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Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones, Black
Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones, Black
Price: $299.00
6 used & new from $274.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great set of headphones, December 6, 2014
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Mostly happy with these. The sound is excellent, fit is great, and the noise canceling is extremely good. However, in terms of audio quality, the Audio Technica ANC-7Bs did just as well on audio and noise canceling capabilities but cost half the price. The caveat there is if you have a large head, the Audio Technicas will not fit right. But if that isn't an issue for you, I would seek those out first before considering these. Also, my coworker has the QC-15s and to me those feels a little more solid build-quality wise than these. But overall, I'm pretty happy with these headphones.

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones
Price: $104.99
50 used & new from $74.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Improper fit was the deal-breaker for what are otherwise great headphones, December 3, 2014
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These headphones have great sound and the noise canceling works very, very well. Only one little problem. If you have a larger head, these things will not fit right at all and are downright uncomfortable to wear. That ultimately led me to return them. If you have a way of trying them on in the store, I suggest you do so. If they provide a better fit for you than they did for me, then these will be great headphones. Otherwise, if you have a larger noggin, I would stay away from these.

Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More Than 300 Recipes
Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More Than 300 Recipes
by Melissa Clark
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.61
122 used & new from $6.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The cookbook I reach for the most, November 28, 2014
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Very useful and I consult it often when looking for ideas of what to cook. Make use of a lot of common ingredients you can find at any supermarket regardless of what part of the country you live in. It's not very sophisticated cooking, but this is a book to reach for if you're looking to make something down home and simple.

Olympus Stylus 1 12 MP Digital Camera with 10.7X f2.8 Zoom Lens
Olympus Stylus 1 12 MP Digital Camera with 10.7X f2.8 Zoom Lens
Price: Click here to see our price
19 used & new from $425.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great camera overall, November 26, 2014
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Olympus Stylus 1 pros and cons


-Extremely responsive autofocus in all conditions
-Great battery life
-Very good image quality (but noise performance is consistent with other cameras with the relatively small 1/1.7" sensor)
-Fairly decent lens optical quality given its range (though a little soft at telephoto - but this is not unusual for a lens of this type)
-Image stabilization works well
-Touch AF works well
-Nice EVF - even in low light
-Two zoom levers
-Very customizable
-Great ergonomics
-Nice tilting LCD


-Menu system is a little convoluted and takes some getting used to.
-Still kind of expensive for being out in the market for a year now.

As you can see the Pros outweigh the Cons by quite a large margin. Simply put, this is a very enjoyable camera to shoot with. Olympus's handling of colors and the lens sharpness throughout most of its range make for some nice photos at low ISOs. The Sony 1/1.7" chip is a good one and like other cameras that use this sensor, I've found the RAW files extremely malleable. However, it's still a relatively small sensor so noise starts to become noticeable after ISO400 but doesn't start looking sloppy until you get past ISO1600. The overall speed, responsiveness, battery life, and the touch screen add to the great experience using this camera.

I think this camera makes a lot more sense for folks shopping for an entry-level DSLR unless they are super-picky about low-light photos or plan on investing in additional lenses. With the only trade-off being the smaller sensor, you'd be hard pressed to find a comparitively priced DSLR that has a 28-300mm lens with a constant F2.8 Aperture. Highly recommended!

Fujifilm X30 12 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)
Fujifilm X30 12 MP Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)
Price: $599.00
34 used & new from $496.85

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars X30 First impressions, October 4, 2014
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Just a few quick thoughts on this camera as I've had it a few days.

Overall the image quality is excellent. Noise performance seems to have improved by a stop over its predecessor and files are pretty clean through ISO 800. The lens is sharp and detail is excellent. I absolutely love the color performance using Classic Chrome and basically have kept it permanently set in that film simulation mode since day one. Camera does overexpose a bit but that is pretty typical behavior for enthusiast compacts and is easily corrected.

I find the ergonomics better on the X30 than its two predecessors primarily because of the better grip up front. The controls (with one glaring exception) are sensibly placed and the menu system is fairly easy to navigate. Battery life is excellent thanks to the larger battery and the image stabilization works well.

