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Dragon Age Inquisition (PC DVD)
Dragon Age Inquisition (PC DVD)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: £31.48

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrible installation experience and almost DA2 all over again but..., 21 Dec. 2014
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INSTALLATION

Worst PC installation I've experienced. First time install wouldn't start despite following the instructions to register an Origin account and logging in. If I tried to quit it wouldn't let me, claiming installation was in progress so I had to end the process manually, login to Origin and load the disc again. This time it was installing and unlike the regular software install, the progress bar appears inside Origin. After the first disc finished, a dialog box repeatedly appeared asking for permission but hitting resume did nothing. After an hour of trying, I gave up and tried to download the game via Origin but surprise, surprise - it wasn't any better. Download wouldn't even work. Repeatedly hitting download didn't do anything either.

After another hour of trying, I finally managed to install it. If you have problems installing like I did, first try to exit Origin. It will probably say "Folder is busy" and won't let you. If this happens you can manually shut it down by opening up Task Manager (right-click on taskbar, choose Task Manager), go to Processes, then then click "End Process" for find Origin.exe and OriginClientService.exe. Put in disc 1 again which will autoplay and Origin will load again. Re-login and install should pick up from where it failed - hurray!

I really shouldn't have to spend over an hour going through all this. The game should work out of the box!

It's been a long time since I last installed or run games from disc since I usually buy games digitally via Steam these days so, I was quite surprised PC games are still using DVDs but... that might just be me being too used to PS3 console games installing from a single Blu-ray disc. Still, beats the floppy disk days I guess!

GAME

As the Inquisitor, the flow basically goes like this. You go into the War Room, choose a new area to go to, do quests or go around closing Rifts to gain experience and "Power Points" to unlock more areas and move on with the story. It kind of works because it keeps the game open ended while making sure you're at the right level for the main quests. You can command your advisors to go on operations that can take over 20+ hours of real time to complete which is an interesting side feature. Doing all this and watching your base grow can be very satisfying.

The game feels very big when you see so many new places you can unlock on the map and the quick travel system works well.

Control-wise, I'm sure you've read about how horrible the PC controls are but it's playable and, I don't think they are any worse than DA2. Screen space seems to be very badly utilised - I'm kind of puzzled why since even on a PS3 you can have up to 1080p resolution. They could have scaled how all the menus looked and fit a lot more in.

What I miss from prequels.

1. Click to walk. This is pretty much standard with all RPGs on PC so it's silly it's been excluded. At least have an auto-run button to travel the huge environments! Then again, the physics engine means your character can end up stuck by a small pebble sometimes...

2. Multiple tool bars. They seem to have gone now so you have to been extremely selective when choosing what skills you want from the multiple skill trees.

3. Proper tactics view. Just like DA2, the camera often gets blocked. You can't zoom out enough like the top-down view in DA:O even though they brought back the positioning system.

4. Highlight interactive elements button. Now you spam a "search" key to find items you can touch... You look like walking radar now.

5. Single button to loot all. It becomes so laborious going right up to each piece of loot to pick them up, I pretty much skip a lot of them now.

6. Loot bag. Another common feature for PC RPGs. It's laborious going through the list and to make matters worse, the invent doesn't filter out the items your current character can't use!

7. Mage spells. If you play as a mage, it feels more like a shooter because even without mana, your character will do a funny little dance to fire whatever projectiles your stave lets you fire. Whereas in the past, if you run out of mana, you drank mana potions and carefully consider what spells you should unleash. Now you can't.

8. Healing spells and "unlimited" potions. Mages can't heal now and there's only a single pool of potions shared by the entire party. This prevents you from spamming potions to rush through battles - which I think should be up to the player whether they want to rush or not.

Apart from that the rest of the game is pretty much faithful to the Dragon Age series.

PRESENTATION & PERFORMANCE

On my 3.7GHz 4th i7-4870K, 32GB DDR3 RAM, 3GB Geforce 780 Ti I can run the game on ultra and the framerate is between the 40-60fps but I found that even at 60fps, it can still feel very sluggish. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with how much there is to render because even in bland indoor environments, it can still feel very sluggish. Maybe it's because of the doll physics taking place you walk around.

