Laserglow Technologies LYRA-C5 Lyra-C5 Green Laser Pointer 4.5-5.0mW Review

Laserglow Technologies LYRA-C5 Lyra-C5 Green Laser Pointer 4.5-5.0mW
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I bought the Lyra laser from Laserglow about one year ago and it was very nice as long as it worked. However it stopped working in my hand. Total continuous usage time: less than 1 hour in these 11 months. It had a guarantee of 6 months. I contacted the customer service and all they could do was to be "sorry" and to offer a discount for my next purchase. They have implied that I may have hit it or the batteries are used up. No, I do not think it was my fault that the laser would not work any longer. I am a Physics teacher and I have an idea about how to handle a laser. I kept it in its own box with the batteries out of it. Very disappointing! For me, the Lyra laser was huge waste of money.


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Laserglow Technogies' new and improved Lyra is a perfect choice for classroom presentations and safe home laser experimentation. The new chrome appearance is not the only difference- the laser technology inside has been improved to provide better power stability and a brighter green beam in a power range of 4.5-5.0mW.

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Leica MP - Rangefinder - 35mm - body only - black Review

Leica MP - Rangefinder - 35mm - body only - black
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I started with a used M4 back in '84, which I regret selling, then years later I bought a M6ttl, which had crazy high battery consumption (new battery ever 8 rolls or so) and I always hated the higher height (vs a M6). I sold the ttl right away when the MP came out and I've been delighted ever since.
Everything about this camera is near perfect: the build quality, the view finder, sound of the shutter makes one drool, the black paint is way better than the old black chrome. yes it take longer to rewind the film but I'm not shooting sports with this camera, this is my street camera and it doesn't kill me to spend an extra minute to reload. The battery consumption is now reasonable (1 battery lasts through dozens and dozens of rolls of film), and the meter is surprisingly accurate. I love photographing with this camera.
Not so sure I would buy one now, I "only" paid $2,100, but it sure is a nice camera.

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The LEICA MP is a supreme tool. Handcrafted, created for the photographic artist. Designed to deliver the essentials. Focused technology for focused photography, without the distraction of automation. It s for making pictures only a true photographer can see, frame and record. Not a quick fling, but the camera for a lifetime. Pared down to the absolute essentials, the LEICA MP is intuitive in operation but leaves all the crucial decisions and settings to the photographer. It is the classic, purely mechanical alternative to the LEICA M7, a camera that offers added comfort and speed with its electronic shutter and aperture-priority metering system. The LEICA MP is always reliable, relying solely on the skill of the photographer, and can be operated without batteries. The robust body can withstand the harshest conditions and its controls are all metal.

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HP Pavilion HDX18-1180US 18.4-Inch Laptop Review

