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Giottos VH6011-658D Mini Video Head
Giottos VH6011-658D Mini Video Head

4.0 out of 5 stars Fine video head for the occasional videographer, 5 Jan. 2014
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I use this head for a medium sized Nikon D5100 SLR, and it does a fine job. It's working nicely and is well dampened using friction, but not a study in mechanical precision. It's more than fine enough for my occasional use, and has an Arca-Swiss standard clamp and plate making it easy to use with other ballheads, plates and clamps. Absolutely good value for the money.

KS-0 Tripod Ball Head Ballhead + Quick Release Plate Small Compass for Professional Camera Tripod Camcorder DSLR Canon 700D 650D 600D 1100D 6D LF23
KS-0 Tripod Ball Head Ballhead + Quick Release Plate Small Compass for Professional Camera Tripod Camcorder DSLR Canon 700D 650D 600D 1100D 6D LF23
Offered by XCSOURCE
Price: £20.98

4.0 out of 5 stars A little odd, but does the job, 5 Jan. 2014
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A fine ballhead for the money, which does the job, but just has an odd construction with two knobs both controlling ball tension where one would suffice. The precision is OK, and the ballhead works smoothly and holds the Arca-Swiss plates as supposed and can support a heavy SLR. Altogether good value, but of course a far cry from the top brand ballheads such as Markins or Acratech, but of course also a tenth or less in price.

Kill Decision
Kill Decision
by Daniel Suarez
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A far cry from Deamon/Freedom, 12 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Kill Decision (Hardcover)
After having read Suarez' previous two books, the well written, truly captivating and very exciting Daemon/Freedom combo, I was sure I was in for another fast paced techno joyride.

But I was disappointed.

Kill Decision has a pretty similar setup, the same fundamental premises with autonomous gizmos and man-machine battles as well as a lot of technological ingredients that reminds of its predecessors, but it has a very slow start - unlike Daemon that starts with a gripping jolt of action and suspense - and only develops slowly and with very weak characters. It's littered with way too many details in the wrong places. Do I need the Latin name of the trees, the precise model number of the cars and the make and model of all helicopters, guns and other gear? Do I need ad verbatim Chinese and Swedish dialog.
No, I don't.
The book appears overly researched to me, and it seems like Suarez hasn't wanted to waste any of his thorough preparation, so a lot of unnecessary facts and details have found their way into the book.

It takes a long time for the characters to develop into something that I can engage with, and even then some of the main characters are still pretty two dimensional and not someone that I can become genuinely interested in. The orphaned mercenary Odin the female professor with the many boyfriends... oh, man! So many stories could have been told that would have made them much more interesting. The scene where the kora-playing soldier talks about middle eastern heavy rock and death metal is a good example of what gives a character some depth. I really miss more of that.

The book does gain momentum, and the concept of autonomous drones is used with skill and well orchestrated. I read it to the end - which by the way is so obviously open that it reeks "sequel". A sequel that I will probably not buy.

If you like science/tech stories and haven't read Daemon/Freedom, do so. But only go for this title if you are contempt with much less excitement and writing that doesn't quite live up to what the author is clearly capable of.

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