Game has taken a huge leap since its prequel. Every looks amazing on Ultra just like I expected it would look from the few trailers I watched before the game's release. All the lush green elven environments and watching the water crash by the shore looks surreal! Even on high it doesn't look too bad but without all the shiny HDR lighting.

SUMMARY

It was a rough start but I'm 30 hours into the game now and, I'm quite enjoying it despite the horrible PC interface and controls. Being someone who has followed the series since Origins, I have been disappointed by the gameplay since DA2 and DA3 almost feels the same way but, the eye-candy the new graphics engine offers helps distract you from it along with the base building and War Room operations. However, if they ever make a forth game it would be great if Bioware could gut out the control system and restore the one from Origin and, keep the new game elements from this game.


Hee Grand Men's Casual V-Neck Cardigan Sweater XS Black
Hee Grand Men's Casual V-Neck Cardigan Sweater XS Black
Offered by Hee Grand (8-20 days delivery time)
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks Great!, 20 Sept. 2014
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Size guide says label is "M" which is equal to UK's "XS" size but, it's actually a bit bigger than that.

Otherwise, looks as great as pictured. Nice zig-zag pattern, wooden buttons and no bad quality thread work. Delivery from China was quite quick too!


Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse - Black
Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse - Black
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible mouse in many ways, 20 Sept. 2014
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Bought this to replace my LX8 because the wheel was becoming unresponsive but, this is horrible in both design and functionality.

I'm sure most people take the mouse wheel for granted these days but after using this mouse, you will appreciate what difference a good mouse wheel makes.

This mouse wheel has two modes - quick scroll and notch mode. In notch mode, it is very noisy because it is very loose, rocking from side to side as you scroll. It's so loose, you can hardly use it as a middle button. Most of the time it either doesn't do anything at all when you click it or, if you regularly use it to open new windows in browsers you end up scrolling down the page more often than not. Switching to quick scroll mode is a lot quieter and the wheel is no longer loose but using it as a middle button suffers from the same problems as in notch mode.

The second design I dislike (although all recent Logitech mice seem to be the same) is how the extra nav buttons have been moved to a single side. I preferred the past design where they were separated on both sides which is more intuitive in my opinion for using as back/forward, undo/redo etc.

Perhaps the worse of all is interference. I have a wireless router in the same room but it has never affected the LX8. However with this mouse, sometimes it is almost unusable - from freezing briefly to jumping around the screen. I thought it was a battery issue but even at 100%, it did not make a difference.

Good points? I would probably say battery life. I tried using batteries that could no longer operate my LX8, this mouse still managed to last for 5 months at 10% charge. It's also quite small which would suit carrying around in a bag or if you have small hands like me.

On the whole, I would recommend steering well away from this wireless mouse.


MSI GTX 780Ti Gaming 3G PCIe Graphics Card (DDR5,DVI,HDMI,DP, 2S)
MSI GTX 780Ti Gaming 3G PCIe Graphics Card (DDR5,DVI,HDMI,DP, 2S)
Price: £484.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Runs latest games smoothly on "Ultimate", Full HD 60FPS, 2 Sept. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Originally went for Asus' card but it turned out too big for my 5 year old midi case. It was too long because the metal casing on the cooler jutted out a quite a bit. This card fits in perfectly.

So far, I've been happy with its performance. I bought it to replace my GTX 480 so that I could get double the benchmark performance at least and run all the latest games on Full HD, "Ultimate" with all settings on full. On default with no OC it's managed to run FFXIV, Watch Dogs, Tomb Raider at 60 FPS (monitor's max refresh) and only running at 50-60% most of the time. When it gets busy with lots of lighting effects it falls to around 30 but you hardly notice if you didn't have the FPS displaying.

It's also quite quiet in that you don't hear the fans clocking up above the game's sounds on the speakers and I don't turn mine's up very loud. It runs around 50C whereas my old card was close to 80C.

It's an expensive card (which is why I give it 4/5) but I can see it lasting me the next 3-5 years unless you jump onto the 4K bandwagon.