HP Pavilion HDX18-1180US 18.4-Inch Laptop
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As compared to other laptops at roughly the same price point, this computer is a much, much better deal. I couldn't believe it when I saw it.
I bought this the 1st day it went on sale at Amazon - was literally about to pull the trigger on another laptop, but this popped up new on a final scan, so I bought it instead.
Main features that make it a great buy for the price are:
- A better, faster processor that is also Intel's latest offering (Quad Core Q9000)
- Lots of memory (4G)
- A bigger hard drive (500G)
- A larger screen (18.4")
- A Blu-Ray drive (for HD movies)
I wanted a very high performance laptop for under $2,000 - and was especially keen to find something with killer processor speed, a graphics card to drive 2 external HD monitors, and a big laptop screen.
I use the machine for general business purposes, but also most importantly for web development work running Drupal and an Apache development server on the machine, along with big programs like Dreamweaver and Photoshop - all running pretty much at once. I do not use for gaming, but believe it would be great for that, too. I also don't use so much for video / movies, even though it is heavily designed with that in mind.
I extensively researched machines from Dell, Alienware, Sony, Asus, and other leading vendors (I didn't want a Mac, so didn't compare against that). I'm not a hard core techie, but I wanted the best I could buy, so I also looked at the Intel site and their processor specs, visited the geek blogs to get the latest gossip on processor performance, etc.
So far I couldn't be happier with the machine! It is great. Very, very fast. Laptop screen is large and super high quality. The keyboard is really lovely - very smooth, like silk.
A few notes on things I've learned about the machine so far:
- It is a big laptop. That's probably obvious from the 18.4" screen, but it is also pretty heavy and the power cord/transformer is bigger and heavier than normal (takes a lot of power to fuel the processor and screen). So while the computer is certainly portable, it sure doesn't fit in your back pocket. If you are a highly mobile worker, this might be a factor.
- Baseline graphics card will support dual external monitors and/or an HD TV connection. I am currently running 1 external 1680x1050 plus laptop screen, but will be adding 2nd external soon (the cabling for doing this is a bit confusing, but I think I now have it figured out).
- The entire HDX line of laptops is new (introduced Fall '08 from what I understand) and there is not yet a complete line-up of accessories available. For instance, I was thinking to get a docking station to configure my monitors, but only docking station that currently works with the machine is the HP QuickDock or xB4 and these do not have digital video/monitor ports (VGA only) which renders them pretty useless if you have high performance monitors. As well, they do not yet sell 'official' HP memory upgrades for this machine yet (tech support indicates they probably will later this year, so worth checking if that's important to you). In the meantime, you can use off-the-shelf memory from Amazon or wherever. Memory is DDR2 800Mhz 200 pin (which isn't stated anywhere obvious that I saw), but can be switched over to DDR3 if you upgrage to the enhanced graphics card.
- After many painful hours on hold and being routed from one tech support rep to another, I learned that there is a dedicated tech support group for the HDX laptops. For some reason, they provide only the main number in the collateral that comes with the machine - and no one at that number seems to know about this special group. But eventually somebody figured to route me there and I recommend you go there directly. 866-408-5408.
Overall, I love this machine and highly recommend it to others.


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Expanding on the elegance of the HDX series, the HP HDX 18-1180us delivers in a design that balances performance and mobility. Its elegant Fluid Imprint finish encases leading-edge mobile architectures, including the latest Intel Centrino 2 dual-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor. And it's preloaded with the Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit operating system, enabling you to fully access system memory to support 3D games and complex applications. You'll also enjoy high-definition video content on the 18.4-inch widescreen HD BrightView Infinity display--which offers true a 16:9 aspect ratio--that's matched to Altec Lansing speakers with an integrated subwoofer and Dolby Home Theater immersive surround sound.
The HDX laptop features a number of ways to protect your data. HP's ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection locks your 500 GB hard drive into place when it senses abrupt motion to help prevent data loss. The integrated fingerprint reader offers greater security and ease-of-use by associating passwords to your system and online accounts with unique fingerprints. And the built-in eSATA/USB combo port enables fast backup to an external hard drive.
It's powered by the latest Intel Core 2 Quad processor--with four processing cores and Centrino 2 technology--which boosts speed, reduces power requirements, and saves on battery life. The 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 includes a quick 1066 MHz front-side bus and 6 MB of L2 cache, providing an optimized, multithreaded architecture for improved multimedia and multitasking performance.
It comes with a combo optical drive with Blu-ray Disc playback for watching your favorite films in crystal-clear resolution and SuperMulti DVD burner with LightScribe technology that lets you etch custom, silkscreen-quality labels and artwork directly onto LightScribe-enabled CDs and DVDs. Other features include a 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB of RAM (8 GB maximum), Draft-N Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Gigabit Ethernet networking, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated numeric keypad, HDMI audio/video output, multi-format memory card reader, and remote control.
This HP notebook is Energy Star 4.0 certified, and has received a Silver EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact. Additionally, HP exclusive uses of EPA SmartWay carriers for reduced transportation-related emissions. HP's innovative take-back options include trade-in, recycling and donation.
High Style The HP HDX is defined by fluid, modern lines and metalized finishes with surprising innovations inside and out. A high-gloss HP Imprint finish in titanium and chrome now encases all surfaces visible during normal use for greater durability, and a sleeve is included for extra protection. The HDX series Fluid Imprint features a flowing linear pattern that enhances the reflective qualities of the metallic finish. The streamlined look is enhanced with a color-matched keyboard and touchpad. And touch media controls light up and become visible only when the system is powered on further enhancing the clean appearance.
The Basics
Processor: With four execution cores, the 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9000 blows through processor-intensive tasks in demanding multitasking environments and makes the most of highly threaded applications. Part of Intel's "Penryn" line of 45nm processors, it features new hafnium-infused circuitry to reduce electrical current leakage in transistors and help this laptop run cooler. It also features Intel Trusted Execution Technology, which provides hardware-based mechanisms that help protect against software-based attacks and protects the confidentiality and integrity of data stored or created on the client PC.
Whether you're creating multimedia, annihilating your gaming enemies, or running compute-intensive applications at one time, new quad-core processing will change the way you do everything. The Q9000 has an ultra-fast 1066 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and a 6 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)
You get four dedicated, physical threads help operating systems and applications deliver additional performance that enhance multi-tasking and multi-threaded performance across many types of applications and work loads. The Smart Memory Access feature improves system performance by hiding memory latency, thus optimizing the use of available computer data bandwidth to provide data to the processor when and where it is needed. The Advanced Digital Media Boost feature effectively doubles the execution speed for instructions used widely in multimedia and graphics applications. And with the Intel 64 Architecture, the processor can access larger amounts of memory. With appropriate 64-bit hardware and software, platforms based on an Intel processor supporting Intel 64 Architecture can allow the use of extended virtual and physical memory.

