Nikki Benz (1)
Was a member approx. 2 months prior to this review.
||-Official site of Canadian, LA-based porn star Nikki Benz.
-Easy to use; good content categorization.
-175+ video scenes (54 sets), mostly from DVDs. 15 minutes on average.
-Video categories: 65% boy-girl, 20% girl-girl, 15% solo.
-5 thumbnails per video set: nice for single files but not useful for whole movies split in 10 files.
-200+ picture galleries, 80 images per set, zipfiles, dated, picture count stated.
-Photo sets: 30% solo, 30% candids, 20% girlfriends, 10% boy-girl, 10% girl-girl.
-Professional photography, stylism, elaborate settings. A few Matrix HD but others must be exclusive.
-30% of photo sets published in last 6 months. Not all shot recently.
-Cool search function for pictures and videos: clothing type, clothing color and scenario.
-Long blog entries with pictures (1-2 times a week).
-Model is answering all questions members post in the message board.
-Free tour lists most recent updates. Also has a detailed calendar (feature dancing, shoots, travels).
||-Low download limit: as soon as you download 1Gbyte, you get blocked for 6 hours.
-Expensive for a solo model site.
-Pictures are somewhat small. 50% are 1200x800; 50% are 1024x700 or lower.
-Most videos are and look very low-resolution. 70% are 320x240 (400kbps), 20% are 512x384 (650kbps).
-All videos but a couple recent ones are non-exclusive (come from DVDs).
-Although, according to Nikki Benz posts in message board, she has shot new content, I was only able catch 1 new video.
-Free tour hints she might do cam shows but she currently doesn't.
-Content from other models is mixed with Nikki Benz-only content and diminishes the good impression of the site.
-For instance, I believe girl-girl scenes without her should be listed under girlfriends category and not girl-girl.
-Album / Favorites is broken: all members probably share the same favorites and thumbnails don't work there.
||Looks like Nikki Benz recently regained control of her site. I was a member about a year ago and I feel the core video content is still the same, though. Release dates of video updates are most prior to 2007 except for a handful of DVDs that have been posted this year. Recent content this year has consisted mainly of picture sets although I am not sure they were shot recently: Nikki Benz had her boobs redone earlier this year and she is still sporting the "old" ones in these sets. 20+ solo sets (professional / high-end glamour with toys and masturbation) or 20+ candid ones (outings, parties, conventions).
On the other hand, according to her blog, calendar and posts in the message board, she's been shooting new content. I only had time to catch a solo anal masturbation update but it was pretty good: high-end location, good performance, well-lit, decent camera work. It was a 6 minutes 640x480 (4000kbps) WMV file so this will probably the standard for new content that will be released in the immediate future (probably right now).
The tour claims the site has her entire collection of movies. I did some research and there's probably everything she did while under contract with Pleasure Productions (videos from 14 movies here) and Jill Kelly (10). Other videos I could identify were from Zero Tolerance On Demand (5), Diabolic (3), Third Movies / 3rd Degree (3), Wicked Pictures (1) and Vivid (1). According to iafd, she has appeared in 86 titles. The tour also claims that most video content is exclusive. This is also currently not true as these DVDs are the main video content. This will change as the new content is uploaded. As I said, new content looks quite promising.
All in all, I got the impression she is pretty busy (feature dances across the US almost every weekend and shoots adult videos several times a month) but still manages to get back to site members via her blog a couple times a week and reply to all message board questions. Site is updated several times a week with new Nikki Benz content so I really don't see why they also release so many content from other models and mix it with her content.
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