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Monument 345v Adjustable Fitted 2 Jaws Wrench
Monument 345v Adjustable Fitted 2 Jaws Wrench
Price: £19.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Practically useless, 24 Aug. 2015
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Pretty much useless, it is not spring loaded so fails to grip anything. As soon as you try and lock it onto a nut the jaw opens up. Waste of money and not fit for purpose, or in the least unable to lock onto my bathroom tap nuts underneath the sink.


Visionary Heavy Duty Black Metal Binocular Tripod Adaptor - Standard 1/4
Visionary Heavy Duty Black Metal Binocular Tripod Adaptor - Standard 1/4
Offered by OptixMania
Price: £9.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid mount, 25 Oct. 2012
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The description of this adaptor is described as heavy duty and that is exactly what it is. It works and is solid and weighty.The screw turn knob is of substantial quality and dampened down with a proper washer. This may seem like overkill for a tripod binocular adaptor but this is exactly what you need on a 15 x 70 set of binoculars for astronomical purposes. Simple and effective and will still be going strong long after you have turned to dust!


Garmin GB Discoverer (All of Great Britain,1:50K)
Garmin GB Discoverer (All of Great Britain,1:50K)

119 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 15 Nov. 2011
As already mentioned in other reviews this is the OS Landranger 1:50 scale map of the entire UK on a micro SD memory card. If you are not sure this is the right map for you or your activities then it might be worth checking the differences between a Landranger map and an Explorer map. Essentially Landranger has less detail and has differences in the map legend on how things are displayed and the colours used. Not hugely different but enough to warrant some learning.

I use mine in a Garmin Oregon 450 and it is pretty much the perfect combination without any issues on a technical level. Anyone who blames the map for not doing what they expect are either not reading the map properly or they simply have the wrong type of map for their chosen activity. This micro SD card is the same as having the 204 paper maps you would need for complete UK coverage which if you got for a fiver each would amount to £1,020 !

I use mine for walking and plan the walks using Garmin`s free download PC software "Basecamp". Once you plug your GPS in to your PC you can view either the OS Landranger map or the street map. From there you can create tracks and routes on screen, alter, add or delete waypoints, zoom in out, plus many other functions in 2D / 3D or both. From the PC you can upload your route to your GPS and see the route superimposed over the Landranger map complete with all waypoints. Generally it makes sense to compare the route created on a paper version of the more detailed Explorer map before setting off and to ensure accuracy. Again though this may be activity specific. It works for me.

Before I had this setup I used Explorer maps with a compass and planned routes before leaving home. These items still come with me as a back up and reference if required but in practice the Oregon and Landranger combo do not miss a beat. It is incredibly useful and accurate enough for walking / hiking assuming you have entered accurate data. Yes... good data in good data out and you will not be lost!

There is not really anything bad to say about the actual map, it is exactly the same as the paper version from what I can see, so if you are not used to or familiar with the Landranger series then a useful tip is to download the Landranger legend chart from the OS site and keep it with you as a reference.

The map itself according to Garmin cannot be updated. From a technical point of view this is probably not true so it's probably a limitation of the OS licence. However things should be very accurate for many years to come so it is hardly an issue. The micro SD card it comes on cannot be copied but according to Garmin you can back the files up to your PC and re-copy them to the original SD card. Not sure what good that is if your card becomes damaged, worth doing though if you are the type to accidentally format your data.... The map can also only be licensed to one unit.

Personally I think the backing up issue needs to be addressed at some point or some kind of replacement scheme put in place for genuine owners. The micro card comes in a larger normal size SD holder and contrary to a previous review this is just a holding case for the micro card rather than being another copy of the map ( my version anyway! ) Also consider that OS have placed a printing restriction on the map so you cannot print any portion of the map.

All in all if your activity is covered by the Landranger map and your GPS supports the running of the map then there is much to commend it. For me now walks are guided with the GPS/LR map almost exclusively and rarely if ever do I need to resort to the paper Explorer maps. I consider it to be excellent value if initially it seemed expensive, and it with the Oregon has transformed the way I plan walks. I guess the ultimate mapping would be Explorer 1:25 which is available for certain areas at huge cost so maybe not in this lifetime!! This however is the next best thing and although I did have a few reservations before purchase as I was so used to Explorer maps all of those have now subsided after finding out how good this was with my GPS

Very highly recommended.
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Canon PowerShot G12: From Snapshots to Great Shots
Canon PowerShot G12: From Snapshots to Great Shots
by Jeff Carlson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 22 May 2011
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If your looking for a G12 technical manual then this is not your book. To be fair to the author he does make this clear in the beginning and whilst he does touch on the various features of the G12 it would be fair to say that the bulk of the book is general photographic advice which can be applied to any camera.

So it is difficult to know just who this book is aimed at. A beginner for example will appreciate the excellent photographic advice given by the author and no doubt be inspired by the images it contains. All images are from the G series community though it is not clear whether all of them are G12 or a mixture of cameras from the G series. That aside the learning content is very well delivered so somebody new to a G camera will find the explanations of the auto, program and scene modes very informative. As you move through the book the author does give great advice on the benefits of manual control but whether there is enough G12 related content is in question. As mentioned the advice in this book could really apply to any camera and whilst that advice is sound it may not necessarily be what you are looking for.