Hard Drive: The extra-large 500 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive (5400 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video. This SATA hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0.
You'll enjoy enhanced hard drive protection with HP's Protectsmart, which includes a 3D accelerometer that safeguards your data by parking your hard drive if your notebook detects any range of motion, such as being knocked off your desk, falling or taking abuse.

Memory: The 4 GB of installed RAM helps boost the amount of available video RAM that's shared with this notebook's video card. This notebook has an amazing 8 GB maximum RAM capacity (4 x 2 GB). To receive the faster data transfer benefits of the dual-channel DDR2 RAM, any RAM additions require memory modules of same capacity and clockspeed.

DVD/CD Drive: This HP notebook offers the next generation of DVD entertainment with the Blu-ray ROM optical drive, which provides the superior image and sound quality of high-definition images and multichannel surround sound as well as backward compatibility with standard DVD movie discs as well as content burned onto DVD±RW. It also incorporates a DVD±RW writer that can also burn CDs, which is compatible with dual-layer (DL) discs that can hold up to 8.5 GB of data.

Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard (with integrated numeric keypad) and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad. It also includes two quick-launch buttons (HP QuickPlay Music and DVD).
Screen, Video & Audio You'll enjoy razor-sharp graphics and widescreen movies with the 16-inch WXGA high-definition screen, which has a widescreen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels--a perfect 16:9 aspect ratio for watching DVD movies the way they were meant to be seen. Video is powered by the Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics/video card, which provides 512 MB of dedicated video RAM and offers up to 2302 MB of total available graphics memory as allocated by Windows Vista. Enabled by PureVideo HD, movies come to life with outstanding picture clarity, ultra-smooth video and vivid color. The lifelike images have up to six times the detail of standard DVD movies. Delivering state-of-the-art graphics performance, The GeForce 9600M GT graphics card is sure to give you the power and performance you crave to play the hottest DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 titles. Its 16x full-screen antialiasing technology delivers superior quality along with astounding performance and since it's optimized for Windows Vista.
The Altec Lansing speakers provide exceptional sound, and it also includes SRS Premium Sound. You'll be able to privately share enjoyment of multimedia with a friend via the dual headphone jacks.
Networking, Connectivity & Expansion Be ready for the next platform in wireless connectivity with the integrated quad-mode Wi-Fi chip. Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found in home routers and Wi-Fi hotspots) as well as 802.11a networks (which has a higher throughput, but more limited range--great for closed office environments). With the integrated Bluetooth connectivity, you can communicate and synchronize with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as PDAs and cell phones.
It also includes a next-generation ExpressCard 34 card slot (replacing the PCMCIA slot), which lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features. It comes with the following external connectors:
4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players (with 1 eSATA + USB 2.0 combo port)
1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
1 HDMI output (for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable)
Analog video output: 1 VGA
1 ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
2 headphone jacks
1 microphone jack
1 Expansion Port 3 connector (for use with the HP xb3000 Expansion Base or the HP Notebook QuickDock)
1 IR receiver
5-in-1 memory card reader (Secure Digital, MultiMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD Picture Card)
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet networking
56K modem (V.90)

