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Panasonic DMW-GWC1GU Wide-Angle Converter for H-PS14042 and H-H014 / 22 mm
Panasonic DMW-GWC1GU Wide-Angle Converter for H-PS14042 and H-H014 / 22 mm
Price: 111.45

4.0 out of 5 stars A wider view on the (relatively) cheap, 17 May 2014
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OK 100+ doesn't seem cheap for something you stick on the front of your lumix 14mm (or 14-42mm) but it does the job well, gives you 11mm focal length which is pretty wide, and consider the alternatives:
1. Spend a considerable amount less on a third party cheapo cheapo conversion lens made for any old lens with any random focal length that just happens to share the filter thread size in the hope that it will work. Dubious.
2. Spend considerably more on a dedicated wide angle lens. Not much to choose from, and will cost you 500 plus whilst adding to the overall bulk and weight of your kit bag.
So all things considered, 100 for this excellent conversion lens seems a bargain. Fixes onto the 14mm lens in a second, providing 2 rapidly accessible focal lengths. No discernable softness apparent. Only downside is the lack of filter thread on the conversion lens, and putting filters directly onto the 14mm lens prior to adding the adapter will probably result in vignetting. But I'm sure there's a way to get a thread added on to the lumix converter.....and until this is addressed 1 star deducted. Worth the outlay and pleased with the results.


Croz [+digital booklet]
Croz [+digital booklet]
Price: 7.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crosby on Top form, 16 May 2014
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I held back on reviewing this to give it the test of time. Not that it disappointed from the outset, far from it, but felt I could add little to the glowing reviews already posted, and thought I would give it the benefit of a few weeks getting to know it. And I now know it like the back of my hand 'cos it's hardly been out of the CD tray in all that time as it really is that good. Crosby always had his own unique style and genre ('jazz-folk-rock'?) and this album is smoother and jazzier than any of his previous albums, but it suites him well and is all the better for it. Unmistakenly Croz, but he hasn't tried to re-make past glories but make an album that sounds of his age whilst being bang up to date.....and he's succeeded on all levels as far as I'm concerned. An absolute gem.


Olympus VF-1 External Optical View Finder
Olympus VF-1 External Optical View Finder
Price: 102.12

3.0 out of 5 stars does what you should expect it to do, 13 Aug 2013
Reading other reviews I get the impression some people have unrealistic expectations of what this viewfinder can do. It is an optical viewfinder (as it says on the tin) it won't therefore 'communicate' with the camera, provide you with setting info (as per an electronic viewfinder) or enable you to focus through it like an SLR viewfinder. Given it's name, description and specifications, anyone who expects it to fulfil these functions is deluded and unrealistic. However, as an optical viewfinder (such as you would find on any high end compact)it appears to fulfil it's role admirably, enabling you to more in touch with the composition and framing of the shot than the LCD, much like my original Olympus Trip of 40 years ago! The only question being 'for what focal length lens?', and this is the only area where I believe purchasers may have grounds for complaint. I gather this unit is designed for a 17mm lens, but I use it (when light dictates)in conjunction with a Lumix 20mm on my Oly E-PL2 and it seems to provide a fairly accurate field of view for this lens, so may be found wanting for the 17mm but have not used it with one so cannot provide an informed opinion. It is usually only called into service when taking pics in bright sunlight when I can only guess what my LCD is showing, so it's not in constant use, but for those occasions when needed it does the job. Admitedly an electronic viewfinder would be preferable, but got this for under 50 (90 does seem a touch excessive for such a simple device) when EVF-2 is nearer 200, so I'll accept this item for what it is without complaint.
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La Costa Perdida
La Costa Perdida
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Price: 9.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campervantastic, 21 Jun 2013
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This review is from: La Costa Perdida (Audio CD)
Heard the name of this band over many years, but never heard their music until the brilliant 'California Girls' was included on a music mag freebie. Appetite wetted I went out in search of more and bought the album from which said track hailed.....and I was not disappointed. CVB are a whacky lot, but have got some great tunes to go with their bizarre lyrics, rather reminiscent of 'ol Frank Zappa, not only in lyrical content but also skilled musicianship treading in to many musical genres in the course of the album....Prog Country Avant Garde Surf Music as a new Genre anybody? If so, these guys have cornered the market.
As stated previously I am a newcomer to this band, so I don't know how this compares to their previous output, so I am listening to this without preconceived ideas as to what a CVB album should be like......all I know is this is bloody good stuff and I will be delving deeper into their back catalogue.


Dave Mason / Split Coconut
Dave Mason / Split Coconut
Price: 10.35

4.0 out of 5 stars More quality stuff from Mr. Mason, 22 Feb 2013
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2 more excellent albums from Dave Mason on s single CD at a rock-bottom basement price. How can you possibly go wrong? Having bought his earlier albums I was half expecting a drop in quality on this according to critics reviews. I am glad to report that by and large this is not the case, with some of Mason's strongest material. I have marked this down in comparison to Dave's previous albums only because it lacks their consistency in feel and mood, with the odd cover such as Buddy Holly's 'Crying, Waiting, Hoping', which whilst being enjoyable doesn't 'feel' like a Mason song. It's not the consistency of musicianship that is the issue, with some brilliant guitar work from Mason, but more a question of the overall 'personality' of the album, seeming somewhat erratic at times. Still a thoroughly enjoyable double album and a worthy purchase for any Mason Fan.


