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GoPro Body Mount Bundle by CamKix - 1 Shoulder Harness Mount, 1 Head Strap Mount, 1 Rotating Wrist Mount - All Accessories Are Fully Adjustable - Also Includes 1 Thumbscrew , 1 CamKix Drawstring Storage Bag - Compatible with All GoPro Hero Models (Shoulder mount)
GoPro Body Mount Bundle by CamKix - 1 Shoulder Harness Mount, 1 Head Strap Mount, 1 Rotating Wrist Mount - All Accessories Are Fully Adjustable - Also Includes 1 Thumbscrew , 1 CamKix Drawstring Storage Bag - Compatible with All GoPro Hero Models (Shoulder mount)
Offered by ECO-FUSED UK
Price: £25.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good "combo" set for helmet, shoulder and wrist mounting couple of points to note though, 27 Jan. 2015
Note: The maker sent me a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This set includes 3 main ways of mounting a Go Pro (or similar) camera. In side the pack you get
1: A shoulder mount this has a padded (neoprene) section on the shoulder, and a quick release buckle which can be adjusted for size; all the straps are elasticated.
2: A wrist strap again this has a padded neoprene area, on top of this is a plate where you attach the camera, this rotates freely at any angle and can be "locked" in place via a push across tab at the base of the plate. Velcro fastener secures this to your wrist
3: Helmet/Head strap, elasticated on all sides this has a size adjuster on the right section to ensure a good fit (in the bag is a thumbscrew for this too)

You also get a waterproof bag with tie strings (non padded) and approx. 34cm x 40cm in size

First up the "shoulder mount" this works great very quick to put on and you can get a good fit with the adjustment being elasticated it's also very comfy to wear. In the padded section is a plastic plate this is solid and won't dig in thanks to the padding support.

The wrist mount is well designed and can be put on quickly or taken off, the rotating section has free movement which means you can get any angle you want easily. The tab locks this in place securely. One minor point for me is if you're wearing gloves you might find it a little tricky to lock/unlock this I'd prefer a slightly bigger tab (it's quite stiff) it does the job well enough apart from that.

Lastly the helmet/head strap, on the back of the elasticated sections are a "wave effect" (looks like silicone) this helps to grip the helmet or even a head, but I think it's better suited for a helmet as there is no additional padding on the front part where the plastic plate is (just a section of the elasticated material) that's one place where I would re-work the design a bit, it is curved and feels "OK" when head mounted but I'm on the cautious side safety wise and would suggest a helmet be worn for this strap (in case you have a fall or impact)

The kit overall is a decent one and has 3 useful mounts, not perfect but in most ways a good product bar a few areas as mentioned above it's worth looking at if you need some varied mounting options.


GoPro Chest Mount Harness by CamKix - Adjustable Chest Strap Compatible with GoPro Hero4, Hero3+, Hero3, Hero2, and Hero Camera - Also Includes 1 J-Hook, 1 Thumbscrew , 1 CamKix Drawstring Storage Bag (Black)
GoPro Chest Mount Harness by CamKix - Adjustable Chest Strap Compatible with GoPro Hero4, Hero3+, Hero3, Hero2, and Hero Camera - Also Includes 1 J-Hook, 1 Thumbscrew , 1 CamKix Drawstring Storage Bag (Black)
Offered by ECO-FUSED UK
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent harness that's comfy and well designed, 27 Jan. 2015
Note: The maker sent me a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This "harness" is very quick and east to fit just pop the two central sections over your head, and fasten the wrap around your chest via the strap and it clips into place with a secure quick release buckle. All of the sections are elasticated, and the shoulder straps and chest strap is fully adjustable in size making it suitable for a variety of frame sizes.

The central section has a plastic plate (this feels strong and solid) polished to a high gloss black on the sample I looked at. In the pack is a "J" hook, this clips into the plate, you mount the camera here. Design wise this is well thought out as you can't release the "J" hook unless you press both tabs which are at the bottom rather than the sides it's much better as it avoids the potential problem of the hook coming out by accident there is no chance of that happening here. You also get a supplied thumbscrew (and spare nut) pop the camera casing in here and tighten it up.

