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SAMYANG AE 14mm f / 2.8 ED IF UMC wide angle Lens - for Nikon
SAMYANG AE 14mm f / 2.8 ED IF UMC wide angle Lens - for Nikon
Price: £341.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 24 Oct 2013
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I bought this as a cheap wideangle for my D800. I don't do much wideangle work and so could not justify the brilliant Nikon 14-24 F2.8.  For the occasional landscape and internal architecture shots i do, i thought this was worth a punt.  I did a lot of research and there were multiple reviews (including DXO) that said (and showed samples) this lens is as sharp as the Nikon when its set to 14mm.  I was sceptical as it 4 times cheaper but at the end of the day, a prime without autofocus is going to be a lot cheaper and simpler to manufacture.  Also the lack of Nikon gold label clearly makes it cheaper as well.

I'm usually the first person to pay the extra money and stick with OEM kit but I'm glad I went for this.  Good solid build quality, a beautiful big bulbous front element, and an integrated hood.  The focus ring is smooth without being too light, and its great having a proper aperture ring (for when I use this with an adaptor on my NEX 7).  

As anyone who is considering this lens should know, using a wide angle like this does need care.  You're more likely to use this in a slow methodical manner and often on a tripod so i consider manual focus not an issue. Do note however that the distance markings on the lens for focusing are way off.  Also, the throw of the focus ring is so long that for a good portion of the turn the focus indicator in your viewfindee will tell you you're 'good to go' but in reality you are only fully in focus at one end of this indicated "in focus" movement.  So, 'chimping' will be required to make sure you're fully happy until you get used to this.  Again, I dont consider this a major issue for how i'll be using this lens but its still a bit annoying which is why i knocked off a star.

The reported and dreaded (hard to fix) moustache distortion is evident if you take shots with clear horizontal lines going across the frame.  By my standards, you dont notice if for 'natural' landscapes but if you go taking shots of buildings it could well cause a problem. I believe it is now possible to download a correction profile for this but please check this yourself though. You will NOT be able to fix all of the distortion by simply applying a bit of "pincushion" like you could do with reasonably good results on some other wide angle lenses.

Good....
Relatively cheap    (I believe the cheapst way to go this wide on full frame)
- Very good build quality and it looks good (doesn't look like a cheap peice of crap on the front of your camera)
- Good image quality
- Aperture ring

Bad.....
- No good for taking quick shots.  You'll have to carefully optically focus AND zoom check afterwards to fine adjust.
- Dodgy distortion if you mainly want it for architecture
- Like the Nikon 14-24, the design of the front element does not allow the use of any round or square filters (unless you pay hundreds for the special Lee custom set up)

Hope this helps


Ex-Pro Pentax D-Li106, DLi106, DLI106, High Power Plus+ 2 Year Warranty Replacement Lithium Li-on Digital Camera Battery for Pentax X90, X-90, X 90
Ex-Pro Pentax D-Li106, DLi106, DLI106, High Power Plus+ 2 Year Warranty Replacement Lithium Li-on Digital Camera Battery for Pentax X90, X-90, X 90
Offered by ExpressPro
Price: £5.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Make sure its suitable for your camera., 24 Oct 2013
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Let me start this review by saying that the seller, Ex-Pro are very good and my 3 star review in no way reflects on them. I've used them before for "3rd party" batteries (for an Nex 7) and been very satisfied and I will happily use them in the future but on this occasion, this battery was not suitable for me. Expro dealt with me perfectly.

I gave this 3 stars to highlight that you must check the depth of the corner cutout of your original battery to make sure its suitable. Having just bought a Pentax MX-1, i immediately wanted a second (spare) battery for it. The pentax DLi106 battery that came with the camera has a corner cutout about 2/3 the depth of the battery. This 3rd party battery here only has a corner cutout 1/3 the depth of the battery.

This battery may be perfect for some other cameras that use the DLi106 but if you've bought an MX-1 and want this as a spare, its no good as it wont fit in and lock into place. I would have been happy to have even just shut the battery door to keep it in place and not worry about the battery internally "latching" but it physically wont quite go in all the way.

Check this physical feature that i mention and this product may well be suitable for you.


Shutter Release Remote Control MC-30 Replacement for Nikon D2H / D300 / D700 / D2 / D3
Shutter Release Remote Control MC-30 Replacement for Nikon D2H / D300 / D700 / D2 / D3
Offered by POP GATE(Ships From HongKong)
Price: £3.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value, 13 Sep 2013
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Well, yes it feels a bit cheap (but not like its about to fall apart). Its a switch, in a case, on the end of a wire. It does the job fine, has a locking "hold on" function for bulb shooting and a screw ring for exta "stayinability" on the front of my D800. I'm usually the first to say "stick with Nikon original kit" but at this price you'd be a fool not to buy one.