TeckNet® iEP380 5000mAh Dual-Port External Battery Pack and Charger for "The new iPad" the 3rd Gen ipad, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPhone 4S 4 3G, iPod Touch (1G to 5G), Android (Samsung Galaxy Note S S2, HTC Sensation EVO Thunderbolt, LG Optimus V), Blackberry (Bold curve Torch), Droid(Motorola Razr), Plus Major Tablet PCs with 5V input (Samsung, Blackberry, HTC) - Black
TeckNet® iEP380 5000mAh Dual-Port External Battery Pack and Charger for "The new iPad" the 3rd Gen ipad, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPhone 4S 4 3G, iPod Touch (1G to 5G), Android (Samsung Galaxy Note S S2, HTC Sensation EVO Thunderbolt, LG Optimus V), Blackberry (Bold curve Torch), Droid(Motorola Razr), Plus Major Tablet PCs with 5V input (Samsung, Blackberry, HTC) - Black

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Isn't 5000mAh and has some design flaws, 22 Mar. 2011
I'm quite the gadget user and since I find myself having to recharge my HTC Desire everyday thanks to heavy use, I thought I could use one of these batteries for those long journeys.

CONTENTS

The package comes with a pouch, strap, a spiral cable and 8 connectors for common phones including the iPhone. I don't like the spiral cable at all because it's difficult to keep it stretched and don't see why they couldn't include a normal USB cable. There is also no mains converter so you will have to use your PC to charge.

DESIGN

Small, compact and looks pretty slick with its black smooth casing.

Easy enough to use. Turn it on and then plug in your device and it charges away... In fact, it's so easy it can be accidentally turned on when left in your pocket or a full bag so, you might find it's gone flat by the time you need to use it.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the LED lights are inaccurate. The first two lights are supposed to represent 70% of the battery but they go on/off very quickly. The last light probably takes more than twice as long as the first two put together. It would be more accurate to say the third light represents 70% charge. Once the third light's gone, you know the battery needs recharging.

TESTING

Oddly enough, the small leaflet doesn't say how long it takes to fully charge the battery from flat. After some testing, I find it can vary significantly - Either 5 or 9 hours.

To find how much actual charge there was, I used my HTC Desire's 1400mAh battery and left the phone off. Then I used the percentage indicator to work out how much was charged.

I'd estimate the battery I was sent only has around 2700mAh - just shy of giving my phone 2 full charges but also far from the 5000mAh capacity it claims... And this was from frequent use too, so there shouldn't be a lot of self-discharge!

This and varying charging times makes me wonder if I just have a bad battery but it seems many others have this problem too.

If you are using your phone for network access while charging, it will probably barely provide enough power to keep your phone running and charge the battery at the same time.

SUMMARY

In the end, the battery appears to have some issues that need to be addressed - the biggest problem is that it provides just over half the capacity it claims.

Otherwise a good looking portable device, great for extending the battery life of gadgets on the move. Just don't expect it to charge as fast as using a mains adaptor!
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Resonance of Fate (PS3)
Resonance of Fate (PS3)
Price: £15.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another brilliant, unique JRPG from Tri-Ace, 30 Dec. 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
After finishing FFXIII I was looking for another JRPG to play and decided to go for Resonance of Fate (AKA, End of Eternity) after all the good things I heard about it.

GAMEPLAY

The reviews weren't kidding when they say you die a lot and to make matters worse, you have to pay some your hard earned money to get a second chance to fight. It's a steep learning curve; figuring out the right balance between direct damage, scratch damage, gauge breaking, Hero Actions and Tri-Attacks. It's enough to make you want to give up on the game.

However, once you figured it all out, battles are extremely satisfying to win. You might want to visit the arena and take the tutorial there when you first start playing. The system is kind of like Valkyria Chronicles in a sense that it's part action and part turn based.

Again, as others have mentioned. It's the solo battles that really become a bit on the frustrating side but fortunately, they are very rare.

After all the linear exploration in FFXIII it was good to see how much freedom this game gives you. There's a fair number of side quests which you can finish at your own pace without worrying about advancing the story by accident. You can also spend your time clearing pathways to let you explore and for those who enjoy dressing up your characters, there's a whole collection of clothes to try out. There isn't any gear to buy but there are some crazy (and I mean crazy!) custom parts you can attach to the guns the protagonists uses. Talk about big guns!

