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Ex-Pro 42 inch 110cm 5-in-1 Photographic Light Reflector - Silver/Gold/Black/White/Translucent
Ex-Pro 42 inch 110cm 5-in-1 Photographic Light Reflector - Silver/Gold/Black/White/Translucent
Offered by ExpressPro
Price: £15.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value and clever design., 27 Feb 2013
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I've not tried the brand name versions, but these work really well and the zip system seems reliable.
Can't find a sensible use for the mesh/transparent reflector though, other than to block unwanted light without adding unwanted colours.


Massive 70748/01/11 Zara 1 x 60 Watt 230 V Ceiling Lamp - Chrome (discontinued by manufacturer)
Massive 70748/01/11 Zara 1 x 60 Watt 230 V Ceiling Lamp - Chrome (discontinued by manufacturer)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, 27 Feb 2013
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These lamps are great. I bought identical versions a couple of years ago from a well known DIY store for three times the price.


7dayshop "GOOD TO GO" LSD Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries - AA Cell Size - 2150mAh - 4 Pack with Protective Storage Case
7dayshop "GOOD TO GO" LSD Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries - AA Cell Size - 2150mAh - 4 Pack with Protective Storage Case
Offered by 7dayshop Limited (VAT Registered)
Price: £5.44

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 26 Jun 2011
Great batteries, great price. As good as the Eneloops when used in our cameras.
They've been in my wifes bridge camera and taken over 1/2 GB photos with flash and still had life left for more.
The previous, (much higher capacity) standard NiMH batteries we have used would have given up the ghost well before then.
Storage case is useful to keep charged and uncharged sets separate, and helps keep them together in your bag or pocket.


Zeikos ZE-FLK58 58mm Multi-Coated 3 Piece Filter Kit (UV-CPL-FLD)
Zeikos ZE-FLK58 58mm Multi-Coated 3 Piece Filter Kit (UV-CPL-FLD)
Offered by Prime Digital
Price: £8.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, 1 May 2011
These filters are great value for money. Even the case they come in is worth the money I paid. They fit great on my Fuji HS10 and are made in Japan from glass. The UV filter is pretty much a piece of glass to protect the normal lens and stays permanently fitted.
The polarizer filter is great for pictures of fish or through highly reflective glass (shop windows etc), you just rotate it until the reflections disappear.
Not sure about the flourescent light colour filter's usefulness, as this is something you can do in any graphics program, however I expect many purists to butt in here.
Even with both the UV and polarizer filters fitted, I've taken wide and 30 x zoom images with no noticeable difference in quality. Just a slight drop in brightness.
Overall, a great investment even if just to help protect that all-important bit of glass on the front of your camera.
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Sanyo Eneloop AA 4 Pack Batteries 1900mAh
Sanyo Eneloop AA 4 Pack Batteries 1900mAh
Offered by iCell Media
Price: £7.49

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great - but get the latest!, 6 Feb 2011
Make sure you buy the latest version from about 2010 onwards.
The early versions of Eneloops have had some bad press, but the latest versions outperform anything I've tried.

I'm an electronics engineer and very anal about batteries. I've tried and tested at least fifty different brands and capacities of NiMH in the last ten years. I've tried thousands of other types since my parents bought me my first science kit. I've even got a collection of ex-military NiCds from the eighties which still work fine.

You may think that your fancy brand name 2800 mAh AA NiMH are good, but some of the modern cameras will not give them the time of day. Although they may deliver 2.8 A for an hour, their terminal voltage drops quickly and they can have quite a high internal resistance. I've found that in some cases, the amount of starting current can be inversely proportional to overall capacity in these batteries. So, the 1000 mAh cells from the pound shop can often deliver more initial current than the 2800 mAh top brand cells. Some new cameras demand a high initial starting current that even branded batteries lose after only a couple of on/off cycles. Also, I'm always dissapointed that even good quality NiMH batteries can lose charge within a couple of weeks.

NiCd batteries, despite being very environmentally unfriendly, were always much better at keeping charge, terminal voltage and delivering a high current on demand. However, these new Eneloop batteries have at last turned the tide. They work straight from the pack, take months to discharge, keep their terminal voltage and despite lower capacity figures (2000 mAh), I reckon they easily outperform my 2850 mAh traditional branded NiMH cells.

You'll save money and the environment with these cells, as you'll recharge them less and they'll effectively last longer as a result.


Fujifilm FinePix S5700 Digital Camera - Black (7.0MP, 10x Optical Zoom) 2.5 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)
Fujifilm FinePix S5700 Digital Camera - Black (7.0MP, 10x Optical Zoom) 2.5 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great all-rounder, 6 Feb 2011
Hi.
I love Fuji machines and have several - at work and home, including my first - an old S1 pro with Nikon lens.
I bought the S5700 for holidays and trips. For a hi-zoom camera it's very small and light, yet shaped for stability in use.

