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EXO Super Peel Pizza Peel in Solid White Ash
EXO Super Peel Pizza Peel in Solid White Ash
Offered by EXO
Price: $52.95
2 used & new from $52.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny, April 23, 2011
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As a relatively beginner-level bread baker, I've found my Super Peel to be one of the most helpful tools for performing the very frustration-prone transfer of dough to oven. If you bake your bread on a baking stone, this is almost a must-have to avoid burns or disaster, particularly with high-hydration slack doughs. It's easy to use and pays for itself the first time you move a proofed and slashed loaf to the oven without destroying it in the process. Removing the bread is just as easy, and once again saves you from potential burns. The super peel is basically a tiny version of the conveyor belt systems used in professional kitchens. It's obviously possible to bake bread without it, but the benefits in safety, speed, and ease make this a very worthwhile tool.

Price: $2.60

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Camera App, March 31, 2011
This review is from: Vignette (App)
Vignette is a huge improvement over the stock camera app. It allows the use of several filters to make your images look more like they didn't come from a cell phone, and the various configuration options are also very helpful. This app makes taking pictures fun, and is one of my most-used apps. Very well-supported with frequent updates.

Price: $5.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album, March 22, 2011
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This review is from: Civilian (MP3 Music)
Civilian is a solid album with a unique sound. Wye Oak combines thoughtful, meaningful lyrics with complex guitar, keyboard, and drums to create music that sounds new and different without resorting to gimmicks and intentional weirdness. This is easily the best new band I've heard this year.

Amazon Music with Prime Music
Amazon Music with Prime Music
Price: $0.00

104 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best music store for Android (and everyone else), March 22, 2011
The Amazon music store is easy to use and includes nearly every band and song available through normal retail sale. Some indie bands may be missing, but the overall selection is solid. The MP3s can be played on any of your devices so you're not locked in to a particular company's products.
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Fotodiox Nikon Macro Extension Tube Kit for Nikon Cameras, Extreme Close-ups
Fotodiox Nikon Macro Extension Tube Kit for Nikon Cameras, Extreme Close-ups
Price: $12.95
2 used & new from $10.99

77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, Does the job, December 21, 2010
This macro extension kit is not the nicest, but it does exactly what it's supposed to do for far less cost than other brands. As previous reviewers recommend, I removed the tiny screw that protrudes in the base piece. The threads are fine but aren't that difficult to use if you're reasonably careful. Because the tubes screw onto each other, the depth-of-field markings on the lens will likely end up pointing in the wrong direction. This really isn't an issue since they're useless at this magnification anyway. The same goes for the loss of autofocus. The aperture must be set manually as well, which again is not really a problem for most macro shooting. I don't believe these rings will work with G lenses (lenses that do not have a manual aperture ring), so you will be forced to use a different product for those lenses.

Otherwise the tubes are well-made and work perfectly. My Nikon 105mm Macro almost becomes a microscope with all of the tubes installed. Depth of field is very thin but usable, and the image quality is unchanged as expected since the tubes only add air between the camera and lens. This is great way to extend your ability to shoot macro for very little expense.
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Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
14 used & new from $199.61

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Travel Lens, December 11, 2010
The Nikon 18-35 is a consumer-grade ultra-wide zoom (the Nikon 17-35 and 16-35 are the comparable pro-level lenses). The 18-35 is much cheaper and lighter than the pro lenses, and the build quality is a little less robust. Having said that, the 18-35 is an outstanding lens for the price, and is very easy to lug around all day on trips. It is well-made and can easily handle the abuse of travel and daily use in basically any environment. The lens feels perfectly balanced on a D700, and I tend to carry that combination all day when on trips.

Performance is surprisingly good, with great saturation and color. I usually shoot mine wide open at 18mm (f3.5) for a little background separation, and while the corners are definitely not sharp, they're not distracting. The corners get better a few stops up, but they're never really pin-sharp at 18mm. At settings above 18mm, the softness goes away and the images at 24 to 35mm look excellent. This lens works perfectly for most street photography, family snapshots, action photos, nature shots, and travel photography, but does not fare as well for architectural or true landscape shots due to the softness in the corners, though it's still usable if you're very careful about what you put in the corners. Autofocus (with the D700) is fast and accurate enough for action photos of my golden retriever at close range.

