Friday, 18 September 2015

Oxford House Clearance

Oxford House Clearance offer a complete property and house clearance service. The services below are the main services that we offer, although this list is not complete. Please contact us to discuss your needs if what you require cleared isn’t listed below.

House Clearance – Removing domestic furniture, fixtures and fittings including carpets. We also remove personal items and clothing, leaving the property empty and ready to be marketed. If required we offer a cleaning service as well. We recycle or reuse as much as is possible, and currently send about 10% of complete house clearances to landfill as we can’t reuse or recycle them.

Garage Clearance – If you garage is getting to packed, then we can come and clear all the contents, leaving it ready to be used again. This can be just the garage on its own, or we can add it onto the house clearance.

From garages we can remove pretty much everything. This includes old tools and parts, paint tins, general rubbish and even old vehicles. Once cleared, we will sweep the garage out, leaving it clear and clean.

Office Clearance – Removing all office furniture, fixtures and fittings from an office environment. This would include desks, cabinets and all stationary items. We can also remove all items of Weee, and confidential waste.

Many items from offices are reused, and very little is tipped. This includes the filing cabinets, desks, chairs and more. We can securely wipe all IT equipment (including servers and modems), meaning they can be used again.

Void Property Clearance – When a property becomes void, we can attend to clear the property including garden, and environmentally clean the property, leaving it ready for the next tenant.

Loft Clearance – Removing personal items from attic spaces, as well as insulation.

If your having new insulation fitted, we can remove the old insulation in a matter of a few hours. For a typical 3 bed house, we can remove and dispose of all the old insulation in just a couple of hours. It does sometimes take a bit longer to remove if there are personal items in there as well.

We offer all the above on there own, or complete with a house clearance. Many house clearances that we undertake include clearing the garage and loft as well.

We operate throughout Oxfordshire, and all of our services can be used at any domestic property in the area. We deal with individuals as well as with people on a contract basis. We also welcome ender requests, and can provide fixed pricing for larger landlords.

Oxford House Clearance

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Entry-level, Affordable Sony Full-Frame Camera In The Works [Rumor]

sony a7s 640x447While full-frame cameras are desired by most photographers, the fact of the matter is that full-frame cameras are expensive. For example, the Sony A7s which is a full-frame mirrorless camera is priced at $2,000-$2,300, making it a bit expensive for non-professionals. Even the Sony RX1 full-frame compact camera is priced at around $2,700.

That being said, could Sony be working on an affordable full-frame E-mount camera? Well according to Sony Alpha Rumors, the answer is yes, there is a possibility of that happening. As you might recall, about a week ago we reported that a possible new Sony mirrorless camera was listed by an Indonesian agency.

According to Sony Alpha Rumors’ sources, apparently that camera, the WW024382, is a cheap entry-level full-frame camera that is part of Sony E-mount lineup. Of course it remains to be seen if that is actually the case, but based on Sony’s previous naming schemes, the model number in the listing did seem to hint at a full-frame camera.

Take it with a grain of salt for now, but if a full-frame camera is what you’re after and you don’t want to break the bank, then perhaps this upcoming camera could be for you. In any case check back with us at a later date for the details, but in the meantime are photographers excited at the possibility of an affordable full-frame camera from Sony?

Entry-level, Affordable Sony Full-Frame Camera In The Works [Rumor]

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Nikon D7100 vs Canon EOS 6D: What Camera Will Bring Out The Pro In You?

Nikon D7100 vs Canon EOS 6D

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Both Nikon and Canon are bitter rivals in the world of photography. For years now, both brand has continuously challenged each other with every new DSLR produced. The latest Canon EOS 6D is truly amazing but how powerful is it compared to the Nikon D7100?

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For the EOS 6D, it is equipped with a CMOS sensor that produces 20.2MP.The ISO range starts at 50 and goes all the way to 102400. The EOS 6D has a shutter speed that can go as fast as 1/4000s to 30s. As for aperture, the EOS 6D has a range of 1-20 at 100-ISO.

On the other hand, there is the Nikon D7100. Similar to the 6D the D7100 has a CMOS sensor but it produces 24.1MP which is more than its rival. The ISO ranges from 100 all the way to 25600. While that may not be great, it is still worth noting that the shutter speed on the D7100 can go as fast as 1/8000s to 30s. The camera is able to offer more exposure with the range starting at 0 to 20.

Both are great cameras nonetheless and for half the price of the 6D, consumers can get almost everything they need in the D7100. However, the latter does fell short when it comes to offering users ease of use and features like no other.



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Sony Alpha SLT-A99 Vs. Canon EOS 5D Mark III: Which Camera Will Bring Out ...


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If you’re looking for a top-tier DSLR, you are on the right page. Among the many professional cameras out there, two brands have been exceptional. They are the Canon EOS SD Mark III and the Sony Alpha SLT-A99. Today, we will find out which is better.