PRESENTATION

Visually the game looks no where near as beautiful as FFXIII. You'll notice a lot of repeated animation and spend most of time staring at dull dreary textures but you will get used to it eventually. The tower of Basel generally looks impressive with the lighting effects; rays of sunlight shimmering through the skies during the day and street lights glowing quietly at night.

Sound on the other hand fairs better with tracks composed by Kohei Tanaka and Motoi Sakuraba. There's quite a few memorable tracks that might make you consider the OST. Those of you who prefer the original Japanese voice acting like I do will be glad to know there is an option to switch before you start a new game although you can't switch again freely afterwards. It's also sad to see none of the in-battle dialogue are subtitled because they can prove to be very amusing - sometimes they're part of the story too.

It's your cliché Japanese character set up and the story isn't all that intricate but fortunately, you do have plenty of comedy scenarios. Again, they're scenarios that you see all time in Anime but they never get old. It's also pretty hilarious when a Tri-Attack or Hero Action goes wrong and your character bumps into something or, you just run out of bezel shards.

CONCLUSION

Resonance of Fate can be a little frustrating at times but on the whole, a very challenging but satisfying game with enough freedom to keep you busy up to 60 hours.
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Settlers 7 (PC DVD)
Settlers 7 (PC DVD)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £3.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A great game brought down by the frustrations of DRM, 18 April 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Settlers 7 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Unfortunately before talking about what a great game Settlers 7 is, I must warn you about the frustrations of Ubisoft's DRM just like the others here.

In an effort to thwart pirates, Ubisoft expects you to login every time before you can play the game no matter if you wish to play the single player campaign or if it's multiplayer. Not only that once you are logged in, a stable connection must be maintained or you will be kicked out midway through a game. Why must I be obliged to be online even when I'm playing a single player game?

To be fair, it does let you save or try re-logging before forcing you to quit but, it still ruins the mood of the game when all of a sudden you can't play and an error message pops up.

During the weekday evenings, I've had no problems logging in at all and the connections have been mostly stable. However, it's very hard to login during the weekends - most likely because Ubisoft's servers can't handle the increase in the demand due to all their other DRM protected games on the PC.

The other point I have to make is expect to download a number of additional files such as a patch of around 400MB in size after installing this game which took around 20 minutes or so on my connection. It will not let you play until you've patched up your copy of the game which is in my opinion silly if the game works fine and you're only trying to enjoy the single player game.

Furthermore, initially Ubisoft will try to "synchronise" your saved games by uploading them online unless you tell it not to by clicking the clog icon. It has always failed to upload in my case.

In other words, you are paying for a Ubisoft game that you can only play when their servers let you!

SUMMARY ABOUT DRM

- You can only play when you can login to Ubisoft servers including single player.
- You can only play after you download patches they ask you to.
- The game can stop "working" midway if your connection is unstable.

Now that that's aside, onto the actual Blue Byte game.

GAMEPLAY

If you want a sim with a bit of RTS then most likely enjoy Settlers 7. The main idea of the game is to expand your settlement by managing a large economy. You start off by gathering all the raw materials such as stone, wood, various metals and food. Once you've begun doing that you can start producing better goods from it all such as tools to make life better for your people of Tandria.

It all sounds very easy but one wrong mistake such as increasing the demand too much for a certain resource, the chain is broken and you can find your whole settlement grinding to a halt! This makes it fun and challenging just to get the balance right.

When you're not collecting the limited resources, you'll be expanding by building up armies or clerics. However, unlike RTS games where you can micro manage, you don't have to command individual units because most of the time you're only commanding a single group. You also (kind of) don't have to understand which type units are stronger against which either! As long as your numbers are greater, it's most likely you can win. I think this is great because it lets you concentrate on the management aspect of the game.

If that's not enough, you've also got technologies to research and trading routes to manage and once again, you have to make careful decisions because it's all branched out in a tree. If your rival manages to secure them first, you can't acquire them any longer.

To win a map, you must acquire a set number of Victory Points (VP) which is done by doing better than your rival such as having a greater population. As you can imagine, your rival can end up doing better than you so the VPs can switch between players at any time keeping the game exciting. There's so many goals, it allows you to score points in the way you want just as advertised by the game.

