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5.0 out of 5 stars Very small DSLR, big capabilties, June 15, 2016
This is a very good bundle for anyone who is starting out in digital photography and wants something more than a "point-and-shoot" camera with fixed lenses. For the price, you'll get enough function to take you through most kinds of photography an amateur is likely to want, but with a lot more functionality and flexibility than a phone camera. If you've been puzzled how to get into more serious digital photography, this is a great choice. It's also very good for anyone who is a current Canon Rebel user who wants a more compact solution to a Digital SLR.

The SL1 is reported to be the LIGHTEST and SMALLEST digital SLR on the market. That's true--but they aren't including the mirror-less cameras And they mean SLR's that use the APS-C sensors.

I currently use a Canon T5i, which I have really liked. Rather than upgrade to the T6i, I found I wanted something more compact and easier to carry. One rule of getting great shots: never leave home without your camera. While cell phone cameras can be great--and my OnePlus One phone cam is surprisingly good, I'm a devoted user of SLR type cameras, with zoom lenses and through-the-lens viewing.

I found this bundle at another large shopping site, identical except for only one battery and a different case. Same lenses, card, etc. I saved about seventy dollars this way, so shop around. This is priced quite competitively, unless you find a special somewhere, which I did.

What you get:
The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens (White)
• Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
• SanDisk Extreme SDHC UHS-I/U3 16GB Memory Card Up To 90MB/s Read - SDSDXNE-016G-GNCIN (Newest Version) (SDSDXNE-016G-GNCIN)
• AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories
• Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Canon LP-E12 and Canon EOS M, EOS Rebel SL1, EOS 100D

Look and Feel and Handling

This camera is about 20 to 25% smaller than the T5i and though it has a touch screen (love!) it is not a swing-out, swivel screen.
There is a knob for choosing photographic mode (auto, etc). The white is different for me: after years of black cameras or black and steel, the white is very modern and "digital era." If you put the big 75-300 telelphoto on it, however, it's mostly black, as that lens is almost larger than the camera.

If you have BIG hands, you may not find this comfortable. I have medium sized women's hands, and for me, it's a great fit. The controls felt all in the right places. I snapped on the lens, charged up a battery and in a few hours, I had photos that were excellent. I hand-held a moon shot, testing manual and high "ASA" to see about noise and how well I could hand-hold the smaller body and large lens. Truly, a tripod would have been better, but I got a sharp enough shot of the craters on the 3/4 waxing moon. The noise at 1/1000" was a bit much. It was acceptable at 1/500" and would have been idea at 1/250" but even at that shutter speed, I see handshake. (I used to be able to hold 1/60" by hand as a kid, but when you get older, you find that even 1/125" is shaky.) The photo included with the review is a hand-held 300mm telephoto shot at 1/500th second, f16, of a 3/4 moon. I think it's acceptable. I did not do noise reduction. If I had used a tripod, it would have been crystal-sharp.

The 18-55mm standard lens is image-stabilized. It's super light weight. It's a great all-purpose lens. The weight is an advantage.

The 75-300mm telephoto is a useful lens--but it's a cheaper lens. It's not image stabilized. I actually prefer the Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras which is a hundred more than this lens, which retails for around two hundred. In fact, I've never liked this lens, but it's a workhorse and if you aren't willing to invest more in lenses, it will do fine. A tripod will be your bestest buddy with this lens, trust me, I never leave home without one. The home tripod is a behemoth AmazonBasics 70-Inch Pistol Grip Tripod with Bag but I'd recommend a lighter, shorter tripod that you'll find easy to carry with you. AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag is 10 inches shorter but much lighter in weight. It's three pounds and 60" max.

