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Fotga Nikon G AF-S F AIS AI Lens to Sony NEX-3 NEX-5 E mount adapter
Fotga Nikon G AF-S F AIS AI Lens to Sony NEX-3 NEX-5 E mount adapter
Offered by FOTGA
Price: $14.49
4 used & new from $11.15

3.0 out of 5 stars Meh..., August 27, 2015
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I didn't believe the non-auto-focus would be an issue, but its a huge issue for me. I'm keeping it for rare use but won't use it as much as I had hoped.


Anker PowerPort 6 (60W 6-Port USB Charging Hub) Multi-Port USB Charger for Apple iPhone 6s / 6 / 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 / mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge / Edge+, Note 5 and More
Anker PowerPort 6 (60W 6-Port USB Charging Hub) Multi-Port USB Charger for Apple iPhone 6s / 6 / 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 / mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge / Edge+, Note 5 and More
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: $49.99
2 used & new from $35.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one you need to get to charge all your devices and even rechargeable batteries., August 27, 2015
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I purchased others and threw them away when this one showed up. It's more powerful, has the USB ports installed correctly and a nice little LED light on top of it to indicate if the unit has power. Works great with our iPhone/iPad/iPad collection as well as GoPro Hero, Sony NEX and some Jackery batteries we have for travel. I'm loving it.


The Expendables 3
The Expendables 3
DVD

2.0 out of 5 stars Watch it when you don't want to pay attention to a movie but still want to watch one., August 27, 2015
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About 3 good actors and 10 fun characters present the 3rd installment of Stallone's "let's make a cheap movie and lots of money" franchise. Certainly worth the viewing on Amazon or other online/cable services, but not worth paying to see in the theater.
There's no plot so nothing worth reviewing; these movies have a large cast in hopes to attract their audience, and introduces a handful of likable but unimportant "younger" characters. The only stand-out of the new crew is Ronda Rousey who kicks-butt but doesn't seem to be on-screen long enough to overshadow the others. Too bad, because she's worth the watch just to see her in action.
We also get two new members that include Kelsey Grammar and Harrison Ford. Ford probably agreed to do it because they let him fly a helicopter while we get to hear Schwarzenegger's catch phrase "Get the to chopper" no fewer than 3 times. All in all worth it.


Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger. Intelligent USB Charger with Auto Detect Technology
Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger. Intelligent USB Charger with Auto Detect Technology
Offered by Amazing Deals Online
Price: $29.95
7 used & new from $29.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Best charger with upside down port I've ever used., May 21, 2015
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There are plenty of reviews for this product, so I won't go into detail as if I'm the only one reviewing it. But I will say the following:
1) It is wonderful to have available to use.
2) 6 ports is very helpful rather than a smaller number.
3) It is small only slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes (I don't smoke).
4) It does not get hot when charging 2 devices at the same time (haven't tried it yet with more at once)

The only odd thing is this. If you know USB cables, they print or emboss the USB logo on the side of the adapter that "goes up". This has been the standard since the beginning. For some reason, this device has all 6 USB ports upside down. So obviously if you try to plug in a USB cable and instinctively put the USB logo up so it'll just go in, you'll have a learning experience. Don't force it, just turn it the wrong way (upside down) and it'll go in fine. What dopes!
Anyway, aside from that, I can't recommend it enough. I bought a couple more for others because it's so helpful. Get it, you won't be sorry.


Neewer 40m 130ft Underwater PC Housing Camera Waterproof Case for Sony A6000 with 16-50mm Lens
Neewer 40m 130ft Underwater PC Housing Camera Waterproof Case for Sony A6000 with 16-50mm Lens
Price: $185.81
5 used & new from $185.81

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Waterproof housing, great experience using it., March 25, 2015
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Used it in the Bahamas last month to test it out. Only snorkeled with it, no diving yet but planning that next month.
I had to use some extra silicon grease that I had from another waterproof housing to seal the o-ring--important to do that for long-term use.
Aside from it not including the grease, everything worked very well. The photos underwater are (in my view) substantially better than with my GoPro camera. I've attached a few images to this review, obviously taken with the sony a6000 and the Neewer underwater housing.
A few tips:
1) Turn up the LCD brightness as far as it will go BEFORE placing the camera into the dive housing. Otherwise you won't be able to see an image on it underwater.
2) Use a Q-Tip to grease up the o-ring at last once per trip (week's vacation) to keep it water tight.
3) Store the unit in open/un-locked position to allow it to dry and avoid humidity build up between use.
4) Auto-focus underwater can be obscured, so take several shots of each object to insure you get a good, clear image.
5) The lens cover for the underwater unit gets in the frame every so often. So be aware of that, and maybe secure it somehow beforehand; or remove its tether entirely (as I did). The only thing its good for is protecting the glass from scratches while you're out of the water--so you don't need it while in the water. Just put it back on when you store the unit.

Using the housing underwater and attempting to change and control your camera settings is possible but challenging, so don't expect to be able to quickly change settings, except the zoom--that works normally and is easy to do.

