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The Other I [VINYL]
The Other I [VINYL]
Price: £16.91

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Nov 2014
This review is from: The Other I [VINYL] (Vinyl)
superb album!!


Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Compact System Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)
Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Compact System Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)
Price: £932.00

32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super sweet!, 4 Mar 2014
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i love it.

body appears smaller if anything than x100. image quality is certainly up there with both my 5d3 and 6d shooting the same glass last night (sigma 35/1.4art; canon 24/1.4II; canon 70-200/2.8isII). gorgeous gorgeous images and finder gets 4/5 to the live-ness of optical whilst giving you constant exposure-simulation and image confirmation afterwards. focus assist options lots of but finder sharp enough easily to focus primes and -unlike my 5d3 -will show be DoF in the viewfinder for lens faster than f/2.8 - fancy AF has a price i guess. you do need a dof button just like a dslr if you stop down, but maximises live view to finder or screen in use and is no worse than my 5d3 in live view which is screen only.

AF i have tested on the 16-55XC lens and appears very snappy. continuous high frame i have tested loads though only in MF and feels very fast and certainly aster than my 5d3 - perhaps my 7d i sold a while ago. certainly very fast compared to x100 but stalls swiftly with 95 mpbs sandisk extreme as not fast enough. so how realistically such a camera could be used for sports etc may depend on the UHSII sandisk card only sold in the US as far as i can tell.

This camera is seriously gorgeous and very fast and easy to work with. worked fine with 600ex canon strobes and comes with a clever little external flash which i have not tested yet i'm afraid; though i can say does not need batteries; does not articulate, nor chuck out a great deal of light but certainly comparable to similar build slr strobes.

the build here is quite exquisite and I recommend the fuji xt-1 wholeheartedly after one shoot! looking forward to trying some fuji glass now, maybe a 56/1.2....

UPDATE AFTER ONE MONTH

Okay, still very much in love with my X-T1!

I have largely used the stunning Fuji's 56/1.2 with this camera, along with a samyang 8/2.8 fisheye and canon EF glass.

Battery life is not great but not too bad. def no comparison with a canon DSLR though.

The flash provided will provide little light for the eyes/shadows but the X-T1 shoots very well in the studio with the new YONGNUO YN-E3-RT and Canon 600EX strobes: works with up to 5 groups of strobes configured manually up to 1/180 (no high speed sync). Considering that the Canon transmitter will not work with my 5d1 I am extraordinarily happy to find the much cheaper YONGNUO product making any camera practical including the canon models strategically excluded. It means that with the minimum of fuss one can switch from fuji to canon and back again - very tempted to get a second transmitter to allow separate flash settings for each. I am now in the fortunate position to be able setup three DSLRs on tripods and fire all three & all the strobes & the X-T1 from the X-T1 giving me four pictures of a moment ( the fuji can also be fired remotely but requires an adapter cable rather than just hot shoe).

Images from the studio with the 56/1.2: absolutely stunning and not substantively distinguishable side by side with 5d3 70-200/2.8isII images at 19" x 13". Lots and lots of detail. (I would love to see the results from a 135 or medium format xtrans sensor with glass as sharp as this!! - maybe a sweet fixed lens with leaf shutter design and not much bigger than x100 - come on Fuji! ;-))

Regarding use with strobes - it is infuriating having to mess about in the second tier of the menu to turn exposure simulation on/off for ambient/flash exposure. Very much hope that fuji will add this to the schedule of items that can be assigned to the various function buttons.

The drive selection dial is too easily nocked from setting to another, especially if the ISO is changed. I love the locking mode dial on 5d3 and actually spent over £100 to have a 7d modified once so that it would lock and could not accidentally get nudged too bulb at the wrong moment. It would be great if this dial were a lot stiffer or locked along with ISO, even if through single release. A similar issue with the exposure modes but proving less of a prob in use.

My model had the light leak that was commented upon, and despite this being a complete non issue to me, requested a replacement from amazon under their 30 days so as to risk having to send back to fuji for repair. great service from amazon and next day had a model with no light leak, however, there can be issues with some of the latest cameras' sensors insomuch as dust can be trapped during manufacture and be unable to be cleaned off due it in fact being under the focusing component. anyway after two wet sensor cleans, at f/16 a clearly demonstrable large dust spot was evident on the replacement i'd been sent - a very significant issue for me so i have kept this one and amazon are sending me a third copy which i trust will be clean. I would encourage anyone who bas purchases a X-T1 or EX2 camera to shoot the sky stopped down on a couple of lenses and pixel peep the results to ensure your copies are clean whilst under warranty.

Anyway, in summary and despite niggles: AWESOME CAMERA!
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Legionary: Land of the Sacred Fire (Legionary 3)
Legionary: Land of the Sacred Fire (Legionary 3)
by Gordon Doherty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an exciting adventure, 1 Dec 2013
a really enjoyable story and change of scenery testing the characters endurance as never before taking them into the persian desert and beyond


Strategos: Rise of the Golden Heart (Strategos 2)
Strategos: Rise of the Golden Heart (Strategos 2)
Price: £1.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobiscum Deus!! Allahu Akbah!! AWESOME!!!, 12 Jun 2013
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Fantastic sequal to one of the best series introductions I have enjoyed to date: starting twelve years after the events of the first novel we meet Apion well used to the trials of life as the Strategos of Anatolia: trading blows with the Seljuks with little support from Constantinople.