Because the hook is shaped it means you can adjust the angle quite a bit even at a slightly upwards incline which could prove handy for some types of shooting. There is a waterproof bag included this is approx. 35cm wide by 40cm height, it's a simple non padded bag and has strings either side to pull it closed and to carry it, plenty of space in there for the harness and some other items. Quality feels good on the straps and the plastic parts fit nice and securely in place.

For me this works great it's been thought out properly and makes for a good solution if you need to strap a Go Pro to your chest.


PlusFive Slap-up Rectangle Opal Cufflinks for Men Cat's Eys Business Oassions Pack of Two
PlusFive Slap-up Rectangle Opal Cufflinks for Men Cat's Eys Business Oassions Pack of Two
Offered by PlusFive UK
Price: £15.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice set of well made Cufflinks, 27 Jan. 2015
Note: The supplier sent me a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This set of cufflinks has a silver mirror finish on the metal sections, in the middle is the "opal" which is smoothly machined and flush on all sides. The opal is a deep blue in colour and contrasts quite nicely with the lighter metal. In terms of quality I looked at the joins and they were clean and solid, the back section can be "flipped" either side to make it easier to insert into the shirt cuff. All the metal sections were smooth, the opal section is also polished to a high gloss.

In terms of "looks" this would suit more formal occasions the darker blue would lend itself well to a variety of shirt colours. You also get a felt bag to store them in. Overall a good set here and finished to a high standard.
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Sumvision Psyc Elise SX Green Sports Headphone Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, with built in Dual Mic. Sweatproof, Running, Cycling
Sumvision Psyc Elise SX Green Sports Headphone Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, with built in Dual Mic. Sweatproof, Running, Cycling
Offered by E-Deals Shop
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive "sporty" earbuds with good sound and some handy features, 27 Jan. 2015
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

I've looked at a few Bluetooth headsets before but this set has a few extras you don't always see. Firstly the headphones support NFC this means you can simply use the "NFC tag" to pair them up (if you have an NFC device) they can also be paired up to second phone with the "multipoint" feature, in short you can use them on two phones at the same time.

A quick look over the headphones, firstly you'll see the "loops" which go over the ears, these are flexible and have grooves in them (you can remove the wires from these to take them out) you get a spare set in the box too. They are pre-fitted with medium silicone ear pieces, there are 2 pairs included if you want to change to the smaller or larger size. I found the mediums a good fit for my ears. In the middle of the cable is a slider/adjuster to take up the slack if required.

The controls are straight forward on the right hand earpiece power it on via the switch this sits next to a flap covering the micro USB port for charging. Left hand side has the skip forward/back buttons (these also double as volume controls) and a "multi function button" this has quite a few uses including answer/reject/end calls, transferring calls to the phone and play/pause. There are some pretty cool features here though which you don't normally see firstly you can use voice dialling just push the MF button and speak the person's name, the headset also gives voice prompts and reads the incoming number back to you.

In use it took about 2 hours to fully charge the phones, I got about 4:45 minutes playing music at moderate volume levels expect a bit more battery life if you're using them for calls. The maker says the headphones are moisture/sweat resistant I did some cycling with these and didn't note any problems during use. Sound quality is very decent for the price point (quite well balanced), there are 2 built in microphones too this helps quite a lot when using them for phone conversations. Range was good in my tests it's quoted at an impressive 20 metres, I got about 13 metres with a wall in the way (this will vary clear line of sight will give bigger ranges) that's well above average compared to most headsets I've used.

