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Spear & Jackson Predator Triplefast Saw
Spear & Jackson Predator Triplefast Saw
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very sharp saw. Highly Recommended., 5 July 2014
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Its a well made saw, light and sharp. It cuts fast and accurately. I would buy one again without hesitation.

Nikon Coolpix S3200 ( 16.4 MP,6 x Optical Zoom,2.7 -inch LCD )
Nikon Coolpix S3200 ( 16.4 MP,6 x Optical Zoom,2.7 -inch LCD )

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent point and shoot camera that offers significant upgrades on earlier models, 2 May 2014
The Nikon Coolpix "S" series of cameras are small point-and-shoot zoom cameras that fit easily in your pocket, and offer a useful zoom range and high resolution images. The "S" stands for "Style" - which is appropriate as these cameras are well-designed and come in a variety of eye-catching colours.

Nikon brings out a new "S" series camera each year, each of which has minor upgrades and improvements. Because this renders last year's model obsolete, you can get a very good deal by buying a used model, which typically halves in price when its replacement appears.

The S3200 offers several improvements over the previous year's S3100 model. It has a slightly longer zoom range (6x as compared with 5x). It can do faster consecutive shooting (1.3 frames per second as compared with 0.7 frames per second). It also produces higher resolution pictures (16 Mpix as compared with 14 Mpix). In addition it offers an HDMI port, so you can show pictures on an external screen. It deserves more stars than the S3100.

Like most digital cameras, if you are using this camera in low light, you need to use the flash or to mount the camera on a tripod. In this respect, its no worse and no better than any other camera in this price bracket.

A used S3200 at the right price should prove to be a great buy if you want a simple point and shoot camera that produces better pictures than your iPhone.

Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
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Price: £8.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most important piece of late 20th century music, 21 April 2014
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This is a highly accomplished work by a composer who explored new areas and brought them to maturity. From start to finish, its mesmerising oscillating rhythms hold your attention and offer new insights into the world around you: from the changing seasons, to the interactions of the stars and planets, and the changing nature of human existence. For a work to offer an insight into the nature of life and existence is an astonishing compositional achievement.

The Day after Roswell
The Day after Roswell
by William J. Birnes
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important UFO books ever written, 21 April 2014
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This review is from: The Day after Roswell (Hardcover)
Philip Corso found himself at the centre of events associated with the aftermath of the Roswell UFO crash. He wrote this book for the young people who he considered have the "right to know". If you want to understand the significance of Roswell, then this book is the best place to begin. Roswell changed the world, and this book explains why.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version)
Price: £82.59

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible operating system. Avoid. Save your money., 21 April 2014
I cannot believe that Microsoft should have put out such a totally awful operating system. Its every bit as bad as the worst reviews say it is. Beware - the only glowing reviews I have found seem to be in magazines that support Windows hardware!

In addition to all the other comments made, here are my most serious gripes:
1. It treats computer users like idiots by not telling them what is going on under the bonnet.
2. Its non-intuitive and badly thought out. For example, there are three separate ways of launching your programs, and three different places to launch them from.
4. Its slow to set up, due to a steep learning curve and lack of documentation. Whether or not the cpu is hard at work (and it does not tell you), it makes even a fast machine seem slow.
5. You cannot even get rid of it easily by downgrading to Windows 7. The lack of a conventional bios on the machine I am using makes this hard it not impossible.
6. Serious computer users will avoid this like the plague, and I imagine that like me, many will turn to Apple.

Amicizia (Friendship)
Amicizia (Friendship)
Price: £1.93

1.0 out of 5 stars Beware - something wrong here, 11 Oct 2013
Something must have gone wrong in preparing this Kindle version of the book. It contains only a small fraction of the printed version.

Until this is fixed, avoid this item, as you can read more of the books contents free of charge by looking at the preview of the printed version.

Nikon 24-120MM F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR IF-ED (discontinued by manufacturer)
Nikon 24-120MM F3.5-5.6G AF-S VR IF-ED (discontinued by manufacturer)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mine is great on dx cameras - Highly Recommended, 5 Sep 2010
Used on a D200 and D300, I found this is a surprisingly nice lens that would make a great companion to the Nikon 18-55mm. My sample is centre sharp wide open and is sharp across the frame at f8. The lens offers very acceptable bokeh, has almost no zoom creep and handles extremely well. It also offers good colour and contrast, but when wide open it suffers from problematic flare that disappears when stopped down one half stop. I would have given it five stars but for the flare.