You also have video function. Video is full HD but..you only have a mono microphone, not stereo as in the T5i. Nor does it have autofocus while filming. There is a wind filter feature to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors. Sound recording levels can be manually (up to 64 different levels) or automatically controlled. A built-in attenuator is also provided to reduce audio clipping. If monaural isn't what you need, there are third-party condenser microphones. Any with a 3.5mm diameter plug can be added for better pickup. One of my favorite videos I made with the T5i has a recording of a cappella singing at the Admiralty Building in St. Petersburg. The stereo was very handy for this and I'd have missed it--I use this recording frequently, so if sound is important to your filming, you would need to take this limitation in consideration.

If video is really important, and size doesn't matter, the T6i, with built-in WiFi and some other advances is the better choice. The Rebels aren't that heavy or large to begin with. If you typically use a tripod to do video, you'll definitely want to consider features over compact size.

The touchscreen is large: 3" and it's bright and has good resolution. I find using the touchscreen for settings on the camera such as flash-off, or manual (useful for moon photography or night shots) is easy and fast. The "Q" takes you to the adjustable screen and the curved back arrow means "back, I'm done." Very intuitive. A swipe of the finger lets you move through stored photos. You can also use some limited but fun filters (b&w, high "pop", vintage toy camera, etc) for quick editing. If you like filters, however, you'll get more artistic flexibility from any editing software such as Photoshop Elements or Corel Aftershot.

Adding a WiFi card like Eyefi Mobi adds WiFi connectivity so you can directly upload your photos to the cloud or to your Kindle or phone. WiFi is not built into this camera nor the T5i for that matter. But it's easy to add it.

Summary: This very small format DSLR is a great choice for a fully-functional "amateur" DSLR and does a lot, video, still, and is so lightweight and small, it's easy to carry with. it's hardly less functional than the Canon Eos T5i and it's a lot smaller. If small is beautiful, this is a great choice.
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CYBERL Japanese High Quality Coaster/ Cocktail Napkins Set of Nine / Best for Matcha Bowls
CYBERL Japanese High Quality Coaster/ Cocktail Napkins Set of Nine / Best for Matcha Bowls
Offered by CYBERL CORPORATION
Price: $66.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional style Japanese cocktail coasters, June 14, 2016
These are 4" square thick fabric coasters used to put under your matcha bowl (tea bowl), a soup bowl or a drink.

The patterns are printed on faintly striped or patterned indigo colored cotton, to imitate the traditional Japanese textile craft of Ai-zome. So you have wates, ripples, dragonflies, stripes, "mon" (heraldic crests), spots, flowers and kimono prints.

I had to laugh when I opened these because years ago, I bought a denim skirt decorated by patterning with bleach to create a white-on-dark blue pattern. I bought it at a local crafts fair and wore it into my lab the next Monday. The lab was run by a Japanese professor from Sendai and he jumped up when I came in and pointed excitedly to my skirt. Thereupon followed a long lecture about Ai-zome and a Japanese "living treasure" (possibly Ayano Chiba) from his home town. He explained about "grasses" and dyes and techniques to make this traditional dyed cloth. I figured out he meant indigo (which is grown from a plant and has a most interesting chemical reaction to create the gorgeous lapis blue. When you dye the fabric, it is yellowish. When you toss it in the air, the oxygen in the air changes the dye to the dark blue we know well. Denim, Ai-zome and many other traditional fabrics all used indigo, or the related woad to make a very lightfast blue.)

These mats are printed but they hark back to the traditional Japanese printing methods of tie-dyeing, block printing and other methods. They give your table a very traditional look. If you like Japanese crafts, these are very pretty little coasters. You get nine different ones in this packet. These make a great gift for someone who admires Asian arts and crafts. The mats were supplied by the seller in exchange for evaluation and review.
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CYBERL "Samurai Rainbow" Multi-purpose Japanese Towel, Set of Two
CYBERL "Samurai Rainbow" Multi-purpose Japanese Towel, Set of Two
Offered by CYBERL CORPORATION
Price: $45.50
2 used & new from $45.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Japanese cotton multipurpose mat that won't wear out, June 14, 2016
These "Samurai Towels" are like thick mats that have a number of uses. They are made from pure cotton and the yarn is 100%, highly twisted but absorbent cotton. These towels are designed to last for years and will not wear out. So if you prefer to buy things and use them for years and not have to keep repurchasing, these are a good investment. I have towels I bought a quarter of a century ago that are similar--tightly looped and pure cotton and they are still going strong.