For what's on offer here it's hard not to be impressed, good design and build, some excellent features including NFC, voice commands, dual microphones, large range/moisture resistance, even a draw string carry case. They are comfy and produce a good sound output, and the instructions a very clear and easy to follow. To date probably the best compact earphones with Bluetooth I've used and an easy recommendation, excellent.
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UK Dapper - Lloytron B010 Always Ready Rechargeable AA Size 2100mAh Batteries (Pack of 4)
UK Dapper - Lloytron B010 Always Ready Rechargeable AA Size 2100mAh Batteries (Pack of 4)
Offered by PowerPlanet UK - typ. 5-7 working days
Price: £8.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No problems so far good capacity and performance, 27 Jan. 2015
I bought a few sets of these to try out I have a selection of makers from the top tier Eneloops to well known makers like Uniross and Duracell I mix up brands as it's easier to know how old the cells are. This set are at the more affordable end of the market but have proven to be a cut above some of the budget offerings I've used.

These Lloytron AA's are rated at 2100mAh and I ran a batch through a capacity tester and got results from 1970mAh to 2080mAh so fairly close to the rated capacity (it does vary even among the same pack of batteries) The "ACCU" ready aspect is the longer shelf life and lower discharge rate, and compared to normal cells they do seem to hold a charge well even in months of storage.

As a real test I used a set in a flashgun for a day and they held up very well and performed as I would hope from some of the bigger brands, not a lot in it really. Being honest the eneloops are probably the best on the market though a few makers run them close. I can't comment on the 1000 charges claim yet, but 6 months of running multiple sets (AA and AAA) I've no complaints at all with them. Whilst they're not going to challenge the top battery maker, they do have the advantage of being very reasonably priced and compared to a few supermarket offerings these are way better, even in high drain devices. At this price there are no real reasons to be shopping about for even cheaper offerings.

Overall a solid thumbs up and recommended


LEGO City Airport Cargo Terminal Play Set
LEGO City Airport Cargo Terminal Play Set
Offered by Bargains R Us
Price: £95.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice lego set, though the build consists of some larger parts, 27 Jan. 2015
I bought this for my son last year adding to the fairly extensive collection he already has.

This is an good plane and set, but be aware of the size at just under 50cm long and with a span of about 38cm it's one of the bigger plane sets and takes up a bit of space.

Build wise this took about 80 minutes from start to finish at a fairly leisurely pace too, thanks in part to the wing and fuselage parts (which are solid pieces) in total 658 pieces but one of the quicker sets we've built. Once constructed the rear part of the plane folds open, this is held with a latch and is quite secure when closed, you can also "flip up" the area behind the cockpit and at the rear section to store parts in which can be loaded with the boxes included in the set.

The cockpit top section can be taken off and two seats for the pilots and a few control panel parts are inside. A nice touch is you have the "throttle" levers on a section which mimics a real plane control, no levers though which would have been a bonus.

Other included parts are the forklift, re-fuelling vehicle, ATV and a truck with a moving "conveyor belt" and 5 figures including the pilot. A control tower is also in the bundle though this has a rotating seat and radar antenna but the back part is not solid (open design) so it's really a front facing toy rather than a full blown control tower (it's not bad though)

This set might has advantages and disadvantages despite the number of pieces quite a lot of parts are pre moulded and fairly sizeable this might not sit so well with dedicated Lego fans (who like to build mostly brick by brick) to others it speeds up the build time quite a lot. Really depends on what your taste here breaking down the set won't be that useful with the wing and fuselage parts as you won't really be able to use these for general building. Price well little bit high in my view, but as ever the quality is here. On upside to the larger parts used is that when build the plane is fairly strong and will survive a bit of rough handling with the kids.

If you want a larger plane that's easier to make this is worth a look, but if you want a full on "Lego" experience with lots of building and small parts, you might want to look at something else.


Kodak Fun Flash Disposable Camera - 39 Exposures Pack of 2
Kodak Fun Flash Disposable Camera - 39 Exposures Pack of 2
Offered by K.K. Electronics
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look though more serious film shooters might want to check out alternatives, 27 Jan. 2015
The Kodak is a very simple affair as all disposable cameras are, a point and shoot plastic lens film camera with a flash.
The camera is loaded with ISO 400 negative film, with a total of 39 exposures, a flash is here too to help with lower light photos, a basic optical viewfinder to frame your shots and that's pretty much it.

