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JJC replacement Lens Hood for Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens / Samsung 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED NX Lens / Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8
JJC replacement Lens Hood for Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens / Samsung 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED NX Lens / Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8
Offered by Cameramarket UK
Price: £10.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely machined, 5 Jun. 2012
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Nicely machined piece of kit for the Olympus 14-42 mk1 kit lens.

Essential - upgrading to a CSC camera from a compact, it's easy to forget you need to add accessories like a lens hood, filter etc to make the most of your lens.


Boogie Shoes (Glee Cast Version)
Boogie Shoes (Glee Cast Version)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Romping, 5 Jun. 2012
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Great single from season 3 - I play it 2 or 3 times in a row even to get myself going in the morning sometimes...!


Iron Sky [DVD]
Iron Sky [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Dietze
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £3.73

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invasion from the dark side of the loon, 5 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Iron Sky [DVD] (DVD)
Nearly there as a cult movie in-the-making - Crazy premise, good lines from intelligent writing, and cheeky references to reality/other movies, camp menace, lots of shooting and occasional bouts of violence....

The ending takes on a needlessly moralising tone though - what's that about? It jars with the tone of the rest of the movie. This is the one time you want to see the 'alternative ending' - Alas please note the dvd has No extras...


Transcend 16GB JetFlash V95C Luxurious USB Drive
Transcend 16GB JetFlash V95C Luxurious USB Drive

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutest USB stick I've owned, 11 April 2012
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Ok it doesn't have the fastest r/w speeds out there, but it's really eye-catching, body is weighty metal, the crystal accent on the back is a pretty cosmetic touch. The chrome finish is a fingerprint magnet though, but for me that just gives me the excuse to handle it and polish it up often!


Cowboys & Aliens - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2011] [Region Free]
Cowboys & Aliens - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Olivia Wilde
Price: £7.50

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been So good..., 11 Mar. 2012
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...instead its just an exciting premise that somehow never translates its full potential to the screen.

The "cowboy" bits especially at the very start are quite gritty and sets you up to think this will have you riveted for the next 100mins or so. Expectations are therefore quite high by the time the "aliens" come into the picture.

But then the pacing of the movie becomes erratic, some things just don't add to the storyline, or add up - Upside down riverboat episode anyone? Or the dog that miraculously survives an alien encounter? Time is spent developing depth to characters that's frankly not needed, and its to the detriment of pacing - I don't want a dose of sentiment or character introspection when watching a movie called "Cowboys and Aliens", let's leave that to "True Grit" or "Unforgiven" or (insert your own favourite gritty and deep cowboy movie here).

Almost as overcompensation for the emotional mawkishness, you are then occasionally entertained with scenes of quite bloody violence, prolonged in the finale. Overall its not quite 'balanced', and frankly you're left feeling there should be more, by the end. But Daniel Craig's great in character, looks quite fetching in chaps, and has a waist that's trimmer than any of his leading ladies.


JJC replacement Samsung LH-30NB & ED-LH30NB lens hood. Compatible with SAMSUNG NX 30mm f/2.0 Standard (Pancake) Lens (EX-S30NB)
JJC replacement Samsung LH-30NB & ED-LH30NB lens hood. Compatible with SAMSUNG NX 30mm f/2.0 Standard (Pancake) Lens (EX-S30NB)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid and necessary accessory, 11 Mar. 2012
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Great piece of kit - solidly made of metal, in two bits - the hood itself and the cap. Well priced, well made and not a poor substitute to the original version from Samsung.


BlackBerry PlayBook 32GB Black - tablets (Slate, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Black, 2.1+EDR, 1024 x 600 pixels, Multi-touch)
BlackBerry PlayBook 32GB Black - tablets (Slate, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Black, 2.1+EDR, 1024 x 600 pixels, Multi-touch)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waited til OS2 came out to give a review, 24 Feb. 2012
A capable product that's now been given the spit'n'polish it deserves - OS2 adds a number of enhancements, and as this is a personal review I'm going to focus on the bits that I've found to have immediate benefits for me:
1) Linking to your email accounts direct, without first tethering to your blackberry phone;
2) Writing emails now also benefits from a version of T9 predictive text, and an alphanumeric virtual keyboard (numbers on top row);
3) New desktop organisation includes now being able to create seperate folders for all your various apps and programmes.

I really enjoy using the Playbook - it's portability and capabilities are real winning points for me. Some might seek a bigger screen, or a (ever) faster processor, but I'm a relatively undemanding user and its dual-core processor allowing a number of programmes to smoothly run at the same time suits just fine - Now with OS2 it gives the Playbook the kind of user enhancements and user-friendliness that frankly it should have launched with, but it's welcome now none-the-less.
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Zeikos ZE-FLK43 43mm Multi-Coated 3 Piece Filter Kit (UV-CPL-FLD)
Zeikos ZE-FLK43 43mm Multi-Coated 3 Piece Filter Kit (UV-CPL-FLD)

4.0 out of 5 stars Fine quality and value for money, 5 Feb. 2012
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Perfectly workable set of filters, very decently priced. I'm only using the UV one right now, really to protect the naked glass on my 30mm prime from scratches. Would be interested to see how the polariser functions when it gets brighter out.

