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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Islabikes Review

I got this bike for my 2 year old son. The bike is really well made and can support my weight of 12 1/2 stone.

It's a balance bike - which means it has no pedals, it's supposed to help with getting used to riding a bike without throwing in another
set of obstacles such as pedals. For some kids, it takes a while to get used to it. So I'm gonna persevere. I personally like it. Ain't cheap at around 100 quid. But it is the best out there. Oh yea it's got a break too, which only activates on the rear wheel, so yer kid doesn't go head over heels!


Friday, 27 August 2010

Fenix TK20 - LED Torch Review

I've had the Fenix TK20 for over a year now, it has been the best torch I have ever owned. Why? you might ask, well, it's one my brightest torches for a 2AA, It has the best build quality, rechargeables work well, the cree neutral white LED, gives a pleasing daylight white throw, the handle has a rubberised yellow cover - which makes it easier to find when dropped. Its fully waterproof and has 2 modes; 150 lumens - 1.25 runtime, 45 lumens - 8 hour runtime. It's regulated, which means that the light output will stay at constant brightness until the batteries are too low a level for this to occur, it will then reduce at a more linear rate with the battery discharge.
The beam has a throw of over 180M, which makes it ideal for spotting the odd hedge hog down the bottom of my garden. The complete assembly comes in 3 parts: head, abdomen, and thorax - no that's an insect, oh well, you know what I mean! This makes it ideal for replacements if ever needed and easy battery access. Anyway enough ramblings, the bottom line is, its freakin awsome, so Go Gadget Get It!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Tamron AF 70-300 review

The Tamron 70-300 is a great budget lens. The good points: Cheap, Macro setting (180 - 300) Bad points: Slow focus, slight blue tinge, when you inpsect the photo closeup.
All these points are to be expected with budget lenses, so don't let it put you off. For the money, I think, you can easily put up with the slower performance and lack of image stabilisation, go gadget get it! Here is a pic I took at Bristol Zoo: IMG_4001