The attraction is the price (which isn't bad for a roll of film and camera) Quality wise the photos are fine for smaller prints (6x4", 7x5" around that size), running the negatives though my high resolution film scanner though showed the limitations of the lens (hardly surprising at this cost)

If you need a disposable film camera, at a fair price this is worth considering

But if you are someone who has the odd dabble with 35mm film and require better quality, ebay is full of very inexpensive 35mm cameras so it might be worth picking up a bargain compact/SLR body and buying the film on it's own. Most buyers though won't really be concerned with the quality or smaller print limitations
Pretty good for the price


Evo-Stik Gripfill Yellow Solvent Free Adhesive 350ml EVOGRIPYELL
Evo-Stik Gripfill Yellow Solvent Free Adhesive 350ml EVOGRIPYELL
Offered by san direct
Price: £4.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to work with, but make sure this is right for the surface you are sticking, 27 Jan. 2015
This came out after the original "Solvent based Gripfill" which has a green tube. This variety is a bit different for a few reasons firstly because it's using a water based adhesive (I assume some type of PVA glue) it's suited to application where "at least one surface is porous" that can mean plaster, wood etc. If you are trying to bond and gap fill two non porous surfaces go with the "original green gripfill"

One advantage of this type is that it's both cheaper than the adhesive based one and easier to work with. If you over apply in some areas simply use a damp cloth to wipe the excess off. The smell is also far milder than the green version which has a very strong odour (and should be used with some ventilation) This still have some degree of flexibility though unlike some types of adhesive that can snap or break this will flex (I'm not sure what compound Evo-Stik are using but it's more than just normal PVA glue) this still has the gap filling properties of the original though.

I stuck a friends wooden cover to a dishwasher door with this, that was a year ago and it's not moved since (one surface porous one metal) You can be a bit more generous with application with this type as unlike the original it's a lot easier to clean up, it's also a good solution for large skirting areas as the gaps are filled with this, but apply it in "blob" patterns spread out along the timber you don't need to load up the whole area with the adhesive seam it in at the top if you wish to fill the gaps.

Very useful and a great addition for anyone doing DIY, just remember to use it on suitable surfaces. Recommended


GGS DSLR LCD Optical Glass Screen Protector For Pentax K-7 Digital SLR Cameras
GGS DSLR LCD Optical Glass Screen Protector For Pentax K-7 Digital SLR Cameras
Offered by 2012street
Price: £4.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Robust screen protection, though tricky to remove, 27 Jan. 2015
The GGS protectors are excellent quality, they use ultra thin optical glass which is toughened and I've never had a problem with the clarity either you can't really notice any difference in seeing the LCD screen after fitting (it's still very clear and bright) This one included a top cover for the LCD screen in addition to the larger screen, it's rare to see a top LCD with damage but nice to have in case you want to use it

Having used these on quite a few cameras they do last and don't mark, as well as offer additional impact protection a thin layer protector can't.

There is a downside though, once fitted they are quite hard to remove without shattering the glass in the protector. It's not impossible to remove it without breaking, but tricky. You need to gently prise up the sides very slowly. Most will never need to remove one though so likely not an issue. If you think you might be removing it you'll probably be better served with a hardened plastic protector.

A good product, a bit more expensive than some of the toughened plastic protectors though.


Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera - Black + Case and 32GB Memory Card (12MP EXR CMOS, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch LCD Screen
Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera - Black + Case and 32GB Memory Card (12MP EXR CMOS, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch LCD Screen

5.0 out of 5 stars It's not perfect but the EXR sensor is superb, 27 Jan. 2015
The X10 is a slightly older (but still very capable) Premium compact, but at a price where the niggles and quirks fade away.

