SIRIX Solar Power Bank

SIRIX Solar Power Bank

Great little unit, versatile and very practical.
Karen , 17/12/2014

The unit comes already fully charged. It holds enough power to charge 2 normal smartphone batteries (but only 1 Samsung note battery).
Charging the pack from the mains power is easy and fast. Charging from sun, however is an entirely different matter. It takes a full day to charge 1 bar on this power bank,( out of a possible 4 bars) 2 full days for 2 bars and then it doesn't matter how long (weeks even) you leave it - it will not charge past 2 bars from sun's energy. So, don't rely on the solar aspect as it is not efficient. Considering the fact it can charge 2 phones from full this is good value for money but the blurb says it can do 2 phones simultaneously and it has 2 USB ports for this purpose - BUT - it actually only will charge 1 at a time - even if both are plugged in to it - so don't rely on that either. Overall, it is lightweight, sturdy and will last days of hiking and hold enough charge for 2 re-charges but make sure it is fully charged before you go & hang on pack so it can grab any solar light to maintain full charge. I would recommend it as a power bank but not as a solar power bank as I think it has a ways to go before it could be relied upon for this.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Vanguard Espod CX204 AGH Tripod

Vanguard Espod CX204 AGH Tripod

Excellent Value
John H , 16/12/2014

For $70, this is an excellent, light and versatile little tripod. The ball head is relatively easy to loosen/tighten allowing you to get a level camera easily. Then you can rotate the camera horizontally using the pan feature. It is pretty lightweight however so don't go expecting to put a telephoto lens on it in some wind and not get some movement. In fact if you give the tripod a knock, you can expect a couple of seconds before the vibrations damp down (when fully extended). The thumb wheel is a little 'sticky' in it's movement - but they're my only criticisms and pretty moot at this price range. Center column slides straight up or down and is secured by a locking screw. If it was a bit more sturdy and smooth in it's action that would be fantastic - but then I would expect to pay a couple hundred bucks for it. As it is, I'm very happy with it for the price and I think the design is absolutely brilliant.

Pros: Easy to use, Compact
Cons: Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Canon Selphy CP910 Black

Canon Selphy CP910 Black

Ideal for filling travel diaries on the go...
On the move , 12/12/2014

We simply had to get the CP910!!! Our stalwart CP760 has been to farm-stays, national parks, surfside apartments, hey, its been to Italy, Greece and Portugal too! Everyone wants to use it... even those with smart phones... :-( So we just had to get one with "wireless"- Its easy for casual users to connect and use. Remember the phone App is not "Photoshop" - its basic... so if you have five photos of the same group it helps to know beforehand in which one the third lady from the right is not blinking!!!

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Sony Alpha A7s Body

Sony Alpha A7s Body

A wonderful dslr for video
Paul Langley , Manly , 9/12/2014

Sensational picture quality with great depth, colour and resolution for video work. Works with my entire Canon lens collection via inexpensive adaptor, features such as focus peaking and zebra exposure make operation a breeze, coupled with 7 picture profiles available and switchable APS-C mode. Amazing in low light, have achieved remarkable results at 102,400 ISO. Battery life isn't great so buy spares - overall, the best camera I've ever owned (and I've had a few, video and stills)

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality, Screen size
Cons: Battery life
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Great product
TonyM , Perth , 5/12/2014

The Tripod is fantastic, and exactly fits the job I needed it for,
I encounted a problem while unpacking it as one of the legs was jammed. After some investigating I noticed there a thumb screw in between the leg and the body that must have lodged in there during manufacturing, and had nothing to do with the tripod. with some jiggling and a long screw driver i managed to free it, and al is now OK.

Pros: Easy to use, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Canon Powershot SX700 HS - Capture Kit

Canon Powershot SX700 HS - Capture Kit

Poor Travel Camera
Ian , Melbourne , 5/12/2014

Purchased this camera for an extended overseas trip and found the resolution and color very poor consistently over some 1,500 photos. Picture quality got progressively worse as the zoom was used.
Lack of a view finder was a major problem requiring multiple shots due to not being to see the screen because of the sun.
Would be better served to have less gimmicks and better photo quality
Camera seems to be well built but deficient in the purpose of a camera which is taking quality photos.

Pros: Compact, Build quality, Battery life, Screen size
Cons: Complicated, Screen size
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Sigma AF 150-600 f5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Canon Mount

Sigma AF 150-600  f5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Canon Mount

Loving the lens so far - Was able to handhold
David Roma Photography , Bathurst, NSW, Australia , 3/12/2014

I have had this lens for a few days now. So far I am loving it. I have posted a full review on my blog with a bunch of sample images with 100% crops of Australian Wildlife.

http://www.davidromaphotography.com/blog/2014/12/sigma-150-600mm-f5-6-3-dg-os-hsm-sport---australian-hands-on-review-with-sample-shots

Pros: Build quality
Cons: Bulky
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Flinders Island Photographic Weekend with Ric Wallis

Flinders Island Photographic Weekend with Ric Wallis

I am going back
Happy Photographer , Melbourne , 21/11/2014

I had waited 16 years to see Flinders Island. & thanks to Johnno, Craig (Teds) & especially, Ric, who was very easy to get along with, we certainly learnt all about Histograms, apart from other tips & hands on help, from Craig as well as Ric.
The accomodation, food & staff @ our delightful lodgings, were also friendly & helpful.
A fantastic trip & well worth the wait, & now I am going back again!

Pros: Easy to use
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Excellent quality images!
MWAC , Melbourne , 10/11/2014

This was my first lens with a 400d and I have folders of photos that I treasure captured with this fab combination. It is an excellent all round lens. It does fast action, it does landscape and it does portraits all to a high standard! If you can only have one lens, then this is the one you want!

Pros: Easy to use, Compact, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Manfrotto 290 (MK294A3 + 804RC2) Tripod Kit

Quality built
Novice, learner , Adelaide , 9/11/2014

Quality parts put together perfectly, easy to use, solid platform for my camera and light weight, easy to carry.

Pros: Easy to use, Build quality
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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