The flexibility of the VP system means Settlers 7 is highly replayable and you'll want to replay it if you want to collect coins to unlock items and customise your castle to show off.

In addition to single player mode, it also has a skirmish mode where you compete against a chosen AI and maps can last any time between 1 - 2 hours each to complete. There's multiplayer mode where you can play against a random strange and get ranked in the online boards or not. You can also spend time designing your own castle to show off.

PRESENTATION

Settlers 7 is presented in a light-mooded, cartoony way so don't expect anything realistic that so many other games strive for today. However, the maps are generally beautiful to look at filled with vivid colours and buzzing with life. From a bird's eye view you can see the waters sparkling, butterflies fluttering by, wheat swaying in the wind. Then if you zoom in to ground level you can watch (and hear) your settlers busily going about their work too!

The story itself isn't all that exciting, telling of Princess Zoé trying to reclaim a lost kingdom. Lines are delivered in such a way at times it reminds of the old pantomimes I used to go to in primary school and children are encouraged to boo and cheer at characters. In any case, it's pretty entertaining watching the characters busily brushing dust off their clothes or playing with their hair during the cutscenes instead of intimidating the enemy.

For reference, I have a 3.1GHz AMD Dual Core, 4GB DDR2 RAM and a 512MB Geforce 9800 GTX card. The game runs smoothly at 1440x990 with all the settings on full.

The graphics actually looked blurry when I tried out the demo (also DRM protected!) due to a bug with a setting but it has been patched and as I mentioned earlier - you can't play the game until you patch it up to the latest version anyway.

SUMMARY

Settlers 7 is a highly enjoyable and replayable game (when Ubisoft's servers are working) thanks to its challenging resource management, flexible Victory Points system and multiplayer modes. If you're the type that enjoys a good rush annihilating your enemies to the last unit such as in Starcraft or Warcraft, you will most likely be disappointed in this game.

Lets just hope Ubisoft resolves its poor DRM system in the future and release a patch that will remove the need for a constant online connection.


Hama Star 62 Tripod with Carry Case
Hama Star 62 Tripod with Carry Case
Offered by DiscountDiscs
Price: £19.99

353 of 370 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suited to all cameras in general but not DSLR zoom lenses, 6 Dec. 2009
I enjoy night and low light photography outdoors so I thought it was time I invested in a tripod. Being on a budget, I decided to try this.

BUILD & DESIGN

Opening the big white box it comes in, you'll find a free bag and the tripod itself. There's no instructions as other reviewers have mentioned but it's not too hard to work the tripod.

The tripod itself has nice bronze painted aluminium legs but everything else such as the quick release catches are made of plastic - Cheap plastic that make cracking sounds as soon as you apply a bit of pressure. If you look closely enough underneath the head, you can actually see the glue used to put the joints together!

The head has a detachable platform so you can remove the camera quickly if you needed to such as for sudden action shots before clipping it back onto the tripod.

Quick release catches are used to extend the legs and hold them into place. There are also two plastic bolts on the central column - One at the bottom near the hook that you can tighten to prevent the tripod closing up and, one at the top where you can crank a small handle to extend the height further.

All these joints makes setting up and putting away the tripod quick and easy.

Extra features, there is a hook at the bottom where you can add extra weight. There are two spirit level - A spot one near the handle and a line one on the head itself.

Personally I've never found a use for any of the extra features really.

As for the free bag itself, it has a single pocket with a small zip that forces you to put the tripod in legs first. This means you'll probably want to clean the plastic feet if you're using it outdoors.

STEADINESS

Attaching a DSLR with an 18-55mm standard zoom kit lens, the tripod seems to be steady enough even at full height. Shots come out sharp even with long exposure times of 30 seconds outdoors.

However, the problem arises when using heavier zoom lenses. At the telephoto end of 300mm shots come out blurred. The tripod itself remains steady enough but even with everything tightened, I noticed the head isn't firm enough to stay still as soon as the shutter goes off to take the picture.

Turning up the ISO setting so that you can lower the exposure time fixes the problem but, this defeats the point of using a tripod in the first place of course!

This also means it is not ideal for bulb mode or when you have to press the shutter button yourself.

Furthermore, if you're using a DSLR the head is strong enough to hold the camera at 90 degrees angle for portraits but, it will fall flat if the angle is anything less than that.

