The New Tokina 16.5-135 Super Zoom Review


Luke Darma

The Tokina 16.5-135 lens is a good value for money lens that gives you high quality pictures with the best possible sharpness. It provides a much wider angle than most lenses. The wide angle makes the lens an ideal fit for nature and outdoor photography. The lens however also has an incredible focal range that allows it to be used for indoor photography. In addition, this lens can take very good close up photos. In short, it is an everyday lens that can accommodate all your needs at a very affordable price. This makes the lens easily acceptable and readily usable among all type of photographers alike.

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Tokina is known for being a pioneer in the latest advancements and for staying in track with the current trends. The Tokina 16.5-135 lens justifies this. The lens is made of three aspherical elements, one all glass precision-molded element and two compound elements. This makes the lens a robust and sturdy setup. The lens also comes with two Super-low Dispersion or otherwise known as SD glass elements that make chromatic aberrations and flare effects scarce. Another advantage of using SD glass elements is that the SD glass elements are lighter in weight and hence reduce the overall weight.

When it comes to the aperture, it is by far one of the widest lens in the market. The wide aperture of the Tokina 16.5-135 has many advantages for low light photography. It will allow you to take pictures on high shutter speeds and will cover a large shooting array. Another subtle benefit of using such a big and wide aperture is that the subject of the photo looks more prominent and has a special grace over the wide background. The contrast is brilliant and the chromatic as well as thermal aberrations are absent until you zoom in on a post processing software.

Focusing in the Tokina 16.5-135 lens has been dealt with very well and more attention has been given to detailing to make it more handy for the photographer. The focusing is constant and uniform throughout the entire zoom range of the lens and it never fails to deliver. Being an advanced piece of equipment, the Tokina 16.5-135 lens quite obviously comes with a great auto focus mechanism. With a total of 15 lenses in the complete setup, the auto focusing mechanism can make and take decisions quite capably.

Having said all this about its qualities and positives, it is safe to say that the Tokina 16.5-135 is a one of a kind model that meets the requirements of every kind of photographer and has something for everyone. It is also impressive to see how it finds a way to do all that at an incredibly cheap rate.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Manchester United took on Fulham today at Craven Cottage, with the Premier League leaders hoping to open a 9 point gap above second place Chelsea, who are not playing this weekend in the league. Fulham on the other hand needs points to stay out of the relegation zone, and wanted to pull 12 clear of 18th place Charlton Athletic. Both teams fielded strong starting sides with Fulham playing Canadian Thomasz Radzinski and American Brian McBride. The Red Devils starting 11 included Henrik Larsson, the on-loan striker from Helsingborgs, Wayne Rooney as his strike partner, and the Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo in the midfield.

Fulham started out the game strongly, with a Simon Davies volley which was thumped just right of Edwin Van Der Sar‘s post. After 17 minutes, United defender Nemanja Vidic got tied up with his goal keeper, and Brian McBride was able to sweep in the ball off the post, giving Fulham a deserved lead. With United in need of some inspiration, Ronaldo banged a shot just wide of the net. On 19 minutes, Wayne Rooney made a run down the right side, and crossed the ball to skipper Ryan Giggs who clipped the ball off the outside of his boot, and into the opposite side of the goal, tying the match. Evra should have put the leaders in front, but his wide open volley was dragged wide and the game went into halftime drawn 1 – 1.

After the break, Fulham came out stronger yet again, and Van Der Sar was forced to make a great one handed save off Davies shot. On 52 minutes, Van Der Sar could only watch as Thomas Radzinski blasted a header off his crossbar, but did not drop into the net. Van Der Sar earned his money this day, as he was forced into another spectacular save after a Brian McBride shot was aimed for the bottom corner, but was denied by the Dutchman. With the clock winding down, United began to pressure, and Christiano Ronaldo had an inspired run, beating out three defenders, and lashing the ball into the bottom right corner of the net, past Jan Lastuvka, giving the Red Devils a 2 – 1 lead with only 2 minutes remaining in normal time. Fulham pressed for an equilizer, but Manchester prevailed, continuing their winning run this season.