For many people though a G12 camera is an addition to the big heavy DSLR which on some occasions you just do not want to take out with you. That means taking control and most probably shooting in raw mode. So for the more advanced or intermediate photographer who will not have too much difficulty in finding their way around a G12 and with most concepts being familiar your likely to want a book that is a little bit more advanced with more explanations of menu items and in particular pushing the G12 to its limits.

The fact that this book is an enjoyable read is without question. The author has an engaging style and keeps your interest. Whatever your skill level I have no doubt that you will learn something from this book. So I think this book is a bit of a mixed bag, a beginner to photography with a G12 is an interesting conundrum and they would certainly benefit from the advice in this book but as far as the G12 technical detail is concerned they would be left wanting. An advanced or pro user of DSLR will already be familiar with photographic technique and application so there most certainly will not be enough in this book to satisfy that kind of person.

It really leaves perhaps somebody who already owns a less specced compact and is ready to take a few incremental steps up the skill ladder with a camera that is more advanced and who also wants to acquire some sound photographic knowledge. It kind of sits somewhere between the getting started guide and the full blown manual. It would actually be the perfect book for Canon to supply with the camera.

All in all not a bad read, and certainly not a waste of time and money but think carefully about where your own skill lies before buying this book. For the reasons of there not being enough G12 specific technical content for me the book loses a few points but for general photographic advice and in particular for someone who is perhaps a beginner or already familiar with a compact camera it could be a useful addition to your collection.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent watch, 23 Sept. 2009
I have one of these and cannot fault it. The face is bright, clear and easy to see and the watch is not too large or heavy. It comes with a good quality leather strap and instruction manual. The middle crown is used for changing the time and date functions but also give it a push inwards it activates the indiglow light.

The alarm crown pulls out 2 stops and is used to set the 2 different types of alarm. The alarm is where this watch cannot be beaten. Setting this is simplicy itself and it is done in seconds just by turning the bezel to alter the hour and minute marker which are the two small triangles in the watch face then pulling out the alarm crown to the desired setting. You can set it to under 60 minutes or over 60 minutes. It really could not be easier and is far quicker than so many other watches that have you faffing around pressing button after button just to set the alarm. The alarm beeps rapidly and the light flashes on and off which definately catches your attention.

Build quality of the watch is superb, no sharp edges or any nasty surprises and just in case you do forget how to set the alarm it is written on the face how to do it. Hour and minute hands are luminous.

Excellent value for money and a first choice if you need an alarm function that is easy to set.


Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides)
Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides)
by Jeff Carlson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book, 21 Mar. 2009
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This book is fairly easy to read and the layout is clear and concise. Although it tells you what things are and what they do, it does not always show examples of how to apply techniques. As a source of reference it works very well but if you are looking for a "how to" guide then you might want to look elsewhere. There are some examples which are well presented but essentially the book is more of a technical reference. Not the complete answer to mastering PE7 but certainly worth the money and a worthy addition.


Nikon D300 (Magic Lantern Guides)
Nikon D300 (Magic Lantern Guides)
by Simon Stafford
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality and well written, 22 Dec. 2008
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I found this book to be very informative and easy to read and enjoyed Simons style. All the relevant facts about the D300 are here in an easy to read and logical order. The book demystifies many parts of the manual but can be quite intensive in places. Having said that the D300 is not exactly a beginners camera!

It matters not that the images are in mono because the author is not trying to demonstrate image quality or image style, he sticks to his remit of telling the reader what everything is and what everything does. On many occasions he imparts good advice on settings and I found his information of the D300s focus system very well explained and helpful. This book is the ideal take anywhere reference book due size and weight, and also includes smart wallet cards in the back.

Bear in mind the book was completed before the last firmware update so the very latest changes are not included but as they are minimal it does not matter that much.

Summary: No hesitation in reccomending this book. Well written, accurate and incredibly useful as a reference guide.


Raven - DVD Interactive Game [Interactive DVD]
Raven - DVD Interactive Game [Interactive DVD]
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.25

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear...., 8 April 2007
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I bought this as a xmas present for my daughter but sadly the DVD is virtually unplayable. The game controls are flaky to say the least and the whole thing would often freeze up or not respond. I tested the disc in an old player, a very recent top notch player, my PC and even my PS2 and the results were pretty much the same.

Whilst you can see there is a good game in there trying to get out the execution is badly flawed and it will lead to your kids getting frustrated and leaving it alone.

Best avoided.
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The Digital SLR Handbook
The Digital SLR Handbook
by Michael Freeman
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious reading!, 8 April 2007
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An excellent book for anyone interested in the technical side of SLR photography. The book is very detailed and covers a myriad of all things SLR and SLR related. It can be hard going in places but even beginners will benefit from this book because as your hobby grows the knowledge that you may require can all be found within its pages. Subjects are covered in a logical well defined order and the illustrations are very well presented with explanations clear and concise. I personally learnt a lot about cameras and photography from this book alone and it would be my first port of call to find something out.

Highly recommended


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