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Velbon PH368 Panhead for D600/700
Velbon PH368 Panhead for D600/700
Offered by CameraKing
Price: 34.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Good tip for using this, 13 April 2014
I have used one of these for years and there is one thing that makes it go from good to great.
Mount your camera on it.
Loosen the nuts that allow movement.
Add weights (coins or whatever) onto the handle end until the camera doesn't want to tip forward or back.
Tape the weights in place.

This makes the tripod head much more fluid and smooth as the head can work much looser. Without this movements are much less smooth.
Hows that a tip for free? And it works. If its helpful, please click helpful below. More good tricks and tips here..Make better videos with your dslr or camera: Filming with Canon and Nikon dslr, compact cameras and camcorder
alex


Panasonic HC-V750EB-K Full HD Camcorder - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014)
Panasonic HC-V750EB-K Full HD Camcorder - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014)
Offered by Picsio
Price: 507.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars step backward?, 13 April 2014
Had a play with this cam trying to decide whether it is a significant upgrade on the 920 which is a couple of years old. A couple of things make me think this is a bit of a step backward. Firstly panasonic decided to drop the 3mos system. They have their reasons but looking at the footage in HD it certainly doesnt look any better.
The other thing missing from this is the evf (electronic viewfinder) this is pretty much essential with manual focus and filming in bright sun. I have written a guide on filming with this here
Make better videos with your dslr or camera: Filming with Canon and Nikon dslr, compact cameras and camcorder
As it stands I would be looking for EVF for any amount of serious filming. check out the evf models which seem to be aimed at people who use camcorders a lot. Panasonic SD700 Full HD 1920x1080p Camcorder With 3MOS Sensor, SD Card Recording and Manual Control Ring - Blackplease click helpful below if this is helpful.
alex


Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III Lens
Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III Lens
Price: 399.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you intend to use the video function..., 13 April 2014
I use canon dslr's to film wildlife so I thought you might want to know if this new model is one to consider. I won't comment on its photo abilities which are well documented, but what if you want to use its video function?
I was hoping this new entry model might offer something new for those like me who like to film as well as photogaph but alas it doesn't. This is a great entry level dslr but is too limited for filming anything too well. Why?
For video recording, the 1200D is decent enough and captures 1080p video but without many of the features available on other models (like the 600d or the entire sony range). You will need to focus the camera before filming, as autofocus during recording is not supported. Sound from the built-in mic is decent, which partially makes up for the fact that there's no external audio input. However if you are serious about the video facility you will want to use an external mic.. Which sort of means this falls at the first hurdle. To see what this model is lacking, see my review for the 600d.
The things it doesn't have
External mic
3x smart zoom in movie mode (like the 600d) this makes a 300mm lens 900mm with little loss in quality
It does still have 1080p and 60 frames a second for slow motion...Although not together. Slow mo is available in 720p which is still plenty.
If you are interested in filming you need to look at a couple of other things:
Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR Camera (inc. 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Kit)
Make better videos with your dslr or camera: Filming with Canon and Nikon dslr, compact cameras and camcorder
Please click helpful below if this has helped point you in the right direction. If you want to see my filming with the 600d go to wildaboutfilms or google alex sally
Alex


Pondpush 3200 Garden Pond Pump for pond filters & waterfalls
Pondpush 3200 Garden Pond Pump for pond filters & waterfalls
Offered by Pondkeeper
Price: 49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars you need something else with this pump..., 11 April 2014
its a cheapish pond pump so what can you say?
It does the job , it works okay.
If I were fitting another I'd use the sun instead of the mains
solar power is easier but the fact remains
that this is easy but its also cheap
But if you want a pond that is tranquil and clear
I've got a couple of suggestions that you'll want to hear
and in return can you please click "helpful" under here
I'll point you to an amazon guide and a solar powered version
to help you create your very own monets garden...
rhymning reviewer
Solar Fountain Pump With 2w Panel 50cm Height Water Feature For Pond Garden
The complete wildlife pond: Wildlife Ponds. How to make, maintain and enjoy a wildlife pond. 2014 edition


Blagdon Small Green Away for Ponds
Blagdon Small Green Away for Ponds
Price: 8.33

1.0 out of 5 stars you can get clear water for free..., 11 April 2014
Blagdon Small Green Away, it works, but you should also know,
if you got green water you don't just want it to go,
Like shoulder pads and Jedward you don't want it back (not with their singing!)
you want to fix what made it go green in the beginning
If you don't, you'll be buying bottle after bottle
"clean ponds need a couple of things" said aristotle
He didn't really, his water was clear
and so will will yours be without too much bother
and then you won't need to buy another
For water cleaner than mountain dew
look at my tips then clck helpful "thank you"
The complete wildlife pond: Wildlife Ponds. How to make, maintain and enjoy a wildlife pond. 2014 edition
alex


