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Citiwide CPL Circular Polarizing Filter for camera lens (77mm)
Citiwide CPL Circular Polarizing Filter for camera lens (77mm)

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad considering the low cost, 30 May 2015
I bought a few of these filters (various types and sizes) for a friend as a first venture into filters, the idea to keep the budget down to an absolute minimum.

Quality wise it's not too bad threading seemed fine and rotating the front was easy enough not too much resistance and not too slack either. Coatings at this price point don't expect the super multi layers you get on some of the bigger brands (this is what you are paying for) nor the low profile frame (this is a standard one as per a normal filter it might cause some fall off on wider angle lenses so I'd advise going to thin frame filters for those)

Does it work? Well yet it works fine and surprisingly it didn't seem to have a notable impact on the sharpness either. The trade off is that you'll have to watch flare as this can be a problem with bright lights or the sun in the scene. As for the polarising effect it works well, simply rotate the front of the filter and you'll see reflections on non metallic surfaces disappear (one of the main uses of a CPL) you can vary the intensity depending on how far you rotate it. It's also useful for increasing contrast in scenes, but should be used with some caution as it can make images look a bit over cooked in some situations (esp the sky darkening) But a CPL is undoubtedly one of the most useful to have and the effect can't be mimicked in software.

If you're planning a longer term investment in filters it might be better to check out the higher quality offerings. But if you fancy a dabble with a CPL and don't want to spend a lot, this does the job reasonably well. At this price you can't expect a lot, but it's a viable ultra low cost option for experimenting.


Phot-R® Maxi Mini-D Compact Mini Table Tripod Kit with Ball Head and 1/4" Threaded Quick Release Plate
Phot-R® Maxi Mini-D Compact Mini Table Tripod Kit with Ball Head and 1/4" Threaded Quick Release Plate
Offered by CameraKing (Shipping from UK)
Price: £40.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful design, strong build "ultra compact" tripod, 29 May 2015
I've been looking for a good "small" tripod for a while I've used a few table top ones but found a few limitations firstly you're stuck with the low height, and the other problem is whilst I do use lighter cameras such as compacts I also use heavy ones. So I wanted a tripod that had enough guts to hold a heavier camera, but was small enough to take with you or store without taking up much space. I have a full sized Velbon so didn't require a high tripod.

First impressions are overwhelmingly good, this is a solid little beast and the materials are to a high grade. There is nothing flimsy or weak about this at all. It comes in an open top bag this has a shoulder strap and Velcro belt attachment, the tripod is "folded up on itself" with the legs pointing upwards it's a mere 18cm tall in this position, full extended (with the legs in their most upright position and central column fully extended) I measured 70cm to the top plate.

A few points about weight the "ball head" is rated to a max load of 3.5kg, the legs are rated to a whopping 8kg I've not tested it to that level (you can change the head standard 1/4 thread) but it's more than able to handle a weighty DSLR and lens, though you'll want to watch the leg positions (at the max height ie legs in it's not suitable for use with a longer lens) Each leg has 3 positions adjusted via a flip on the top of each leg giving a great degree of flexibility. 5 sections to each leg using a "twist lock" mechanism the legs are somewhat oval shaped and lock and unlock with the twisting motion it's quick and feels secure too.

Ball head is also well made with a level and markings for degrees, quick release plate does not require a coin to tighten it has it's own D shape so fingers will do the job fine. Central column can be removed and reversed they even thought of a small hook on the bottom to add more weight if you need it (you need to unscrew this to remove it) On one leg is an Allen key to adjust the leg tightness not had to use that so far. Leg tips are solid rubber they are slightly pointed and feel dense.

Hard to find fault with this product honestly to date it's by far the best "ultra compact" tripod that I've used. I spent a while looking at alternatives Slik and Velbon do a couple of similar products, but neither has the height of this fully extended and that was a major consideration. Having a super small tripod is great, but I do need "a bit more height" at times not as much as a full sized tripod but more than most offer. At the smallest size this is easily table top usable but it's capable of being extended out to a decent level.