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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bruce, Canberra — On Monday, at a press conference at the Australian Institute of Sport on the first day of an Opals training camp, the media asked questions supporting this Olympic cycle’s storyline that the Australian team is going to the 2012 Summer Olympics for a gold medal rematch between Australia and the United States women’s national basketball team, who are once again in separate Olympic pools for the tournament. Media organisations present included Fox Sports, WIN News, the Canberra Times, and Wikimedia Australia including our reporter.

The press at the first press conference consisted of a female print journalist, four video cameras behind the two rows of seats allocated for the media, and three microphones in front of the table occupied by the national team coach Carrie Graf and national team members Lauren Jackson and Jenna O’Hea. The media contingent largely asked questions about Australia’s quest for a gold medal, how worried the Australians were about the team from the United States and how much planning the team was doing in preparation to play them in the gold medal finals for the fourth time in a row. These questions mirrored an ongoing theme in the media coverage found in television media and newspaper coverage of portraying the team as one of Australia’s few serious medal contenders. The other focus was on early game against Great Britain women’s national basketball team, who are in the same pool as Australia, who will have an advance of playing on their home ground with at least one dual-Australian/British passport holder on the United Kingdom team and a former Australian national women’s team coach leading the opposition’s side.

In contrast to media questions from television and print reporters present, Graf, Jackson and O’Hea’s responses made clear their goal was in the present. The coach and players were thinking about who would survive the cuts to make the team, establishing a good team dynamic and preparing for teams early in their Olympic campaign. The Australian side was not thinking ahead to the gold medal round as they believe their competition is good enough to be a worry.

The press directed most of their questions to Jackson and Graf, with O’Hea only asked a question late in the press conference.

Following the press conference, Fox Sports interviewed one of the Opals in a one-on-one interview. Another reporter followed up with Basketball Australia’s media representative to ask additional questions.

In the opening session for the camp, a video photographer lined up a basketball to get a shot of a basketball in the foreground while Jackson and Suzy Batkovic-Brown shot baskets in the background.

The Opals had a training session open to the media early in the day, with six journalists recording in various media how players participated in several drills including a drill where the Opals, working in groups of three on three different courts, had one minute to attempt and make as many two point field goals as possible. In one drill set, Jennifer Snell made 22 of 28 attempts.

The final media open training session of the day, starting late in the afternoon, saw only a pair of Wikimedia Australia photographers and a Basketball Australia photographer present. The rest of the media had left much earlier in the day. The media open training camp will continue through until Friday, before the team starts a two week long training camp that will be closed to the media but not before two players are cut from a squad currently 19 strong that will be pared down to 12 by the end of next month.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Rosley Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney, Australia was raided by police over the weekend following complaints of child pornography. The complaints related to an exhibition of works by photographer Bill Henson, which included several photographs of naked pubescent children. Twenty-one of the forty photographs in the exhibition were seized during the raid, and police have announced that charges will be laid under the NSW Commonwealth and Crimes Act for “publishing an indecent article”. Digital versions have also been removed from the Gallery’s website.

Whatever the artistic view of the merits of that sort of stuff – frankly I don’t think there are any – just allow kids to be kids.

Politicians on both sides of the fence spoke out against the exhibition. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, speaking to the Nine Network, said he found the photos to be “absolutely revolting […] Whatever the artistic view of the merits of that sort of stuff – frankly I don’t think there are any – just allow kids to be kids.” His Opposition counterpart, Brendan Nelson, believes that the exhibition “violates the things for which we stand as Australians and indeed as parents”.

Art experts have supported Henson and defended his work, denying claims of child pornography and exploitation. According to Betty Churcher, a former director of the National Gallery of Australia, “[t]here is absolutely no suggestion of pornography in these photographs”. Sydney art dealer Denis Savill hung one of Henson’s works, featuring two nudes, in his gallery window beside an Arthur Boyd nude, to “give them something to grizzle about”.

