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Pelican Products 0940-015-110 Micro Memory Card Case (Black)
Pelican Products 0940-015-110 Micro Memory Card Case (Black)
Price: $17.48
62 used & new from $14.00

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a CF card holder, April 19, 2012
I just received this product and the lining isnt even built for CF cards, only SD cards and something smaller. What a waste.


Lowepro DryZone 100 Camera Backpack (Yellow)
Lowepro DryZone 100 Camera Backpack (Yellow)
Offered by Japan Ec Shop
Price: $416.36
5 used & new from $319.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dry as a bone, June 28, 2008
I bought this bag for a trip to puerto to rico, where we planned to hike through the jungle, go to waterfalls and go caving. It kept all my equipment dry walking through the rain and visiting waterfalls and such, but it really amazed me when I took it caving. Nearly 5 hours were spent crawling through mud or up to our necks in underground rivers. The pack was very literally floating along behind me or partly submerged for most of the trip. It was dragged over rocks, pushed through holes and floated along in places too small to fit through with it on my back. By the time it was over I had little hope for me gear, yet found not a drop of water on it when I finally got up the courage to open the water proof seal. I was quite astounded at the amount of abuse it had taken. When used properly this bag really does what it says it will do, and even though it warns against submersion it will handle even that if need be. However, when sealed this bag is not easy to get at, and if you happen to get a lot of mud or dirt on it, it is not advisable to open the seal and then close it again due to contaminants getting into the zipper. I can fit a canon xti with battery grip, 70-200mm f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.8, 75-300 f/4-5.6, 430EX, tokina 11-16 f/2.8, plus lens hoods for the 70-200, 100, and 11-16 all in the main compartment, plus all other odds and ends. It is a task to get stuff out once the seal is zipped up, but you dont always have to keep that shut. The tripod carrier is also a big help. If you really need something waterproof, this is your bag, if not, then dont get it. I would not advise getting this as your main bag, and thinking of the waterproof as an added bonus should you ever need it.


The Witcher - PC
The Witcher - PC
Offered by CyberSquare
Price: $18.99
34 used & new from $0.48

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best RPG's in a long time, January 13, 2008
This review is from: The Witcher - PC (Video Game)
This game is a ton of fun!!

Graphics: Amazing visuals in this game, from the detail of towns and cities to the rain. Crows flying overhead complete the picture. Just the general feeling of everything being alive is really something to experience. 5 stars to graphics.

Gameplay: The interface is very smooth and easy to use, and the controls are simple yet involving. The fighting is really really fun, and nothing like the monotonous hack and slash, button mashing of say...oblivion elder scrolls. There are tons and tons of characters to get involved with and you may find yourself a little overwhelmed at first with the number of quests. But not to worry, all tasks assigned to you flow smoothly together so that you wont find yourself getting annoyed at having to run all over the place. Characters are surprisingly life-like, and you wont find yourself just being able to short cut yourself through tasks by sleeping or waiting a little. Characters have schedules during there day that they adhere to, and wont just come back to their houses if you run in and out again. Once again really life-like. Your choice to support one group or person may find you ill favor with another, limiting your ability to buy certain items or get information, essentially changing how you succeed in quests. Leveling up is quick enough so that you dont spend hours wandering around and fighting monsters final fantasy style, and yet not so fast that you are all powerful right away. You get all your magic spells within 20 hours or so, allowing you to have fun with them instead of getting some at the end of the game with no chance to use them. The adult like ability to get layed is also amusing and a refreshing twist, although dont worry those easily offended...no nudity. This game is long but surprisingly not frustrating. Boss fights are more like hard monsters and not impossibly huge beasts that take hours of training to survive. Several mini game like dice, fist fights, and drinking are also fun. 5 stars to gameplay. Gameplay 5 stars

Audio: Absolutely amazing soundtrack!!! Interesting, well composed, not repetitive, and really reflects the dreary-ness of a post war wracked world, where money is hard to come by, and choices must be made between the lesser of two evils. Audio 5 stars.

