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Gigantic Keyboard Playmat
Gigantic Keyboard Playmat

5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun, 27 Mar. 2014
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First thing, it is big - you will need a lot of floorspace for this. Second thing, turn the volume down because it can get loud!

You do need to explain how it works to a young child i.e. what the various buttons are for. With that done, away you go and make music


Sony HXR-NX 30 E 1/2.88-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor ultra-compact NXCAM camcorder recording full HD with Balanced Optical SteadyShot
Sony HXR-NX 30 E 1/2.88-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor ultra-compact NXCAM camcorder recording full HD with Balanced Optical SteadyShot

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the size, 24 Jan. 2014
This camcorder, without the XLR adaptor, shotgun mike and lens hood is no bigger than most consumer versions. Used in this way, it is as discreet as you would want it to be.

Mount the XLR adaptor and the supplied mike though and the sound quality moves into a different league to those camcorders that rely upon a tiny internal mike.

You can read about all the features in the description and see just how much you are getting in this small package. What the blurb does not tell you though is how solidly built this little gem is. The Sony HXR-NX 30E really lives up to its professional moniker in every way.

Neither does the blurb describe just how effective the Steady Shot system is. Sure it cannot perform miracles and you do have to hold the camcorder steady especially when using it at the telephoto end of the range but it is a huge improvement on any other camcorder I have used.

Image quality along with sound is what counts most though with camcorders. The good news is that the combination of a Zeiss designed Sonnar lens and an Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers great pictures to match the XLR system sound.

All the other features like the 96Gb drive, the face tracking, the Timecode/user bit recording mode, the built in light, the handy projector etc etc are just further icing on the cake.

If you are in the market for a top notch camcorder but don't have the need for one of much larger and more expensive pro versions, this is the one to buy.


Manfrotto Monopod Head Quick Release
Manfrotto Monopod Head Quick Release
Price: £22.10

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it, 19 Nov. 2013
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You don't need a head for a monopod, just fasten the camera to it using the tripod screw and it will work. Two issues though, 1) that takes time, is inconvenient if you are on the move and 2) with the camera screwed to the monopod, you can only use it in landscape mode.

This head is specially designed for monopods and provides the only two functions you need; a quick release plate and the facility to tilt the camera from landscape to portrait. All the other movements are done by tilting the monopod sideways and backwards and forwards. A pan and tilt or ball head are just overkill and simply add more weight.

The only downside to adding this head to your monopod is that it does add weight. However, like all Manfrotto equipment, this is beautifully engineered to last. It is reassuringly solid when you have a few thousand pounds worth of heavy camera/lens attached to it.


JJC LH-JX100 Lens Adapter and Hood for Fujifilm Finepix X100, X100s, X100T, X70 - Silver
JJC LH-JX100 Lens Adapter and Hood for Fujifilm Finepix X100, X100s, X100T, X70 - Silver
Offered by DeyardDirect
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very affordable, 19 Nov. 2013
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Quite why Fuji chose not to put a filter ring on the front of the X100S is a mystery. If you want to protect the lens or get creative you have no choice but to buy an adapter. The good news is that the adapters come with a useful lens hood and are easy to fit. The bad news is that Fuji charge a premium price for their version.

When I saw the price of this one in comparison, I was sceptical. Would it complement the camera and would it fit as well as the Fuji version? All the reviews served to allay those fears and they were right. This is a premium product at an economy price. It is identical in every way including colour.

If you have the genuine Fuji case, the camera will still fit with this adapter as long as you choose a slimline filter like the B&W one. You can even squeeze it in with the lens cap fitted but it is a squeeze. Certainly, the lens hood has to go elsewhere and be fitted each time you remove the front flap of the case.


Giottos GTMML 3290B 5 Section 190cm Pro Monopod
Giottos GTMML 3290B 5 Section 190cm Pro Monopod

5.0 out of 5 stars Built to last, 19 Nov. 2013
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I already had a Cullman monopod ,which I bought years ago. which has twist locks. It was fiddly to set up and never felt totally secure. Having treated myself to a Giottos tripod with a ball head when I moved up to a full frame camera a few years ago, I decided to invest in a Giottos monopod.

We all understand the benefits of using a tripod but how many of us bother to take one out with us? By the time you have set a tripod up, that shot of a lifetime has long passed. The beauty of a monopod is that it is more portable and with just one leg, a lot quicker to set up.

If you are using a heavy camera and lens the weight can soon become a burden. I have a Black Rapid sling strap which relieves my neck when I am carrying such a combination but not when I need to keep the camera to my eye. That is where a monopod becomes invaluable.

