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This really is the best torch I've ever laid my hands on. When I first bought mine, I couldn't help but instinctively shine it in my eyes to see how bright it was. Oh how naive I was to do that, I couldn't see a thing for the next five minutes.
The Lenser P7 is made from a metal casing with a smooth, grippy rubber button on the end of it. There are three different modes, all of which are accessed through this button (off, bright, and brighter). The build quality of the P7 is brilliant. The metal case means that it can be dropped, thrown and crushed, but it will still work properly. These torches are generally indesctructible.
Possibly the best aspect of this torch is the fact that it runs off AAA batteries, unlike others on the market which run off of the less common PD1850 batteries. This means that the batteries are widely available and you aren't likely to need to buy a new charger just for the sake of one torch.
The only bad thing about these torches is the cost. Expect to spend around £50 if you buy one brand new from retailers such as camping stores. However, if you shop around you can find a bargain. On ebay, I bought my brand new P7, complete with the case and box, for just £20 including postage. Don't worry if you end up having to pay more for yours, they're a quality piece of kit and well worth the money.
Alongside digital, I also enjoy dabbling in a bit of film photography. I took this up a couple of months ago when I decided to purchase my AE-1 Program for just £30 with the standard f1.8 50mm lens. Not once have I looked back since I bought this camera, it feels to have everything that I need.
The body itself is made from metal. Compared with the newer bodies which are all moulded from plastic, this just feels so much sturdied. The old Canon SLR's are pretty much indestructible. I've used mine on roofs, in sewers, absolutely anywhere, and it has stood the test of time. These SLR's are also fully manual, meaning that the user has control over every aspect of the photos, allowing you to create some brilliant work. I've used other SLR's that work on shutter-priority and arpeture-priority, they just don't feel right, unlike this one. The only thing that I can see people thinking of as being a downside to the AE-1 is its weight. Because it's primarily metal, it can feel pretty heavy at times, but that's something that I actually like about the AE-1. It makes it feel like a high quality piece of kit, which it is.
If my AE-1 were to finally break down on me, I'd definitely look at buying another one rather than swapping to a different model of SLR. They're just great.
After outgrowing my Canon 350D a couple of years ago I decided that I would upgrade to a Canon 60D. It's probably the best choice I ever made and I definitely haven't regretted it.
There's only one downside that I've ever come across whilst using the 60D, and that is the menu. There are so many different things on the menu, it feels a little cluttered at times. There's eight tabs, all with different options on them. This can make it difficult to remember where to go for the option that you want to edit, sometimes making you miss the moment because it takes so long.
On the flip side, there are loads of positive aspects to the Canon 60D. First of all, the buttons and wheels are all in great positions. The top wheel is exactly where your index finger rests, and the larger wheel is where your thumb would sit naturally. The body itslef is also just the right size to fit the hand, this camera is really well designed in terms of ergonomics, making it really easy to operate. The screen is also a good size. Where my previous camera, the 350D, had too small of a screen, the 60D feels just right. The images can be zoomed in on with ease in order to check their quality.
I could go on all day about this camera, but I won't bother. All in all, for the price I paid, this was the best camera I've ever used.
Before upgrading to my current camera, the Canon 60D, I had a Canon 350D. It was a brilliant little camera that could take a beating and give me a solid base to learn from.
There are only a couple of bad things about the 350D, all of which are made up for by the positive aspects. First of all, the viewing screen is rather small. This can make it hard to work out whether or not you have managed to get your images in focus when operating the camera manually. There have been many times where I have got home and found that although the picture looked fine on the screen, it wasn't actually very sharp at all. This is also the problem with the entire body, it's all a bit small. Although it didn't feel it at the time, when I now pick up a 350D (with me being used to the 60D), everything feels a bit small and fiddly. The body also feels rather plastic-like, which although it is strong, makes me feel as though it's going to break with the slightest knock.