Lastly, when installing the a6000 into the Neewer, it may not seem like its gone in all the way. It fits "close" and then the cover has to be closed "just right" but it only takes a minute to figure out these nuances and you'll become an expert.
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TurboTax Premier 2014 Fed + State + Fed Efile Tax Software + Refund Bonus Offer
TurboTax Premier 2014 Fed + State + Fed Efile Tax Software + Refund Bonus Offer

2.0 out of 5 stars Worst version ever, March 15, 2015
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I've used TurboTax for over a decade. This is by far, the worst version and poorest user interface ever. It is so bad, that I will probably end up going online to so called 'free tax' sites, and do the taxes that way. Very disappointing when you're prompted through a series of questions only to realize they're trying to upsell you to the next level of TurboTax software. Nothing to do with your specific return. Likewise, the old way of fill in a form-style entry panel that's been greatly simplified, is not a seemingly endless series of prompts and "next" buttons that leave you wanting to through the PC out the window.


Sony a6000 ILCE6000LW ILCE-6000L/W ILCE6000 Alpha a6000 24.3 Interchangeable Lens Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens BUNDLE with SEL 55-210 (White), Sony 32GB Class 10 Card, Spare Battery, Deluxe Digpro Case, DVD SLR Guide, SD Reader, Beachcamera Cloth
Sony a6000 ILCE6000LW ILCE-6000L/W ILCE6000 Alpha a6000 24.3 Interchangeable Lens Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens BUNDLE with SEL 55-210 (White), Sony 32GB Class 10 Card, Spare Battery, Deluxe Digpro Case, DVD SLR Guide, SD Reader, Beachcamera Cloth
Offered by Beach Camera Same Day Shipping
Price: $889.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great format, but some shortcomings., February 8, 2015
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This camera can replace and DX (APS-C) format DSLR you may have. Image quality is as good as and Nikon DX or Canon APS-C format cameras. The included 16 to 50mm lens is a great all around lens, although image quality isn't a sharp as other more traditional lenses on DLSR cameras. I sold my Nikon D90 and D610 which were my "backup" cameras and now use the a6000 and Nikon D750 exclusively.

The bad news about this camera is that it doesn't pull the detail in the shadows like a DSLR would. I'm assuming that is due to the lens and not the camera--but I don't know. Unlike the lower priced NEX-x cameras from Sony, on which this camera is based, no touch screen is provided. This is a major shortcoming especially when trying to select the focus spot with the LCD and dial. Even my $150 Canon powershot has touch screen.

The SD memory card is stored in the battery compartment and is VERY difficult to remove.
Also charging the battery in the camera is the only vendor-supplied way to charge it, but it requires the Sony USB cable and charger that comes with the camera. Even though it is USB style it is not a regular USB cable and regular USB cables cannot be used to charge the camera--a lesson I learned on a trip recently. So pick up a stand-alone charger on Amazon for $24 or so--and throw out that Sony's proprietary cable and get use to using the 3rd party stand-alone charger or the day you loose the cable you'll be sorry.

Inside, low light is an issue for the camera. Not as good a most other new model cameras. Outdoor in brightly lit conditions it is fantastic. Indoors I use the great built-in flash and that helps a lot and if it had not been included, the camera would have been returned.

Recommendations? I would suggest the next version of the model will include a touch screen and perhaps the charging design will be made more normal. But if you have an extra $600 to $800 and want a mirrorless camera of this size, its the one to get. Why? because the lenses are interchangeable and not fixed on the camera like the half-hearted attempt that Nikon did with the Coolpix-A camera.


Nikon LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
Nikon LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
Price: $3.47
9 used & new from $3.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rear Cap, December 29, 2014
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Best rear lens cap made for NIKON lenses. I've purchased several to replace the original/legacy Nikon rear cap on some of my older lenses. This one is just more ergonomically designed.


Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation
Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation
Price: $199.00
83 used & new from $163.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Nest, December 29, 2014
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So far no issues which I thought I'd have after reading some reviews. This 2nd generation is different from the 1st--it works fine. I got two of them, one for my mother's home and one for my home. I can control both from my iPad and mom enjoys the little messages they post on the device indicating what's going on.

A great tip is the following:
When replacing your existing thermostat with a NEST, after removing the old thermostat cover, take a photo with you phone or whatever, of the current wire attachments. Then use that on the NEST site to have it build an image of how to reconnect those same wires to the NEST. The website works great for this purpose.


Nikon BS-1 Hot-shoe Protection Cap for Nikon D7000, D3100, D90, D5000 and Coolpix P7000 Digital Cameras
Nikon BS-1 Hot-shoe Protection Cap for Nikon D7000, D3100, D90, D5000 and Coolpix P7000 Digital Cameras
Offered by Norman Camera & Video
Price: $2.95
11 used & new from $0.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my Nikon D750, December 29, 2014
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Ordered this for my Nikon D750 which is the first Nikon that doesn't come with a hot-shoe protection cap. Very odd in deed, but fortunately this extremely well made and low cost item was available to solve this issue.


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