I previously used the X10 not long after it came out, I liked it but the £500 price tag was fairly hefty at the time
Fast forward to today and the price is vastly cheaper, making the X10 a tremendous bargain and a good single camera or as "want something decent, but smaller" camera for SLR or system camera users. I'm not short on cameras, but there is always room for a good one.

**Note update at the end of the review**

A quick summary of my experience so far with the X10 and some points to note:

Good stuff:
+ Excellent build quality, magnesium alloy body feels very solid and robust with a nod to retro design, lots of controls
+ Useful and fast 28-112mm equivalent (f2 to f2.8) lens
+ Lens is optically very good with high resolution and sharpness even wide open, smooth mechanical zoom action
+ 2/3" sensor delivers impressive quality for the sensor size, and good dynamic range (EXR sensor)
+ Optical viewfinder, few cameras have this nowadays and it's and it's quite a good size (bigger than the G series Canon's) Also has dioptre correction.
+ Good macro capability via the super macro (1cm at the wide end)
+ 2.8", 460,000 dot LCD not the highest resolution, but the display is clear
+ Mostly fully featured for a compact, full manual controls, intelligent modes, lots of filters and effect manual zoom, Raw shooting, 2 custom user settings on the dial. Pretty much fully loaded for a camera
+ Has a hot shoe for external flashes
+ Very attractive colours and tonality (Fuji Colours as some call them)
+ Choice of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios
+ Full HD video 1920 x 1080 (30 fps) stereo sound, and some faster but much lower resolution modes. Video/Sound quality is pretty good, though not a stand out point of the camera

Not so great:
- Optical finder is bare just a view no information at all, though it does zoom as you change the focal length (at the wide end you can see the lens in the OVF)
- No built in ND filter, you might run out of shutter in bright light (stop the lens down a bit max shutter speed is 1/1000 second wide open to 1/4000s stopped down) some limitations to longer shutter speeds depending on the ISO level set (30 seconds is the longest)
- Can't change to RAW via the Q menu (though you can set it to the Fn button) very strange
- EV dial is quite stiff, though you won't change it by accident
- Fairly average battery life, around 250-270 shots (though you can use the optical finder which will increase it a lot) Get a spare at least one NP-50
- Continuous AF central point only (just like the X-S1)
- Main menu, whilst workable is only split into 2 tabs (and some settings are not obvious which one they are in) Fortunately you won't need to visit them often
- Manual focus fairly slow (rotate the back dial to focus) you do get a distance scale and magnify option, but it requires quite a few turns to move the focus of some use for macro work, but could be better

Notes:
In this bundle you DO get the filter/hood adapter, this was initially an add on item (and fairly pricey at that) it's included in the box allowing you to fit 52mm filters (or 58mm ones to the add on hood part which is threaded)
The supplied lens cap is metal with a felt lining, it's classy but possibly not practical (you can buy a 52mm lens cap or look at the auto opening lens caps for the X10)

The strap is a "pleather" variety quite narrow it does the job ok (I'd prefer fabric though this is quite stiff)

Raw buffer is about 6 shots (not huge) but adequate for a compact, you can get about 15/16 shots in high speed shooting at 6mp jpeg.

Firmware 2.0
This changed the function of the RAW button to a "Quick menu" where you can scroll though options and quickly set WB, ISO, Image style, Dynamic range, etc. This avoids diving into the main menu (most of the time) They also added some more "Advanced Filters" such as toy camera, miniature etc etc.

Orbs:
Addressed during production the phenomenon was a sensor issue where hard edges on highlights were present in lower ISO shots. I saw no problems on my unit (serial begins 23), if you have an early X10 contact Fuji as they will fix this for no charge.