My sample is no less sharp than Nikon's other wide to mid range VR lenses. In the overlapping ranges of 24-85mm, the 16-85mm and the 24-120mm VR perform equally well. The 24-120mm is sharper than the 16-85mm from 28-35mm, but the 16-85mm is sharper at 70mm. From 24-50mm, the 24-120mm offers an extra half stop, though it offers slightly less contrast throughout the range, which is nevertheless easily corrected in post-processing.

In the overlapping ranges of 70-120mm, the Nikon 70-300mm significantly outperforms the 24-120mm at all comparable focal lengths and apertures. It also offers 2/3 of a stop more, is more contrasty and does not exhibit flare when used wide open.

The 24-120mm VR is a well-constructed lens, that balances well on my camera bodies and offers good colour and contrast. Its best used at around f8, relying upon the VR to take out any hand-shake due to slow shutter speeds. I much prefer it to the 18-200mm because it has far less distortion and absolutely NO zoom creep. I can strongly recommend it as an all-in-one travel lens.

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro HSM Lens (Nikon Mount)
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro HSM Lens (Nikon Mount)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely excellent standard zoom - sharp, contrasty and responsive, 1 Aug 2010
This is perhaps the sharpest standard consumer grade lens you can buy for a Nikon camera. I have tested mine against the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 that so many users seem to recommend, and my sample was significantly sharper in the centre of the frame, though the edges were similar. The Sigma is also very much better built. The only lens in this range that is sharper than this Sigma is the Nikon 17-55mm f2.8. But it weighs over twice as much, and it costs three times as much. Its also so large that you would not want to carry it your bag with other lenses. This is why I use the Sigma.

This lens has HSM, which means it focusses extra fast, with greater accuracy, and may be used on the cut down Nikon SLR bodies that have no internal focussing motor, meaning the D40, D60, D5000 &c.

At this price bracket, you cannot expect to buy a lens that is sharp at f2.8 from corner to corner. This lens will take a usable picture at f2.8, but for good centre sharpness, you need to stop down to f3.5, and for sharpness across the frame, you need to stop down to f4.5. At this aperture, the Sigma offers noticeably better performance than any of the Nikon kit lenses. This makes the Sigma a natural upgrade for someone wanting something better than the Nikon kit lenses (including the Nikon 16-85mm VR) but not wanting to go so far as to buy one of the pro-grade f2.8 Nikons.

I cannot imagine a better lens for the money.

Works Suite 2004 CD
Works Suite 2004 CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great way to buy Microsoft Word 2002, 23 April 2010
This review is from: Works Suite 2004 CD (CD-ROM)
This Microsoft package offers the 2002 version of word together with Microsoft Works and some other programs. The 2002 version of Word is one of the best versions and is still used by many private companies as their standard word processing software. It is because my firm uses Word 2002 that I bought this item in the first place. Works suite is a cut down version of the Microsoft Office 2003 and will be of interest who needs basic spreadsheet and database programs.

From the viewpoint of someone buying this package in 2010, the other programs have been long ago superceded by free web software and sources, and for this reason they are not worth putting on your computer. Encarta is superceded by Wikipedia, Autoroute by Google Earth, and Photo Standard by the Gimp. What remains hugely attractive about this package is the price! It offers a very cheap of getting your hands on a fully licensed and highly compatible version of Word, with Microsoft Works thrown in for good measure.

In case you are wondering, it works perfectly on Windows 7 and all previous versions of Windows back to Windows 2008.

Lowepro Lens Case 4S
Lowepro Lens Case 4S

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well designed lens case that offers good protection, 23 April 2010
This review is from: Lowepro Lens Case 4S (Electronics)
This Lowepro lens pouch will accept a large medium range zoom lens together with its hood, such as the Nikon 28-70mm f2.8 AF-S IF lens. It is a smart looking lens pouch in black canvas with a light grey nylon cloth interior. It handles well due to the large loop handle at the top. The vertical strap at the back is held down by Velcro and will enable you to attach the bag to a belt. Presumably the two straps that go around the outside of the pouch will enable the pouch to be attached to a camera case, though they are wrongly positioned for my Lowepro Topload 1 and 2 cases. The lens is well protected by a 15mm thick layer of dense foam, sandwiched in between the canvas exterior and nylon cloth interior. My precious 28-70mm lens fits inside very snugly and does not move around. The foam is sufficiently thick to prevent me from feeling the shape or dimensions of the lens from the outside, and I feel sure that the lens would survive if the case was dropped with the lens inside from a height up to five feet from the ground (though this is not something I intend to try). The pouch is a highly satisfactory solution to protecting my 28-70mm Nikon lens.

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