The striped in this design are in a rainbow of muted colors of coral, teal, melon green, cream and cobalt blue. In the Japanese tradition to copy natural dyes, the colors tend to the yellow end of the spectrum (rather than pure reds, blues, Kelly greens) as you'd get with dyes from nature.

The towels measure approximately 16" x 24". They are very thick and have a tight, loopy pile but feel soft. They are 100% cotton.

These can be used for pet crates, bath mats, or a dish mat to drain your pots and pans or glasses after washing. Because of the tight weave, these can be washed over and over again, even in 30 degree C (warm, not hot) water.

If you like these mats, which will probably never wear out, you can add towels to match, such as Cyberl "Samurai Rainbow" Bath Towel, Set of 3. The Japanese have a very long history of textile manufacture and the look of these towels is deceptive. You think, you could buy these in any department store or dollar store in the US, but they won't last for decades. These will.

I like owning towels and mats that can stand up to frequent washing but won't need to be discarded in the landfill and are made of unblended pure cotton, these fit the bill. One thing I rarely buy are new towels. I get good ones and use them and wash them and expect them to hold up.

I was supplied these towels by the Japanese company Cyberl in exchange for evaluation and review.


Cuisinart STM-1000 CookFresh Digital Glass Steamer, Stainless Steel
Cuisinart STM-1000 CookFresh Digital Glass Steamer, Stainless Steel
Price: $184.71
17 used & new from $178.67

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steel and glass steamer for healthy cooking, June 14, 2016
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This steamer is glass--so if you don't like plastic (even food-grade BPA free) this one is glass and cleans up well. The steam is produced underneath the food container and exits evenly throughout the large compartment up through a vent in back. The food tray is stainless steel.

The settings are more advanced than my current T-fal 4 qt 2-Tier steamer . That steamer worked well, and it's only disadvantage is that food sticks to the plastic trays (like salmon.) And it only has time settings. The Cuisinart has time cooking and type of food. This helps with asparagus (which is in season as I type this and grows in here as a commercial crop.) I normally have to guess time but you can choose type of food with this more advanced steamer.

The only disadvantage is that the Cuisinart steamer is pretty large. However, if you get big pieces of fish like small whole fish (steamed fish with black bean--a Chinese favorite) you can do them more easily. And unlike the T-Fal, it's single layer. This isn't a big problem unless you can't stand to have different foods "touch each other" in cooking.

Summary, large, made of glass and stainless, good controls, works well. It's a bit large. There are more compact versions of steamers.


Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X9
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X9
Price: $74.99
24 used & new from $74.94

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy interface, improved audio ducking, June 13, 2016
I upgraded my Version X8 Pro to Version X9 Ultimate with the addition of included NewBlue Film Effects. There was a special offer directly from Corel, so for a previously-licensed user it worked out to about fifty smackers. Not quite as great as the April Fool's 85% off discount I missed, but decent enough. I like this software and have been using it successfully on a Toshiba Qosimio laptop with Win10. X75-A7295 17.3-Inch Laptop 2.40 GHz Intel Core i7-4700M Processor, 16 GB DIMM, 1 TB HDD.)

There aren't a huge number of changes to X9 from X8 but there are some--and I am so happy with this video editing software, I like to keep it at the most current rev. But if you don't need the extra new features, you'll be happy with X8.

Changes
Multi-Camera Editor Handles 6 cams. Pro handles 4. X8 one. This feature allows you to sync and align your clips, switch angles, cut, delete and add transitions in one application.

