A perfect polarizing filter, German quality is the best, as usual

Every amateur photographer must have a polarizing filter. It is impossible to shoot on a shiny day, or rather it is possible, but the quality of color of the sky on the photo will be bad. If you want to get deep blue colors, you can’t do without a polarizing filter. I have chosen a filter manufactured by the Rodenstock Company. It is a German company which produces optical instruments and devices of a great quality. The price was frightful, of course. I have paid about $123, however, one have to pay a lot for the quality. A filter has a mobile part that is it rotates when it is fixed on the lens. Its glass rotates to get a ...

It definitely costs its money

Product: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White computer casing Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
Not a long time ago I had to assemble another Midi-Tower format computer for my job. As I work at home, a question about noise has risen. We do not turn off the computer for the night, so the noise of coolers is quite annoying. In connection with it I had to search for a quite casing with a good shop-built sound proofing. As a result, I have chosen a Swedish casing; it has noise-attenuating mat covering all walls, even all places for coolers of the casing are covered. Everything is well thought-out inside the casing; there is a lot of cable trunkings inside, which are also covered with rubber gaskets. I cannot call this ...

The fastest minicomputer of all existing ones and the last one with the discrete video card

Product: Apple Mac Mini Category: Desktops Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
I have already written the review of my previous Mini. Later I bought a new model of Mini, the most powerful at the moment, it was in 2012. Though its configuration is highly rated in 2013-2014. It has Intel i7 2.7 GHz processor that is more than satisfactory as for work as for any purpose in general, besides probably heavy games as for example Crysis 3. RAM is 8 G. It is enough for everything you need including Photoshop. At my Mini I even rendered video files using Premiere and it was sufficient. Its hard disk is 750 G. I was going to exchange it to SSD but since time left it alone. 750 G are enough for me personally, but for ...

I am not satisfied with the results

I bought the color filter for my Nikon D3200 reflex camera because I was under a deep impression after seeing the shots taken in infra red spectrum. The pictures were amazingly beautiful though of course they were processed after, in addition they were taken without color filter but some other way, that I got to know only after my purchase. To my mind an infrared color filter is a scam for most photography beginners. I will explain the situation with taking a quality infrared shot: you need to set the exposure time on your camera up to 60 or even more seconds and take the shot with this exposure. Due to low light ...

For permanent use as a protective filter

I bought this filter for 50$, it is manufactured by German brand of Rodenstock. It is known for its premium quality optics and glass. I mainly use this filter as a protective unit for lens optics. It would be not so big regret of you scratch a filter for 50$ than a lens glass for 1500$. Actually this filter is supposed to eliminate a slight dimming effect and other artifacts from your shots. The pictures taken with this color filter prove to be richer and brighter than without it. But no fundamental difference for sure! However, it has a big plus – it does not reduce luminosity of your lens. It is very important for each ...

Very compact personal computer with certain minuses

Product: Apple Mac Mini Category: Desktops Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
I bought this Mini 3 years ago, I think. At that time it had the following configuration: Intell Core 2 duo 2.66 GHz / 4 GB RAM / 2×500 GB HDDs / Nvidia Geforce 320M / Bluetooth / Wi-Fi / Ethernet / SD card slot / Mac OS X Server. It was pretty cool. I mean it was a serious “adult” configuration for such “a baby”. Its size is less than pizza box. Its weight was 2,2 lbs (1 kg) that also played the significant role. The very thing I needed was the mobile computer with a very light weight. There was no necessity to work on my way though I often changed the location, in my final destination point I was always provided with a monitor, ...

The best processor for economy class computer

Product: Processor AMD A10 6700 Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
I have recently assembled mini-ITX computer as a minor assisting machine in my work. I had a limited budget for this purpose, in addition TDP had to be rather low. Firstly, the electricity utilities are expensive here. Secondly, cooling in a smaller box is anyway worse than in standard ATX. Thus, the processors with a high heat emission were not suitable. With a limited budget one should aim at AMD products because in their processors they already have in-built video unit that is fast enough unlike Intel’s. Actually the processor power was not the criteria in choosing because I did not need any high-powered ...

The cheapest uninterruptible power supply with the worthy quality

Product: Uninterruptible Power Supply PCM IMD-625AP Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
Recently I have experienced the necessity in getting an uninterruptible power supply unit for my computer. It happens from time to time that regular power supply breaks suddenly and it causes the loss of all data I am currently working with at my computer. I usually have many windows and programs running and you can imagine what a wild reaction the power break caused each time, even my neighbors could hear my shouts and foul expressions. Then after power is back I had to spend some hours restoring the work I have already done. Finally I decided to save my precious time by buying an uninterruptible power supply. I have ...

Cheap branded smart phone from Sony, still relevant

Product: Smartphone Sony Xperia P Category: Mobile Phones & Smartphones Author: Den Author´s opinion:
This smart phone belongs to Xperia NXT line and refers to the mid-range segment. It appeared on sale in summer 2012, at the moment the model has become a little bit outdated, but still hasn’t lost its relevance. In design this model repeats flagman-rank Sony Xperia S, but unlike the flagman-rank one it has metal body (anodized aluminum), and not plastic one, which is of course the plus. We can refer this model to branded, as the body is not just metallic, it is constructed from a whole peace of due to laser cut method, it looks very stylish. By the way, it’s noticeable if look closer at any holes of the body. I’ll start ...

A cheap SSD that is worth every dollar spent on it

Product: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD disc Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
I have only one 256 GB Vertex disc installed on my computer, it suits me, but there isn’t enough place, and I’m not ready to return to the HDD because I had a very troubled experience with it, and having tried the SSD once you won’t be eager to have anything different. As I couldn’t afford one more 256 or 512 GB Vertex disc I bought this one for 120$ or so, it has only 120 GB, but on the other hand I needed exactly this memory volume. Besides, it is the Sumsung budget line called EVO, there is another rapid line called PRO which is considerably more expensive. Now then, this budget EVO turned out to be more rapid than my ...
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