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Thursday, 19th January, 2017

New Camera – Canon 80D Review & Unboxing

Canon 80D Unboxing

I got a new camera!

Actually, I have had it for a couple of weeks and have been playing around with it; It’s the Canon 80D!

I bought my first and only DSLR back in 2012 and it was the Canon 600D. It’s been a good camera to me, and I’ve taken it so many places and made some great memories with it. I decided that I’d upgrade to something a little better, and after waiting for a long time, after lots of reading and making up my mind, I went for a Canon 80D.

Why Not Buy A Full Frame Like The Canon 6D?

I will be honest and say I have been looking and thinking about getting the 6D for probably over a year. It’s a full frame sensor, and has lots of trinkets like WIFI and GPS; modern tech that my little 600D did not have even though they’re around the same age. The 6D is the wallet-friendly little brother of the 5D (which I also considered), pretty much the professional photographers industry standard (for Canon shooters). The biggest draw was obviously the full frame sensor, but then I got thinking, it would be nice to have, but do I NEED full frame for what I do?

I don’t print photos, I’m not a professional photographer selling prints, all my photos go on the web (or social media), they’re JPEGS so compressed, and they’re shrunken down even further to fit the blogs/sites/social media I upload them too. I know lots of bloggers aspire to go full frame thinking it’s an upgrade path, and the obvious higher price is a stumbling block, but I honestly don’t believe that going full frame will elevate your photos, not on it’s own…Can you look at a bloggers photo and tell what kind of sensor they’ve used? honestly? No, me neither.

Then there’s the lenses; It always makes me laugh when I see bloggers talk about their 5D like they are now pros as they own a pro camera, then they’ll talk about their £80 50mm lens; The same one most of us use on the cheaper DSLRs! I don’t think I am a good enough photographer to pay £1000+ on a single lens, and buy a few of them, so then there’s that too.

Canon 80D Review - Best Camera To Buy!

Why The 80D? – What A Camera!

So first of all the image quality is brilliant! It’s such a good camera which, to be honest, was always going to be the case when comparing to an older and lesser model. my old 600D did not have many focus points, only 9. The 80D has a massive 45! You can also choose a group or area, along with auto and a single AF point too. The autofocus is really impressive, not only in the photos, but in videos too! This camera handles video much better than my old one, and the new lens is brilliant for the job, more on that later. Just pressing the shutter you get a feel of the quality over my old camera.

It’s also the small things I like, things that most pro photographers would probably call novelty features. First of all the Articulating Screen. I had this on my 600D, when I first bought it I thought it would be something I’d never use; 5 years later and it’s something I can’t live without and influenced me getting the 80D over the 6 and 7D which have fixed screens. WIFI is also cool, and something I’ve not had in a DSLR, which means I can share images straight from the camera to my phone to social media. There’s lots of little features like this which makes the camera stand out, along with the image quality.

Then there’s video; I have been creating small videos and have dabbled into video, but my old camera was not the best, and did not autofocus when the focal distance and points changed. This camera does that, it’s built with video in mind and does it really well, especially with the new lens I got. With recording in 1080p at 60fps and a fully articulating screen, it will make a killer video camera too!

Then there’s my other lenses, I’ve already talked about them in my what lens to buy after a kit lens post, I have a 24mm and 50mm prime lenses, telephoto lens and wide angle lens, all of which work on this crop sensor.

Canon 80D Review With 18-135mm USM Lens

Canon 18-135mm Nano USM Lens

Canon released a new lens which compliments this camera, the 18-135mm lens. The focal range makes it a perfect walking around lens, and the brand new Nano USM focussing is unbelievably quick and virtually silent! That includes when shooting video too, it’s quiet and focuses smoothly and quickly.

It Is Heavy!

I have to say the only criticism I have, and it’s not a real one, is that it’s really heavy! That’s because it’s a bigger class of camera, a mid-size DSLR vs the compact size SLR which was the 600D. For that extra weight you do get a sense of better build quality, better weatherproofing and much better battery life. It’s not really a point against it since it’s not a fair comparison, and it’s something which I will get used to.

So there you have it! It’s a do-everything camera, almost like what you’d expect a pocket camera to be like, but you get the DSLR quality, high end features and creativity which you can’t reproduce in a compact camera. I can’t wait to have fun playing with the new features, taking photos and more adventures with this.

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017

Today’s Style – Camel Overcoat With Black Knit

Doing The Camel Overcoat Trend

Coat – ASOS | Jeans – Armani Black | Cashmere Black Knit | Kurt Geiger Brogues | Barbour Scarf

You should know about one of the biggest trends of the Winter if you’ve been reading my blog, it is of course the Camel Overcoat Trend, and I decided it’s one which I cannot let pass by, so I got myself a coat!