2X DURACELL 2025 CR2025 LITHIUM BATTERIES
2X DURACELL 2025 CR2025 LITHIUM BATTERIES
Offered by memorycapital
Price: £1.54

5.0 out of 5 stars great value, 13 Sep 2013
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What a great price for a some batteries from a reputable manfacturer (i've always been pleased with duracells compared to some cheaper brands). Fast service buying from babz media as always.


Bosch Decalcifying Tablets for Coffee Machines and Kettles, 6 Tablets
Bosch Decalcifying Tablets for Coffee Machines and Kettles, 6 Tablets
Offered by DESCALER co uk
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Pricey but they work a treat., 22 Aug 2013
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The title says it all. Pretty expensive but a single tablet brings the kettle up perfectly. Cheaper tablets i've used in the past have often required a second cycle (and some of the cheaper ones have had a foul chemical smell but not these bosch ones)


Technoline BL-700 Intelligent AA-AAA battery charger (UK Version)
Technoline BL-700 Intelligent AA-AAA battery charger (UK Version)
Offered by BatteryLogic
Price: £31.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the best from your batteries, 22 Aug 2013
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After investing in some Eneloop AA's for my flashguns i thought it best to get an "intelligent" charger for them as i was getting very tired of my previous batch of AA's giving my highly variable performance. With this, you can instantly see that status of your batteries and i then always put them on a 'fully discharge then fully charge' cycle. This takes a while whe you use the low discharge and charge rates that the instructions recommend to look after the life of the battery but if you were in a rush and you want to go straight into a high speed charge you can of course do this. Note that this particular charger allows you to fully control each individual battery slot (hand if you manage batteries in pairs as opposed to batches of 4). It would have been nice if it could have shown you a battery % through the process and then an ETA for 'job done' but i guess for this to work you'd have to specify the capacity everytime you plug them in. As it is, it tells you elapsed time, whether its charging, discharging, or conditioning, and the current actual level so from this you then have to try and work out how long things will take (or just leave it alone for a good 24 hours and know that it wil then be finished


Sanyo eneloop XX (HR-3UWX-8BP) 8 pcs. batteries AA / Mignon with 2500 mAh
Sanyo eneloop XX (HR-3UWX-8BP) 8 pcs. batteries AA / Mignon with 2500 mAh
Offered by iCell Media
Price: £23.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Last for ages, 22 Aug 2013
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These are pricey but they last a lot longer tham standard rechargeables. I bought them for use in flash guns because of their reported flatter discharge characteristics but i've also noticed good performance when my girlfriend borrowed them for her camera on holiday (a canon compact which previousely used to eat batteries for fun)


Black Rapid  RS-4 Camera Strap with 5 Year Product Warranty
Black Rapid RS-4 Camera Strap with 5 Year Product Warranty
Offered by TECHNIC
Price: £39.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Flippin awesome, 22 Aug 2013
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i saw some other reviews (both amazon and youtube) of people saying they were not sure whether to try this but then becoming glad they did and i'm now one of them. I was thinking about the rs sport version at first but then thought i didn't need the additional under arm strap and i also disliked the visual aspect of the big "sport" writing. Come on, this is a camera strap, not a 1980's hot hatch.

Its an expensive camera strap but very well made, very comfortable, and very strong. Even though it has adjustable metal clips as movement limiters, just still be cautious if you crouch forward in a hurry as your camera can then suddenly swing forward (before i got used to this i almost swung my camera forward into a wall when i crouched down quickly to snap an insect).


Pack of 12 Clear 5w G4 12v Halogen Capsule Bulbs / Lamps ~ 2000hrs ~ by electrosmart®
Pack of 12 Clear 5w G4 12v Halogen Capsule Bulbs / Lamps ~ 2000hrs ~ by electrosmart®
Offered by electrosmart
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but they dont seem to last long, 22 Aug 2013
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Already had to replace a number of these but they're so much cheaper than buying from the shops i dont mind too much.


X-Mi X Mini II 2nd Generation Capsule iPhone / iPad / iPod / MP3 / Laptop Speaker - Black
X-Mi X Mini II 2nd Generation Capsule iPhone / iPad / iPod / MP3 / Laptop Speaker - Black
Offered by JV Audio
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound from a small package, 22 Aug 2013
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We were really impressed with how good the sound it from this. Its obviousely not hi-fi sound but fits the bill of being able to listen to some background music from an ipod in a hotel room whilst getting ready. It does have an unusual semi flexible concertina design between the two plastic clam shells which makes is slightly less robust than a rigid plastic object. Therefore we store it in an old watch box before throwing it in a suitcase.


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