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The EOS 5D in particular, is more expansive than the Sony Alpha. Both devices are priced at $3,999 and $2,298 respectively. Also, they both are operated with a CMOS sensor.

Despite that fact, the Alpha SLT-A99 offers 24.3MP which is more than the 22.3MP on the SD Mark III. In the world of DSLR, pixel count is not that important at all. Cannon showed us why its camera is the best by operating at 50-ISO all the way to 102400-ISO. This is a completely larger range of light than the Alpha SLT that offers 100-ISO to 6400-ISO.

Both devices are on par when it comes to shutter speed but users can get more images when using continuous shooting mode on the Sony. It is able to capture 8frames per second which is more than the 6 frames limit on the Canon. As for the rest of the camera functions, both the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 and the Canon Eos SD Mark III are equal on every level.

While it might cost more to get the SD Mark III, it is something worth splurging on. It is equipped with so much features and the fact that it is both water and dust proof makes it the ideal camera. Sony might be great but it is not that feature packed like its rival. Canon wins.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

How to use the Sony Xperia Z2 camera to take better photos: Background ...

The Xperia Z2 is the pinnacle of Sony’s smartphone knowhow, and with a 20.7-megapixel camera sensor it’s a seriously capable handset for photographers. It might not have a depth-sensing secondary camera like the HTC One (m8) or a laser autofocus like the LG G3, but it’s still able to produce some impressive high-resolution images.

You can let Sony’s Superior Auto mode do all the hard work for you, adjusting those trickier variables like white balance and ISO automatically so you can concentrate on the scene being photographed, but with our in-depth guide you’ll soon be dipping into manual mode and making the most of the Xperia Z2′s other camera features.

Use the physical shutter button

The Xperia Z2 is one of very few Android smartphones with a dedicated camera shutter button, which is great for two reasons. Firstly, it gives you much greater precision control when taking photos; the button presses in half way to lock the focus, then fully to take a photo, which lets you be much more accurate than tapping the screen. This works best if your subject is in the centre of the screen, although you can tap to set an off-centre focus point then use the shutter button to take the photo when you’re ready.

The physical shutter button also lets you jump straight into the camera app at any time – even if you’re using another app, or the phone is locked. Holding down the button fully for one second will automatically launch the camera app, letting you snap without having to enter a password or head back to the main menu first. If you’re worried about security, anyone using your phone when locked will only be able to snap new pictures, and won’t be able to access your saved shots.

Get arty with Background defocus

Background defocus lets you be a lot more creative with your images by blurring out everything apart from the subject to give it more prominence. It does a surprisingly good job at copying the depth of field effects an expensive digital SLR camera is capable of creating, without needing a big lens. Background defocus only works well in certain situations though. Without a prominent object in the foreground, there’s nothing for the camera to focus on and it can’t create a background blur. That means you shouldn’t use it for shooting landscapes or architecture, but it works very well for portraits.

To use background defocus, open the camera app and tap the mode button. Select background defocus, then tap on the part of the scene you want to keep in focus. Press the shutter button, then hold the phone steady while it takes several exposures with different focus settings. When it’s finished, a screen will appear that lets you tweak the effect. A slider lets you choose the intensity, and the three icons let you set horizontal, vertical, or spherical blur. When you’re happy with the final image, hit OK to save it to your camera roll. Just remember that once you hit OK, you can’t go back and edit your images a second time.

Never miss a moment with Timeshift burst

If you’re shooting a moving subject, or something that could disappear any second like wildlife, you really don’t want to miss the perfect shot because you weren’t quick enough on the shutter. That won’t be the case with the Xperia Z2 if you use Timeshift Burst. It captures 30 images before and 30 images after you press the shutter, letting you pick which image is the best. It’s also great if someone wasn’t smiling at the moment you press the shutter, as you’ll almost certainly have one usable image – it certainly beats getting people to pose for the same picture again.

To enable Timeshift burst, open the camera app and tap the mode button. Scroll down through the menu that appears and select Timeshift burst. Now you just have to take a photo – keep in mind that the focus ring disappears in this mode, so let the camera autofocus on the scene before pressing the shutter. Once you take an image, a screen will appear with a slider, letting you check sixty different photos to find the perfect shot. When you’re happy with the result, press OK to save it to your camera roll. This isn’t a one-time choice, so if you decide you’ve chosen the wrong shot you can go back into the Album app and re-select your favorite image.

Use manual mode for more control

Sony has made sure to provide plenty of manual controls with the Xperia Z2, but unless you head into the mode menu you might never see them. Open up the camera app, tap on the Mode button and select Manual mode. From here, new menus will appear on the left side of the screen, letting you select from five different white balance settings, adjust the exposure level by +/- 2EV, change the ISO level, adjust the metering mode and chose from 17 different scene modes.