CONCLUSION

The Hama Star 62 appears to be a bargain packed full of features that make it both quick to setup and put away - It even comes with a fairly good quality free bag!

However, you have to wonder how long it will last with all the important, frequently used parts of the tripod made of cheap plastic such as the catches on the legs, the head itself and other joints.

It's a tripod that is suited to most cameras but not for anyone into zoom photography with DSLRs.
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Canon EW60C Lens hood for EF28-80mm f3.5-5.6/2, U/4, U/5, EF28-90 f4.0-5.6 II, U/2
Canon EW60C Lens hood for EF28-80mm f3.5-5.6/2, U/4, U/5, EF28-90 f4.0-5.6 II, U/2
Price: £10.72

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The shade isn't worth the price or trouble, 10 Nov. 2009
I was pretty disappointed when I found the EF-S f/3.5-5.6 18-55mm lens doesn't come with a hood when Sony's lenses do so I decided to pick one up to help minimise flare.

PERFORMANCE

I'd have to agree with the other reviewer Andy here about how it's not worth the price or trouble. The brim is so small it provides very little shade for the lens to minimise lens flare or block out other extraneous side light sources. You'll hardly notice any difference before and after attaching the hood when faced with the problem of flare.

However, it does offer protection for your lens from accidental impacts and adds a small extra bit of "cool" factor to your camera to make it more professional looking if that's what you're after...

DESIGN

I didn't have too much trouble fitting it onto the AF lens I bought it for but it's quite a tight fit so you will probably want to hold the focus ring while doing so. It also means you probably don't want to fit it on backwards to save space in your bag because it would be very hard to remove without possibly damaging the lens.

It also doesn't have that "crunchy" sound that cheap plastic has when applying a bit of pressure to it but I don't think that justifies the price when it's almost effectiveless at its main job.

I understand charging for larger petal or lamp hoods but these small ones should really come free with Canon lenses.

SUMMARY

This hood won't give you enough shade for the money's worth. The quality of plastic feels pretty good but you'll probably only end up using this to protect your lens.
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Lowepro Nova 160 AW All Weather Shoulder Bag for Digital SLR - Black
Lowepro Nova 160 AW All Weather Shoulder Bag for Digital SLR - Black
Price: £37.49

228 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice compact bag with plenty of pockets and cushioning, 10 Nov. 2009
I wanted a small compact bag to carry around my Canon 1000D DSLR camera in and after browsing around the shops, this seemed to be the best option for me.

INNER DESIGN

The main compartment has two removable dividers which you can adjust by sticking them to the strips of velcro inside the bag. This is handy and flexible if you really needed to organise and hold items into place but at the same time, it can make removing items a little difficult because they tend to catch onto the velcro. The hot shoe did this quite often when taking out the vertically placed 1000D but, you do learn how to take it out without any difficulty eventually.

I've managed to find enough room to fit a 18-55mm kit lens and a 55-250mm telephoto lens inside. It feels well cushioned.

You'll also find two smaller pockets for memory cards inside when you unzip and lift up the hood of the bag. Even some space for something such as pens and pencils.

OUTER DESIGN

The hood overlaps the zips to the main compartment which means if it rains you don't have to worry too much about any excess water seeping inside to your equipment. Very nice touch.

Outside on the back of the bag there is a narrow pocket big enough for filters, batteries, lens hoods, small notepad etc. At each side of the bag where the strap clips onto are two elastic pockets which I don't really use but I found they're flexible enough to fit a bottle of Volvic water if you wanted to or just some rolled up pamphlets.

Last but not least, there is another two zipped up pockets at the front of the bag as you can see from the photo. Handy for holding the lens caps or filters when you just want to remove them temporarily. The bottom pocket where the clip is has a very puffed up cushion to it which makes any item inside feel safe and is big enough to hold a point and shoot compact camera.

A thick long strap is the main means of carrying this shoulder bag around and has a plastic non-slip padding on it so that it doesn't slide about on your shoulder on the move and minimise discomfort. The handle too is puffed up making it very comfortable to carry around even by hand.

SUMMARY

A nice comfortable to carry compact bag with plenty of cushioning and pockets for all those camera accessories.
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