Giottos are not the most expensive company on the market but they do make well engineered products that are built to take heavy use and still remain functional. They even supply an Allen key to tighten up the locks should they become loose with use.

As others have said, this monopod goes tall, more than enough for my 6ft 2inch height. That means I will rarely need to extend the last and thinnest section. If you are less tall than me, you may prefer one of Giottos shorter three or four section monopods to save weight. Otherwise treat yourself to a monopod that you will never feel the need to replace.


MaximalPower Rechargeable Replacement Li-ion Battery for Fuji/Fujifilm FinePix/Real 3D W1 Cameras
MaximalPower Rechargeable Replacement Li-ion Battery for Fuji/Fujifilm FinePix/Real 3D W1 Cameras
Price: £5.92

5.0 out of 5 stars No worries, 23 Oct. 2013
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In the past, I have steered clear of third party batteries for my cameras but based on the reviews I took a chance on this one. If all third party batteries are as good as this one, then that is what I shall be buying in future.


Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera - Silver (16.3 MP, APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II with EXR Processor II) 2.8 inch LCD
Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera - Silver (16.3 MP, APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II with EXR Processor II) 2.8 inch LCD
Offered by Digital Depot
Price: £749.00

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of craftsmanship., 18 Sept. 2013
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In this day and age where most things are made of plastic and almost seem disposable, this is a camera that harks back to when cameras were crafted from metal with dials that are milled with numbers engraved upon them. It looks like and feels like a Leica.

All this would be irrelevant if the camera did not function well. The good news is that the performance of the camera leaves nothing to be desired. Start up is quick, AF is almost instantaneous in all but the lowest of light and the results are better than most DSLRs with similar size sensors.

True, the lens is a little soft into the corners at full aperture (the centre area is still tack sharp). Stop down to f2.8 though and the pictures are totally sharp.

It is in low light though where the benefits of the Trans sensor come into play. I've taken pictures at 3,200 ISO which have very little noise and still retain detail. The results at this setting are almost on par with my 5DMkIII and far, far better than my 7D.

I already have a Sony RX100 which is an excellent camera. This Fuji x100s is larger but still small enough and light enough to carry around all day.
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Fujifilm Premium Leather Case for X100T/X100S/X100
Fujifilm Premium Leather Case for X100T/X100S/X100
Offered by Camera Centre UK
Price: £59.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb case, 18 Sept. 2013
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The case is the companion for the Fujifilm x100s and fits the camera perfectly. It is expensive though, more so than the original case that it replaces.

However, on the plus side, it is beautifully made from high quality leather and complements the retro style of the camera.


Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Price: £599.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A star performer, 29 Aug. 2013
I already have five L lenses which work with both my 7D and 5DMkIII so why buy an EFS lens that will only work with my crop sensor camera?

What I have found is that my FF camera gets more use than my 7D because the lenses in my bag are more suited to it, even the EF 17-40 f4L. In my opinion, there is no L series optic that really suits crop cameras as a walk around lens. They either start too long, lack IS or have too small an aperture. In the case of the 17-40 it is the lack of IS and the f4 aperture.

Canon make two very near L quality EF-S lenses, the EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. Whilst the former has a better range it starts at f3.5 and end up at f5.6 which, in my view, is too small an aperture for the 7D. The 17-55mm stays at f2.8 throughout.

The build quality of the 17-55mm is not quite on par with L series lenses, in particular it lacks weather sealing to the body. The zoom ring kind of jumps at both the short and long ends of the range and of course there is no included lens hood or bag.

What really counts though is the picture quality and this is where the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM shines. It is as good if not better than my 17-40L and as good as my 24-105 f4L IS USM which is the walk around lens for my 5DMkIII. In fact the only lenses I have which outperform this are the EF 70-200 f2.8L IS USM MkII and the EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM Macro both of which are in a class of their own.

All in all, I am very pleased with my purchase which, by the way came from Amazon Spain in just one day.


Interfit INT290†Stand for Folding Foldable Base or Reflector
Interfit INT290†Stand for Folding Foldable Base or Reflector
Offered by fotoSENSE_Ltd
Price: £39.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect of the job, 6 Aug. 2013
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If you have a large reflector or, as in my case collapsible backgrounds, then a stand is almost essential. Without one, you need an assistant to hold a reflector or a large clear space on a wall for the backgrounds.

This stand is well made and tall enough to take even my largest background (1.8m c 2.15m) whilst holding it safely. The only issue with the large background is that the frame is too thick to fit in the clamp so that has to be hung by its loop at the top.

There are no instructions, however I quickly worked out that you need to secure the top of the background to the stand first and then elevate it into position. You can then either clip in the bottom or leave it free if you need the background to reach the floor.

With a smaller reflector, the process should be a doddle.


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