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Nikon D800 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Nikon D800 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It 's A Monster That Will Bite!, 9 May 2014
The word Professional is booted around on a lot of consumer products these days. It is the same with Photography. With the big brand names there are distinct boundaries as to how they are marketed. With Nikon it is fair to say that most of their DSLR output is consumer, rather than professional. As of this review Nikon have 6 cameras that Nikon sell as "Professional"quality. These are the D4s, D4, D3s, D3x, D800, D800e. So if you have used any Nikon camera in the past, the step up at first doesn't seem that apparent. It is only when you start to use them, do you realise the difference. The D800 was launched in 2012 and has the highest Megapixel Sensor of any Nikon camera, 36.3 Megapixels to be precise. What this means is that the rendering of an image can be close to a medium format camera. With all this rendering though comes a price, each file can be in excess of 200 MB by the time you have finished working with it. These are huge, so it is really worth while checking that your computer can handle all this extra information. It can also deliver video that is considered "Broadcast Quality",offering uncompressed output via HDMI. This is very true. The video is exceptional.

I have had my D800 for a while now and can really say there is a light year in difference in the quality from my old camera. But the D800 does have a hidden problem that can really annoy you if you don't know about it. Smaller sensors, generally speaking are quite forgiving when it comes to rendering an image. You see a shot, you lift your camera up, half press the shutter to focus then press fully down and click, the image is captured. Now do the same with a D800, you may find that the image is slightly out of focus or it shows signs of camera shake. Yes the bigger sensor means that if you only move a tiny bit, the result can mean disaster. It is very important to really think about how you stand and really set yourself very steady in order not to get camera shake. It is a reinvention of everything you know about how to take an image. The D800 is a very unforgiving camera, but the results are spectacular when used. Sadly the same is true with lenses. The D800 is a Full Frame Camera, so unlike other Nikon cameras that have a cropped sensors(DX), you will need to use full frame lenses as opposed to Nikon's Nikkor DX range of lenses. It is very true to say if you put bad glass in front of any camera, then the results will be poor. DX lenses will work with this camera but it will only use a tiny portion of your sensor essentially halving the final image quality. Although it is fair to suggest that most of you who are considering buying this camera, will already know the fundamentals of photography and may be stepping up from another Nikon camera. The menu system looks for the most part, the same as other recent Nikon Models. Even the basic D3100 right the way through and including the D4s have a very similar menu system. Very familiar and really easy to use. You can customise buttons even set your camera to the style of how you shoot. It still is a steep learning curve but one I am sure you will enjoy. I am not sponsored by Nikon, nor do I work for Amazon. I am a genuine user of this camera and will be happy to answer any question you may have with regards to deciding on whether this camera is for you.

Thanks for reading.
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Maxsima - White Flash Diffuser for Nikon SB-700, SB700.
Maxsima - White Flash Diffuser for Nikon SB-700, SB700.
Offered by Can-Do Camera
Price: £5.55

4.0 out of 5 stars Replacements Replacements Replacements, 8 May 2014
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It is innevitable that if you use a flash such as the SB700 a lot, in all places high and low, eventually something will get lost. The diffuser is one such case. In truth my original Nikon one is still alive but damaged after my wife thought scraping it along a dock wall would be OK. But that is another story. I replaced with a third party and that was pretty good until for what ever reason, it fell out my bag and ran away to the 4 winds. So the choice of going back to Nikon and paying £14.00 for an original or paying anywhere between £2.00- £6.99 for a replacement seemed a good idea. Maximafoto obliged very quickly to get this sent out, but the fitting is somewhat tight, maybe not quite the best. You pay your money and I suppose you get what you get. Would I recommend this to anyone else who has lost their Diffuser? The answer is Yes, it works in just the same way as the original. Hope this helps. Oh the 4 stars is because the fitting is not quite true, it takes a bit of "manipulation" to get it to click int place. Other than that it is absolutely fine. Hope this helps, thanks for reading..


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mafia are very happy, 7 July 2013
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This is not aimed at HP, but to all printer manufacturers. The cost of replacement inks is just a rip off. My printer needs 5 inks to work this machine, sure the quality is excellent, I don't use third party inks, but have to shop around to get the best deal. It is a continual ritual of "Low Ink" indicator on my screen and having to endlessly replace inks. You all reading this will agree and ask the same questions. Why are inks so expensive? Why don't they put a usable amount in the cartridges? I have known lots of people that rather than pay for replacing the inks actually find it cheaper to buy a new printer instead. A necessary evil I'm afraid.
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RØDE SMARTLAV Lavalier Microphone For Smartphones
RØDE SMARTLAV Lavalier Microphone For Smartphones
Price: £34.94