According to Tony Oxley, husband of gallery owner Roslyn, the gallery’s answering machine has recorded several threats to burn the building down. The police action also calls into question the fate of similar works by Henson in other galleries in Australia and around the world.

Submitted by: Leonora Hatfield

DaVinci Kalani Mini is one of the various styles designed by DaVinci. As part of the DaVinci Mini crib collection, Kalani Mini edition still tenders all the features and beauty DaVinci has been famous of. With its sleek design and stylistic feature, DaVinci Kalani Mini still upholds all the customary elements of the usual traditional sleigh type crib. However, as cleverly crafted by DaVinci, this Kalani edition features to be a smaller one; best for the little ones small nursery. Yet, as made smaller than the usual sized one, it still guarantees to give at its best the perfect comfort and convenient, not far different from the regular cribs.

DaVinci Kalani Mini crib, just like every DaVinci product, tenders the sleek sophisticated design, and classically crafted that totally gives beauty and fad; making each nursery an elegant one. As meticulously engineered and designed by DaVinci, Kalani Mini is primarily intently made to make each little one feel secure and safe as they sleeps or even just simply stays in the crib. DaVinci designed the Kalani edition small, which merely only measures 40 x 27.9 x 38 dimensions in inches (36.5 pounds). It is ideally crafted for those nurseries with limited space, thus making it more spacious for other furniture needed by the little one.

DaVinci Kalani Mini is classically made to give each nursery a tranquil and serene ambiance as well. As offered in various finishes that truly makes the nursery a calm, warm and peaceful place, DaVinci Kalani Mini truly renders an at-ease ambiance; just exactly what every parent wants and every little one needs in his or her nursery. Available in various classy elegant colors, DaVinci Kalani is offered as well to give the parents an opportunity to choose as they wanted and design their nursery as they wished for. With these classy colors that could easily mix and match the other furniture, it can easily accustom too and adjust to any parents tastes and lifestyles. These finishes include the Ebony, Honey Oak, White and Espresso.

DaVinci Kalani Mini, as primarily made to comfort and secure safety for the little ones as they sleeps, is made from the highest standard quality New Zealand Pine wood from the sustainable forests that truly guarantees the robustness and the sturdiness of the crib. As engineered thoroughly from the finest wood, DaVinci Kalani ensures to solidly stand firm as it is placed on the ground, even as the little one plays, stays or even just simply sleeps in the crib. Moreover, with its strong solid component, it also features versatility as well; thus, it can indeed withstand the test of time. Besides its traditional features, it also tends to be transitional too. It can be converted into a twin size bed, perfectly enough for the little one as he or she outgrows from the crib.

Kalani Mini crib edition as cleverly made by DaVinci for the little ones certainly ensures the comfort and security needed for the babies. Hence, it its skillfully made non-toxic, lead and phthalate free, as certified by the JPMA guaranteeing the crib to be an eco-friendly one. The Kalani edition also features stationary sides with non-movable rails and includes metal mattress support adjustable up to four level heights for additional safety precautions. Furthermore, majority of the Kalani Mini users finds it not just mere classy, stylish, and durable, but it surely indeed excelled in pampering their little ones to sleep.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Following the Pilkhana massacre which occurred February 25 and 26 leaving 74 dead and the inferno at the Bashundhara City shopping mall complex March 13 leaving seven dead, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said security measures are being tightened countrywide across Bangladesh.

Fire drills will be enacted at all key-point installations (KPI). Fire fighting systems will be examined by the fire brigade and the public works department (PWD) to ensure functionality. Security measures will be enhanced supplementing areas under private security such as at the Bashundhara City Complex.

The Fire Service and Civil Defence Department requires modernization and needs new equipment to fight fires past the sixth floor of buildings. The Fire Brigade says it needs turntable ladders, snorkels, foam-tenders, lighting units, emergency tenders, fireproof uniforms, and rescue ropes for fire fighting and rescue operations. Transportation to fires is also an issue due to narrow roads, low electrical wires and congestion.

The Bangladesh National Building Code requires fire fighting equipment installed in buildings over seven floors. This code is to be monitored by authorities to ensure compliance with the new guidelines and to make sure buildings are being maintained.