It’s actually a long story, I had my eye on a Jaeger coat for a while, it was finally in the sale just before Christmas, I ordered it and was excited for it to come…Then on the delivery day Jaeger decided to email me and let me know that actually they had no stock and could not deliver it. I was disappointed, and then it got worse; They mysteriously go the jacket back in stock in my size, however it was now at full price! Hmmm…

Anyway my search went on, and although these camel overcoats look quite similar, there are a few small differences in them, and as you’ll know it’s all in the details. First of all I wanted a placket which had the buttons on show, the Jaeger one actually had a hidden placket but I was going to go ahead with that one as it was good in other ways. Secondly I wanted it to be camel colour (obviously!) and also have pockets which were vertical and not slanted; I prefer these on trousers too so that nothing falls out. I wanted a bit of a lapel collar, and a chest pocket would be great too. I wanted mostly wool composition, which usually signifies better quality, single breasted and a vented back. I finally found one which I loved at ASOS, and so I got it!

I think the fit is good which is always important, and it’s definitely something which I’ll be wearing throughout the Winter as a Winter coat when I need a more smart option as opposed to my Canada Goose.

I styled the coat with an all black outfit which included a black cashmere knit and black Armani jeans, along with a pair of brown Kurt Geiger brogues and my scarf is Made In Scotland from Barbour.

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Monday, 16th January, 2017

Money Monster For Film Night

As you know for Christmas I got a load of Blu rays, lots of which I’ve wanted to watch for a while. The first one on the list to watch was Money Monster. I wanted to watch an edgy, thriller kind of film, and that’s exactly what this is!

I saw the trailers for this ages ago (when the film was released last year) and I thought that George Clooney played the bad guy, he actually doesn’t. Since it’s a thriller, I don’t want to give too much of the film away, but I will give a bit of an overview.

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a financial expert who is an energetic and animated and presents his TV show which is based on financials including stock and trading tips. One of his shows is interrupted by Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), who has a gun and vest packed with a bomb, storms in and takes over, getting Lee to put on the vest. It turns out he lost his life savings from an investment which went bad which Lee recommended as a safe investment. Lee tries to calm down Kyle with the help of his director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), and the film goes from there.

I think it’s a really good thriller, it met my expectations and was a really good watch, so I can say that if you’ve not seen this and you like the idea of the film, you should see it if you haven’t already. You also get to see George Clooney do some comedy dancing, which is hilarious! :mrgreen:

George Clooney dancing in Money Monster

Saturday, 14th January, 2017

Reyka Vodka From Iceland

Reyka Vodka Review

I finally got myself some Reyka vodka!

When I was in Iceland I only actually had 1 vodka, it was pretty expensive, especially when you’re mixing it with Redbull, it’s expensive here in Newcastle in bars, so you can imagine the prices in Reykjavik. I’ve seen it in the shops for a long time, and always not bothered getting it, but as it was Christmas I decided that I’d go ahead and get a bottle.

It’s not the cheapest vodka, with the bigger, more well known brands like Smirnoff and Absolut much more affordable, but I do like vodkas and have owned so many over the years, from Beluga to F:Fashion Vodka, Roberto Cavalli, Danzka, Wyborowa Exquisite and the others. In the vodka price range it sits around the premium price level, similar to Grey Goose, Ciroc and Belvedere, and cost me around £26.

They say it’s a small batch vodka hand crafted in Iceland, made from Arctic spring water with lava rock filtration. Iceland certainly has the natural resources available like no other, so how does it translate into a vodka?

It’s a really nice premium vodka, smooth and goes down well. It is very clean and crisp, which is something you’d expect when you talk about Iceland and their water. You can tell the difference from this premium vodka to a cheaper alternative, and know where the extra money goes. Where cheap vodka is sharp and uncomfortable to drink, Reyka is strong without being overbearing and easy to drink.

If you are looking for a premium vodka and want to try something a little different to the more commercialised options, I can recommend Rekya vodka.

Having A Reyka Vodka From Iceland With Redbull

Friday, 13th January, 2017

This Week’s Fashion News: 13th January 2017

Adidas NMD OG Re Released on 14th January 2017

Happy Friday 13th! What’s been happening in the week of fashion this past 7 days? Here’s a quick roundup which has caught my eye, and the latest from men’s fashion in the week ending 13th January

Adidas Re-release NMD R1 Primeknit OG Trainers

“You asked for them, you’ll get them” was the message from Adidas, as they re-release the popular OG-NMD on Saturday 14th January (tomorrow). They should be priced at around £130 and available at selected stores, although they will go fast.