Wildlife Pond attracts Frogs, Newts, Birds, Butterflies and Insects. Perfect for Patios and Small Gardens. Ideal Educational Gift.
Wildlife Pond attracts Frogs, Newts, Birds, Butterflies and Insects. Perfect for Patios and Small Gardens. Ideal Educational Gift.
Offered by Carrington Eco Products
Price: 66.75

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars too small really..., 15 Jun 2013
To be an effective wildlife pond it needs to be bigger, this is tiny. But then that is also what makes it such a great idea. You don't need to dig a hole and it can fit anywhere. If you have small children this is also a wonderful introduction to wildlife. I notice they make a child proof cover though I havn't tried that. For small children and small places this is a wonderful idea and well made. For more ideas on easy to make wildlife ponds when the kids get bigger try this guideWildlife Ponds. How to make, maintain and enjoy a wildlife pond. It might be useful anyway for information on the wildlife you find anyway :) Anything that gives the wildlife another sanctuary has to be a good thing.
Please click "helpful" if you have read this. Thanks.


Velbon DV-7000 Video Tripod
Velbon DV-7000 Video Tripod
Offered by CameraKing
Price: 79.60

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you are planning on using it for video.., 15 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Hopefully this review will be helpful because I have used this tripod for thousands of hours and lugged it up mountains and around the world!
which brings me to point number one which is that it is actually quite heavy to carry but weight brings stability and light tripods aren't as good. So anyway heres a couple of velbon top tips:
Add some foam with tape to one leg to carry it with. holding cold metal especially in the winter is quite painful. So just wrap a part of one leg.
This next tip makes a big difference and I haven't seen it anywhere else. Put your camera on the tripod full zoom and loosen the tilt adjustment. You will notice it wants to tip forward. Add (with tape) weights to the plastic handle until it balances. I added a small peice of lead and a couple of nails for fine adjustment. This balances the tripod and makes a big difference because now you don't need to tighten the tilt screw so much and its smoother.
I broke one head of these and bought the replacement head which wasn't as good but I sent it to velbon who serviced it for nothin. What a difference!
THis tripod works well but like anything it is down to practice and user skill. It takes practice to pan smoothly and anyway the more I make films the less keen I am on panning shots. Like zoom, I use it sparingly. But this tripod is very good value and I wouldn't spend hundreds on something for wildlife filming in the conditions I am out in. This is a very tough bit of kit and the tripod is the NO1 buy for video closely followed by the loupe which i will link to here.
LCD viewfinder / Screen magnifier for Canon 600D 60D DSLR Indispensable accessories for DSLR / video recording (Model V3) This is a must buy..
Make better videos with your dslr or camcorder
Do me a favour, if this is useful please click "helpful" thanks
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Velbon PH358 Fluid Panhead
Velbon PH358 Fluid Panhead
Offered by CameraKing
Price: 29.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but not great, 14 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Bought this as a replacement and it lasted about 3 months then broke. It also wasn't as smooth as the one (same) it replaced. So why haven't I given it 1 star. Well I emailed velbon who took it all off me, serviced it and sent it back better than ever..I use this tripod daily for filming wildlife and am very used to it. Sure there is probably better but its very well priced. My top tip is to weight the handle with lead/nuts/washers etc so the camera balances. it makes a world of difference.
more tips hereMake better videos with your dslr or camcorder


Bushnell 119654C Accessory Camera Brown
Bushnell 119654C Accessory Camera Brown
Offered by Binoculars UK
Price: 32.84

5.0 out of 5 stars pretty well made for seriious wildlife filming., 14 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I do a lot of wildlife filming and use the bushnell for hard to get footage. Mostly I try and leave the camera a long way from prying eyes. THe only animal you don't want in the region of your expensive camera trap is the lesser spotted scrote and this gives a bit of re-assurance in that department.. It locks well and you can easily padlock it o a tree. I used a 3 gate latch sticking out the bottom and put a big chain through that. Another good tip is cammo the case with cammo tape. I also hide the case with bits of leaves and moss. TBH its more likely now that I won't be able to re-find my own camera than someone else spotting it :)
more wildlife tips here:
Make better videos with your dslr or camcorder search alex sally for clips from the bushnell btw.


Bermuda Sand Pre Formed Pond 128 x 84 cm / Pond Liner
Bermuda Sand Pre Formed Pond 128 x 84 cm / Pond Liner
Offered by garden ornaments and accessories
Price: 37.99

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be aware, 10 Jun 2013
As other reviewers have mentioned be aware that a pre formed pond like this does not really save you work over a cheaper liner. THe hard work is digging the hole! Having said that if you are happy with the size this is a wel though out shape. If you fancy a pond of this size it is much much easier to use a liner because you can dig as much or as little as you like. You don't have to dig a pre determined shape. This isn't so much a criticism of this product so much as this type of product.. As other reviewers have suggested, have a look at a liner, 25Yr Guaranteed 2.5 x 2.5m Pond Liner and definetly have a look at this make it easy guide Wildlife Ponds. How to make, maintain and enjoy a wildlife pond.
Enjoy your pond!! (please click "helpful" if this is useful)


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