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Logitech M505 Wireless Mouse - Black
Logitech M505 Wireless Mouse - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars A great mouse, 3 Nov. 2010
I can only concur, a really great mouse. One possible drawback is the use of a USB port which for some laptop can be a problem. But the battery life is fantastic, beat any bluetooth device on the market! It is smooth, highly customizable and work equally good on a PC than on a mac.


LaCie d2 DVD+RW 22x with LightScribe, USB 2.0 & Firewire
LaCie d2 DVD+RW 22x with LightScribe, USB 2.0 & Firewire

5.0 out of 5 stars A robust CD/DVD writer, 30 July 2010
This CD/DVD recorder was originally bought to complement an old imac without CD writing capabilities and it had worked flawlessly still then. I can now write CDs and DVDs of all sort (great for the dual-layer capability). It came with both USB and firewire cable, a rarity those days... The software included worked well, also now I'm using Toast 8 titanium (instead of Toast 9 Light provided). All in all a bargain at that price.


Assassin's Creed II (PS3)
Assassin's Creed II (PS3)
Offered by Excess Gaming
Price: £10.80

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and average graphics, 22 July 2010
Not a great game, quite linear story, nothing really new. But the most disappointing bit is the graphics. Not so much the cities which are quite well drawn and realistic but the characters. They look awful, I've got PC games from the 90s who looked better than that! The faces are super squared (or triangular more like it) and the characters movement are simplistic. Probably a PC (or even worse Xbox...) port to the PS3. Anybody who likes the graphics should buy any Japanese RPG and compare them with this game. I know graphics are not all, but I did not get a PS3 to play games with characters who looked so ugly.


Canon ET-65B - Lens hood
Canon ET-65B - Lens hood
Price: £31.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bulky but efficient, 25 Mar. 2010
A costly addition to the 70-300mm if bought new, but really protect from flare. Funny enough one can get it cheaper in a well known high street shop.
I had a chance to try it on a sunny afternoon and it is protecting from the sun, no flare on my pictures. It is enormous so, the biggest hood I've got. And as pointed before it does add a lot of width when turn back on the lenses for storage purpose. It works Ok with filters attached, also it is easier to remove the hood if one want to change it. Keeping the lens locked at 70mm helped. As a side note this lens does not have a ring-USM (it is micro-USM, to lower the cost I suppose!) so this is not the reason why the barrel of the lens is moving and rotating...


Canon 58mm 1X UV Filter
Canon 58mm 1X UV Filter

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not fit Canon front cap!, 24 Feb. 2010
I concur with the previous post, if put on a EF 70-300mm the Canon cap does not fit any more! So add a few more pounds to the price for another cap...


Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens
Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens
Offered by CAVENDISH COLLECTIVE
Price: £305.00

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Image stabilisation (IS) alone is worth the money, 23 Feb. 2010
I've bought this lens (used) to replace an old 75-300mm USM II and I do not regret it. This lens is sharper wide open, and the addition of IS make a huge difference. I was able to take pictures handheld at 300mm and in OK light (end of day) without blur, something impossible with my previous lens.
The construction is OK, not much different than the 75-300mm and there is a zomm lock (at 70mm) which is quite handy. My main grip is again the lack of ring USM, so the lens need to be use either manual or autofocus (no FTM) which is sometimes a bother, in particular at 300mm. But this is a highly recommended lens.


Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens
Offered by Pearls Books
Price: £98.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars which version of the lens?, 23 Feb. 2010
There seems to be a few listing for this lens on amazon (at least 4!). It is not clear if this one is USM or not as there is two versions of this lens. The one at this link is definitively USM: Canon EF 75-300mm F/4.0-5.6 USM III Telephoto Zoom Lens. It makes a huge difference for the autofocus function.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent quality for that price, 23 Feb. 2010
It is perfectly adequate as a walkaround lens. It is reasonnably light (one of the lightest zoom for canon probably), and non conspicuous, giving a nice 480mm equivalent focal length at the long end with my small sensor camera. I own this lens since almost 4 years and it is a great starter lens.
The autofocus is decent, also as it is micromotor USM and not ring USM it can be a bit slow sometimes, and certainly it is not ideal in poor light conditions like sunset or sunrise (I do not use a tripod), at least at 300mm.
Quality wise I like this lens. In fact it is not too soft if one stop down the aperture a bit, and frankly even at 300mm the pictures are decent, view on a computer or printed at 6x4 or 7x5. And nowadays it is easy to sharpen pictures, even with the software provided by canon or iphoto if one do not own photoshop or element.
All in all a good lens for that price, the only think I miss really is a stabilisation system like the one with the 70-300 IS (3 times more expensive so...)


Mabool - the Story of the Three Sons of Seven [Ltd Edition]
Mabool - the Story of the Three Sons of Seven [Ltd Edition]
Price: £41.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant "metal" band, 18 Feb. 2010
Orphaned Land would deserve more recognition. Their brand of metal is highly original, combining elements of black, folk metal and more traditionnal "middle eastern music" for lack of a better word. I was lucky to see them in concert they were fantastic.


Scoobee iPod RCA stereo retractable cable - white
Scoobee iPod RCA stereo retractable cable - white

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product, 2 Feb. 2010
It is a great product at that price. It is a far better alternative to a cable from the earphone socket, as you can use your own system for amplification. It works well with my ipod classic.


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