Multi-Point Motion Tracking — Track up to 4 points in your video Available in Pro and Ultimate X9. NOT available in X8

Audio Ducking -- has been enhanced in X9. This feature first appeared in X8

Audio Filter Library — Audio filters are now integrated in the filter library

Library Manager (enhanced from X8)—lets you backup your custom folder and restore to VideoStudio while changing machines or upgrading.

MXF (XAVC) Import Ultimate X9 only

HEVC (H.265) Import and Export Ultimate and Pro X9

MPEG-4 & MOV optimized playback performance enhanced in X9

Intel® 6th Gen Core Technology (Skylake) Optimization (Can't tell if this works or not as I don't have that core.)

You can see, not a LOT of changes but some. The NewBlueFX filters were nice to have (I believe X8 came with "Boris" but not these.) NewBlueFX includes Color Fixer Plus, Crop Borders, Detail Enhancer, Flash Remover, Pixelator, Sharpen, Soft Focus, Tint, Touch Up, Video Tuneup. Right now it's included in upgrades. Hopefully, that will continue.

Summary: Is this an essential upgrade? Maybe not, but the software interface, I find, is easy to use and the audio ducking that was introduced in X8 is a great feature if you use scores or background sound with narration. The Capture-Edit-Share interface is simple to grasp. Audio


Music Nomad MN302 Humilele Ukulele Humidifier
Music Nomad MN302 Humilele Ukulele Humidifier
Price: $9.99
9 used & new from $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You should add a hygrometer, June 13, 2016
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This is basic humidification. A friend of mine who is a guitar virtuoso says sadly, you have to humidify and keep it up unrelentingly, or your instrument changes from shrinkage of the glued joints. Once that happens, it's changed.

The problem with this humidifier is that you need to be aware of the humidity level as well, so you need a hygrometer. Which actually can cost more than the humidifier.

A good solution is Music Nomad Electric Guitar Humidifier & Humidity Monitor which has both the humidifier and the monitor to make sure you are at the ideal level.


TaoTronics Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp 5-Level Dimmer, Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 1-Hour Auto Timer, 5V/1A USB Charging Port - Piano Black
TaoTronics Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp 5-Level Dimmer, Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 1-Hour Auto Timer, 5V/1A USB Charging Port - Piano Black
Offered by Sunvalleytek
Price: $79.99
3 used & new from $27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for dorm or student desk, June 13, 2016
I have this lamp and it's a really great student lamp. At the price, if you have a student going off to college or are setting up a desk for someone at home (student or adult), this light is great for study. The dimming feature is one I use a lot. Sometimes, you don't want bright light, and sometimes you do.

It has a charging port just where you want it, so your phone or other devices can charge on your desk.

The arm adjusts for positioning over your work--just be aware that the base is not very heavy--and if you pull it way down, you may want to weight the base a bit for added stability.

The LEDs are energy efficient and adjust in color from blue-white for close work to yellow or dim yellow for ease on the eyes.

A sixty-minute times lets you have it turn itself off, if you are the type to forget a light is on--or if you want to fall asleep with lights on (many people like a dim light before they sleep, but have it go out on its own.)

At this price, you can upgrade desk lights at school, or at work or at home. I use this all the time and it's my favorite desk lamp.


Remington H9100S T|Studio Thermaluxe Ceramic Hair Setter, Hair Rollers, 1-1 ¼ Inch, Purple
Remington H9100S T|Studio Thermaluxe Ceramic Hair Setter, Hair Rollers, 1-1 ¼ Inch, Purple
Price: $42.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved Remington hot roller set, June 12, 2016
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This is an updated version of Remington's heated clip technology rollers. The previous kit was a in a large case, almost like an old typewriter and it took up a lot of counter space. Not only that, it was easy to put the rollers onto the heating bars and not align them correctly. It was too easy to melt the sides of the rollers, which are plastic. This version, the H-9100S has been redesigned to make a much smaller footprint (going up, just like a high rise building) and the rollers set onto the heating bars inside a cylinder so it's impossible to put them on crooked.