Doherty writes fantastic action sequences throughout this book and this kicks off with one hell of a siege! Very well written with loads of rich and enjoyable historical detail but not at all at the expense of pace; there is a excellently crafted plot with plenty of intrigue, fine characters, battles, and - much like the excellent 'Born in the Borderlands' - a superbly satisfying ending that leaves you hoping the author will not take too many holidays or at least take his laptop with him so that the next one come along swiftly. And the love triangle is epic!

I found this book very difficult to put down and thoroughly recommend it. However, you should read Born in the Borderland first if you have not yet!


Pro Vertax Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D Digital Camera as BG-E13
Pro Vertax Battery Grip for Canon EOS 6D Digital Camera as BG-E13
Offered by UK Highland Photography
Price: £62.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 90% of the build quality for 35% the price, 19 Mar 2013
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This works without issue and has obviously been made from exact same mould. The build quality appears good and buttons do not feel overly cheap etc. The scroll dial if that is what she's called (the main aperture/shutter-speed dial) operates fine but with just a little less resistance than Canon's and gives a vibe that might wear and tear a little faster but very marginal.

I have a 5D3 and 5d1 and both of these have the official grips - but intending to use 6D as a small camera i was loath to spend £200 on the official grip, especially as there is no additional joystick control to present more of a challenge to a third party copies and justify investment - so i went with this one and am very happy i have. The build quality appears to stand up well against these two official grips that i have and time will tell if the internal electrical connections stand up over time. (I have had a third-party 7d grip start to exhibit very occasional but press fails after extended use and no doubt knocks and drops.)

Certainly, if you plan to use a grip only occasionally this is a much more sensible proposition than the official one and my guess it would stand up almost as well as the Canon one under stress but then you can buy three of these for the price of one official one.

This grip comes with the additional battery tray for AAs along with respective carrying case just like the official one.

Interestingly, the paintwork has been applied per the 7d1/5d2 era of cameras where the meter-hold and AF buttons are subtitled with the now superseded zoom in and out control labels (now zoom has dedicated button for use with scroll dial).

Edit - not noticed at first but rear the buttons make a slight clicking sound - perhaps crucially to many not the shutter - but the rear buttons are not silent like my 5d3 and 5d1 official grips. If you rely on a back button for AF this would make portrait focusing conspicuous in near silent environments such as a wedding ceremony. However, it is moderate and not as audible as even the 'silent' clicks of the 6d itself. i am keeping as so cheap and functional and i will just use with wide primes in landscape mostly at events which is the only time i plan to really use the grip. i can only speculate though that for many - assuming the official 6d grip's button's are as silent as precedent might suggest - the official grip might have a tangible benefit. Still very good value and 5/5 but when i noticed though i thought i better mention it.

By the way very many thanks to UK Highland for the free lens pen!


Something You Are (Underground)
Something You Are (Underground)
by Hanna Jameson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb gripping action-packed deadly, 9 Feb 2013
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i really really enjoyed this. the protagonist Nic and the various and disparate other characters you meet during the adventure all felt believable and i found it hard to put down almost immediately i think due to a concise writing style and well paced story to its very enjoyable finale - but understanding that Hanna Jameson has written the next two books in this series already i very much hope they will be published as soon as is at all practical as no doubt more people will die ;-)


Marching With Caesar-Civil War
Marching With Caesar-Civil War
Price: £2.51

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely fantastic action-packed epic, 3 Dec 2012
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I considered the first book in this series an absolute gem that gripped me with its extraordinary level of detail and breathtaking action sequences and this superb sequel carries straight on! That so many events can be covered in such detail whilst maintaining the high degree of pace and excitement is extremely impressive and helped i think by a narrative style that permits the un-jarring compression of time on the one hand whilst allowing more significant and memorable events to be described in exquisite and very satisfying detail - and also allows snippets of foreknowledge to be slipped in to tantalise the reader. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series and follow Titus Pullus on his next campaign!


The War God's Men
The War God's Men
Price: £3.85

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good indeed, 3 Dec 2012
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I thought this book was excellent, with plenty of pace and action. The world is described in great detail and obviously exhaustive research has gone into this very fine work. I very much hope that Erikson plans to write more novels describing the forthcoming clashes between Rome and Carthage!


Sword and Scimitar
Sword and Scimitar
Price: £3.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant, Moving & Action Packed, 10 Nov 2012
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Simon Scarrow's latest tale is utterly masterful as we have come to expect from him!

I could not put it down and having never visited Malta I now cannot wait to go!


The Wolf's Gold:  Empire V
The Wolf's Gold: Empire V
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sequenti libro placere, 29 Oct 2012
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Another very action packed and enjoyable read and can't wait for the no doubt many and epic fights to come!


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