Dog walks

I went for a nice dog walk the other day at lunchtime, whilst Mrs Zoo Keeper was out with friends. Coco and I were having fun, throwing and fetching a stick (I’m not sure which one of us is the retriever) and I thought I’d take a couple of pictures on my phone to send on and show what a good time we were having: Continue reading “Dog walks”

SMARTER Selfie Stick Review

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Five Stars

Nice, long selfie stick, holds the phone well.

This item was packaged inside an attractively printed retail box, which had instructions on the back (but they shouldn’t be needed). Opening the box gives you the extending stick itself, the phone holder attachment, and a soft rubber grip to add to the attachment.

The phone holder attachment locks to the stick with a standard tripod screw, so if you’re using a camera or device with that connector type, you can just lock it straight on, which is great. If you’re using the clip, it extends very wide, and very high, so much so you could almost get a small tablet in there! It holds the phone very solidly too.
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Camera Stabiliser Review

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Five Stars

Really high quality, simple stabiliser that works.

This item arrived very well protected, inside shaped polystyrene fillers, inside a solid cardboard box. My box had clearly taken a knock, but there was no way it was going to touch the item inside. The box was also surprisingly light – I suspect due to the heavy use of aluminium on the stabiliser itself.

The stabiliser is extremely simple to fully assemble, and is very configurable, with different sized weights, movable screws and handles, and sliding weight anchor. The difficult part is getting the balance right for your camera – you really need to spend some time trying all the different configurations, so that the camera is properly balanced, and doesn’t move when you waggle the handle around. I *almost* managed it, another 10 minutes added to the 15 I took would have got it right for me, as it was, you can still see a little sway in my test video.
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Universal 3-in-1 Phone Camera Lens Kit Review

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Five Stars

Allows some really impressive pictures.

Inside the Amazon box, this item was packaged in a windowed retail box. Inside, adequately protected, were a basic information card (with warm tips!), a microfibre cloth bag for the pieces, two clips with differing sized screw holes, and two lenses, one of which is a combination of macro and wide angle. Each of the two lenses is protected with a lens cap.

The Fish-eye lens was the first to go on, it screwed straight into the larger clip hole, I took off the lens cap and clipped the item to the phone. It was easy to line up over my camera, and worked perfectly well even though I had a case attached. I was stunned how much more you got in a picture when using this lens. I have attached two pictures of Fifi the cat, sat on her stand looking to the left. One is with the lens attached, one without – they were both taken from the same spot, with the same zoom level.
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Sheffield Wednesday 1896 picture – help request!

Mrs Zoo Keeper was working through some old family photographs last night, and came across what seems to be a very old one, backed on what appears to be hardboard. There are actually two pictures mounted on the board, on one side a seated lady with a stood gentleman, on the other a team picture from the Sheffield Wednesday 1896 English Cup win at Crystal Palace on 18th April 1896.

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