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Varizoom StealthyGo-BLU Multimode Support for GoPro and Small Cameras (Blue)
Varizoom StealthyGo-BLU Multimode Support for GoPro and Small Cameras (Blue)
Price: $99.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Fails as a steadycam, July 11, 2014
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Not much in favor. Here are the Cons:

- The handle is connected too tightly to the support. A primary objective of a steady mount is to isolate your movements from the camera. But when you move your hand a bit the camera tilts as well. I put a drop of oil on the riveted plastic pivot but it's still too stiff. Some kind of two-axis gimbal is required for the handle but there's only a stiff riveted pin that barely moves and on only one axis. No isolation from the photog.

- The bottom is too heavy to counterbalance a small camera, such as a Sony RX-100. This means that any left/right/forward/back motions ALWAYS cause a tilt/rotation of the camera. If you move forward the camera tilts down. Move left and the camera rotates CCW. Small movements cause large angular changes in the direction the camera is pointing. Unusable.

- It also cannot balance a larger camera, even a mirrorless SLR like my NEX-6. The problem simply is that the camera's tripod mount is not at its center -- most of its weight is to the right of the lens. Since there's no left/right mounting adjustment on the StealthyGo, the whole assembly tilts about 30 degrees to the right (CW) when it comes to its best balance. It's simply impossible to adjust it to get any kind of vertical balance. Forward/backward movements cause the (tilted!) camera to rotate right/left. Your only recourse is to hold it steady, but this completely DEFEATS the PURPOSE of a steady cam mount!

- THe StealthyGo is bulky and awkward such that it overwhelms the size and weight of your camera. Maybe this is a necessary aspect of any steadycam system, but this mount fails in all stabilization categories.

- It's not useful as a tripod at all, and as a monopod it's clumsy and too short.. The construction is molded plastic and the mount head is not solid -- it rotates 360 degrees with 90 degree click stops that aren't sturdy. Kind of cheap construction. All in all, it's useless as a steady mount and it cannot even achieve a vertical balance!

It's better to just use your regular tripod for a steady mount. Fold the legs together and grab it at a balance point below the head. Avoid this low priced unworkable mount. Steady it ain't..
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 14, 2014 12:04 AM PDT


Roku 1 Streaming Player (Black) (Roku 2710R)
Roku 1 Streaming Player (Black) (Roku 2710R)
Price: $49.00
29 used & new from $33.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Failed after 4 months, February 13, 2014
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The failure process happened slowly.

A few months ago it just started jumping to the Home screen after watching 3-6 videos. Then the Netflix Select operation ground to a halt. IOW, when I selected a title (press OK) it would take 5-10 seconds to get the Play screen. It progressively got worse to 20+ seconds from OK to the Play screen coming up. And now it's completely frozen the next day, requiring a power-disconnect to make it responsive.

The problem cannot be software because it initially works perfectly after a power OFF/ON. It must be a high-temperature HW problem (memory?) as the sealed enclosure is very hot to the touch. (Reminds me of a lot of early WiFi routers with similar, gradual overheating failures.)

Unfortunately it's about a month out of the 90 day warranty. So .... I'm ordering another, this time with the five buck, 2-year warranty.


Tweezerman His Stainless Nail Clipper Set
Tweezerman His Stainless Nail Clipper Set
Offered by Cooking Marvellous
Price: $41.39
2 used & new from $41.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and inferior to the cheaper clippers in every possible way, December 14, 2013
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The main problem is that because of the angle that the clipping edge is made, you can't trim up close. If it's a short nail you can't get close in enought to cut it right. I think the angle between the 2 edges is" too vertical" -- straight up and down. Whereas it should be more "pointy." Think of a bulldog's short mouth trying to eat a bug in a narrow hole. Can't get his teeth in the hole. ITOH a bird with a pointy beak can do the job. This is a bulldog's mouth with teeth too far from the objective.

In short (it IS short) it's useless for normal use.

Another problem, besides not being able to trim your nails, is that the rivet that holds the lever pops off oh so easily. But is oh so hard to replace.

Yet another problem is that it does not have a nail cleaner. I guess they didn't think of it. The cheap ones of course do.

Yet another problem is that it does NOT have a nail file! Incredible. The cheap ones do.

What were they thinking?

In every way that it's different from the cheap ones IT'S WORSE!


Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene (48-Ounce)
Offered by Great Outdoors Depot
Price: $11.49
32 used & new from $7.87

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced, awkward to use, December 14, 2013
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This review is from: Wide Mouth Cantene (Sports)
What is this useful for? You cannot drink out of it while hiking. You gotta unscrew the wide cap and attempt to drink from its gaping maw, which is about impossible without having it spill out all over your face, nose and down your neck. How horrible!

Anyways, a 99 cent water bottle with a flip-open cap from your grocery store is better in every way. Costs less, nine of them for the price of this Nalgene. Fits better on and in a backpack. Carry as many as you need. Totally one-handed operation. No precious water spilt on yourself, your clothes and on the ground. That stuff's too heavy to waste.

And besides, I had one of these "eaten" by a darn racoon one night. I saw that dastardly fellow take a bite that punched 2 little holes in it. Didn't do him or me any good.


