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DURAGADGET Collapsible Mini Tripod For Nikon D5100, D3100, P7000, Nikon 1J1 1 J1 Compact System Camera, D700, D300 And D3200
DURAGADGET Collapsible Mini Tripod For Nikon D5100, D3100, P7000, Nikon 1J1 1 J1 Compact System Camera, D700, D300 And D3200
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money and useful in niche scenarios, 21 May 2012
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Firstly this tripod is a lot smaller than it looks in a picture so please bear that in mind.

On the side just under the screw-mount there is a small lever. If you turn it anti-clockwise this loosens all of the joints so that the legs can be adjusted and the camera can be tilted. Rotating the lever clockwise will tighten the joints to hold the position tight. The lever is too close to the underside of the camera so it can be fiddly to change positions with the camera attached.

I have used this with a Nikon D3000 & 18-55mm kit lens. Although it holds quite firmly it has a little bit of movement after you've tightened the position. After you tighten the lever the camera flops forward slightly so you always need to aim the camera slightly higher than you want to shoot. With a longer 55-300mm lens the tripod is too stretched and often just drops forward under the weight. Although this can be rectified by opening the legs really wide it's too hard to get the position/direction of any use as the camera is almost on the floor. Use cautiously with expensive lenses so that if the tripod does collapse forward you don't smash your camera. Also on long exposures it does sometimes move slightly.

When in its folded-up position this tripod is very small (about the size of a 25g Mars Bar). It can quite comfortably fit into a jacket or bag pocket. However, the screw-mount is exposed when the tripod is folded so don't put it in the same compartment as anything delicate as it will scratch!

The plastic is cheap and makes creaking noises when being adjusted. However, I am reviewing this tripod taking into account price and size.

If you want a small tripod, for taking snaps of the family etc on a relatively fast shutter speed then this is perfect. It takes 10 seconds to set up and fits in pockets. However, if you want to take night shots with long exposures, or support a large lens on a wall or in a risky position then don't go with this tripod. I've used mine for taking a quick picture of myself and friends or family whilst on days out hiking (where I haven't wanted to lug a tripod around). For what it is it's great and loses a mark because if the poor ergonomics of the tightening lever. The other "faults" come with the price territory. This is a good tool to have in your camera box.

Gem Easy Access SLR Camera Case for Nikon D40, D40X, D60, D80, D90, D600, D5000
Gem Easy Access SLR Camera Case for Nikon D40, D40X, D60, D80, D90, D600, D5000
Offered by GEM Bags & Cases
Price: £26.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent bag for single lense only, 18 May 2012
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I purchased this bag for use with Nikon D3000.

The bag itself is sturdy. It closes with a zip around the top and also has a flap over the top that closes with a plastic clip. This is great because I can put the camera into the bag and use the clip (but not the zips) to keep the camera secure if I'm out shooting and need fast access to the camera. However, if it's raining you would also need to use the zip.

The bag actually has 2 separators (secured with velcro) inside the main compartment. These seem somewhat redundant as there is no way you will fit more than the camera + lens in this compartment although I have moved me separators close to the bottom of the compartment so that the camera doesn't twist from side-to-side when inside the bag. I can comfortably fit the Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm kit lens inside (lens must be attached to the body). I also have a Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm lens. The camera + 55-300mm lens can fit inside this bag but it is a tight fit. If you use UV filter or something similar the extra couple of millimetres make it a *really* tight fit - but it works.

There is a zip pocket on the front of the bag that can hold the battery charger, mains adapter and the USB lead (it is quite a tight fit). There are two net pockets (one on each size) with a good elastic enclosure. These are great for a place to quickly put the lens-cover and miscellaneous items - but of course they are exposed to the elements. In addition, the underside of the lid has a net pocket (with a zip closer) that is perfect for storing memory cards but nothing much thicker.

The shoulder strap is fully adjustable to any length you like although if you prefer to have it short there is no clip or management for the excess strap - it just hangs there. This is something a couple of elastic bands can fix but if you like to have the bag around waist height this isn't a problem. The top of the bag also has a sturdy carry handle which is for carrying short distances without having to use the shoulder strap.

I've used this bag in really heavy rain and pleased to report that my camera was kept perfectly dry.