Operating System The 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium (with SP1) is the operating system for users with advanced computer needs, and it includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center for watching DVD movies and accessing your digital audio library. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. It is also easier than ever to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect via Wi-Fi.
Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.
Preloaded Software
HP MediaSmart Software Suite: Your one-stop multimedia and entertainment center to create photo slideshows, share personal videos, listen to your favorite music playlists and watch DVD movies.
muvee autoProducer Basic: Automatically create professional looking home videos and burn to DVD.
Cyberlink DVD Suite Premium: Automatically fix and edit videos and create CDs and DVDs. Edit, burn and archive data to discs.
Microsoft Works 9: Includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database and calendar.
Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (60-day trial version).
Adobe Reader 8: Read and print PDF files.
Norton Internet Security 2009 protects your PC and your identity when you email, bank and shop online; 60 days of protection updates included.

Dimensions & Weight This notebook PC measures 17.7 x 11.26 x 1.72 inches and weighs 8.82 pounds.
Power It's powered by an 8-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 2.0 hours (depending on usage).
What's in the Box This package contains the HP Pavilion HDX18-1180US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, protective sleeve, HP Mobile ScrollSmart remote control, earbud headphones, and operating instructions. It is backed by a limited warranty for parts and labor for one year from date of purchase as well as technical telephone assistance for one year. Software is also covered for 30 days from date of purchase.
Reduce your impact on the environment with this Energy Star-certified system and HP's innovative take-back options, including trade-in, recycling and donation.

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Epson Stylus Photo R800 Inkjet Printer Review

Epson Stylus Photo R800 Inkjet Printer
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I have been shopping for a high-end consumer printer for my wife for about 3 months now. My wife is into photo-scrapbooking, so high quality prints that last a long time are our main goal.
I had looked at the high-end consumer printers from Canon and HP, but decided against them due to reported ozone fading problems (Canon) and star-wheel marks on the HP 7960 which I saw myself on the test prints at the local retailer.
I was about to buy a high-end dye sublimation printer when I saw some reviews of the R800. Now that I've owned one, I have to say this is by far the best photo printer I've ever used.
It's FAST - 4x6's print in about 45 seconds
It does TRUE borderless prints (no tear-offs)
The colors are life-life and saturated
Pigment ink promises long life and freedom from ozone fading
And it's unexpectedly QUIET!
I've notice NO banding or digthring at all.
The gloss is excellent and comparable to glossy photo paper
Can print onto CD's (I haven't tried this)
Can take roll paper (but no cutter)
Consumables seem to cost about $40-$50 per 4x6, or $1.50-$1.75 for an 8x10, which is a bit high, but not out of line with competitors.
I HIGHLY recommend this printer. Prints made with the EPSON premium glossy photo paper are out of this world.

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With the R800 inkjet photo printer from Epson, you can print professional quality photos from the comfort of your own home. With its fine 1.5-picoliter droplet size, the R800 delivers resolutions up to 5,700 x 1440 dpi for exceptionally detailed and accurate prints. You can also print directly onto inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs, adding a professional look and feel to your media.
Print speeds are as fast as 17 ppm, while a 5-by-7-inch photo can take as little as 45 seconds. (All reported speeds are maximums. Actual speeds will vary.) The R800 can print borderless photos in a number of popular sizes, and accepts a wide variety of plain and photo papers, as well as transparencies and envelopes. The input tray holds up to 100 sheets of regular paper, up to 20 sheets of photo paper, up to 10 envelopes, one transparency, or one printable CD/DVD.
Designed to last, Epson's UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks deliver photos with an expected life of up to 80 years. The software bundle includes Epson Software Film Factory as well as the PRINT Image Matching II Photoshop plug-in, designed to optimize prints from a wide variety of popular digital cameras.
The R800 connects to your computer via either USB or FireWire and has a 25,000-page monthly duty cycle. Compatible with both PC and Mac operating platforms, the R800 comes backed with a one-year parts and labor warranty.
What's in the Box Epson Stylus Photo R800 inkjet printer, one cyan ink cartridge (T054220), one magenta ink cartridge (T054320), one yellow ink cartridge (T054420), one photo black ink cartridge (T054120), one matte black ink cartridge (T054820), one red ink cartridge (T054720), one blue ink cartridge (T054920), one gloss optimizer cartridge (T054020), CD print tray and Epson Print CD software, roll paper holder accessory, printer documentation, Premium ICC profiles, CD-ROM containing printer drivers and software (Windows and Macintosh); printer cable not included

