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Velbon DF-61 Heavy Duty Aluminium Photo/Video Tripod
Velbon DF-61 Heavy Duty Aluminium Photo/Video Tripod

84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as my old Slik 88, 2 Jun. 2013
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My 30+ year old Slik 88 tripod, although still giving outstanding service, is sometimes a bit heavy for lugging about. I started looking for a lighter option that would allow me to use both an Olympus DSLR with a long lens fitted and a lightweight Panasonic video camera.
A friend had purchased a Hama tripod and, to be honest, I wasn't too impressed with it so I went for another well known name in tripods, Velbon.
After a day of testing and evaluating (playing about) I find that it's nearly as good as my old Slik, just lighter and much cheaper. The build quality is excellent and the tripod is very stable, even at full extension. The video pin is spring loaded and retracts when mounting a still camera while preventing any sideways movement when panning with a video camera.
My heaviest lens is a Zuiko 300mm f2.8 which mounted perfectly via its own tripod fitting with the DSLR attached and was well balanced on the tripod with no signs of the tripod or mounting plate being stressed at all.
Dug out my old Mamiya 645 medium format and it fitted a treat, just as though the tripod was made for it, think I'll dust it off, get some 120 roll film and start enjoying some old fashioned non-automated photography again.
Some of the head movements were a little sticky to start off with but, after less than a day's use, are smoothing out nicely.
I would have liked a hook or other attachment at the bottom of the column for hanging a camera bag to increase stability but, at this price, you can't have everything.
Overall a five star performance from a well built tripod that lives up to it's quoted specification. Needs a small amount of running in to get everything to operate smoothly but will, I'm sure, give me many years of satisfactory service.
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LEDZWORLD 4 Watt LED Aurora SES E14 DIMMABLE Candle Light Bulbs, Warm White, 2850k - Best Power Factor on the Market
LEDZWORLD 4 Watt LED Aurora SES E14 DIMMABLE Candle Light Bulbs, Warm White, 2850k - Best Power Factor on the Market

3.0 out of 5 stars Not so reliable, 31 May 2013
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I purchased two of these bulbs at the end of last year. One has recently failed after about 700 hours of use. I'm trying to get a replacement or refund.


Golden Pork Sausage Seasoning - 250g (makes a 10kg Batch)
Golden Pork Sausage Seasoning - 250g (makes a 10kg Batch)
Offered by Tongmaster Seasonings
Price: £3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 May 2013
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The seasoning package arrived the day after ordering and was part used the next day to make 5 kilos of sausages. When using less than a full pack some simple maths is required to work out the amount of seasoning required but full details are included with the pack. Any excess seasoning may be stored for several months for further use.
Details are also given of the Tongmaster helpline and this is really the hidden gem of this product. A single phone call and within a minute you're talking to a qualified butcher with full knowledge of the products and who is more than willing to talk you through the whole sausage making process and answer any queries you may have. Customer support just doesn't get any better than this.
We've since purchased several other Tongmaster products and are really enjoying the best sausages and burgers we've ever tasted.
Certainly deserves five stars for the product and an extra few for the customer service.


Ancol Nylon Lead Coupler, 24 cm, Red
Ancol Nylon Lead Coupler, 24 cm, Red

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two cocker spaniels on one lead, 15 May 2013
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Joining together two bouncy cocker spaniels and trying to control them with one lead seemed like a recipe for disaster but I'm really surprised at how well its worked out.
After an initial bit of tugging and pulling against each other they sorted themselves out and walked together every bit as well as they do when on a lead each....Actually it was quite a bit better as any pulling was countered by the other dog and it left me with a free hand for opening & closing gates, getting poo bags out etc.
The lead coupler is very well made and the trigger style hooks are easy to use and of good quality, as is the ring that joins the lead sections together and allows attachment of the main lead. The two dogs walk about a foot apart and are able to cross over without the coupler getting tangled, but there's enough slack to allow for either of them to stop and "perform" without being too close to the other during the proceedings.
Very pleased with every aspect of my purchase and just wish I'd bought one earlier.


Wüsthof CLASSIC Boning knife - 4602 / 14 cm
Wüsthof CLASSIC Boning knife - 4602 / 14 cm

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice balance, 15 May 2013
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This has to be the best boning knife I've ever used. It's very nicely balanced with a good solid bolster and finger guard. There's just the right amount of flex in the blade to get close in to joints and along bones while the quality of the edge is amazing.
It feels just right in the hand which helps make you much more confident and accurate when using it.