5/5 - a really good quality product (at a great price) for just carrying a camera and couple of small accessories.

Caselogic Nylon CD/DVD Organiser 144 capacity
Caselogic Nylon CD/DVD Organiser 144 capacity

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough CD Case, 11 Jan. 2005
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The case is brilliant. It can hold 128 CDS. It zips open and has a useful little handle on the spine for carrying it around.
My casy has taken a good battering over the months and the tough material doesn't even seem to be fraying in the slightest. However, it is hard to wipe stains and marks off the material - but who cares?
In each sleeve there is just about enough room for a CD and a booklet to go with it - although it is a slight squeeze.
The main gripe that I have is that when opening and closing the zip, the edges of the CDs often overlap the zip and therefore I have to kind of stuff everything in.
All in all, a tough CD wallet that's great for taking CDs about and taking a bit of rough treatment.

iSkin EXO2 case for Apple iPod 10/15/20GB - Arctic
iSkin EXO2 case for Apple iPod 10/15/20GB - Arctic

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars iSkin - For the iPod., 17 July 2004
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I have the 20GB iPod. This skin fits perfectly. It looks real smart and doesn't add much size to the ipod. There are holes so that I can still access all of the buttons and plug the earphones in.
It's tricky to get it in place properly, but once in it fits real tight. Some people have stated that it can actually scratch the surface of the ipod - but to be honest I don't understand how this can happen as long as you go careful when putting it on.
The belt clip is fully removable and when attached, is held in place really secure.
The screen is also well protected with a (removable) plastic cover - presumably because although the skin is transparent - it would make the screen look a little blurry.
The only down sides are that it makes access to the 'hold' button quite tricky (not a huge issue). Also, with the skin on, the ipod wont fit into the docking station - you will just have to plug the cable straight into the bottom of the ipod.
All in all though, a really worth while accessory that will definately stop any nasty scratches appearing. The non-slip nature of the material also means it doesn't slide off tables or dashboards easily - which is reassuring.
4/5 - loses a mark for the (minimal) problems.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it's supposed to, 9 Nov. 2003
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Brilliant product. Being a laptop user this is a great product for myself because I never need to find a hard surface. It works fine on carpets, wood, books, and is even usable when im in bed and use the duvet cover as a mouse mat! It just won't work on transparent surfaces such as glass - but who cares?
The symmetrical design makes it ideal for both left and right handers. The mouse wheel is smooth and runs well. It also comes with all the drivers required (although on windows XP it can just be plugged in and used straight away - not to sure about other windows editions though).
It's a very nice size and the glowing logo on the mouse is a nice finishing touch.
I can't comment on it's life expectancy because i've only had it a few days, however, the fact that it hasn't got mouse ball and moving parts, means that it should last a long time because there are no parts to clog up.
Works on standard USB 1.0 ports and 2.0. Also comes with a PS/2 port connection adapter for people without spare USB ports.
All in all, a brilliant device, that really does work as well as Microsoft say it does.
5 stars.

Belkin USB 7-Port Hub
Belkin USB 7-Port Hub

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Belkin USB Hub, 9 Nov. 2003
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Great product. I only have 2 USB ports on my laptop. However, I have a broadband modem, a USB mouse, a scanner, printer and a USB commection kit for my Nokia phone. Obviously, this Hub was the answer to my problem. Literally is just plug in and play. I'm running windows XP, and I just plugged the hub into my computer, and plugged all my devices into the hub. I had no drivers or anything to install which was great. I've only had it for a few days now but it seems to be working great.
From what I understand though, it is not USB 2.0 compatible so will now work with external harddrives etc. However, if i was to ever get one of these I could just plug it straight into my other spare port on thr back of my laptop. Also something worth noting is that it's apparently not very good with devices that draw power from USB (some scanners etc that don't have a power supply and obtain power from the computer). having said that, my optical mouse has a light that uses power and it has no problems with that.
All in all, a fool proof product that certainly tidies up my desktop and saves me from having to constantly plug and unplug other devices.
Another plus is that they can be linked to other USB hubs to create a daisy chain of even more free ports.
4 stars from me. Only loses a star because it can't handle USB 2.0. The lights in the front looks cool aswell.

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