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Oakley Enduro Rucksack Blue Sapphire Size:30 L
Oakley Enduro Rucksack Blue Sapphire Size:30 L
Price: £54.92

2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Description, 12 May 2016
This review is from: Oakley Enduro Rucksack (Sports)
I purchased this item based upon the description on the Oakley website of multiple compartments:
- 'Interior organization panel for daily essentials'
- 'Separate compartments for eyewear, shoes and water for organization'
Really?!?! So where is all this?!?!

Apart from the exterior slim pockets on front, side and lid (visible in the website photo) and the slim computer pocket, there is only one single interior compartment. The main (and only) compartment.
So where is the 'organisational panel'?
Where is the ('separate') compartment for shoes and water??? There is only ONE main interior space!!!!! (The exterior side mesh on the lower side pockets are adequate for a small water bottle (providing that you don't want to put anything in the pocket) - any other ‘compartment’ is too slim for a water bottle.) Simple answer : water and shoes (and anything else bulky) all goes into the one main single compartment.
Simple summary : this is just a simple, basic one compartment (+ computer pocket) rucksack with only the small exterior pockets as extra.
Frankly, the description is entirely MISLEADING.

It stylish and seems well made (so I give it 2 stars, instead one zero), but I will be very wary of buying any Oakley product after this.


Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter with Auto-Exposure, Auto-Focus and Auto-Aperture, Canon EOS EF EFs Lens to EOS M EF-m Camera Body
Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter with Auto-Exposure, Auto-Focus and Auto-Aperture, Canon EOS EF EFs Lens to EOS M EF-m Camera Body
Offered by Fotodiox Inc. USA
Price: £38.71

5.0 out of 5 stars The fit and finish are excellent. Clicks securely onto the A7 body and a ..., 11 May 2016
The fit and finish are excellent.
Clicks securely onto the A7 body and a Canon EF lens. No play, but also no worries that it is going to jam onto the body or lens. The 'lump' on the bottom is the tripod mounting point and can be removed in seconds when not required.

For my EF 17-40 L Canon lens (no guarantees that this will be the case for all models of Canon EF lens, and it definitely doesn't work for some Canon-fit third party lenses (e.g. Sigm, Tamron)):
Aperture control of the lens by the body works perfectly.
Autofocus is slowish (0.5-1.0 seconds, depending on the subject and the light) but accurate and employs the native multi-point or single point of the A7.
Not sure that you'd want to use an adapted lens for sport/wildlife and moving subjects, but it's perfect for my Canon 17-40 where I'm only taking landscape and architecture (and it's a great lens that is a fraction of the price of the equivalent Sony lens).

I chose this Fotodiox item (out of the many cheap and expensive adapters) since it is recommended by Brian Smith who is a bit of a guru - check out his website which has a quite authorotative listing of lens adapter options for Sony A7 series cameras.


TOGUARD Mini Car DVR Camera 2.4" Full HD 1080P Driving Recorder With G-sensor Motion Detection Loop Recorder HDMI Output Night Vision G-sensor (Black)
TOGUARD Mini Car DVR Camera 2.4" Full HD 1080P Driving Recorder With G-sensor Motion Detection Loop Recorder HDMI Output Night Vision G-sensor (Black)
Offered by TODEAL
Price: £17.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 23 April 2016
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Really quite amazing video quality for such a cheap camera. Very impressive.
The camera is easy to set and use (despite the poor instructions supplied) and the video files are standard Quicktime compatible and thus simple to transfer and watch on computer.


The Glorious Heresies: Shortlisted for the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
The Glorious Heresies: Shortlisted for the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but bleak, 23 April 2016
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I hestitated between a 3-star and a 5-star rating (so settled on 4 :-)

5 star for the great writing. It really brings to life the damp, cold seedy streets of Cork. There is a gentle mix of occasional (black) humour and irony. Not surprising to see the great reviews and prize nominations.

3 star because it is a bleak story, and hard going at times. Not uninteresting, but simply the issue to find anyone in the narrative that you actually care about. The five primary characters are : an alcoholic father, his drug-dealer teenage son, a prostitute, a gangster, the gangster's cynical mother. A single random act of violence and the need to dispose of the body bring these diverse characters together. And really, nothing pleasant happens to any of them. Overall, it is a hard, bitter tale of hard, bitter people.


Sony a7 Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
Sony a7 Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
Price: £9.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Worth every penny, 23 April 2016
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I really struggle with standard manufacturer camera manuals. They are typically a 300-400 page list of functions, and how to switch them on and off, but no information about why and when you should use them.

This book is ideal. It jumps straight into the immediate list of things that you want to do (and thus need to know) with your new toy. Then moves into more advanced functions. All the while carefully explaining WHY this or that feature is best/worst to achieve the end, and explained in a simple fashion, with diagrams and menu trees. The book covers a little of the basics of photography, but only enough to explain the context of a function or feature of the camera, without boring someone already knowledgeable in photography.
Absolutely recommended.