However, I do have a few criticisms. First off, the autofocus system works reasonably quick most of the time but I have been finding the camera hesitant to lock on in low light. I'm also not impressed with the viewfinder in some aspects, mainly that it gets noisy in low light and the colors don't match that of the LCD. On the positive side, it is large and bright and pretty good to use in bright sunlight. The LCD is pretty good though. The other thing that is kind of annoying at first is the control ring up front. The problem is that you have a lens that you manually zoom in and out and a control ring for Aperture directly behind it. Until you get used to the camera, you might get the two mixed up.

Overall though, I think this is a pretty impressive camera. People were knocking at first for continuing to use the same 12MP 2/3" sensor as before but it's a very strong performer nonetheless when it comes to stills. It has a few performance quirks but I don't think they'll be deal breakers for anybody who buys the X30.

Fujifilm X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens (Blue)
Fujifilm X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens (Blue)
Offered by 17th Street Photo
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14 used & new from $349.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a great camera, August 31, 2014
Fuji X-A1 Pros and Cons:


-Excellent image quality..uses the same Sony 16MP sensor as found in cameras like the Nikon D7000 and Pentax K-5
-Kit lens is very at every focal length
-You get a lens hood for the kit lens which is a rarity, especially at this price point
-Excellent color reproduction
-Excellent IS
-Great Battery Life
-Menu system fairly easy and intuitive
-Dual dials for adjusting settings
-Nice LCD screen
-Fairly well made despite being mostly plastic


-Camera feels out of balance and front-heavy even with the 16-50 kit lens
-Grip up front is too shallow
-Autofocus system sometimes fails to lock on in low light (but is otherwise satisfactory)
-Slow shot to shot times

I have not tested video so I won't rate the camera either way. I have not shot with any of the X-Trans Fuji cameras so I can't make a direct comparison between this camera and it's more expensive siblings. But if they are using an AA filter, it's a very weak one. While it will not win any speed tests and really needs to be held with two hands, this camera has some of the best image quality I have seen in a sub-$1000 cameras. It also comes with the best kit lens I have ever used, bar none. If you can tolerate the marginal performance and some of the ergonomics issues, this is a great camera for the money. I would really like to give the camera 4.5 stars instead of 4, but I will leave it at 4 due to the fact that its imperfections might annoy some folks.
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Canon 6097B002 Standard Zoom Lens 18-135mm Zoom Lens for Canon EF-S Cameras
Canon 6097B002 Standard Zoom Lens 18-135mm Zoom Lens for Canon EF-S Cameras
Price: $549.00
51 used & new from $237.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great all purpose zoom lens, August 1, 2014
This lens is a distinct improvement optically over its predecessor and makes a nice step up from the kit lens. It's also relatively lightweight for an 18-135 lens and balances nicely on most of the Rebel bodies, with the exception of the Rebel SL1.

I've only used it in a limited fashion for video but it does to smooth out the AF like it's supposed to.

For stills, the lens is fairly sharp throughout most of its focal range except maybe for a little softness at the telephoto end. But having shot with the older 18-135 lens, I noticed the improvement in sharpness almost right away. The image stabilization is rock solid as well.

If you shop around, you can get this lens for $300-$350 instead of full retail. Regardless, I think most people who shoot Canon APS-C cameras will be very happy with this versatile and sharp lens if they buy it or get it as part of a kit.

Canon EOS Rebel T5 with 18-55mm + 55-250mm IS II Lenses
Canon EOS Rebel T5 with 18-55mm + 55-250mm IS II Lenses
Offered by Green's Camera World
Price: $798.00
9 used & new from $548.00

51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad camera, but there are better options out there., July 19, 2014
While the Rebel T5 is not a bad camera, I just don't think it's the best choice out there in this price class. And there are even a couple of areas where it's a step back from its predecessor.

The camera has good image quality with decent color reproduction and detail capture. However, it's image quality is not significantly better than the T3, which is 3 years old. As a matter of fact, the T3, I have found to shoot a cleaner ISO1600 photo than the T5 does. Still, you can get usable photos through ISO3200, especially if you shoot RAW. The 18-55 IS II lens is satisfactory as a starter lens and the 55-250 lens also performs nicely.

