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The years biggest deals

Everybody loves a bargain, but photographers in particular thrill at the prospect of great gear for less. In our annual roundup, we present equipment that we deem top value, whether you’re shopping for travel shooting, everyday use, or studio work.

Travel/adventure

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

This latest addition to the class of pro-grade, weather-sealed, f/2.8 constant-aperture telezooms wowed us in our March 2013 lab test. With excellent sharpness, low distortion, and Vibration Compensation that gave us an edge of 3.5 stops on average, it was a winner. And at a price of $1,499, this full-frame optic comes

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THE PROBLEM: A CLUTTERED LAUNDRY

Challenge #1:

Open shelves over the washer dryer makes the room feel cluttered.

Solution: Cabinets with doors hung over the washer/dryer makes a better use of the available height of the wall and the doors hide clutter.

Price: 3 piece cabinet set, plus side counter all bought as a set : $123 at Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Challenge #2:

Need to store gift bags, wrapping paper and bows in a more accessible way.

Solution: Two solutions made this possible

1. Door hanging shoe holder was modified to hold wrapping paper and decorations making good use of the unused door space.

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SAMSUNG PS51F5500

£700 ★★★★★

With everything this Samsung plasma has to offer for £700, it’s hard to think of it as anything else but a bargain.

It’s unlikely to win any awards for style, but it’s far from ugly and it’s well-specified. There is Wi-Fi built-in, three HDMIs and two USB inputs. There’s no satellite input, though.

Samsung’s innovative Smart Hub is here just as it is on its £2000+ flagship TVs. Netflix, BlinkBox and LoveFilm are all included, as is the full roster of UK catch-up services. Samsung’s 2013 smart remote is included, offering pared-back controls, easier menu navigation and voice

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ROKSAN CASPIAN M2

£1695 ★★★★★

Power output 85W per channel • Inputs 5 x line in, tape loop • Outputs Speakers, preamp, tape loop • Remote Yes • Dimensions (hwd) 8 x 43 x 33cm, 13kg

It’s an old favourite of ours, used so often that we don’t bother putting it away anymore.

That’s because it sounds wonderful. There’s a lot to admire on every level. Its presentation is big and powerful, with far greater and authority than we’d expect from a rated output of 85W per channel. Put on anything by Hans Zimmer and the Caspian M2 will easily convince you that

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AMD Gaming on a Budget

This month, we build an affordable AMD-based gaming rig to find out just how good (or bad) a CPU/GPU combo can be

LENGTH OF Time: 1-3 HOURS LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: EASY

THE MISSION. We’ve put together some spendy systems recently. Hey, there’s a reason this mag is called Maximum PC. However, it’s caused a few readers to wonder if we drive gold-plated Humvees to work. As if! We have chauffeurs for that kind of thing. The fact is, we like the challenge of building to a rig’s optimum potential, at any price. So this month, we turn the tables and

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Analysts again this year, predicting the Russia-Belarus gas dispute

Neither the Ministry of Energy, or the "Beltransgaz" did not explain the position of the Belarusian side in the negotiations. Press Secretary "Beltransgaz" Vladimir Chekov said:"The position of the head of the delegation determine. They know what to say. I did not report a day or agenda. Discusses the issues of cooperation for the next year. Without details and comments. ""Gazprom" has already stated about the gas price for Belarus 2008. Allegedly, it will not be the negotiation process, and the calculation based on the current contract. It is true defined method of calculating prices. But representatives of the official

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F-35 FIRST FELL BELOW 100 MILLION

September 27 U.S. Department of Defense stated that formed two regular contract with Lockheed Martin for the acquisition of 71 F-35 fighter in the amount of 7.8 billion dollars, the price of which has declined substantially, reports agency Reuters. The sixth game of 36 fighters price has 4.4 billion dollars, the second agreement contains 35 aircraft at the cost of $ 3.4 billion cost of the 1st aircraft second consignment will reach 103 million, and that of the same parameter fighter seventh installment fall up to $ 98 million This is the first time when the price of the F-35

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Russian oil candidacy of Belarus will look minefields Iran

As explained in the municipal concern "Belneftekhim" duty Russian government sets every two months based on Russian oil prices in global markets. Because as stated Deputy Chairman of the concern "Belneftekhim" Vladimir Volkov, no surprises in this price increase for the Belarusian side not: "This planned increase in prices, we know about it. It calculated in accordance with the formula, the mechanism of which is known to us. Russian Federation Government simply" dress "it in a corresponding decree. Because in this case is purely techno ruling. Fact, that between the governments of Belarus and Russia signed an agreement in accordance

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F-35 FIRST FELL BELOW 100 MILLION

September 27 U.S. Department of Defense stated that formed two regular contract with Lockheed Martin for the acquisition of 71 F-35 fighter in the amount of 7.8 billion dollars, the price of which has declined substantially, reports agency Reuters. The sixth game of 36 fighters price has 4.4 billion dollars, the second agreement contains 35 aircraft at the cost of $ 3.4 billion cost of the 1st aircraft second consignment will reach 103 million, and that of the same parameter fighter seventh installment fall up to $ 98 million This is the first time when the price of the F-35

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L.Rehak: Price Schengen visas to open a discussion with Belarus advance

Deputy foreign minister Minister of Belarus Valery Voronetsky said in Brussels that "Belarus advocates the abolition of artificial tariff barriers and the simplification of the visa regime with the EU."This application for Radio Liberty commented temporary charge d’affaires of Slovakia Lubomir Rehak:"The European Union welcomes the initiatives of Belarus to expand cooperation. But the question of lowering the price of Schengen visas for Belarusians connected with the general policy of cooperation in the euro neighborliness, because it is part of this policy. "In this vein, negotiations take place, for example, the governments of Ukraine, Moldova, and the Russian Federation, with

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