It has full manual controls and an electronic viewfinder. It takes stunning images in good light and reasonable indoor photos, which can be perfect if you have the time and experience to switch to manual control.
With a decent set of fully charged NiMH cells, this camera will work all day with no issues. It doesn't try to be an SLR, but it does try to be better than a compact - succeeding brilliantly. The intelligent flash takes a bit of getting used to but generally it's very easy to master the basics and take great photos within minutes of switching on.

The S5700 has been an indestructible and faithful companion on hundreds of trips, capturing countless memories and arty shots in great quality.
I've upgraded now, but I think it'll still come along on trips as a trusty back-up, as it's such a great all-rounder.


Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Digital Camera - (10MP, 30x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tilting LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)
Fujifilm FinePix HS10 Digital Camera - (10MP, 30x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tilting LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs good batteries and a screen cover, 6 Feb 2011
Hi.

I generally love Fuji cameras. At work I still use an S1 Pro with a Nikon lens set and an S7000. I prefer the S7000 at work as it only needs the one set of batteries. At home I have an old S5700 and now my new HS10.
All these cameras work great even after years of bashing around. The poor old S5700 has suffered the most, having been soaked in beer last year and lost the paint from its buttons. However, it still works fine.

I got the HS10 to replace my trusty old S5700 and my JVC camcorder in one go. So far it seems to have excelled. It optically outzooms both machines and outperforms video quality on the non HD camcorder. The large lens means that it works well as a video recorder in low light. Ignore any stupid reviews about unsteady video at full zoom - sensible people know that you must hold the machine steady (or use a tripod) when zooming for both video or stills. Its physics!

I'm not so sure that in anything other than good conditions the HS10 outperforms the still image quality of the trusty old S5700 though. But, it does have raw ability - if you have the patience. It also has a hot shoe, giving you much better distance or large area images at night with a good external flash.

The HS10 has a couple of downsides though: It's fussy about batteries and has a very exposed screen.

Despite having no motor for zooming (it's manual only) the HS10 needs reasonable capacity/high current NiMH or good quality Alkalines or Lithiums. My other Fuji machines last forever on any good NiMH cells, but the HS10 needs the newer Eneloop-style precharged batteries or it will just sit there and sulk. Also, like several of the new Fuji machines, it has no DC supply socket. So, if you need to run from mains you have to buy a special adaptor unit from Fuji.

The screen sits proud of the camera body, rendering it very vulnerable to scratching. I can see a roaring trade in replacement screens. I recommend scratch covers and careful storage.

Technically, the HS10 has moved even further down the whistles and bells line than earlier models, with a mind-numbing choice of settings and features. It has a different panorama technique than other makes - you hold the shutter down while moving the camera, rather than take three or more stills.

Overall, I think the HS10 will be another great Fuji, but before you use it in anger, you must read the manual for an hour or two while playing.


The Marks of Cain
The Marks of Cain
by Tom Knox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you hooked, 3 July 2010
This review is from: The Marks of Cain (Paperback)
This book is great, with an interesting plot dating back to creation, mixed in with some Nazi experiments and eugenics. It's a bit too gory and descriptive in places, but that helps to maintain the image of the bad guy. The characters are great and could have been developed a bit more - especially Angus Nairn, the Scottish scientist. He's the best character in the book in my opinion. My only complaint is that this book follows so many others in its short ending. It has a great fast-paced story which needs just a bit better ending, rather than the traditional short and sweet happy ever after. It's like an express train that runs out fuel just as it reaches the station. Looking forward to more from this author.


Arctic Drift
Arctic Drift
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story - but starts a bit weak., 28 Jun 2010
This review is from: Arctic Drift (Hardcover)
The story starts a bit weak by building up the parts with Dirk Pitts' kids - introduced at the end of 'Valhalla Rising'. It then gradually gets better as it progresses and returns to the old successful formula of good guys against bad (with impossible odds of course). A great holiday read!


Corsair: Oregon Files #6
Corsair: Oregon Files #6
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cussler on top form!, 28 Jun 2010
Classic Cussler style - good guys against bad guys and a mystery to solve. He makes the lead characters larger than life and brings in some background to support their nature. There are two stories of which either would have made a good book by themselves, the first being topical (about Somali pirates) and the second with a historical and religious adventure romp.
Any outlandish bits are written as tongue in cheek (as they should be) and the story doesn't try to take itself too seriously.
Great for holiday reading.


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