Now you may have noticed that Ive given five stars to everything. So why the four star rating? Well, you need one hell of a computer to play this game even close to smoothly. And that of course could be the one reason that negates all the positive things. My brother recently purchased a brand new xps with 3gb ram, Intel core 2 duo 2.4Ghz processor and a 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT video card, and running the game on medium setting still skips once in a while, and during a boss battle had to turn setting down to low. Setting on high is not playable during some cut scenes and boss battles.


Stofen Omni-Bounce OM-EW for Canon 430EX flash diffuser
Stofen Omni-Bounce OM-EW for Canon 430EX flash diffuser
Offered by Outdoor Photo Gear
Price: $12.49
18 used & new from $5.94

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait just a second..., January 13, 2008
Yes this is a flash diffuser, and it will do what its advertised to do. But make sure that before you spend $20 on a piece of plastic, you have thoroughly explored the uses of "hard light" (flash without a diffuser). You can obtain amazing lighting by bouncing your flash and such. I often prefer not to use this, especially outside as it cuts the amount of light produced by the flash considerably. I use this product mostly for direct flash or if the room is really small, and even bouncing the flash creates too much light. My next suggestion after learning to use "hard light," is to make one out of an empty tuperware container. It works just as well and you can see if you actually like using a diffuser. After all this if you find yourself still wanting one then get one, it fits nicely and works well. The only reason I give this 3 stars is that is very very expensive for what it is, and there are a lot of alternatives provided you dont mind a DIY type of deal, and that you dont need to look super professional.


Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Price: $599.00
72 used & new from $377.96

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Macro Lens, December 22, 2007
I use this lens all the time, and never get bored of finding things to photograph with it. It is really a good lens and you will often see people comment on the fact that it may be one of those special lens' that could be L glass but gets away with being reasonably priced.

Build: This is a solid well built lens. Its mostly metal construction ensures that it will last a long time. The focus ring is of course rubber and is easy to use. However this lens is heavy, so much so that if you are handholding it and using manual focus your camera holding hand will get tired. I have attempted to do this with a 430EX flash mounted on top and it is literally hand cramping after a while. You will most likely want to purchase a tripod collar with this lens, as a lot of focus will be lost due to camera shake.

AF: This lens isn't the fastest lens on earth, and in conjunction with an XTi I find that it is sometimes annoyingly slow. It also tends to hunt a little in all but the best light conditions. Another reason to get a lens collar and use a tripod. However I rarely use autofocus with macro work, and prefer the control of manual. Given the shallow depths of field, manual is much more useful. Also the only time you really need a fast AF with macro is outside shooting bugs and such, and you will probably have the light of the sun which would of course be plenty to ensure the AF functions as you want it to. I wouldnt pass this lens up on account of the slightly slow AF.

Picture Quality: I find that this lens produces incredibly sharp pictures (again, do not expect really sharp pictures hand held, I feel like a lot of people complain about this, but dont realize its their fault, not the lens'). The saturation and general color is amazing, and I rarely find that I have to up the saturation or vibrance. Personally I have found this lens to be tack sharp at f/4, and it stays there most of the time, as f/2.8 is a very very shallow depth of field.

In Comparison: Although I do not own the 60mm macro, I have had a chance to use one, and although the 60mm is more versatile (i.e portraits), I would not give up the reach. Even at 100mm I find myself wishing I had the 180mm L lens. But 100mm is certainly better than 60mm. This is definitely a macro lens, if you also want to do portraits get the 100mm and the 50 1.8. Personally this is a better choice than loosing the 40mm.

Overall: amazing lens, you will be satisfied if you are looking to do macro and some portraits if you have enough room (outside). The only reason I give it four and not five stars is the slow AF in darker lighting situations. But you can work around this. Great lens from a great company!


Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
Price: $349.00
66 used & new from $295.00

32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it you wont regret it., December 12, 2007
I just got this lens about a month ago and let me say it is probably the best lens you can get for under 400. That is not to say that the under 400 dollar price tag makes it fall into a category with other lens of the same price, because this lens is leagues above most lens at this price. It feels easily as solid as the L glass that ive used, and is small and compact. The AF is super fast (ring type USM, I hate non ring type lens'), and with a 1.8 aperture, you can shoot in really low light. I just used this lens for a college hockey game (notoriously bad lighting) and was able to get some amazing captures. Just to put it in perspective, even a 70-200 f/2.8 would be almost unusable in that light. I was able to shoot as fast as 1/1000 at ISO 800 f/1.8. To be able to shoot with that fast of a shutter speed indoors is amazing. Plus, the 85 is built like a rock, it feels so solid. The first time you pick it up, I promise you will be surprised at how good it feels to hold, especially if you arent used to L glass.
Be warned though, this is not a portrait lens! On a 1.6 crop body like the xti it is approx. equal to a 135mm on a full frame. that means you have to stand roughly 13 yards back from a subject to get their whole body into the picture. In a room this lens is very very tight. Shooting from the corner of a rink its perfect for net shots, shooting from the corner of a room doesnt work so well, and thats where you WILL find yourself trying to take people pictures. If you want a portrait go for the 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4, or even a 35 f/2. But if you are looking for a fast low light sports or concert lens this is it! Some head and shoulder shots are doable, dont get me wrong, but if your main intent is portraits you will be disappointed (as an outdoor lens its fine since you always have enough room but for group shots you will have to stand far away). Otherwise I highly highly recommend this lens...for the price its a must have i feel. Also it has great bokeh!
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Canon Rebel XTi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (OLD MODEL)
Canon Rebel XTi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (OLD MODEL)
36 used & new from $179.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now that ive used it..., October 23, 2007
Ok so I have now been using the rebel xti for a few months, and shot hundreds and hundreds perhaps thousands of pictures. Yes it is a good camera, and yes it will satisfy most first time SLR users needs. BUT BE WARNED, if you are planing to get serious there are better choices out there! I originally stated that I was able to shoot a number of sports (soccer, hockey, rugby) with no trouble, and I still stand by that. However even a couple hundred more dollars will get you the 30D and in my opinion its a way better deal. Its not quite as easy to use button and menu wise, but thats something you can get used to! The AF is way faster and quieter, the increase in fps is a HUGE advantage for sports, the body feels great (maybe not for small hands) and is heavier which provides balance when hand holding L series telephoto such as the 70-200 f/4L. I just recently used the 30D with the 70-200 f/4L for a collegiate soccer game and let me tell you the difference was amazing. Compared to the xti and 70-200 the AF was way way faster. It made all the difference, and a lot more of my shots came out useable. If you have the extra money I would highly recommend the 30D over the xti. Ultimately go hold them both, but the 30D just feels better and more solid. If your shooting an elementary school game the xti is great, but if your planning on doing anything semi serious the extra couple hundred is worth it. I give this camera four stars because I wont deny that it is a a good camera, however I leave out the fifth star because it lacks that extra kick of the 30D and obviously more expensive cameras. Plus the shutter on the 30D sounds way better. lol.


In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road
In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road
by A. C. Weisbecker
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.15
146 used & new from $0.81

5.0 out of 5 stars A profound journey, February 12, 2007
Whether or not you have ever attempted to surf, dreamt about it, or have made it a practice, I think that this book will speak to you. Should you know nothing about the culture at all, this book will make you feel as if you had been there all along. Weisbecker's style of writing draws you into the story in a very personal way, providing easy to understand epiphanes and philosophies, that seem entirely unique to Weisbecker. Yes, he has his flaws and stereotypes, but this only furthers to strengthen his character. After all how many people can claim not to have either of those things. Weisbecker presents profound views on life through surfing, and different experiences in his travel, that seem far more sophosticated than the stereotypical surfing mind, which would consist of pot, "bro", and of course, surfing.

Besides the development of Weisbecker himself during the story, and the more mental, and spiritual aspect of the book, the story is also a gripping tale, which leaves you wanting to turn the page. Each experience draws you in as you join Weisbecker in the search for his friend. I often found myself eagerly wondering what would happen next, from run-ins with bandidos, to finding a way to work a monster of a wave. What made each experience truely different however, was the reflection of each one afterwards, being able to see how Weisbecker was affected and/or changed.

So, if you are willing to look past the many drug related stories, and whatever flaws you may find, underneath is a compelling story and many valuable insights to life, which may make you want to take off on your own adventure.


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