Initially I wondered why the "carry bag" was open top not a huge point (nice to even get a bag) it's reasonable quality too. Then I found out that you can use the bag as a "chest brace" use the two legs on the tripod folded out, then put one inside the bag it adds quite a bit of stability making it quite useful for video or stills as a mini chest mount it's a clever touch to a product which has many good ideas and points. I'd previously never heard of Kingjoy before a somewhat unknown tripod maker, but the interesting thing here is that they've pretty much outdone all the major tripod makers not one of them appears to have a design that's anywhere near as good as this and that surprised me. A very easy double thumbs up from me on this one, if you want a small tripod that can work on a table but also has a bit more height and can handle a heavier camera load too, this is basically the only show in town, it's fortunate it's a very good one. Highly recommended
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Lloytron A103 300mA Unregulated AC/DC Adaptor
Lloytron A103 300mA Unregulated AC/DC Adaptor
Offered by CostMad-UK
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look if you don't need a regulated power adapter, 29 May 2015
I picked one of these up for a handy "all in one" adaptor, this comes with a selection of 6 tips.

The main adaptor is fine build wise, a selector switch allows you to pick between 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9, 12 volts output. Amps output is a max of 300mA. A red LED lights up when the adaptor is powered on.

To attach the different plugs you pull them out of the retainer and insert into the two female sections of the cable end. The design allows you to insert either way which isn't ideal (a fool proof insertion would be much better, ie make the positive terminal larger or smaller so you can't reverse the polarity) Make sure you follow the instructions here, on the adapter end it's marked with "TIP" on the plugs there are positive and negative markings, ensure the positive symbol is aligned with the "TIP" marking otherwise you could reverse the polarity.

Aside from that this power adaptor does a decent job, the manual does caution that because it's unregulated if the current drawn by the device is lower than 300mA, it could draw more voltage. This won't be a problem for most devices like toys etc where some voltage variation won't matter, but it could on some devices. If so go for the "regulated" version (it's the same as this but costs a little more) if in doubt drop the voltage down on the selector switch below the stated device voltage.

The tips fit a variety of different sockets, though not all a few more would be useful (larger ones) Design wise it could be better, but for the low cost this is a reasonable power adaptor.


Lloytron AAA 550mAh NIMH AccuDigital Battery (Pack of 12)
Lloytron AAA 550mAh NIMH AccuDigital Battery (Pack of 12)
Offered by IMPERIAL HOUSEWARES
Price: £4.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for replacing home phone batteries, 29 May 2015
I bought a pack of these to replace the cells in a cordless house phone. These batteries are rated at 550mAh identical to the 2 batteries in the phone. I tested the actual capacity and it varied between 510-534 mAh there is usually a bit of variation between the headline figure and the actual capacity, that's broadly in line with other batteries I've tested and used.
Being the Accu type these do hold a charge longer in terms of storage but that's rarely an issue with replacement cells for a phone which gets frequent charging.

There are 3 different capacities in the Lloytron range for AAA cells I've used all of them this is the lowest at 550mAh, the next one up is the 900mAh and the 1100mAh is the highest capacity. For low drain devices the lower rating is just fine, but for high drain appliances you are better off with the 900/1100mAh version.

These work fine for lower drain uses such as: Cordless home phone, low power torches, TV/DVD remote controls, clocks
Some examples of "higher drain" items include, Digital cameras, motorised toys, flashguns, game controllers

Whilst there are no real disadvantages to using high capacity cells in low drain devices, the low capacity batteries are more cost effective.
So far not had any problems to report with the batteries they work as well as the original house phone cells and are good value.


