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Thematically The Stars My Destination must have been groundbreaking sutff in the 1950s: an antihero, cybernetic modification, the pondering of metaphysics and the deeper reasons for humanity to exist, all were probably cutting edge. However the atmosphere and written style of the novel is very much of the 1950s, and it hasn't aged well. Apocalyptic doomsday devices, dialogue of middling quality, sketchily drawn characters, paper thin motivations, simplistic focus on corporatism and resource exploitation, poorly thought out rules of the major plot device, teleportation. It all just does not come together.
I can see why it's an important book thematically, but it's certainly not a great one at this point, in my opinion.
This is pretty standard B grade comic book fare. Minimal story arcs, mostly relationship stuff with the Black Widow. No Elektra in this volume. The other plotlines neatly resolve in each issue. There's a pretty lame Bullseye story arc in this volume, and then stories with B-grade supervillains like Gladiator and the Mauler. There's a brief Hulk story that doesn't do much and a short Doctor Octopus interlude that is also nothing special. Miller is only doing the artwork in this volume, not the story or scripting. Unless you're a real big fan, this is not a must have volume....Read more
Ordered this for my Nikon D7000. With Sigma 10-20mm lens, the camera was really moving around in the case. Also, the collapsible port didn't have a built in way to secure it close to the lens, so with the camera able to move around and a longish port, there was a lot of vignetting. I decided to return this as it didn't handle well at all, in my opinion. I used a different Dicapac for my P&S and while that had some of the same issues, it was much easier to jury rig and wedge the camera in so that there was minimal vignetting. I had no leak issues with my P&S Dicapac....Read more
Use this for a Canon S95- seems to fit exactly. I had no issue getting it on and I normally have to fiddle with the softer plastic covers and squeegee out air bubbles. No air bubbles with this, seems on very solidly. Covers entire usable LCD screen- appears to be no more problems seeing the screen in the sun than usual.
Very happy with it.
Excellent performing DX camera. This camera, while likely fine for a beginner, will be more helpful for a more advanced photographer who can grasp a lot of its features. It has multiple ways of tweaking options and camera functions. It has two user customizable modes that allow you to reliably reproduce your favorite camera setups with just the twist of a mode dial. There is a user customizable "My Menu" feature so you can find you most often used options, like for instance Auto-ISO (which adjusts the ISO so your shutter speed never falls below a preset that you have set).
The D7000 is a revelation in High ISO performance compared to my D200; even with pixel peeping, well exposed ISO 3200 pictures take minimal chroma noise reduction to look extremely clean. I think this D7000 is at least 2 stops better than my D200 and at least 4 stops better than my Canon S95 point and shoot. Related to this, it has great dynamic range when shot in RAW.
Autofocus and flash performance are excellent as far as I am concerned. It has a wireless flash commander mode, which is very useful for speedlight owners. The Nikon flash system is quite excellent and flexible, I find. Couple flashes with the excellent higher ISO performance, and you can really maximize what you are able to light with flash.
The body itself seems well built, though there is a bit of flex in the hand grip portion.
Minimal complaints, other than the grip flex and perhaps the metering blows highlights a little too readily.
I definitely recommend it for Nikon DX users, certainly for those upgrading cameras that are more than a generation old, like my D200.
This Kata bag has been useful in ways I hadn't anticipated. Because it separates in the middle and squashes flat, it is very easy to bring on a trip as the "walking around bag," The bag you stow in your luggage while you carry all your photo gear with you in a backpack. When you get to your destination, you reconstitute this bag and put some of your walking around equipment in it. I can fit a Nikon D7000 with 3 smaller lenses in the main part of the bag, and another flash or lens in the smaller bag. I can get my 70-300 VR Nikon lens in the bag. When you start with the 17-55 2.8, you start squeezing out other lenses. The bag is quite comfortable to carry, and can be carried cross body without an issue.
As far as downsides- it would have been very nice if Kata had put more external pockets on this bag. It could use a few more internal pockets as well- it's actually somewhat difficult to carry an extra battery without it rattling around in there. Trying to use the tripod straps, even with my small tripod, really unbalances this thing. If it was just a *mite* bigger, that would be great.
All in all, a very interesting bag edition that I've been using quite a bit.
I must have gotten the lemons from Lexar. My first card was functioning fine, never abused or dropped. The card was kept in camera at all times I was not downloading pictures to the computer. I noted that the plastic casing was cracking and it was becoming difficult to eject from the camera.
This card was sent in for RMA, I received the replacement card and this card has a write protect switch without a detent. This means when you put the card in the camera, it is extremely easy to have the switch move to write protected mode, which will not let it be used in the camera. This replacement is also going back for RMA.
I am not impressed at all.