The rollers come in 2 sizes, 8 small and 12 medium. They are not very large, so if you want volume or very big waves, this set is not ideal. However, if you have short to medium hair or want tighter curls, this does the job. (For larger curls, the T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers has much larger rollers for huge waves.) My hair is medium length, below ears to chin length and these rollers give me tousled waves.

My last set Remington H9000 Pearl Ceramic Heated Clip Hair Rollers, 1-1 1/4 Inch, Pink worked well for about five years and then gave up the ghost. I think the thermostat became non-functional but I had no way to repair it. The new rollers are also smaller in diameter. The larger now are 1 1/4 rather than 1 1/2 and the small are the same 1" diameter. You get 20 rollers.

What is also different: the metal-lined, heated clips of the H9000 are no more. The clips on this version are ceramic-plastic and not metal lined. They do heat up on the roller, however, so you get that "dual heating" effect of both roller and clip heating the hair.

Summary: This set is an improvement in footprint over the previous version. The clips seem a bit sturdier and do not have metal lining. They have anti-snag style fingers on the clips. The larger rollers are somewhat smaller, however. Overall, this is an improvement and a very useful set for creating curls. If you want volume only, these rollers might be too small


Kangaroo Wool Black Beret Hat - French Beret
Kangaroo Wool Black Beret Hat - French Beret
Offered by Yagoozon
Price: $8.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Runs small, June 12, 2016
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This is a wool classic French (or Basque) beret made of felted wool. It's stretchy--which is good as it's a bit small. I have a small head so if I say it's small and you have a large squash, you may find it's too tight a fit for you. I got this for a French-themed party coming up, and it worked just fine for my costume.


Norton Security Deluxe - 5 Devices [Download Code]
Norton Security Deluxe - 5 Devices [Download Code]
Price: $49.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 devices is skimpy, buy the Premium version, June 11, 2016
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This is the latest revision of Norton Security. I've used several others including McAfee and Trend Micro but I think I'm standardizing on this brand out of familiarity. The Deluxe version handles 5 devices. I'd really suggest you use the Norton Security Premium - 10 Devices [Download Code] because you can fill up 5 devices quickly (desktop, laptop, your spouse's--there's three or four, kids....) and it has a few more features for not a whole lot more. In retrospect, I should have bought that one but Norton can be confusing to buy. I should knock off a star for that confusion, but over all, I can recommend this software. As it is, I've rated it four stars because really, the Premium is the one I should have bought for a few bucks more. If you cover your phones and your tablets, you'll need 10 device capacity, no doubt about it.

I also should knock a star off for installation: I broke a regular rule of mine--de-install before installing new, but I followed the on-screen directions and it didn't say to do that. However, as I was upgrading from the 2015 and a different version (I had premium before, see how confused I got?) I should have de-installed. To upgrade from 2015 to 2016 SAME product (ie deluxe to deluxe or premium to premium) you don't need to de-install. It's hard to remember what you did previously and the words "deluxe" and "premium" are easy to confuse.

So I had to chat with the tech support when my install ground to a halt. I couldn't proceed. Something seemed wrong--and it was. The chat person (possibly out of Palo Alto) was absolutely marvelous. We stepped through the re-installation after de-install by having her do remote-PC and at several points, watching the chat for when you have to re-enter your password (encrypted) because the tech can't do that, nor should they. It did take the 45 minutes she told me it would, and afterwards, my install was perfect--because it was handled by Norton. I give five stars to the tech support chat and no stars to the installation protocol, which should have checked for previous versions and suggested de-installation.

I did feel kind of stupid, but then last week, I did a flawless hardware malfunction diagnosis and repair on my same laptop so I guess "D'oh!" and "Woo-hoo!" canceled each other out.

Bottom line: Unless you have to save that six bucks, buy the Premium. You will be happier. Check previous versions of anti-virus. If it isn't the same product, de-install the old product before installing this one. I actually believe that would apply to competing software as well.


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