Belstaff at London Fashion Week Men's

LFWM – London Fashion Week Men’s 17

It was the first London Fashion Week Men’s…Actually, it’s a rebrand of the London Collection: Men’s aka LCM:Men’s which was opened by TOPMAN Design who showcased their collection which looked very 90’s inspired with bright bold neon prints and models who looked like they were from the Brit Pop era. Tinie Tempah debuted his What We Wear collection, and established designers were out in force, including Vivienne Westwood, Lou Dalton, Belstaff, Agi & Sam x Woolmark collaboration, J.W. Anderson, Kent & Curwen, Oliver Spencer and a whole load more.

Tommy Hilfiger At Pitti Uomo 17

Pitti Uomo 17

It was also time for Pitti Uomo, where we saw Tommy Hilfiger for the first time at the Florence show. Plenty of great pieces were seen, including a very nice trademark woollen jumper.

That’s just a couple of the things which I’ve noticed in fashion this week. If you have any other news or would like to contribute something, please let me know in the comments 🙂

Thursday, 12th January, 2017

MR Burberry Review

MR Burberry Fragrance Review

One of the most acclaimed fragrances of 2016 is the first to be reviewed on Michael 84 in 2017. For Christmas I got the latest scent from the house of Burberry, simply called MR. Burberry, and it’s a good one.

Let’s start as always with the bottle, and it’s a plain and simple rectangular shaped bottle, made with clear glass, a plastic top and with the added touch of decoration in the way of a fabric fashioned bow. There’s the branding to the front of the bottle, the logo which consists of the wording in both a script and plain style.

The smell is a very pleasant one, and one which I like. I think it’s more of a fresh and citrus type of scent, with the grapefruit really coming through. It does have woody accords, however they’re not overpowering and it’s not musky, nor it is necessarily an evening-only dark fragrance. This makes it quite an all round scent, something which can be worn during the day as well as a night, in both formal and casual settings. It’s subtle and soft, and definitely not sharp however I’d still say this is a masculine fragrance, a modern one rather than the old school musky type.

I don’t recall having a scent like this one, I don’t really think it smells like anything else, which is a good quality to have. It does not blow me away like my loved scents, however it’s a really nice and attractive inoffensive smell.

Best Season To Wear – All Rounder

Scent Type – Fresh, Citrus, Woody

Age Recommendation – 18+

Best Worn – Evening, Day, Casual, Formal

 

Top Notes – Grapefruit, Tarragon, Cardamom

Middle Notes – Birch leaf, Nutmeg, Cedarwood

Base Notes – Sandalwood, Vetiver, Guaiac wood

Let me know what you think of MR Burberry! If it’s not for you have a browse through the other men’s aftershave reviews and find another fragrance.

Wednesday, 11th January, 2017

Did Someone Say Hygge?! Hungarian Goose Down Duvet

Hungarian Goose Down Duvet

Did Someone Say Hygge?! 😉

For so long now I have needed to buy a new duvet for my bed, and I wanted to buy a good one. For the past year or two I have talked myself out of getting a new one, my (now old) feather and down duvet was still pretty OK, but had lost it’s “fluffiness” and was quite flat. I had to decide not only which duvet I wanted to get, but also what tog rating I wanted. The TOG rating is pretty simple to understand, the bigger the number the more warm it’s supposed to be; So 4.5 for the summer, and 13+ for the Winter. The fill is also important, there’s natural fill like feathers and down, and synthetic too.

I wanted to get a natural filling one again, so that took one of the options out of the equation. But then it goes further; There’s different qualities of natural fillings too. These are such things like standard goose feather & down, Hungarian, Canadian, Siberian…All different qualities and all at different price points of course. Since this is somewhat of an investment (I don’t buy quits everyday!), I decided to go for something a bit expensive, and got myself a Hungarian Goose Down Duvet.

I could not remember what the tog rating was on my original duvet, I think 13.5, and I was torn between a 10.5 and 13.5 version, than I found a 4.5+9 tog duvet, which is actually two duvets you can clip together to make one. The good points is that it is supposed to keep you warm in the Winter, then in the summer you can put the heavier one away and use the lighter one; It’s like 3 in 1! But you do pay more money for this pleasure, this cost £190 which is pretty expensive, a similar standard goose feather & down only costs £68 for the same 4.5+9 tog set.

I have to say though…This duvet is so warm! It’s been really cold in the past couple of nights, and it’s kept me really toasty. It’s pretty lightweight, but the quality of the fill means it keeps you warm while being light.

The two quilts are easy to put together, and are fixed using 12 clips. Once the duvet is in a cover, it does not move around at all, which is something I was worried would happen.

Overall I am happy with this, and look forward to the hot summer and using the thinner one when we get our amazing hot Summer of course 😉

9+4.5 Tog Close Up Hungarian Goose Down

The two duvets clip together at the corners and all around the edges of the duvet like this.

Hungarian Goose Down Review