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Epson Stylus Pro 7600 Photo Wide-Format Printer with UltraChrome Ink System Review

Epson Stylus Pro 7600 Photo Wide-Format Printer with UltraChrome Ink System
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What an awesome machine. I have had my 7600 now for a few weeks and continue to be amazed by the print quality. Not one bad print! Awesome color, no banding. This machine has all the bells and whistles. Do yourself a favor and buy this printer!

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The Stylus Pro 7600 from Epson is a large format, high-quality printer with a number of advantageous features. It combines a variable-droplet micro piezo DX3 drop-on-demand inkjet technology with its specially formulated UtraChrome inks to produce beautiful images that are bright and accurate and that meet professional standards.
A 2,800 x 1,440 dpi maximum resolution delivers ultra-detailed prints suitable for a wide range of applications, while print speeds run from 8 square feet to 192 square feet per hour. Designed for heavy-duty printing applications, the 7600 offers borderless prints up to 24 inches wide and supports single roll and cut sheet media with 12 lb. bond up to 1.5 mm cardboard weight. An built-in media cutter has both automatic and manual settings, with a cutter life of approximately 2,000 times (coated media).
The 7-color print head configuration delivers droplet sizes of as small as 4 picoliters, while the UtraChrome inks have a lightfastness of up to 100 years. The 7600 connects to your computer via standard USB and parallel ports, or optional FireWire or 10/100 BaseT Ethernet via an expansion slot. Both Mac and PC operating platforms are supported.
Noise level is approximately 50 dB, and the 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz power supply consumes about 55 watts during normal operating and less than 15 watts on standby. The 7600 has a 43.3-by-22.5-inch footprint and weighs around 96 pounds. It also has a 20,000-page approximate monthly duty cycle and comes backed by a one-year on-site warranty.
What's in the BoxPrinter, seven UltraChrome ink cartridges (cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, light black, black), user's manual, software CD-ROM, media cutter; printer cable and stand not included
Note: Shown with optional stand, sold separately.

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Leica M8 10.3MP Digital Rangefinder Camera with .68x Viewfinder (Black Body Only) Review