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sound Answer To A Sound Problem, 7 July 2013
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On board microphones are just not very good on Digital Cameras, they pick up all the background noise, noise from your hand movements when adjusting your grip, the sound of the autofocus from your lens, it does make you wonder why manufacturers haven't addressed this problem. Newer DSLR cameras now are offer a separate input, this is to accept an external microphone.
This does open a lot of options, with the type of microphone choice, Shotgun, Boom, or Lavalier to name a few. This still involves wiring your microphone into your camera, limiting how far away you can be from your camera. But plugging in a remote commander, will give you the chance to use a wireless type of microphone and therefore a lot more flexibility in both distance and movement. Cheap wireless systems can be unpredictable, giving results of interference or worse still, drop out on your recording. Wireless systems can get very pricey. On professional shoots, audio is normally recorded separately, then matched up later in post. This is where the Smartlav comes in.Essentially it's a Lavalier microphone that plugs into your smartphone and records the audio on this, rather than into your camera. The free app from Rode allows you to record in many formats as well as different sample rates. Very simple to use and the sound quality is excellent. All you have to do is give an audio indicator, in films they use a clapperboard, but a loud clap of your hands will do. This allows you to sync up the sound and vision later in post. The Smartlav gives you the flexibility of a wireless mic, but the dependability and sound quality of a wired microphone. Rode are known for their quality microphones and the SmartLav is no different, the sound is full and crisp, there is even an adjustment for levels within the app. As I write this, the app is only available with the iPhone operating system although it will work on android systems too, all be it through 3rd party applications.

I very seldom give a 5 star rating, it really annoys me to have to give this rating. My thinking is that 4 stars gives the manufacturer the spur for improvement, but in this case I believe they have reached a complete solution. The price of around £40 (ish) hits the nail on the head. I believe you need this in your camera bag, if you are serious about video.


Photo Plus Soft Diffuser for Nikon Speedlight SB-700
Photo Plus Soft Diffuser for Nikon Speedlight SB-700
Offered by Gadget Career
Price: £3.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Flash and Grab, 24 April 2013
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These things break all the time. That's what I've been told. I use my flash a lot, so it was inevitable that sooner or later I would fall to the same accident . Great price, fits well. Arrived fairly quickly. No problem with it


Tefal Actifry Spoon
Tefal Actifry Spoon

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 24 April 2013
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This review is from: Tefal Actifry Spoon
Thought I had lost my green spoon to go with my actifry. Pleased to see it for sale here. The price is extortionate, I mean you expect Robbers to wear masks! But what can you do? Pay up or do without. I paid up, it arrived in a Bentley, unwrapped it and put it with my Actifry, complete again. Lifted the tray next to it and.... Yes there was my original spoon, smiling up at me. The air turned several shades of blue! But at least they can keep each other company... Sigh!
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Nikon D600 Digital SLR Camera Body Only (24.3MP) 3.2 inch LCD
Nikon D600 Digital SLR Camera Body Only (24.3MP) 3.2 inch LCD
Offered by berlin foto
Price: £1,050.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Frame, but is it worth it, 4 Mar 2013
The first question YOU need to ask is. What camera am I running at the moment? If your answer is Nikon DSLR, then you have a quandary. If, as most amateur photographer enthusiasts have a DX model (D3100,D3200,D90, D5000, D5100,D5200, D7000), chances are the accessories that go with them will be designed to work with your camera. The decision to move up to Full Frame, will cause heartache and for the majority, the price was always the main reason for not jumping. Full Frame is the way of reaching the summit but it is at a cost. Lenses will now need to be full frame, Memory Cards will need upgrading to faster read speeds, even your computer will need looking at to make sure it can handle the new file sizes that will be generated from your new camera. The D600 offers some of the great features of the D4 and D800(s), some of the great features from the D7000 and with a new Expeed3 processor it makes for a camera more than capable of producing some outstanding results.

I decided as I only had very few DX lenses, to make the jump. But rather that going for the Body and Kit Lens, I opted for Body only and got a 28-300 Nikkor Zoom. Better glass than the Kit option, with tremendous versatility. Focus is lightning quick and although the 39 focus points are across the middle of the viewfinder, a quick recompose doesn't affect the result. I love this camera. But, I come back to my original question. If you are more than happy with the DX format, but have an older camera,(D90, D3100,D5000 etc) perhaps the new D7100 would be a better option.


DIGIFLEX 3 Port HDMI 1080p Auto switch Splitter Hub Pigtail 1.3b
DIGIFLEX 3 Port HDMI 1080p Auto switch Splitter Hub Pigtail 1.3b
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £24.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 24 Feb 2013
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Why review? To warn others. Keep your money in your pocket. There are other alternatives. This is not one of them


In Time
In Time
Price: £7.10

5.0 out of 5 stars They are back, 24 Feb 2013
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This review is from: In Time (Audio CD)
First studio album in over 8 years. It doesn't disappoint. Foot tapping smiley music that leaves you wanting more. Enjoy!


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book (Adobe))
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book (Adobe))
by Adobe Creative Team
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A classroom in a book, 24 Feb 2013
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Lightroom is a natural companion to CS6. This book however, assumes you know the basics of Photoshop. This book is quite a dry read, there is a cd inside giving you a classroom of exercises to work through,starting with easy 2hour start offs up to 4 hour ones. Yes you guessed it, it will take quite a time to get through. It is the official Adobe guide but my guess is there are better books available. This ones ok though, but time is required to get the most from it


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