Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is the latest model in the instax range (the mini 90 is due out in early 2014). Its an instant camera that produces credit card sized pictures that develop in front of your eyes.

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One nice little feature is that you can kind of control the exposure of the pictures by turning the ring just behind the lens, it has a built in light meter and recommends the setting for you but you can decide to under or over expose if you wish.

The flash is always on but I have had a play around and soften it by using a piece of tissue held in front of it and that tends to do a good job. I have seen a few things online where people have used coloured gels (sweet wrappers are cheaper) to alter the colour of the flash.

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The film comes in packs of 1 or 2 small cartridges that easily slot into the back and each holds 10 shots. The standard film has a nice white border but you can buy some stylized films that have different colours or patterns and there is even some branded ones like Disney Princesses, Toy Story, Cars and Cath Kidston as well as a Christmas theme film.
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The pictures take about 3mins to develop and have a really nice analog feel to them, the colours are great but the flash can wash them out if you are not careful.

You can find loads of fun ways to store them online and it took me quite a while to decide which photo album I wanted but I had to wait quite a while for it to come as it came from China!

Using this has made me slow down and think about what I want pictures of and even how I take them but I think the best thing about it is how the picture is there in your hand straight away, it makes the event of taking the picture seem magical and special.
Instant Film Fujifilm Instant Colour Film "instax mini"
Picture size 62 x 46mm
Shooting range / Focusing range 0.6m - ∞
Shutter Shutter speed: 1/60 sec.
Exposure control Manual switching system (LED indicator in exposure meter)
Flash Constant firing flash (automatic light adjustment)
Recycle time: 0.2 sec. to 6 sec. (when using new batteries), Effective flash range: 0.6m - 2.7 m
Power Supply Two LR6/AA-size 1.5V alkaline batteries
Capacity: 10 film packs (based on our company research)
Others Exposure counter (number of unexposed films), film pack confirmation window
Dimensions & Weight 116mm x 118.3mm x 68.2mm / 307g (without batteries, strap and film pack)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Warner Brothers Sale on the Xbox Live Store

Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City GOD - £7.49 / $9.99
Harley Quinn's Revenge - £3.49 / $4.99
Arkham City Skins Pack - £1.74 / $2.49
Catwoman Bundle Pack - £3.49 / $4.99
Nightwing Bundle Pack - £2.34 / $3.49
Robin Bundle Pack - £2.34 / $3.49
The Arkham Bundle - £4.99 / $7.49
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOD - £7.49 / $9.99
Crime Alley Challenge Map - £0.99 / $1.49
The Villain Challenge Map - £0.99 / $1.49

Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice: Gods Among Us GOD - £24.49 / $41.99
Batgirl - £2.44 / $3.49
Blackest Night Pack 1 - £1.39 / $2.09
Blackest Night Pack - £1.39 / $2.09
General Zod Add-on - £2.44 / $3.49
Lobo - £2.44 / $3.49
Martian Manhunter - £2.44 / $3.49
Red Son Pack 1 - £1.39 / $2.09
Red Son Pack 2 - £1.39 / $2.09
Scorpion - £2.44 / $3.49
LEGO Batman
LEGO Batman GOD - £7.49 / $9.99
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes GOD - £7.49 / $9.99
5 Villains Pack - £0.64 / $0.99
5 Heroes Pack - £0.64 / $0.99

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Birthday Boy

It was my birthday on the 1st of September and I got everything I could possibly want and more!

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The only thing I really wanted was the FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 and some film to go with it and this is where Emily spoilt me by getting me 10 pack of film, that's 100 credit card sized instant pictures. I will be doing a review of the camera in the near future.

Like I said all I wanted was the camera but Emily spoilt me even more and got me Bram Stokers Dracula with a design your own cover, now I already had this book but she knows I'm a sucker for buying a book again if it had a special cover. She also got me 21st Century Dead which is a collection of zombie stories written by various authors and includes one by Jonathan Maberry who just happens to be my favourite author (go read his Joe Ledger series and the Benny Imura saga). When I thought all my treats were over she also pulled out a bottle of The Body Shops Kistna, it's a nice refreshing scent. And last but not least I got a box of Jaffa Cakes......bloody love them!

I was really pleased and felt spoilt but then Emily informed me we just had to pop round to her mums so off we went and I had a gift bag placed in front of me, I was not expecting anything at all so this was a bonus. Inside I found a Doctor Who book, 2 shower gels (they are in the bathroom) and a massive Toblerone! (not in the picture due to me being a greedy bugger).

After a small chat and a brew we set off to the park to with Emily's little brother and sisters for a relaxing afternoon in the sun while a local band played in the bandstand. And here is where I get my final present.....Wind Up Racing Drunkards! They all know I like silly little random things and I can easily say that this is pretty random!

So there it is, my birthdays may not involve drinking stupid amounts and wild party's but that is just how we are, we enjoy nothing more then a quiet relaxing day with the family.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

What have I been up to?

So what have I been up to? Well apart from applying for jobs and getting annoyed at the stupid amount of catalog distribution jobs in this town I have been doing what I do best......watching films and TV along side of gaming and spending time with the family and starting my new hobby, photography.

Due to being out of work still I have a fair bit of spare time on my hands and Netflix has quickly become my best friend. I introduced Emily to the wonder that is The Others. I got Emily to watch it because she loved The Woman In Black and I thought she might enjoy this period supernatural thriller as well. I watched House At The End Of The Street mainly because it stars Jennifer Lawrence but also because I had heard good things about it, yea it was ok I guess but nothing special. We watched Survivors together because we both have a love for end of the world and dystopia style programs/films, we get towards the end when we found out that they cancelled the show after series 2 and left it on a cliffhanger.

I will hold up my hands and admit that my one vice is gaming. I don't drink or smoke so this is what I do. I have built up my Steam collection thanks to the Humble Bundle. I have also been able to buy a few games on the Xbox Live Arcade due to various sales and thanks to that I have been playing Max Payne 3 (amazing gritty neo noir game) and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom. I am also lucky enough to be a game reviewer for Gioteck and had the chance to review Rayman Legends (I will post a link to the review when its up).

When me and Emily have spare time together we like to see friends and family and had a few days in Bridlington to see family and we have fallen in love with the place. Back at home we have been going to the local park for the last 4 Sundays to see various bands playing and having a picnic with Emilys younger siblings and in doing so we have found a great local band called The Life And Times Of The Brothers Hogg, we never buy cd's but when they said they had some we were straight there.

So that is what I have been up to.