Leica M8 10.3MP Digital Rangefinder Camera with .68x Viewfinder (Black Body Only)
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After 16 years of retail photography equipment sales I've demoed hundreds, if not thousands of cameras to purchasers. When I decided to invest in my own digital camera my criteria was to purchase a camera that was built solid, had an easy to use menu, excellent picture quality, the best optical lineup available, compact, unobtrusive and a bright simple viewfinder. Price was not going to be THE issue because I wanted to purchase a camera I would keep and not fall into the throw away world that has been created by the electronics industry.
I had read the initial reviews of the camera and the howling by Leica film traditionalist and non-users about the IR issue. For those of you not familiar with the camera Leica opted to omit the infrared blocking filter on the sensor to maintain optimal sharpness when using the superb Leitz lenses. The omission of this filter causes some black synthetic fabrics to appear maroon in color. Leica opted to give purchasers of this camera two IR cut ultraviolet filters to put on the front of the lens to solve the problem. Leicas solution also caused Leica tradionalist to complain about putting a filter on the front of the lenses and although many of them had a standard uv on their lenses already this was made an issue that went way beyond its applications.
I have been involved with film infrared photography for years and saw the potential IR capabilities of this camera as a benefit. No more loading, unloading and handling IR film in total darkness was a definite added bonus in a camera that already produced superb color and black and white images. That has proven to be true over the 8 months I've owned this camera.
A major plus for the M8 is its simple and easy to use menus. I've witnessed so many potential purchasers of digital cameras roll their eyes when I start to demonstrate the convoluted menus and seen so many photographers miss a shot because they were trying to access a feature they needed. My only suggestion for improvement would be to include the choice of image type and saturation with the working "set" menu that way you would have everything regarding exposure under one roof.
I've used Leica rangefinder cameras for years and am used to using a rangefinder in all types of photography situations, but rangefinders are not for everyone and I would highly suggest that anyone considering this camera, who has no experience with rangefinders and is presently using an SLR, to find a dealer where you can either rent the camera or return it within a time period if you are not happy with it. It is not for everyone.
I'm more than happy about my investment in this camera, have not experienced any of the complaints I've read about it, appreciate the added bonus of the IR potential and if I have any complaints it is about the shutter sound that one user likened to a nail driver gun. Leica please try to make the M8 shutter as quiet as your film cameras.
I highly recommend this camera to anyone who can afford an investment into a superb digital camera that will not be a throw away, who have a collection of Leica lenses and want to go digital and anyone interested in the simplicity and photographic involvement in using a Leica rangefinder.

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*Lens sold separately.The dream of many Leica photographers has come true: the Leica M system is now open for professional digital photography. Breaking completely new ground, the LEICA M8 doesn't only look like an M - it utilizes all the benefits of the analog Leica M system for sophisticated and creative digital photography. It is the only digital camera for professionals to incorporate the rangefinder system with its advantages of discreet and quiet operation, speed and precision. And the no-compromise quality criteria of the M system continue to apply to the M8. Full compatibility with nearly all M lenses means that their unique imaging performance is now available for digital photography, too. The low-noise CCD image sensor with a resolution of 10.3 megapixels has been specifically matched to the compact lens design to guarantee superlative photographic quality. The controls and functions of the digital M still concentrate on the essentials. The proven M concept is complemented by the intelligent extra functions that digital technology has to offer. The LEICA M8 is the first timeless digital camera "Made in Germany". Fascinatingly new and yet still a real Leica M.Exceptional performance in every detailFor Leica, image quality is not only a catchword, but a value attainable by optimizing all the links in the performance chain: Leica's M high performance lenses, now performing even better in the digital system with the new 6-bit coding. The low-noise CCD sensor which is specifically matched to the extreme requirements of the high-resolution M lenses. The future-guaranteed raw data format (DNG) and the raw data converter Capture One LE, acknowledged as the best. This combination of high-quality individual components ensures maximum image quality.Concentration on the exposure. Not on the controls.A lot of care, many years of experience and ex

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Apple iPod 30 GB Video U2 Special Edition Black MA452LL/A (5th Generation) OLD MODEL Review

