Category Archives: Review

Peak Design Everyday Sling Bag

In the many years I have been into photography, I have been looking for the perfect or ideal camera bag – in fact over time, I have bought at least 8-10 such bags, with some working better than others. But each have failed to hit the mark, as I still keep looking for that ultimate bag or two. As can be expected, people may change camera system over time, which means that their needs from a bag also changes over time. Hence a bag which meets the mark initially, may not necessarily do so with time and change. I recently decided to invest in the Peak Design Everyday Sling, to see if it would become my ultimate camera (and other stuff) go-to bag.  Continue reading Peak Design Everyday Sling Bag

Peak Design Capture Lens Kit (Sony E-mount)

I have been a fan of the products from Peak Design, a company based in San Francisco, who come up with innovative products to make the photographers life a whole lot better. I have had their Capture clip and Cuff (wrist strap) for holding my camera for quite a few years now. Hence when I revisited their website to look at their range of bags and noticed that they had a great solution to aid the changing of camera lenses, I knew I had to buy one to try out. Hence I bought the Sony E-mount version, although I have emailed their company to suggest they make the Micro 4/3rds version as well. Continue reading Peak Design Capture Lens Kit (Sony E-mount)

TP-Link Archer VR2600 VDSL/ADSL Modem Router

Towards the end of last year, we had a period of about 11 days when we had no internet access owing to an issue with our Internet Service Provider – BT Optic Fiber network had a hardware problem, coupled with a failure of our BT Smart Hub (Home Hub 6). However, the replacement Smart Hub failed two weeks later, which prompted me to look for an alternative, more reliable Modem router. I settled on the TP-Link Archer VR2600 as it was the fastest one-box setup which was reasonably priced at £159.99 on Amazon. Continue reading TP-Link Archer VR2600 VDSL/ADSL Modem Router

iPad Pro 12.9″ Accessories

When the iPad Pro 12.9″ was initially released in November 2015, I had considered buying it but had resisted as it did not have the necessary accessories which would make it more useful for me. The biggest reason was that there was no mounting solution similar to how I use my iPad 4 bedside. But as my iPad 4 was proving too slow, and I wanted a larger screen, I had to look to some DIY to convert my current mount to hold the iPad Pro. I’ve also bought a few accessories for it to make it even more useful. Continue reading iPad Pro 12.9″ Accessories

Metz 52 AF-1 flash for Olympus/Panasonic

On Christmas eve, I unfortunately had an accident and dropped my Olympus E-P5 with my FL-600R flash on board, a short distance onto a thick rug. That jolt was enough to break the hot-shoe foot of my Olympus flash. As I tend to use flash photography for indoor photos, it was essential for me to have a flash I could use. Hence I had to look for a replacement or get it repaired. Then I saw in the Amazon Lightning deals that they had the Metz 52 AF-1 for Olympus on offer for £125.40 (RRP £209). Hence I snapped it up before the offer ended. Continue reading Metz 52 AF-1 flash for Olympus/Panasonic

Vivis 20,000mAh Battery Pack

One of the things I do worry about is for my portable devices to run out of battery, especially the iPhone which is essential for work, contact with friends and family, as well as accessing emails and social media e.g. WhatsApp, Messenger. I’ve seen my wife run out battery so many times, and hence I am aware of the usefulness of back-up batteries. Hence when the Vivis 20,000 mAh battery pack came up on the Lightning deals on Amazon for £18.39 (RRP £22.99), I just had to buy one. Continue reading Vivis 20,000mAh Battery Pack

Lenovo Yoga Book Windows 10 Convertible Laptop

On Christmas Eve, I took my daughters to John Lewis in Wycombe to collect the new iPhone my wife had ordered. While there, we went around to look at the various electronic devices on display and one computer which caught the eye of my two daughters was the Lenovo Yoga Book. And when the salesperson showed us what it was capable of, my daughters both wanted one – each. After discussing with my wife, we decided that we would get one for each of them as there are so many benefits of this device to facilitate their learning. Continue reading Lenovo Yoga Book Windows 10 Convertible Laptop

mydlink Home and Harmony Skills for Alexa

It has been a long time coming for the release of the skills for use of the D-Link Smart plugs and Logitech Harmony Hub with the Amazon Echo/Echo Dot, which were both previously unavailable in the U.K. (but had been available in the US). Prior to this, I had already found alternative solutions to pair these devices with my Amazon Echo Dot and have been successfully using the Amazon Echo Dot to control the D-Link Smart plugs and Harmony Hub. Hence the big questions are: Are the Alexa Skills provided for these devices better than the solutions I had found previously? Should I be enabling them on my Alexa App? Continue reading mydlink Home and Harmony Skills for Alexa

Moment Case Firmware Update

I am typing this on my iPhone as I have been without wifi for the last 3 days – I shall post about this another time. But fortunately I do have unlimited data on my iPhone, so am not completely cut off from the Internet. Now while looking on the App Store, I noted that the Moment App had an update to it. It promises to allow for the Moment Case shutter button to work with the iPhone camera App – it is about time. So I had no hesitation in downloading this and applying the update.

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