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Canon EOS 300D Digital SLR Camera [6MP] with EF18-55mm Lens
Canon EOS 300D Digital SLR Camera [6MP] with EF18-55mm Lens

90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This cam comes highly recommended, 8 Mar 2004
Although I haven't had any previous experience with digital camera's, I've been using a Canon 300 SLR camera for years with great results. And now I've entered the digital world with the 300D. Must say: it's amazing. A whole new world of photography opens up for you. No more doubts on wether the picture was ok: simply review it immediately after shooting and click again if necessary without any extra costs. When you buy this cam, you're in complete control over every photo you shoot. Further more, it sports an intuitive and easy menu structure, you can safely fiddle with every setting, has lots of options and the lens, though cheap, makes perfect pictures. Complement it with a 75-300 lens and you've got everything you need. One of the best things I like is the possibility to change your ISO settings with the click of a button. Shoot one pic in sunlight with ISO 100 (very sharp and clear) and the next in low-light conditions with ISO 800 (still pretty good quality): this is amazing! 6.3 megapixels is VERY good: there is absolutely no need to wait for 8, 10 or 12 megapixels unless you need very sharp A0 to A2 printouts. If you like the "ordinary" 300 SLR, you'll LOVE this machine. Very good quality for a reasonable price: this is simply the best buy I've ever made on photography. Highly recommended.


White Mischief
White Mischief
by James Fox
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and shocking, 10 Sep 2003
This review is from: White Mischief (Paperback)
This book is an absolute eye-opener for those who are keen on learning more about colonial Africa. To read how the upper class settlers behaved and lived some 60 years ago is definitely stunning in it's vulgarity. This you do not usually read about! But wait, there's even more: it's also a first class detective story. Not the usual John Grisham kind, but factional. Deep investigative work. Autobiographical. I'll gladly admit I read it all in one weekend and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Buy it!


The Flame Trees Of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood
The Flame Trees Of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood
by Elspeth Huxley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning insight in a bygone era, 10 Sep 2003
Would have given this book 6 stars or more if I could. It is a terrific insight in how a child grows up in this bewildering setting that is so beautifully described. You can actually feel the dust settling on your skin after a long day of trekking through the untamed wilderness of Kenya, some 100 years ago. Probably romaticized, but hey: it's childhood memories: of course they are. Still, it gives you very good inside information on how the early settlers used to live and cope with their surroundings and the native community. Buy it!


The Ukimwi Road: From Kenya to Zimbabwe
The Ukimwi Road: From Kenya to Zimbabwe
by Dervla Murphy
Edition: Paperback

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here's Africa from another viewpoint - a bit overdone though, 10 Sep 2003
This is a must-read if you venture into East Africa and want to read what it's all about nowadays: Ukimwi, a.k.a. AIDS. A sad story to read, especially if you imagine that it's allready several years old - the situation must have gotten worse since the writer travelled by bike through this part of the world. But on this subject, it's accurate and to the point. No romance here. And I haven't even touched the thrill of following a woman, alone, on her thoroughly exhausting trip by bicycle. What gusto!
Alas, it would have been a absolute 5-star recommendation but for this: Murphy doesn't seem to know how to put an agreeable perspective on literally anything the 'white man' does in Africa: they're all extremely evil, only there for their own gain (except when it's an old friend of hers - they're perfect of course, probably from another planet and therefore not common white). While at the very same time, anything the native Africans do is next to perfect no matter if it's absolutely racist or pure nonsense. This really creeps under your skin after a while and it made me quite resentful of reading any further. Finished the book though because of the underlying story of her trip and, above all, the problem of AIDS.
Conclusion: on average 3 stars. The underlying story definitely 5 stars, the lack to put things in perspective definitely 1 star. But I'll recommend it anyway.


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