Body Sculpture BT5700 Motorised Treadmill
Body Sculpture BT5700 Motorised Treadmill
Price: £661.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent delivery service and the treadmill's not bad either., 30 Mar. 2013
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As someone who's complained in the past about some of Amazon's courier/delivery choices I'm pleased to say that the service provided when the treadmill was delivered couldn't have been better. It's a large and heavy beast of a thing but the delivery team made light work of it, including navigating an awkward set of stairs, and installed it exactly where required. Excellent service.
The treadmill itself appears well made, folds up easily, locks securely in that position and can be wheeled about quite easily when upright. When released from the upright position it slowly drops to its working position in about four seconds controlled by a hydraulic damper.
I've positioned it on a rubber mat over a wooden composite floor and it's very quiet at the lower speeds with just a slight increase in motor noise as the speeds increase. Even so the noise is not overly intrusive even at full speed. Everything is well set up as delivered but I did have to make a very slight adjustment to the belt tracking after an hour or so's use. The procedure is well detailed in the manual, took about two minutes with the tool supplied and it's been tracking perfectly ever since.
All the controls work as intended but the pulse facility can take a time to settle down and provide readings. The speed and incline controls are duplicated on the two handles and are much more convenient for use there than using the ones on the display. There's a reasonable range of pre-programmed workouts and the facility to set up two workout schedules of your own.
For the price it's very good value in my opinion and appears much more sturdily built than some other treadmills in this price range. Admittedly it doesn't have all the extra bells and whistles of other treadmills but it doesn't have their price tag either.
After some eight hours of use I'm very pleased with it and it certainly does everything I'll ever need it to do.......The wife likes it as well so that's a HUGE plus point.

My only suggestion is to place a small piece of foam or a hand towel in one of the bottle holders to hold your iPod or other player in place, it rattles about otherwise as you're running.


Wüsthof Knife-Sharpener - 4346
Wüsthof Knife-Sharpener - 4346
Offered by COOKING IS FUN - UK VAT-registered
Price: £49.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 26 Mar. 2013
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Does exactly what it says on the tin...It sharpens knives.....Perfectly.
The coarse side is ideal for bringing quite dull knives back to a state of near sharpness while the fine side, especially if used before putting the knife away after use, keeps the knives very sharp.
I've noticed that some cheaper knives don't take as good an edge but any blade made from a decent steel should benefit from the use of this sharpener. It keeps our Wusthof knives very sharp indeed.
The sharpener is quite heavy, has a well balanced quality feel and the two handed operation ensures that fingers and blades are kept a safe distance apart.


Wusthof Classic 3-Piece Knife Set
Wusthof Classic 3-Piece Knife Set
Price: £112.00

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to use, 26 Mar. 2013
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We already had a fairly recent Wusthof carving set and when the time came to replace our rather elderly and well used kitchen knives we went for this knife set.
The balance and finish of the knives is perfect and makes cooking a pleasure. They arrived well sharpened and the 20cm cooks knife in particular has become the new kitchen jack of all trades.
The 16cm utility knife has found many uses particularly in baking and the small 9cm blade is so useful that we've bought a second one for when we're both cooking.
They're kept handy on a magnetic knife rack and washed/dried by hand after every use. Knives of this quality deserve a bit of respect and I'm sure they'll return it by many years of service.


Response: A Frontline Police Officer's Story
Response: A Frontline Police Officer's Story
Price: £0.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better, 15 Feb. 2013
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A potentially good book spoiled by a story that jumps about, has the odd paragraph that make very little sense, and has a huge number of spelling and grammatical mistakes. Please get it proof read prior to publication.


Neoprene Double Pull Lumbar Back Support Brace
Neoprene Double Pull Lumbar Back Support Brace
Price: £5.49 - £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Well designed, 15 Feb. 2013
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The neoprene belt provides a degree of support and a comforting warmth without being over restrictive. The additional support from the elasticated panels allows you to adjust the amount of support to suit your own particular circumstances, from light support to quite strong support. Quite easy to put on but be sure to fit it on in a two step process, release the elasticated support panels, fit the main neoprene belt first and then adjust the elasticated support panels to suit your needs.
It appears to be well manufactured and the stitching is good and reinforced where required. The velcro panels are quite large and prevent any creep or loosening after fitting. Comfortable to wear and, after first loosening the elasticated panels, the brace may be easily moved up or down for re-positioning if required with the elasticated panels being re-adjusted afterwards.


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