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Transcend 256GB 800x Premium Compact Flash Card
Transcend 256GB 800x Premium Compact Flash Card
Price: £245.94

5.0 out of 5 stars 256Gb CF: Best Value Way I Have Found of Getting 64 minutes 2160/25p (4k) video on a Canon 1DX Mark II, 20 May 2016
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I just got a Canon 1DX II and it records 4K video in a good image quality but horrendously inefficient motion jpg codec. i have a 128Gb CFast which was extremely expensive and is necessary for 2160/50p using this camera so ideally i wanted a higher capacity CF to capture a decent amount of lower 25p framerate 4K - so the Cfast can be reserved for 50p duties. Of all my existing CF cards though only 1000x Lexar Professional was fast enough to record 2160/25p - and at 32Gb only eight minutes worth. This 800x CF in the 256Gb looked to be extremely good value and having received it today appears to indeed be fast enough to maintain reliable 2160/25p video on the 1DX II. Obviously more complex scenes need more data but higher ISO also increases noise and encoding complexity: in early test at iso 12,800 the CF kept up fine so i am sure it will prove to be okay. The data requirement for a 3 min 6 sec clip was 11.4 Gb which is a write speed of 61.3Mb/s and should give me 64 mins of 25p recording (+ my 128Gb Cfast giving me 8 mins 50p).

I don't expect it to be as fast as my lexar 1000x for recording bursts of raw stills but will be trying it in a Canon 5D3 at a wedding i'm shooting stills at tomorrow and should it perform less than reasonably fast that i expect from it I will update this review.

Kingdom of Ghosts
Kingdom of Ghosts
by Mark David Welsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb thriller. A very well written and gripping page-turner with a brilliant ending!, 30 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Kingdom of Ghosts (Paperback)
A fantastic novel! As someone who tends to read historical fiction, very glad I tried this exciting thriller, set in a rather bleak but beautifully imagined future following the 'breakdown'. A very believable new middle age where again, as after the time of the Romans, civilisation has declined to the point where such things as sustaining large populations through agriculture is largely beyond us; let alone wider industry or food security and prosperity for the modest population that has survived.

Following the dramatic opening chapter I found myself totally intrigued and as the engaging characters go about their duties to exploit a substantive new foraging opportunity - intent upon securing the premises and getting word back to their camp for reinforcements - I found myself swiftly as hooked as i ever was reading the best mysteries from Agatha Christie some years' ago. I do not want to go into detail and risk spoiling too much but suffice to say I was constantly guessing who done it. And was very very happy with the very satisfying ending!

The novel is really well written and easy to read. Concise, with great pace and in places very exciting indeed. Generally not too much long description to distract from the narrative but with small well research details here and there which I felt added great authenticity to the characters' knowledge, or lack thereof, with respect to pre-breakdown technology etc.

Really enjoyable and exciting read which I would recommend to anyone who fancies enjoying a relaxing weekend with a gripping page turner.

I will certainly be looking forward to Mr Welsh's next novel and should think Kingdom of Ghosts will get a re-read some time soon.

AOC Q2770Pqu 27 inch Widescreen S-PLS LED Multimedia Monitor (2560x1440, 5ms, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0)
AOC Q2770Pqu 27 inch Widescreen S-PLS LED Multimedia Monitor (2560x1440, 5ms, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0)

5.0 out of 5 stars no complaints whatsoever: excellent display; accurate colours, 11 Oct. 2015
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no complaints whatsoever: excellent display; accurate colours

AOC U2868Pqu 28 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (80m:1, 300 cd/m2, 3840 x 2160, 1ms, VGA/DVI/HDMI/DP/USB)
AOC U2868Pqu 28 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (80m:1, 300 cd/m2, 3840 x 2160, 1ms, VGA/DVI/HDMI/DP/USB)

2.0 out of 5 stars terrible colours - i would swap for a second 1440p AOC Q2770Pqu given opportunity, 11 Oct. 2015
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this monitor is sharp but the colours are not nice at all and the contrast also is very poor.

i have a AOC Q2770Pqu 27 inch - and i cannot stress how much nicer a display this is despite it being 1440p rather than 2160p. at 1440p it really does not seem that much less sharp in use unless viewing small texts and yes would be nice viewing photos on the 4k screen if only like didn't look terrible due to the colour and contrast issues...

this monitor has far too little red and much too cool a colour temperature. however much i mess about with profiles and settings: no dice. If you are using for spreadsheets or final cut pro etc then the extra real estate is nice and useful for the money so long as loupes/viewers on a decent screen. but personally find having to always use my 1440p display for photos and videos or else find the image quality poor very annoying indeed.

if i had the option of swapping this display for another AOC Q2770Pqu 27 inch i would not hesitate to so.

in case helpful: i encounter a rather bizarr distortion on the right inch of the screen on my computer (Mac Pro 2013 d500) which was remedied by reluctantly switching to the yosemite operating system (apple don't sell OSs and fix bugs anymore, they just release a complete shambals annually ex gratia).

Olympic Nation - Swimming Goggles for Indoor and Outdoor Use Triathlon - Pro Anti Fog Technology and Mirrored with UV Protection
Olympic Nation - Swimming Goggles for Indoor and Outdoor Use Triathlon - Pro Anti Fog Technology and Mirrored with UV Protection
Offered by Olympic Nation

5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 13 Sept. 2015
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great goggles. seem very well made. method for adjusting strap length works well. only used in door pool but tinting is such that imagine they'll answer very well in the ocean on a sunny day.
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Point of Honor
Point of Honor

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Point of Honor (Amazon Video)
make this show please

The Other I [VINYL]
The Other I [VINYL]
Price: £16.53

0 of 3 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)
Offered by trdelectronics
Price: £775.31

47 of 51 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....


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): Volume 3
Legionary: Land of the Sacred Fire (Legionary 3): Volume 3
by Gordon Doherty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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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: £3.99

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!

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