The Bashundhara City Complex opened Monday for shoppers two days after Friday’s blaze. A probe is underway to determine the cause of the fire and to assess structural damage.

Loss of life was minimized as the blaze broke out on a Friday, the beginning of the weekend in Bangladesh, so offices in the upper floors were empty. The lower eight floors are used for shopping and the upper floors are all Bashundhara Group offices.

The mall is valued at Tk 7.0 billion (US$100 million). It is not known if the complex is covered by fire insurance.

It is estimated that it will take over two years to rebuild the area damaged by flames which were burned down to a skeleton. Bashundhara City’s technical advisor, Latifur Rahman, estimated damages at Tk 2.0 billion (US$29m).

Only one television cameraman has been allowed in to film the burnt area. None of the 2,500 shops, cinemas or cafes were burnt by the inferno. The seventh and eighth floors still experience smoke damage, and there was water damage to merchandise.

A three member committee is currently investigating the cause of the fire which will consist of Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, joint secretary of the ministry, representatives of the police, IGP Noor Muhammad, and fire brigade, Director General Abu Nayeem Md Shahidullah. The committee is required to report within the week with their findings. The forensics department is also sifting through the burnt remains.

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries has also formed a committee which has begun interviewing witnesses and recording their testimony alongside the government committee.

It has been discovered that 150 closed circuit cameras were not being used when the fire started. Another mystery is why the mall fire fighting system has been found unused.

Why the fire burnt so fiercely is a matter to think….These matters seem to be mysterious

“In the shopping mall there is an ultra-technology elevator which runs even without electricity but we have found that locked,” Iqbal Khan Chowdhury, joint secretary (Police) of the home ministry, said. “Why the fire burnt so fiercely is a matter to think. We have to see if there was any incendiary substance there. These matters seem to be mysterious.”

Mall management has been asked to submit substances and items which would have been in the upper floors when the fire started. The fire erupted on the 17th floor and spread quickly to the two floors above and engulfed the three floors below. The aerial ladders belonging to the Fire Service and Civil Defence reached as high as the 13th floor of the 21-storey building.

Videos have been sent to the United States (US) for examination to assist in determining the cause of the fire and to help in the damage assessment. Experts from the US are expected to arrive soon.

Firefighters were brought to the rooftop of the 20-storey tower by helicopter. The only fatality in this operation was Baki Billa, a firefighter of Bashundhara City firefighting department, who fell when climbing down a rope from a helicopter to the roof of the building. Three other firefighters made the transition safely. At this same time, the chief security officer was safely rescued by the Bangladesh Air Force helicopter, a Bell 212. Six security officers of the complex also lost their lives.

Ideas for Unique Beach Wedding Favors


Kim Roddy

Every couple wants their wedding day to be as memorable to their guests as it is memorable to them, too. You can accomplish such a lofty goal by providing for unique wedding favors, which can be anything from a relatively affordable luggage tag to a more valuable piece of jewelry.

Now, if your wedding theme is centered on the beauty of the beach, then it is only logical that beach wedding favors are the order of your big day. Well, why not make them stand out from the rest of other wedding favors with these ideas?

Compact Cosmetic

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Whoever said that cosmetics are only for women have yet to meet a metrosexual! You can provide men and women with compact cosmetics like soothing lip balms, which can come in unisex containers although you may also request his-and-hers tins. These containers also have compact mirrors to make the process of taking care of the lips so much easier.

You have flavor choices like cherry and vanilla. Ingredients include beeswax and other topnotch ingredients to make your guests feel truly special. Add in personalized touches like custom labels and you have one-of-a-kind beach wedding favors.

Edible Eats Galore

The trend nowadays in wedding favors is to go the route of edible treats. It can be nuts, lollipops, mints, cookies, mini-cakes, chocolates, pies and other sweet treats from your country. Your guests will appreciate your gift on the way home as they savor the sweet treats while talking about the sweet memories they have had during your wedding.