U7® Classic '18K' Stamp Men's High Quality Chunky Chain Necklace Bracelet Set 22'' Fashion Jewelry
U7® Classic '18K' Stamp Men's High Quality Chunky Chain Necklace Bracelet Set 22'' Fashion Jewelry
Offered by U7Jewellery
Price: £59.94

5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice "solid" neck and bracelet set, 29 May 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This set consists of a necklace (approx. 52cm in length) and a bracelet (a hair over 21cm long) These are "gold plated" but rather nicely done it has to be said it's far from obvious with a very smooth finish to the plating and attention to detail throughout. Links on both are of the "foxtail" variety this gives the central area a "raised" profile and it also has some other benefits it's quite a strong and dense link design I quite like it myself, though it is a bit less flexible than more open links it looks visually impressive.

Clasp is very solid too a "lobster" design it's not going to come undone in a hurry and feels in keeping with the chunky look on the links.
As we have "gold plating" over brass in this case a few areas to look out for firstly avoid any harsh chemicals (don't overdo it with the body spray or Beckham aftershave) Sweat can break down the plating over time so I'd avoid wearing these if you are doing sports, swimming or exercising and any creams such as sun lotion or skin creams are not great for gold plating. If you have to wash the chains then mild soapy water and pat them dry. If you store them in a soft cloth and take a bit of care with them it should last. I've used quite a few gold plated items and with some common sense care they last well. This set would be quite expensive in solid gold so it's a compromise of sorts you get the visual impact at a much nicer price but have to look after them a bit more.

Nothing to fault on these good workmanship nice styling and design a thumbs up from me on this. Excellent
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Mudder® Digital Sport Stopwatch Timer Chronograph Wake Up Waterproof 30 Memory Time Display Countdown Alarm
Mudder® Digital Sport Stopwatch Timer Chronograph Wake Up Waterproof 30 Memory Time Display Countdown Alarm
Offered by Mudder Online UK
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well featured, comfy to hold stop watch with a large easy to read display, 28 May 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

Taking this out of the box the top middle button needs to be pressed in for 3-4 seconds to turn the stop watch on, likewise you can turn it off entirely with the same long press (this resets the date and time though) As this isn't a backlit stop watch it won't consume a lot of power so it's safe enough to leave on, though it does have a "beep" function batteries usually last a while in watches like this.

Main casing is a "soft touch" plastic it feels very solid and the shaped back falls nicely into the hand it's a pleasure to hold it feels both secure and well made with a decent lace neck strap also included. Main features of the stop watch are:

- Stop watch with split/lap times max time just under 10 hours to an accuracy of 1/100 second
- It can display the fastest/slowest/average split time
- Up to 199 split times
- Countdown timer (10 hours max)
- Time display with date, hour, min seconds, year, month, day; 12/24 hours time format and an alarm
- Pacer function you can set this from 10-320 paces per minute
- Memory recall up to 30 are stored

That pretty much covers all you need in a stop watch but do note the manual refers to the "Pacer/Pedometer" this is a pacer only it beeps and gives you a visual indication of the pace you should be going at (ie that you have set ie 60 per minute etc) it doesn't count the actual steps you take possibly a translation error. The pacer is quite useful though particularly for longer distance runners.

Buttons are responsive but firm a positive click on each one means they won't be pushed by accident very important for a stop watch. Controls are quite intuitive with clear markings about the functions, manual is quite good at explaining this too bar a few English errors. The display is the stand out feature here it's excellent large easy to read and even in very harsh light it's crystal clear with good contrast. No backlight means it's not ideal for night trials, but it is visible in lower light levels if the ambient lighting is sufficient.

