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Sony MRWE80 XQD Card Reader USB 2.0
Sony MRWE80 XQD Card Reader USB 2.0
Offered by At-Memory
Price: £43.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 12 Aug. 2014
Not the fastest card reader in the world, but it does the job

Plastic model : Space Command Module 4d / 3d puzzle [Toy]
Plastic model : Space Command Module 4d / 3d puzzle [Toy]

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Accurate..., 17 Dec. 2009
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
... for the price, this great little puzzle assembles into a neat little model of the Apollo Command and Service Module. Docks with the Lunar Module puzzle from the same company. Excellent value.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and Practical..., 22 April 2009
... all you can ask for in a camera strap.

The broad neoprene cushions the load around your neck and stretches to absorb any jarring. Grippy rubber studs on the inside prevent too much slippage on the shoulder. Quick-release buckles convert it to a shorter handstrap, and it's easy enough to remove for when you don't want any strap at all. Holds even the heaviest DSLR/lens combinations.

Nikon MB-D10 Battery Pack for D300 & D700
Nikon MB-D10 Battery Pack for D300 & D700
Price: £216.70

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great D300 accessory, 12 Jan. 2009
A handy add-on to the D300 (& presumably D700) this grip is a definite improvement on the MB-D200: the stout construction and feel now match those of the camera body. The multi-function switch is a useful gain too, and to me at least, works better than the one on the camera.

On the whole, I think the decision to drop the plug-in "tower" that fitted into the camera's battery chamber was sound, even of it came at the price of leaving one battery in the body: now the original battery cover is a lot less likely to get lost or broken. It also helps that the D300 is much less of a battery hog than the D200 and can use the MB-D10 battery as a priority, so it's only the longest uninterrupted sessions that are going to exhaust the battery in the body.

Eight frames a second is achievable with AA cells: lashing out for the adapter for the EN-EL4a isn't really worth it unless you already have one of those batteries (& charger) going spare...

Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control
Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control
Offered by Chomium Lite
Price: £7.66

160 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Gadget, but..., 12 Jan. 2009
This is an excellent little remote shutter release for Nikon's D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80 and D90 DSLRs, handy, portable, simple to operate: all you could really ask.

It should be noted however, that despite Amazon's frequent offerings, there is no point in getting one for a D100, D200, D300 or D700, or indeed any model of D1, D2 or D3. These cameras only take Nikon's range of 10-pin accessories, and don't have the sensor that the ML-L3 requires.

This doesn't take away from this excellent device: just don't get it if you won't be able to use it...
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Cloverfield [DVD]
Cloverfield [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lizzy Caplan
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.46

11 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two words:, 12 May 2008
This review is from: Cloverfield [DVD] (DVD)

Quite a lot of high-end camcorders have this feature, and in some of them it even works. The central conceit of the film: that it is recovered footage from the centre of a disaster area, is quite a good one, and the story itself engaging. As far as anyone can tell, the relatively unknown cast are doing a fine job, and the appropriate emotions of fear and tension evoked at the proper times.

All of which goes for nothing when the image is bouncing all over the screen like a demented ping-pong ball. To the point where anyone sitting forward of the last three rows has to spend most of the film looking away just to avoid nausea.

This film may work on DVD if you have a small enough screen. Big screen viewers should only get it if it comes with free carpet cleaner.

Compacks DVD6972 2 Channel DVD Player
Compacks DVD6972 2 Channel DVD Player

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Value!, 28 April 2008
Mine has just given up the ghost, refusing to eject a disc after about 3 years of nearly constant use, playing all manner of discs reliably with excellent quality. For the price, that's amazing performance: I'm replacing it with another one now...
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Dances with Werewolves (Memoirs of a Spanking Model)
Dances with Werewolves (Memoirs of a Spanking Model)
by Niki Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 9 Oct. 2007
A very well-written, engaging and honest insight into what many will find an unusual and disturbing part of the world. Not everyone is given to constructive introspection, and fewer still have the ability to communicate the results so clearly and entertainingly as Niki Flynn has here. It is often thought, as Niki openly acknowledges, that the "dark" side of the sex industry relies on the desperate and the oppressed, exploiting victims in conditions little better than slavery. Ms Flynn provides first hand evidence that this is not so, and clearly describes her frustration at hearing this canard repeated when she has already found out for herself.

I don't know how much of the intended vanilla audience this memoir will reach, but it deserves to be read widely. It doesn't give any deep answers to the whys and wherefores, but those mostly add up to people are what they are anyway. What it does do is entertain and give an honest view of a fascinating subject.

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