Well, of course, you may also give favors that your guests will enjoy at home. Think along the lines of coffee bricks, flavored coffee packets, and premium tea bags. These beverages will definitely provide soothing comfort after the frenetic but fun activities at your reception.

You may package these unique beach wedding favors in apothecary glass jars, ceramic jars and even clay jars. If you want to save on costs, you can always place these sweet treats in plastic containers and then tied with a ribbon. A good idea is to have a buffet table where your guests can choose from the variety of sweet treats to take home.

Practical Passions

Now, if you want wedding favors that will last a longer time, we suggest providing for practical items. This way, your guests will have the best of both worlds – practical and yet beautiful wedding favors to remember your wedding.

You may choose cheese and jam spreaders with seashells and sand dollars in the handle. Just make sure that the colors of the handle will reflect the color theme of your wedding since beach wedding favors can tie-up everything neatly.

You also have choices like a bottle opener or a wine bottle stopper with starfishes, seashells and sand dollars as the main theme. These usually come in cute boxes, thus, doing away with the need to wrap them up.

Indeed, favors for a beach-themed wedding are unique unto themselves. To make them truly stand out, you can always have names and dates engraved on the spreaders as well as stickers placed on the jars and tin containers.


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Submitted by: Michel Marchand

Americans in general love camping and to many families, it plays a very important role in their lifestyle. Camping allows everyone to get away from his or her hectic city life and recharge the batteries. It is also a fun way to spend quality time with friends and family and discover this great country of ours.

In days gone by, private camping sites were mostly populated by hunters, couriers and explorers who only needed to stay for a day or two. Today, this trend is alive and well but more and more people are turning to camping as a great outdoor and recreation activity.

What you require

People generally have different needs and wants and that is usually reflected in the equipment that they bring on a camping trip. However the bear essentials that most would be equipped with would be at the very least, a tent, clothes, food usually in tins, first aid kit, sleeping bags and some kind of ground cover. Today however, many campers prefer to do it in style and many are equipped with camper vans or trailers that are jammed packed with all the comfort that you would want.

New beginnings

If you are just starting out on your own, don’t worry. Just get the items listed above, load your vehicle, and head out. It is a good idea to try and stay a bit closer to home on your first trip as camping might just not be your thing after all, and the trip back would be a fairly quick one. If you feel a bit overwhelmed at fist, that’s ok. We all had to start somewhere and the best way to learn is to watch seasoned campers and see how they go about things. In any case, most campers already have something in common with you and that is the love of the great outdoors and should you need help, most would not object to offer assistance.

To do list

If you are planning a family camping getaway, the fist thing on your list is to make a booking at your chosen camping site. Try to get in as early as possible to get a pretty good camping site and avoid disappointments. Your next task would be to make sure that you have everything that is required and stock up if necessary. Get your vehicle checked up and arrange for someone to keep an eye on your place for the days that you will be away. Lastly, make sure that you have an up to date map and that you plan your route. If it is a long trip, try to take a route where the whole family will have plenty of places to stop and take little break

Camping with kids.

Kids love outdoor activities but best of all they love to explore. Going camping gives them an opportunity to stretch their wings and learn about new things. They can completely lose themselves in this new adventure that is so very different to what they have been accustomed to.

Safety is paramount

There is nothing worse that an accident on a camping trip, and before leaving your home, you should try to point out as many of the dangers as you can to you children and have a plan should a major accident happen. You should ensure that you carry a first aid kit at all times for minor accidents. Remember that you will sometimes be hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital and that prevention will always be better that the cure.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

As a storm swept across parts of France and Spain on Saturday and Sunday, it left 15 people dead. Its winds were recorded up to 190km/h (118 mph), which are hurricane-force winds.

The storm made landfall near to Bordeaux, France at 5:00 am Central European Time on Saturday the 24th January. It traveled south-eastwards towards the south-east coast of France throughout Saturday morning, finally reaching there at 1:00 pm. It is expected to head north-eastwards over Italy and the Adriatic Sea, but without causing damage. Low pressure systems are fairly common in Europe at this time of year. Some reports have called it the storm of the decade; BBC meteorologist Alex Deakin said “Saturday’s storm is being described as the most damaging since that of December 1999 which killed 88 people.”