One area that has sorely disappointed me on this camera is the autofocus system. It appears to be slower and hunt a lot more, even in daylight conditions, than the AF system on the T3, despite being essentially the same. I've never really had an AF issue on a Canon Rebel up until now. Most times it works okay, it's just surprising to see it act so dysfunctionally on a Canon.

Handing has greatly improved on the T5 over the T3. The body is still plastic but the materials are higher end this time around and you actually get a proper textured grip. Control layout is largely unchanged and remains pretty straight-forward to operate. The viewfinder remains the same. And it's okay as viewfinders go. The LCD screen resolution doubled but is still relatively low resolution compared to its direct competitors, most of which offer 920k dot screens. It's also hard to view in direct sunlight.

I have not yet tested the video so I cannot vouch for the quality there.

I have to admit, I am rather disappointed by this camera. It seems like Canon didn't really try to make this competitive and it feels inferior even to its own Rebel SL1, which has a much better AF system, LCD, and a capacitive touch screen. You also have Nikon's offerings, and $100 more will get you the very excellent D3300, which trumps this camera in just about every way.

New Balance Men's M780v3 Running Shoe,White/Red,13 4E US
New Balance Men's M780v3 Running Shoe,White/Red,13 4E US

3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't provide enough support in my case, July 15, 2014
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I realize that rating shoes is sort of a subjective thing and one person may find a shoe great to run with and others may not. I am a bigger guy who started on my weight loss journey about a month and a half ago and run 3 miles 4x a week in these shoes, and since I have a heavier step and also pronate, these don't really provide the level of shock absorption and stability that a person in my situation needs.

They're not terrible shoes. They fit my feet well and are well-made. If you're lighter in weight and also lighter on your feet then they might work out better for you than they did for me. And these are perfectly fine if you're using them for going on walks or as a work shoe. These will probably just be used as regular shoes after the new pair I purchased today from my local running shop.

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Digital Camera
Price: $749.00
35 used & new from $619.89

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great camera, but whether its right for you depends on what you'll use it for, April 25, 2014
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I have mixed feelings about the G1X Mark II. As a camera, it performs wonderfully with excellent image quality and much improved performance over its predecessor, especially with respect to autofocus performance. However, its size and heft and the fact that a competitor offers a camera that is much more compact and has about 90% of the imaging chops that this camera does leads me to say that I would recommend it with some reservations.

One thing that will most certainly not disappoint you is the great image quality. It makes a great alternative for folks considering a Canon Rebel but aren't necessarily ready to spend any additional money on lenses. It takes clean photos through ISO800 and handles noise respectably through ISO6400. Color and detail capture are first rate. However, if you mostly shoot at ISO1600 and below, the Sony RX100 II is right up there with it in terms of image quality and detail capture. And also, the Sony's exposure behavior is a little more accurate by default (the G1X Mark II overexposes).

Autofocus performance has improved greatly. While still somewhat hesitant in low light, it's much more accurate than the Sony RX100 II in those shooting conditions. Where as a lot of times, the Sony gives up and just throws up a big box over the whole scene, the G1X Mark II will at least try to lock on target.

The capacitive touch screen works great and the LCD is generally excellent to view, even in bright sunlight. The fact that you get three customizable control dials on the Canon also give it a leg up over the Sony which only has two. Overall its fairly comfortable to shoot with, even with the default grip that comes with the camera. Button layout is pretty typical for Canon and nothing is located in a place where you wouldn't expect it to be.

But as I mentioned before, it's a heavy camera. Now, I do understand that, given the lens range and aperture, you could never find a DSLR with as compact of a package as this one is. But that doesn't take away from the fact that it feels very similar in heft to similarly priced DSLRs. Now, here's where it gets tricky, in my mind at least...if you're considering this as an alternative to a Canon Rebel and have no plans to invest in additional lenses, then this is a fine alternative. But if you're looking at it as a lightweight backup to your DSLR, I think the Sony RX100 II is a better choice. Granted it has a slower lens and a smaller sensor but it pretty much matches APS-C DSLR imaging performance (and the G1X Mark II's) at low and moderate ISOs in a much smaller package. Not much mention it's in the neighborhood of $150 cheaper right now.

Don't get me wrong, the G1X Mark II is not a terrible camera at all. It's just not the RX100 killer everybody thought it would be. My best advice is to try both out at your local camera purveyor and find out which one works best for you.
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