Even if you aren’t familiar with ISO settings or exposure compensation, these scene modes are still worth trying out. Night portrait, Night scene, and hand-held Twilight in particular are great if you’re shooting in the dark, as it helps the camera capture more light and compensate for your natural hand shake when shooting longer exposures. Simply tap SCN in the top right corner and select the right scene mode to start shooting. Every other setting will still be automatically controlled by the camera, letting you concentrate on getting the best photo.

Try HDR mode

The Xperia Z2 buries its HDR, or High Dynamic Range mode, in the manual shooting menu, meaning it’s easy to miss, but is definitely worth giving a try. Cameras typically have a limited exposure range, meaning detail often gets lost in the brightest or darkest parts of a photo, but with HDR you’re able to capture a wider range of light than a regular image by combining multiple photos taken at different exposure settings.

On the Xperia Z2, You’ll have to be shooting at 8-megapixels, and have the Image Stabiliser mode switched off to enable HDR. After opening the camera app, press the mode button and select Manual mode, if you aren’t on it already. From here, press the menu button (the three vertical dots on the bottom left) and scroll down to HDR. Make sure it is enabled by swiping the toggle to the right. You can leave all the other settings on automatic if you don’t feel confident setting ISO or white balance. Just make sure to hold the phone steady when shooting HDR, as it has to take multiple exposures and will produce blurry images if you don’t keep the handset still.

The trees are underexposed in this non-DHR image, losing detail to keep the rest of the image visible

Enabling HDR restores the lost detail, bringing out the depth and detail in the trees without overexposing the sky

It’s a shame that the Xperia Z2 doesn’t have a live-view HDR mode like Samsung’s Galaxy S5, as you won’t be able to see what your HDR images look like until you go into the camera roll and check your results. On the S5, you can see what effect HDR will have on your images before you take a shot, so you can decide whether you need the mode enabled before you press the shutter. On the Z2, you’ll have to snap an image, check the results then take another image if you prefer the scene without HDR.

Capture the whole scene with Sweep Panorama

Sweep Panorama first made an appearance on Sony’s NEX digital camera range, but the Xperia Z2 does a great job with it too. It lets you capture a much wider view than you’d normally get with a single image by stitching multiple photos together. The end result is significantly wider than a regular photo, so you won’t be able to fit it all onscreen at once, but you’ll get a much better idea of what a landscape or location was actually like when you get home.

After opening the camera app, press the Mode button and scroll down to Sweep Panorama. From here, you can choose the shooting direction on the left, or press the shutter button to start capturing an image. Pan the phone in the direction suggested, until you reach the end. It will automatically snap a new shot every time you cover a new part of the scene, until it has an entire image. The images are automatically stitched together and send to your camera roll. Just make sure to pan slowly, otherwise the final image might appear blurred.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV to come with 4K video recording in 2015

Deidre Richardson | On 21, Jul 2014

Cars become smarter each year, with more safety measures designed to save the lives of drivers who rely on safety measures in the event of an accident. Smartphones are becoming smarter, doing more than just providing a Web browser, phone dialer, and camera; now, smartphones are tracking our locations, providing status updates on where we are (and at what times), providing health information regarding exercise, sleep, heart rate, and so on. Technology is all about change, and those tech gadgets that don’t grow have to go.

The same can be said for Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV, which, according to the latest rumor, is scheduled to arrive to the market in 2015 and has been said by Canon to “incorporate significant advances in sensor design.” Not only can we expect an update to the Canon EOS line, but we can also expect to see the implementation of 4K or Ultra HD video recording, according to the same rumor. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III featured 1080p video recording, which will more than do the job, but 4K video recording does provide a more improved videography experience (just ask anyone with an Xperia Z2 or Galaxy S5 smartphone).

One rumor posits that videographers accounted for only 10% of all Canon EOS sales, but this statement alone isn’t enough to discredit the rumor. After all, photographers also use their cameras to shoot video as well – not just photos. And, with smartphones such as the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 that shoot 4K video recording, it only makes sense for DSLR cameras to provide the same capability. After all, if DSLR cameras are still the standard when it comes to photography, why would we want them to lag behind the videography performance of the most prestigious, high-end smartphones on the market?

See Also: Canon EOS 7D Mark II spotted at FIFA World Cup, mid-September release date

The approach regarding Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV is the same approach taken toward Samsung Galaxy software: few people’ll use it, so who cares? This thought, however, says that the only technology that should be implemented is that which many consumers will use. If this approach had been considered when smartphones were first born, how would the face of tech be different today? That’s the reason why statements like “few videographers purchased the latest Canon camera, so Canon needn’t concern itself with providing a better videography experience” must go. Innovation can’t come about if we continue to embrace new technologies with an old mindset.

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