Four children aged between 9 and 12 died at a sports hall in Sant Boi de Llobregat, near Barcelona. The children intended on playing baseball, but sought shelter inside a covered area made of concrete with a corrugated iron roof. The structure collapsed, as a result of the wind. Local people and fire-fighters were at the scene in aiding children to escape the rubble. Three children died at the scene, a fourth died in hospital and 16 have been treated for injuries.

Other fatalities include a woman, who died after a wall collapsed and a man struck by a falling tree in the Barcelona area. In Landes, south-west France, a falling tree struck a driver; a 78-year-old man was hit by debris and another man, aged 75, was crushed by a tree. A wall crushed a man in Aigues de Busot in the south-east of Spain. A policeman was struck by a falling tree as he directed traffic in Burela and a sailor from a cargo ship died when the vessel got into trouble off the coast of Galicia. In Burgos, Spain, a woman was crushed by a door.

Approximately 1.7 million homes in France and tens of thousands of homes in Spain experienced power cuts. A woman, aged 73, died in France after a power-outage stopped her breathing machine. Road and rail links were blocked and airports closed. Airports in Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pau and Toulouse were shut, as well as train services, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded overnight.

Michèle Alliot-Marie, the French interior minister, stated that in addition to the 300 civil security agents located in the Landes region of France, another 715 agents would be deployed. She also expressed her intent to fly there today, after the high winds have decreased. French President Nicolas Sarkozy told reporters he would travel to the affected area tomorrow. In Bordeaux’s Gironde region, 19 residents of a retirement home were evacuated by rescuers following its rooftop being blown away. Authorities have also evacuated campers from the pine forests in Landes.

Thousands were evacuated from nearby housing estates in La Nucía, north of Benidorm in Alicante, as the Spanish Army helped to fight a forest fire, which was started by a felled electricity pylon. There were also forest fires in the region of Catalonia, while Spain put emergency services on high alert. Waves over 20 metres high were registered off the northern coast of Spain and dolphins were stranded on beaches in the region as a result of high winds.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wikinews spoke to several residents of the US state of Texas finding varying opinions, and responses, to the threat from the West Nile virus; this, in contrast to the troubling media reports released recently. The state as a whole has seen more than 400 confirmed instances of the illness so-far this year.

A Longview woman, said, “[…] It’s terrifying. I’m so scared.” The woman was quick to point out a virus-related death occured in her city the same day. When asked about her daily routines, in light of the virus, she said, “I don’t go outside. I stay indoors. West Nile [virus] is bad.” The Director of Nursing for a large encampment located near Tyler said their operation had seen no cases of the illness, despite serving over 19,000 campers this summer. Her staff took no special precautions during August.

Although having some worries, Jimmy Philmont, 39, of Fairfield told Wikinews, “[…] I don’t let it keep me up at night. Overall, I’m not too scared.” Asked if he was aware of recent virus-related deaths in Texas, Philmont said, “Yeah, I am. That’s kind of scary. But, you have to live your life, you know? The world is hot now. You can’t go hide in a hole somewhere.” Earlier in the month, Tim Whitley, a city official in Malakoff, told Wikinews his city had began using a pesticide specialist to spray twice-weekly. Whitley explained two treatments per week is more often than usual for the city, “With the concerns in Dallas, we’re taking it seriously”, he said.

A nurse at a senior activity center in Austin told media she’d taken time to educate their facility’s clients about the virus and proper precautions; Adding, “They feel less alarmed and we try to protect our folks here […]”. Mark Kitsmore, 54, of Tyler said, “Honestly, I’m not too worried about it.” He jokingly commented, “I’ve probably used a little more bug spray over the past few weeks, though.”

Twenty-six people have died so-far this year as result of having contracted the virus, approximately half occurring in Texas. The mayor and county judge in Dallas have declared a state of emergency in response to the virus.