cooker
Price: £89.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing- but I'm not sure how they come up with 45, 7 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First off, I managed to find from a web search that this is a rebranded Moulinex multicooker.
I can't quite see where the 45 functions comes in- I think the marketing department were on a bit of a late night, as it seems to do mostly what the other multicookers do: make porridge, yoghurt, cream cheese, rice/risotto, soup, a cake, shallow fry and steam.
It isn't a pressure cooker- so it will only work in the same timeframe as stove cooking.
The temperature only goes up to 160 degrees centigrade, so no hope of baked potatoes to save heating up a whole oven.
It does seem to need a fair bit of confusing button pushing to set the time and the temperature.
I do like the carrying handle- great idea for something as big as a breadmaker..
Like all appliances, it's a case of really thinking out whether this is going to help your cooking style or is necessary for your circumstances, so that you can get the maximum use out of it.


Philips S9041/12 9000 Series Wet and Dry Shaver with SmartClick Precision Trimmer
Philips S9041/12 9000 Series Wet and Dry Shaver with SmartClick Precision Trimmer
Price: £284.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He says it's good, even on the first go, 7 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not being quite that hairy faced, I passed it to the testing department, who normally uses a Gilette hand shaver for preference. He found it a very nice close shave, even on the first go. The independently moving heads do get into all the face contours. We'd tried an earlier version of this, but it was a bit awkward to take on holiday, as it really needed the cleaning station to charge. This version just has a simple plug in charging point AND a nice hard case.
Although you can clean it under the tap (manual says make sure the water isn't too hot) it's a bit annoying that a cleaning station isn't included, and I can't quite work out which one would go with this modl.
VERDICT: yup, you want it.


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