On the flip side, there are some great positive aspects to the 350D. Firstly, the fact that it is light, the spec says that it weighs just 500g with the lens attached. It doesn't feel like a burden to carry it around with you, unlike some of the heavier Canon models. As mentioned previously, the 350D is also strong. I gave mine a beating whilst I used it and it never stopped working. Finally, they're nice and cheap. I picked mine up for £180 second hand, meaning that it was a nice easy way to get into photography without spending too much.
I hadn't bought a game in a while, so I decided that I'd give Bethesda's latest creation a try and bought Dishonored.
I'm a bit disappointed with Dishonored as I expected it to be a bit more similar to previous productions such as Oblivion and Skyrim, both of which were brilliant. Dishonored will definitely hit the spot if you haven't played a Bethesda creation before, however if you've played quite a few of their game you'll quickly realise that it's a bit below par. The graphics are pretty poor and cartoon-like, unlike Skyrim where everything was flawlessly realistic. The game is also a bit less open-world style. I've not found a moment where I have been left to explore my surroundings; everything seems a bit mission-based. All in all, the game gets a bit boring after a while.
On the flipside, the game runs smoothly and loads periodically to stop the gameplay being interrupted. There is also a decent storyline if you watch all of the cutscenes and listen carefully, but I'm not really into that so I just listen briefly and skip when I get the chance. The character's perks are also a nice feature. They spice up the game where it would have otherwise been boring. You can teleport around other players, control animals, see through walls etc.
All in all, I'd recommend the game if you can get it for a good price - I wouldn't have been impressed if I paid the retail price for my copy!
Ever since I hit 15 stone in the New Year I thought I should do something about my weight. I've never been one for running so that I decided I'd start the process by doing a bit more walking. I now make a point of walking everywhere instead of driving or getting the bus, and when I do walk I wear my pedometer.
This simple pedometer is one of the best of it's kind that I have used. Usually, pedometers can miss steps or count too many when they get shaken around. Poor really when you think that the primary function of a pedometer is to get shaken around. I've never had that problem with this pedometer, and I'm not sure why, but I'm not complaining. The build quality of this thing is also good. Although it is made from plastic, it doesn't feel tacky or flimsy. It feels strong to touch and makes you feel like it could stand up to a beating.
My only problem with the pedometer is that it sometimes doesn't fit on my belt very well. The clip on the back can be a bit too tight to fit over my belt and my trousers, but it could be that I wear thick belts.
After about ten years of owning an original iPod Nano, and it finally breaking, I've decided that I would come back to the present day and upgrade.
For me there just seems to be too much screen. It kinda scares me thinking that I might break it. The screen doesn't feel like it's very thick, like it did on the older models. Maybe this is because of the fact that it has the touch screen feature and so needs to be able to transfer heat through from your finger?
Other than that, I love my new Nano. The new interface is much easier to use, with the larger rounded buttons for all of the different options. I think it's also great how the operating system comes with Nike Fitness pre-installed so that you can link it up to your trainers (although I'm not sure why you'd want to do that). The new design is also a much better fit to my hand. When I grip it, it just seems to fill the gap, whereas my old nano didn't because it was just too long (god knows why they called them nano back then).
Anyway, to recap, this is a brilliant piece of kit, the screen just feels a bit bendy at times.
Like the title says, this is the best phone I've ever had, there's only two bad things about it.
Most smart phones feel quite flimsy, and this is no exception. It's very plasticy to hold and the chrome trim on the front quickly wears away and goes dull. However, having said that, the phones themselves are actually pretty well built. I've had mine for a year now, dropping it every so often, and the screen hasn't cracked like those on the iPhones.
My only other negative point about this phone is how it can sometimes crash. If I'm playing a game on it, I sometimes find that the metal camera surround gets quite hot. The game will then start to run slow and sometimes the phone will shut itself down. Maybe this is some kind of fail-safe that is built in to stop the phone overheating? This hasn't happened since I updated to the latest firmware either, so maybe they've ironed it out.
Other than that, everything is great. The operating system works extremely quickly and doesn't struggle with day to day tasks. The phone itself seems to be able to take a beating and fits nicely in your pocket. I'd definitely recommend the S2 to anybody looking for a cheap smartphone.