Vanguard Kinray Lite 48Gr Large Backpack With Removable Padded Camera Insert And Quick Side Access And Rain Cover - Green
Vanguard Kinray Lite 48Gr Large Backpack With Removable Padded Camera Insert And Quick Side Access And Rain Cover - Green
Price: £89.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but limited for space, 4 April 2016
I would actually rate this bag as 5 stars for design and versatility. The internal camera 'box' is a velcro-fixed portion that can be changed for layout, or completely removed. The side entry pocket is ideal for quick access to your camera. It takes a full size DSLR with 70-300mm zoom with no problems. The straps and comfort level is the best I've ever found in a rucksack. The only downside is that the cross-chest and -waist straps cannot be secured back out the way (you don't need them), so I ended up cutting them off. There is a rain cover concealed under the base. The green color and material/build quality is excellent, and I like the fact that it will pass at first glance as an ordinary hiking backpack (it doesn't shout "expensive camera equipment inside!" to would-be thieves). It is extremely light!

Downsides: the only complaint is lack of space. It is a fairly small volume (I would guess at 20 litres). So with the 'box' installed to take camera and two lenses, that leaves only a relatively small space in the top section that is barely adequate for lunch and a bottle of water. The side mesh pocket is very tight and narrow and will not take a bottle of water. The long up-down zip on the back conceals a space that could be used for a very thin unlined waterproof jacket.

Overall, as a bag for short walks to just carry just camera and accessories it works fine. However, for day-long treks that will require you to carry sufficient food, liquids another items (as well as camera), it doesn't have sufficient space.


4 Mega-Pixel Car Recorder, MAISI® Full HD Color Car Black Box Dashboard Camcorder (2304*1296/30FPS, 2.7 Inch LCD 8x Digital Zoom, 150-Degree True Wide Vision Angle, Motion Detection, WDR Superior Quality Night Mode, 6-Glass Lens, Automatic Ignition/Motion/Crash Detection and Recording with G-sensor, One Button Audio Recording, Support Up To 64GB TF Card)
4 Mega-Pixel Car Recorder, MAISI® Full HD Color Car Black Box Dashboard Camcorder (2304*1296/30FPS, 2.7 Inch LCD 8x Digital Zoom, 150-Degree True Wide Vision Angle, Motion Detection, WDR Superior Quality Night Mode, 6-Glass Lens, Automatic Ignition/Motion/Crash Detection and Recording with G-sensor, One Button Audio Recording, Support Up To 64GB TF Card)
Offered by Direct Digi Sales
Price: £159.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 2 April 2016
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I am hugely impressed by this device.
The video quality is quite amazing. The device auto-switches on and off when it detects current (from the supplied cable, plugged into the 12V plug (cigar lighter to many)). The supplied extras : suction cup, 2 stick-on holders (alternative to suction cup), cables (one plenty long enough to go around the top edge of the screen, down door pillar) are all good.
Video files are saved in standard Quick Time format, so easy to play back on MaC of Windows PCs.

Only two items that prevent me giving this a 5 star:
1. There is no overlap between consecutive video files (many dash cams give a bit of overlap). But I think that it would be no problem to splice them together using software if needed.
2. The instruction manual is a bit basic. I gained more info from reading reviews and Q&As here on Amazon, than I did from the manual (for example, the fact that the screen auto-shuts down after a few minutes driving, but it is still recording).

However, in terms of ease of use (once set up) and the quality of the recording, very satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Walking Shoes I ever Had, 31 Mar. 2016
After a couple of pairs of Salomons that ended with detached soles sooner or later, I decided to move to a different brand.
I was initially wary of Merrell, due to detaching sole issues that have plagued their Moab range. However, I could only find good reviews of this Intercept model, so decided to buy them.
I had read that they are narrow (they aren't!), so added not one but two sizes to my usual. Glad that I did.
First use revealed two potential 'rub' spots : where the tongue is sewn into the upper (would rub on top of the foot, at the base of the toes) and the top of the arch (sits quite high). After a couple of gentle wear-in walks, these gave no issues.
After 10 months of use, including a lot of long walks over rough terrain (including the Cinq Terres coast trail in Italy - wonderful if you like coastal cliff paths interspersed with colorful fishing villages, pizza and gelato stops) I have to declare these shoes to be fantastic.
Comfortable in the extreme, very hippy on loose surfaces, waterproof, solidly made. The uppers in particular seem very robust and I can easily see them outlasting the soles.


Nespresso U Matt Coffee Machines by Krups - Red
Nespresso U Matt Coffee Machines by Krups - Red
Price: £101.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Leaky Disaster, 31 Mar. 2016
Makes nice coffee, but is a leaky catastrophe.
The seal between the water container and the base that it plugs into is poor. An full container will leak to empty (all over whatever surface you have it on) in about 3 minutes. Therefore you have to make your coffee and then empty it immediately.


Our Souls at Night
Our Souls at Night
Price: £4.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather short (and thus poor value), 25 Mar. 2016
I am a huge fan of Kent Haruf.
His Plainsong trilogy easily fall into my desert island top ten.

Thus, I was a bit disappointed with this book. Very typical of style, and we quickly warm to his two main characters, and their shared remembrances of the ups and downs, the successes and frustrations of their past lives, and their new adventure together.
However, there is too little of substance, and too few other characters. Most of the book takes place in their homes and their discussions. Not really surprising that the book is relatively short. Or, noting that this was published after his death, perhaps it simply not completed?

Even at the discounted kindle price of £6 (£12 full price is insane), this does not represent value for money.


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