One area I would change in an other wise strong product is the battery replacement, this requires you to remove the entire back (6 screws in total) this is quite fiddly with the seal and springs (battery is LR44/AG13) it would have been easier to have a smaller compartment for battery removal. In other areas though it's a nice stop watch and certainly worthy of consideration.
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K&F Concept 18pcs Metal Adpater Stepping Rings Set -Includes 9pcs Step Up Ring Kit 37-49mm 49-52mm 52-55mm 55-58mm 58-62mm 62-67mm67-72mm 72-77mm 77-82mm 9pcs Step Down Ring Kit 49-37mm 52-49mm 58-55mm 55-52mm 62-58mm 67-62mm72-67mm 77-72mm 82-77mm
K&F Concept 18pcs Metal Adpater Stepping Rings Set -Includes 9pcs Step Up Ring Kit 37-49mm 49-52mm 52-55mm 55-58mm 58-62mm 62-67mm67-72mm 72-77mm 77-82mm 9pcs Step Down Ring Kit 49-37mm 52-49mm 58-55mm 55-52mm 62-58mm 67-62mm72-67mm 77-72mm 82-77mm
Offered by dcmall
Price: £35.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "complete set" of stepping rings, 28 May 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This set of stepping rings is a "one hit" solution meaning it covers every common filter size from 82mm down to 37mm with all the sizes in between you would expect. There might be a few odd compact camera filter sizes using non standard sizes not here but for SLR or ILC users this will fit every lens filter. The rings are made from anodised aluminium and I looked quite closely at the threading as well as using them on various lenses and filters I didn't have any problems the threads are well defined and clean that's quite important.

Looking at the rings the first number on each one tells you the thread size for the lens the second for the filter for example a 67mm-62mm ring means you can put a 62mm filter on a 67mm lens filter size very easy to follow. Whilst it is possible to buy stepping rings that cover bigger gaps in one go (say a 77mm filer to a 55mm) you can get there with this kit just use multiple rings. Covers all you need and can save you a fortune replicating expensive filters in different sizes. A must have
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AVANTEK DTZ5-12W Portable Wireless Doorbell Kit, 36 Chime Tones, 1000 ft / 300 m Range [1 Touch Button Operated Transmitter & 2 Plug-In Door Chimes], White
AVANTEK DTZ5-12W Portable Wireless Doorbell Kit, 36 Chime Tones, 1000 ft / 300 m Range [1 Touch Button Operated Transmitter & 2 Plug-In Door Chimes], White
Offered by Avantek UK
Price: £43.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice "low profile" touch sensitive doorbell kit, battery cover could be improved, 28 May 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

For review I looked at the "twin kit" one obvious advantage of that is you can use both simultaneously and in different locations (one upstairs, one downstairs or at separate areas front/back of the house) The door bell transmitter is somewhat wider than the tradition wired doorbell but quite thin (9.5cm length by 4.5cm width with a depth of just over 1.5cm) you can attach this via the sticky pads provided, glue it on or screw/nail it if you take the cover off. Power is supplied by a lithium CR2032 cell it's quite easy to get to this with the pull out door cover but I found the cover only passable it did stay put but didn't require a lot of effort to open it, a locking mechanism is needed I feel. Touch control is quite light you get a blue light come on to confirm it's worked.

Range is quoted as at a massive 300 metres but with objects and walls in the way it's likely a lot less that said I went right down the garden and both units were still in range so I don't see this as a problem. Hard to judge battery life though it's easy to pick up these lithium cells in most shops.

Onto the chime units these again have touch control when plugged in a green light displays this turns to amber when it's activated you have 3 levels of volume and a silent mode (just the LED flashing) tapping the top area changes the tunes 36 of them and a decent selection too from the usual "ding dong" to some well known classical, festive offerings and happy birthday even a "hello", my personal favourite is a rather nice rendition of "My Heart Will Go On" and "Hey Jude" is also a nice one to pick this unit is polyphonic meaning it can play multiple notes at the same time and it does sound quite good and volume is more than loud enough on most melodies.

In most ways I like the doorbell set quite a lot the design and styling is refined, the slimmer bodies mean it doesn't stick out of the plug very far either, touch sensitivity is also a nice addition. For me it's just the not as firm fitting as it should be battery cover that pulls it down a bit if the maker can address that aspect then it would be an easy 5 stars.
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USB 2.0 Mic Speaker 5.1 Audio Sound Card Adapter
USB 2.0 Mic Speaker 5.1 Audio Sound Card Adapter
Offered by LTZmart
Price: £0.89

3.0 out of 5 stars Build is a bit "weedy" but it works and gets the job done, 27 May 2015
I bought one of these for a friend who had a damaged 3.5mm jack on their laptop and was unable to connect their external speakers. As they use their laptop to hook up to a TV to watch DVD's and films (this is the primary use of the notebook) they were stuck with the weedy onboard speakers and the usual bad sound quality.