I've been using this lens with a D700 for over a year now, and if I could improve one thing about it I would skip the corner sharpness and go for slightly faster glass. This lens really only makes sense for FX bodies, and if it were just a little faster it would really be perfect. As it is though it's tied with the Nikon 50mm f1.8 for my favorite lens. It's tough, light, and takes beautiful images for less than half the price of the pro lenses.
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Nostalgia PCM805 Hard & Sugar-Free Candy Cotton Candy Maker
Nostalgia PCM805 Hard & Sugar-Free Candy Cotton Candy Maker
Price: $37.87
55 used & new from $16.55

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Home Use, November 19, 2010
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My wife and I have been using this cotton candy maker with great results for the last two weeks. It's a lot of fun and works exactly as it should. I wasn't expecting much from what appeared to be basically a plastic toy, but it is quiet and produces real cotton candy with very little fuss.

One tip: The metal spinner may wobble slightly after it is installed. The spinning part is made of somewhat soft metal that bends slightly when you push down to install it onto the machine. With the unit off and cool (unplug the machine to be safe), slowly spin it by hand to determine which side is high. Then carefully push down on that side and repeat the process until it appears to be mostly level. The machine produces better cotton candy "webs" when the spinner is level, and it removes any vibrations that cause the plastic to make noise.

Don't forget to buy floss sugar when you order the machine as it doesn't come with any.

Nishika N9000 35mm Quadrascopic 3D Lenticular Camera
Nishika N9000 35mm Quadrascopic 3D Lenticular Camera
6 used & new from $12.99

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Cheap 3D Camera, October 7, 2010
The Nishika N9000 is the smaller brother of the Nishika N8000. It has a fixed shutter speed of 1/60 second and two apertures, f8 and f16 (cloudy and sunny symbols). These cameras are VERY cheaply made with poor quality plastics and simple mechanical components. The shutter button is extremely stiff, and the shutter makes an amusing broken spring sound when fired. The camera should be handled and operated with great care to avoid breaking the shutter, film advance knob, rewind handle, and back door.

Even with the poor materials and design, this camera is still one of the best options for entry-level 3D photography. It doesn't have any complex electronics or light sensors to fail, and it doesn't use batteries. It's smaller than the N8000, and the two f-stops are enough to cover most situations within the latitude of the film used. 200-1600 speed film can be used to help adjust for different lighting conditions. The film can be developed at any local drugstore (request negatives only), and the negatives can be scanned at home. The resulting images can be used to create "wobble 3D" images. Lenticular printing is available through if desired, but digital images are much cheaper and faster to produce with Photoshop or similar image editing software. Image morphing software such as Abrosoft Fantamorph helps make smooth transitions between images.

These cameras are not for beginners, but someone comfortable with scanning negatives and creating animated GIFs will find it fun to use.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Training and Racing Aid, June 4, 2010
The Garmin 110 is an outstanding watch for both training and racing. It shows only the important data: distance, heart rate, lap pace, and time. I configured mine in under 5 minutes, and it requires only two button presses to start a run (one to start the GPS, the other to start the run). This watch is much smaller than any of the other Garmin models, and can be comfortably worn as a day-to-day watch. The strap is wide and comfortable, and the screen is easy to see while running. The SiRFstar IV GPS chip finds satellites quickly, usually between 20-60 seconds, and the heart rate monitor connects within a couple of seconds.

The included charger allows charging from a wall outlet or a computer, and the cable is used to transfer your runs to the [...] website. GarminConnect is easy to use and shows your runs in great detail. The replay feature is easily the coolest part of the site. Runs cannot be reviewed on the watch, so GarminConnect is an integral part of the way this watch functions. I've used my Garmin 110 with Windows Vista and Windows 7. Both work equally well and were easy to set up.

I should note that the other extremely negative reviews are misguided and should be discounted. The primary complaint about this watch is the lack of "current pace". The Garmin 110 does not show current pace by design, so anyone who buys this watch expecting that feature will be severely disappointed. The product description on Amazon is sorely lacking, but a small amount of research would have revealed the features of this watch. The several 1-star ratings are misleading, and do not reflect the quality, size, and functionality of this watch.

The Garmin 110 is an outstanding GPS watch for anyone who doesn't need all the bells and whistles of the more advanced models. This is also the first GPS watch that is small and light enough to be worn day-to-day and actually looks like a watch.
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Garmin 010-10997-02 Premium Heart Rate Monitor - Soft Strap (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Garmin 010-10997-02 Premium Heart Rate Monitor - Soft Strap (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by S&W Group
Price: $69.99
5 used & new from $40.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Accessory for the Garmin 110, May 6, 2010
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I use this strap with the Garmin 110 GPS watch. It's easy to adjust, stays where you put it, and connected to the watch within seconds. It's as comfortable as the Polar cloth strap, and the center batter holder/transmitter is thinner. I was able to use the strap without wetting the sensors.

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