BARSKA 6x30 Blueline Monocular (Blue Lens)
BARSKA 6x30 Blueline Monocular (Blue Lens)
Price: $34.99
12 used & new from $34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually useful monocular, December 14, 2013
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6x30 is the maximum power you should ever consider for a hand held monocular. Any power greater than 6 is wasted as you cannot hold it steady. An objective smaller than a 30 mm lens is likely to be of poor quality and cannot make a sharp image (even when held motionless). IOW, the first number (the magnifying power) should never be greater than 6, and the second number (the objective lens diameter) should never be less than 30.

This meets these requirements and is actually of good optical quality.


SHANY Cosmetics Fine Crystal Glass Nail File Buffer 9 Piece Assorted Sizes
SHANY Cosmetics Fine Crystal Glass Nail File Buffer 9 Piece Assorted Sizes
Price: $7.95
4 used & new from $5.12

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wear out quickly, December 14, 2013
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These wear out more quickly that cheap emery boards. The substrate is glass but the grit material is simply glued to it and comes off easily.

You can deliberately break one of these files with a medium amount of force. Wrap some paper around one, hold in both hands, thumbs together, and push. "Snap!" The broken edges are straight without much fragmenting. So I'd say is't safe for normal use as you are unlikely to get cut from an accidental breakage. Still, I'd rather have an emery board -- lighter, longer lasting and safer.


Tamron 18-200mm Di III VC for Sony Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera Series (Black)
Tamron 18-200mm Di III VC for Sony Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera Series (Black)
40 used & new from $564.38

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary lens, December 14, 2013
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From my uses this lens is as good as the kit zoom, but with an 11.1 zoom ratio versus the kit's 3.1. I use it on an NEX-6 and is seems to focus more reliably than the Sony. IOW, I've had trouble with the Sony failing to focus, whereas while the Tamron 18-200 might take a small moment longer, it is more reliable.

There is a zoom lock that prevents the lens from extending (zooming out) while hanging downward on your neck strap. Since there is such a large mechanical disadvantage when zooming --- a small rotation of the ring produces a large extension/retraction of the tube -- it's a good idea to point the lens downward when you zoom out. Conversely, point it upward when zooming in. This becomes a habit after a while and may reduce wear on the internal machinery .

This is shipped from Japan and arrives faster that the "boilerplate" shipping times indicated for all non-US vendors. The faster shipping costs only a few dollars more and took only about 4-5 days.
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Nexus 5 Case, Spigen® [AIR CUSHION] [+Screen Shield] Google Nexus 5 Case ULTRA HYBRID Series [Black] [1 Premium Japanese Screen Protector Included + 2 Graphics] Scratch Resistant Bumper Case with Clear Back Panel for Nexus 5 - ECO-Friendly Package - Black (SGP10609)
Nexus 5 Case, Spigen® [AIR CUSHION] [+Screen Shield] Google Nexus 5 Case ULTRA HYBRID Series [Black] [1 Premium Japanese Screen Protector Included + 2 Graphics] Scratch Resistant Bumper Case with Clear Back Panel for Nexus 5 - ECO-Friendly Package - Black (SGP10609)
Offered by Spigen Inc
Price: $9.99
2 used & new from $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fits perfectly, December 14, 2013
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It was a toss-up whether to get this case. But at this very low price it was worth a gamble and paid off. The Nexus 5 is a bit slippery for my fingers and the rubbery bumper helps me hold it firmly. Definitely eliminates any possibility of falling out of a shirt pocket. Some others here have said the the edges are "sharp" but I didn't experience that. Also makes it easier to hold for long periods of time, necessary for my reddit habit!


Sony DSC-RX100 RX100 RX100B DSCRX100 20.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with 3.6x Zoom + Sony 32GB Class 10 Memory Card + Sony Soft Carry Case + Lens Pen Cleaning Tool + Focus NP-BX1 Battery and Charger + Accessory Kit
Sony DSC-RX100 RX100 RX100B DSCRX100 20.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with 3.6x Zoom + Sony 32GB Class 10 Memory Card + Sony Soft Carry Case + Lens Pen Cleaning Tool + Focus NP-BX1 Battery and Charger + Accessory Kit
Offered by Focus Camera
Price: $548.00
5 used & new from $474.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic camera, plus useful goodies, December 14, 2013
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I have a Sony NEX-5N and a NEX 6, which are excellent, but bulky to carry around everywhere. The RX-100 is now my favorite both because it's pocket sized and takes as good photos as the NEXes. (I shoot for digital/web use and the NEX's superior lenses and sensor aren't so relevant.)

There are plenty other comments here telling you about the camera, so I just want to recommend this package.

A 12 VDC/120 VAC charger AND a battery.
A 32GB Sony SD card that's the fastest I've ever tested.
Lens cleaner, wrist strap (that I use) and a small tripod.
The sony soft carry case can hold the extra battery, a polarizing filter and the RX-100.

There are a few other items in addition to these practical and valuable ones.

Get this package for essentially the same price as the camera alone.


Photography & Cinema 42mm CPL MagFilter Samsung Galaxy Camera Sony RX-100 camera
Photography & Cinema 42mm CPL MagFilter Samsung Galaxy Camera Sony RX-100 camera
Offered by Photo Smart
Price: $39.99
9 used & new from $31.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and easy, December 14, 2013
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The Sony RX-100 doesn't have threads. Instead, the filter has a magnetic ring built in that attaches to a thin metal ring you stick to the outside of the lens. It's very easy to attach this adhesive-backed ring.

Even much easier is to put the filter on and remove. Instantaneous -- and no dealing with tiny threads. What a great idea!


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