Apple iPod 30 GB Video U2 Special Edition Black MA452LL/A (5th Generation) OLD MODEL
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The new Ipod Video U2 Special edition is simply brilliant. The reason? Well, there are more then just one solitary reason:
The first is of course, the amazing Ipod itself. With 30 GB of storage (thats about 10 more gigs then the original Ipod U2 SE), you have plenty of room to upload pictures, videos, and music. The video quality of the Ipod is crystal clear, and has everything you need to make a pleasureable viewing experience. However, if you have given the Ipod a minimal charge, expect the battery life to DROP significantly while watching videos, as movie viewing eats up battery life. And of course, Itunes makes uploading multiple songs and videos a breeze;perfect for your average joe techie. The screen itself has been given an upgrade, with a larger and cleaner screen. The screen is noticably bigger, and creates a better viewing of the current movie being played. The video Ipod also is slimmer then the older versions (1g, 2g, 3g, and of course 4g) and although on paper is marginal difference(compared to the 4g), in your hand you feel it's thinner robust body. The headphone jack has been switched to a different position, posing troubles with your pre-5G accessories. If you have accessories that you really need, i recommend keeping your older Ipod, or consult someone to see if the location will work out. The outside box appearance has also been greatly slimmed down on all Videos, making it easy to take around or great to show off with in tight corners. The lackluster accessories included with the Ipod(a dock connecter, USB cable, and headphones) pose a disappointment, as the majority of users WANT a wall charger, which was included on prior versions of the Ipod. However, you may purchase one from Apple $29.00. The specs are nice, but what really makes this one really SPECIAL...
Appearance
Apple finally released a U2 version of the Ipod video, which is, in my opinion, a beautiful move. The U2 SE stands out beautifully from the other 5G Ipods (black and white), with the prominent red click wheel dabbed right in the center. Yes, the click wheel is the smallest version yet, regardless it has the same slick red finish. The front finish to the Ipod is beautiful with a more glossy black used to gather MUCH more gleam then its older 4G model. The front side also is less likely to gather scratches compared to the 4th G. However, being with a black finish means scratches are inevitable, so i highly recommend a use of some type of protection. Finally, unlike its predecessor, the 5G U2 SE has been giving an ultra-nice touch; a black chrome finish on the backside. This one simple touch is utterly amazing, with each of the band members signature shown crisply. Compared to the chrome finish of the 4G U2, the signatures are easily seen and perfectly distinguishable. The black rear finish also gives more protection to minor scratches, which would, overtime, destroy the appearance of the older Ipod itself. However the black finish can hide most of the small scratches, yet, once again, a case is needed.
Closing:
On a finishing note, this is the best looking Ipod to ever be assembled. The small touches make this more distinguishable and can garner more head turns. The Ipod also can recieve less scratches, which is a GREAT thing, as my old 4G U2 got mutilated in a matter of days. This is a must buy, regardless if you want to stick out, or if you are a huge U2 fan. Along with the package comes a certificate for a free 30 minute documentary of U2, which is a good deal, as we get at least ONE thing free(the older U2 SE only came packaged with a certificate giving us 50 dollars off an Itunes definitive collection, that was priced at around 250.) All in all, a great buy, and if you think about it, its not THAT pricey; only 20 dollars more for an overall better looking Ipod that sticks out, and has more value. Also two more Tid-bits: CHARGE THE IPOD;and oh yea, when you dont need it, turn off your backlight, it saves a lot of battery life, as the majority of the battery sucking comes from the light itself.
Pros:
-Amazing playback, with crystal clear sound
-Beautiful display, with vibrant color for both movies and photos.
-Excellent finish, with black chrome rear, and a more glossy black front.
-The great click wheel, which still maintains perfect control(regardless of the toned down size).
-Great movie playback
-Perfect interface for Itunes, giving the addition of music and video playing a breeze.
Cons:
-More easily scratched compared to the white Ipod.
-Battery life tends to have a mind of its own, going from quick die-out, to long lasting.
-Again, battery life seems too dull, and can die out quickly if not given a full charge.
-Video playback can desperately cut into battery life.
-For first timers, there is no manual included, so the optional use of a text-type maybe required.
-No wall charger/lackluster accessories

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Video iPod U2 Special Edition - U2 and Apple have joined forces once again, this time delivering a Special Edition iPod based on the 30GB model of Apple's 5th generation digital media device. The eye-catching red click-wheel remains, but this time it's accompanied by a sleek black metal back - which is etched with the band's signatures. You also get an iTunes Music Store coupon that's good for a free 30 minute video! This video consists of U2 music videos, as well as band interviews. Ports - dock connector, Stereo minijack, composite video and audio through minijackConnectivity - USB through dock connector, composite video (with A/V cable - sold separately), and audio through headphone jack or line out on the iPod Universal Dock (sold separately)Charge Time - about 4 hrs. (2 hrs. fast charge to 80% capacity)Audio Support - AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, & AIFFPhoto Support - syncs iPod-viewable photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formatsVideo Support - H.264 video -up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240, 30 fps, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in. m4v,. mp4 and. mov file formats / MPEG-4 video -up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in. m4v,. mp4 and. mov file formatsBacklight TimerSleep Timer20 Equalizer SettingsShuffle Songs or AlbumsDate and TimeUnit Dimensions - 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.43Unit Weight - 4.8 oz.

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