Optical viewfinder: No parallax correction (mostly an issue for close up photos where this is a problem) In some modes you can turn the rear LCD off entirely (but not manual, aperture, shutter etc) I would suggest using P mode, set your Auto ISO limit to what you require and DR setting. The OVF is surprisingly usable despite the lack of information (the X20 addressed this)

AF & Metering: I found both mostly satisfactory, AF is usually on target with reasonably fast speeds (X20 is faster) Metering is fairly consistent though might need some adjustment in harder lighting and can be a bit aggressive in low light (you also have bracketing too) White balance is good in normal shooting, though can require some intervention for low light levels and can be a bit cool in cloudy conditions on AWB (you have extensive WB options here including Kelvins)

**EXR notes**: (Fuji do a poor job of explaining this)
In EXR mode (on the dial) only jpegs can be shot (and you have limited control no exp comp), DR 800/1600 are available. HR shoots full resolution, SNR combines the dual pixel layout to 6mp images with lower noise, and DR is the dynamic range option (which exposes both sets of sensor photo sites at different exposures)

You can use the EXR sensor in other modes (any other mode), set the camera to 6mp and DR400 (this is the max DR and a good setting) You can also shoot 6mp raw files.
If you have the camera set to 12mp and use the DR function at 200%, the ISO increases to ISO 200, and to ISO 400 for DR400%, this does improve DR at the expense of some noise.

**Image Quality**
12mp shots did show higher resolution, but less DR than 6mp photos. Experiment with both to see what suits certain shooting conditions.
Raw files had good latitude and raw support has improved a lot (esp ACR) 6mp Raw files have excellent dynamic range and good processing scope esp low ISO ones.

Jpeg files were good (I set noise reduction to -2) and held details well even at ISO 1600 (raw files had extra DR in the highlights) ISO 3200 is usable with care, but print output will be reduced.

Images are not DSLR quality, but they are well above normal compacts with smaller sensors (this shares the same sensor as the Fuji XS-1). The camera is capable of very good images backed up with a strong lens. But have realistic expectations too. OIS and a fast lens help greatly for low light shooting, this is a camera that makes a great side kick or day out camera if you want to leave your bigger camera at home this is the ideal choice for you. It's not small for a compact (RX100 is def smaller) but you get the OVF and it's far easier to carry around than a bigger DSLR.

The X10 has had some work done to it by Fuji with firmware, and quirks and warts aside you have a very capable slightly flawed gem (the X20 has improved things in quite a few areas, though it has it's own issues and a different type of sensor) For the original asking price I can see some holes to pick. However at the new super low price, including the hood/filter adapter you get a lot for your money. A solid build camera, a very usable and handy optical viewfinder, and excellent sharp lens and a sensor that is capable of good images.

****Update 13/08/14 (review score changed to 4 stars to reflect a potential QC problem)****

I've been using the X10 for a few weeks all was going well until I noticed quite a bit of "dust" or metal particles inside the lens under the front element and on the internal elements. Some of the particles look metallic but some look like dust.

The camera has only been used in a normal environment (ie not a dusty one) I've read reports about this but assumed the issue might have been fixed, apparently not though (serial number 24M which is a later production model) I will be contacting Fujifilm to see what their response is on this problem, but I am quite concerned after such a short time that particles can turn up inside the lens. I will update the review further after I have spoken to Fuji's customer support.

Update 08/12/14

Eventually got the problems resolved it would appear I was unlucky and got a ropey X10 (hence the problems with particles in the lens. Credit to Fuji for stepping up to the plate after many delays and finding a satisfactory solution

Update:

After trying the X20 (which offers some improvements on the X10 in many ways mostly refined handling and additional settings) I didn't get along with the new sensor and much prefer the X10 EXR sensor, this is because the dynamic range is excellent (really in a class of it's own for this size of sensor and rivals APS-C offerings) I sold the X20 and continue to use the X10. The OVF overlay on the X20 is very good and welcomed but the sensor output wasn't to my taste (dynamic range wasn't as good as the X10's)

Review score updated to 5 stars even though the X10 has weaker areas, the images continue to impress and the unique sensor has significant advantages over rival offerings in this segment.


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