It's Like You Never Left
It's Like You Never Left
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Price: 8.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lost 70's Classic, 20 Jan 2013
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Having long being familiar with Mason's first couple of excellent solo releases (see Alone Together/headkeeper review) following his departure from Traffic, this album somehow managed to pass me by. Having never heard this until purchasing the CD this album came as a very welcome surprise. It's every bit as good as his brilliant debut and both albums should be in the collection of any lover of Traffic alongside Jim Capaldi's 'Whale Meat Again'. Not a dud track on the album and one of my most played in recent months. Mason should have been one of rock's all time greats but was largely overlooked. If you like Clapton's solo work this will probably also appeal, as Mason has a similar guitar style with the added bonus that Mason is a brilliant songwriter. The fact that Carl Radle of Derek and The Dominos features on bass on several tracks only serves to reinforce the similarity with Clapton's sound. Graham Nash also features on backing vocals with Stevie Wonder even popping up on Harmonica. In such hallowed company you know this album has to be a little bit special.


Alone Together / Headkeeper
Alone Together / Headkeeper
Price: 11.11

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute 70's classic, 18 Jan 2013
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Why Dave Mason wasn't declared a national treasure following the release of his early post-Traffic albums is both a mystery and a travesty. Alone Together is the perfect West Coast Rock album, before that genre got somehow diluted to mean rather saccharine easy listening country-rock. Whilst certainly melodic, Dave's excellent singing, guitar work and brilliant backing band(s) drive both these albums along with verve from beginning to end. Mason is on peak form as a songwriter, showing just what a loss he was to Traffic, and in my opinion beats Steve Winwood hands down. Anybody who loves either early Traffic or CSN will find plenty here to get excited about. If there has to be a one track picked out for a special mention it has to be 'Shouldn't have took more than you gave' in which Dave Mason lets his guitar go into overdrive and for my money is as good as Clapton at his best. The live half of 'Headkeeper' is of excellent sound quality, with a definitive version of 'Feelin' alright' thrown in for good measure. An absolute steal as 2 for 1 bargain basement buy.


Are You Passionate?
Are You Passionate?
Price: 6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the Critics would have you believe, 18 Jan 2013
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I have bought NY albums for over 40 years, but the general consensus of opinion of the critics was that this was an absolute Turkey. As a consequence I gave it a wide berth.....my mistake. A few years down the line my curiosity got the better of me and duly bought the missing album, only to discover it's actually rather good. Admittedly it gets off to a rather shakey start (no pun intended) with 'You're My Girl' with some pretty flat singing on what sounds like a 'bar-band does the drifters' parody. Why this track even got on the album never mind the opening track is beyond me. However, from this point it's pretty much up all the way. Lovers of 'This Notes for You' will find much to enjoy here, with some restrained and melodic guitar work from Young. Best of all is the closing track 9 mins of 'She's a Healer' which I rate amongst one of NY's best in recent years. Those that only love either NY the folkie or NY the grunge rocker won't find what their after, but anybody that admires the multi-faceted NY will cherish this album just as much as all his others.


Official Release Series Discs 1-4
Official Release Series Discs 1-4
Price: 10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Nirvarna at basement price, 6 Nov 2012
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4 (YES FOUR!) of the best ever albums for next to nothing. What's not to like? If your considering this purchase you're probably already familiar with Neil Young and these albums. All I can say is they're as good as you remember. For the price of a couple of pints and a packet of crisps they can be yours, so stay in for the night and treat yourself for the rest of your life.


Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye F3.5 Manual Focus Lens for Micro 4/3 - Black
Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye F3.5 Manual Focus Lens for Micro 4/3 - Black
Price: 256.00

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wide and wonderful, 23 Sep 2012
Got this lens at a price you couldn't have dreamt about for any MFT lens a year ago. Now Samyang and others have joined in the MFT lens market prices have tumbled, and a fisheye lens went from merely wishful thinking to a reality. The quality of the lens appears excellent, with smooth action on the focus ring and positive click action on the aperture ring, with metal mount and integral lens hood this lens just oozes quality. It's as good as the lumix lenses, which are excellent in themselves, but at a fraction of the cost. The 180 degree field of view provides a creative viewpoint, and I'm sure others will tire of my use of this lens before I do. There is no dramatic drop off in sharpness towards the edge of the frame. It's never going to be for everyday photography, but it's unique quirky viewpoint can create an interesting shot out of next to nothing. Don't let the fact that it does not have autofocus put you off, as the fantastic depth of field keeps everything in focus from inches from the lens to infinity. Anybody who had a 35mm SLR will feel quite at home using the lens ring to adjust the f-stop. Well worth the price, and then some, and great fun to use. Treat yourself, you know you want to.


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