The device is very simple, plug it into a USB port, Windows 7 sees the device instantly and that's it you get a microphone and headphone jack, there are no drivers needed to install. Output quality is quite reasonable for such a low cost device, build is best described as passable at best (light plastic case, could be better here, it's not going to take a beating) You can adjust some settings via the control panel, though don't expect the tweaking of a high cost dedicated USB sound card.

Considering the low cost, and ease of use this is a pretty good purchase if you need an inexpensive way to get sound from a computer via a USB port. Don't buy it though expecting superior sound quality, it's ok but it won't give better sound quality than the one on board it's just a convenient way to hook up sound if you want to use the USB port.


JIAFENG Wireless LED light Bluetooth Speaker with Multi-function Bluetooth Magic Dancing colorful Music led light
JIAFENG Wireless LED light Bluetooth Speaker with Multi-function Bluetooth Magic Dancing colorful Music led light
Offered by Daguangru
Price: £36.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky "disco light" looks backed up with a punchy sound output, 27 May 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

The LED disco light Bluetooth speaker is nothing new to the market but here the maker has included a few extra bits all wrapped up in a very portable small "cylinder" styled speaker. It's not just a Bluetooth speaker but has an FM radio, and Aux 3.5mm input as well as a slot for a micro SD card pretty much all you might want (bar possibly a USB port input) are here. It's good to see the inclusion of the radio (you can auto scan or manually adjust the frequency) and card slot a lot of makers don't bother but being able to tune into a station or load up your music onto a card and keep it in the speaker is undoubtedly very handy. You get a supplied micro USB cable for charging and a 3.5mm male to male for the Aux input.

Side controls consist of buttons for the source Bluetooth, micro SD (TF), and FM in the middle are the play pause buttons and track forward/back these double up for volume too (longer presses control this) Top controls allow you to cycle through the LED colours or turn it off entirely we have red, blue, green and white these are sound reactive responding to the music and you can also mix all of them together. 5 levels of brightness for the LED's too. Underside has the power switch, micro USB port for charging, line in and micro SD slot. Calls are dealt with via the microphone (which is also on the side) which does fine the play pause also accepts and ends calls. Bluetooth range was good at about 9 metres no issues to report with dropping out either.

The maker suggests a longer 8 hour initial charge to condition the battery, after than it's about 3 hours to charge from flat and can play for up to 8 hours or so, but you can halve that if you are using the lights at the higher settings. Quite hard to judge the endurance as volume, distance to phone if using Bluetooth all play a part the radio or micro SD slot will use a bit less power I got over 5 hours playing it with the lights at comfortable volume levels if you are blasting it out full pelt expect less but it's quite good for a speaker this size.

Onto the sound department pleased to report it's realty very good a nice meaty bass but the mids and highs are still crisp and clean and don't get swamped out. This is a fairly loud speaker but the fidelity is also decent which is important loud but mushy isn't great, but loud and defined is. I tested it for quite a while and I'm very happy with the quality of the sound.

Build a nice soft effect rubber all round it's a strong feeling speaker no creaks or weak areas are apparent even the metal grill feels quite thick and resistant to denting. Base has an oval edge to it so the speaker sits upright no obvious weaknesses here. One minor point the micro USB charging port is also on the base this means if you are charging it the speaker has to be tilted over and can't sit flat it might have been better to have the port on the side. You can continue to play music and use the speaker whilst it's charging.

Lots to like about this speaker it not only looks cool but sounds good too, few minor areas don't really detracts from a solid product that's very likeable and with the built in radio and card slot makes a great portable speaker. Good stuff
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