Not quite sure if the third filter for flourescent lighting is ever going to be used - I mean, isn't that more conveniently done in-camera w the white-balance controls? Guess in film days there was no way of controlling it in-camera (?) but nowadays a few button clicks does the job.


Lowepro Streamline 100 Shoulder Bag for Camera - Black
Lowepro Streamline 100 Shoulder Bag for Camera - Black
Offered by CameraKing - UK Registered Company. VAT receipt included
Price: £12.95

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost too small for its own good, 1 Jan. 2012
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I own a Samsung NX10, and have a perfectly usable Lowepro Messenger bag that fits it w a 18-55 lens, and if you want there's room for the 50-200 lens too, plus some more gubbins like wallet, bottle of water etc. So far so good.

Then I get the 30mm pancake lens, and suddenly it's Tiny, and the Messenger bag seems Far too big. So to celebrate the newly reduced dimensions of my camera, thought it'd be great to get a tiny bag to match.

The Streamline 100 is really designed for those CSC cams like the Sony NEX 3/5, Olympus Pen, Panasonic GF, Nikon J1, Samsung NX100/200 - in other words those without a built-in viewfinder & flash 'bulge' on top of the camera. With those "flat-tops", this bag snugly takes these cameras with a kit standard zoom lens lengthwise in the bag, plus room for an extra lens. If however you've got a detachable flash/EVF fixed to the top of your camera, too bad - you'll need to detach it.

Inside, there's a (removeable) padded centre divider, that has the benefit of a memory card pocket, plus a lens wipe. Note there's also an external pouch pocket, maybe for a spare battery though it successfully managed to fit a Canon Ixus ultra-compact, plus two external zipper pockets that can fit...err very flat things only.

With the likes of the Samsung NX10/NX11, Panasonic G3/G10, Nikon V1 etc ie with a built-in viewfinder and/or flash hood, you have to fit the camera in with the lens across the very shallow depth of the bag, so only a pancake will work - and you almost have to chose between a filter OR the lens cap. There's still room for extras next to it, up to the 50-200 lens, so your lens options aren't completely curtailed, just remember you've got to change back to the 30mm before putting it back in the bag. I've taken a quick phone-photo to show you how the NX10 w pancake + extra lens fits, but obviously this style of bag isn't designed for all CSC cameras, as Only being able to attach a pancake lens for some body styles is a bit of a compromise.

So in summary this is a usefully compact solution for:
1) A flat-top CSC w kit zoom-lens attached
OR
2) A viewfinder CSC w the pancake lens only.
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Samsung EX-S30NB Lens Grey
Samsung EX-S30NB Lens Grey

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Am going to weld this on to my NX, 30 Dec. 2011
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Recently bought the 30mm for my NX10, to give me the complete set of the 'original three' that Samsung brought out when it launched the NX series - The 18-55, 50-200, and this one.

Now I know what the fuss is all about - It's certainly the ideal size for the NX, it shrinks the camera down physically of course, and now when thinking of taking a camera out it's the NX chosen rather than one of my compacts more often than not.

Excellent image quality with this lens, some professional reviews suggests it has an aperture sweet-spot of 2.8 up to about 11 or so, but to my hobbyist eyes, wide-open at 2.0 the image quality is still excellent, and so fun to play with the shallow depth of field behind and in front of the focus object. Have also read that the bokeh 'blur' can be a little harsh for experienced photographers, but again it's more than satisfactory probably for most requirements.

Yes the focal length is a little odd - the 45mm equivalent here is too long for landscapes, but just about ok for portraits (though purists might argue it's a tiny little too wide for classic portraits). It makes you think about the composition of each shot you take, and I'm enjoying the discipline the fixed focal length imposes - In fact one immediate benefit is the curbing of my runaway cropping habit in photoshop...

Looking across offerings, am happier with this focal length than say Sony's ultra-wide 16mm (24mm equivalent) pancake - Think I'd be up all night cropping images if using that! Though to be fair there are circumstances when you want an ultra-wide, and Samsung have just launched a new reasonably fast prime at 16mm. However the 18mm wide setting of the 18-55 kit lens (around 28mm equivalent) is a good stand-in until the 'want' for an ultra-wide prime becomes a 'must'.

One thing to note about the 30mm and all the other primes mentioned - there's no built in OIS in any of them, so keeping an eye on the shutter speed is a must in more challenging lighting circumstances (have become quite lazy in recent years relying on IS systems to help keep more shots blur free).
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