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Nitehawk Adults Woodland Camo Camouflage Ghillie Suit
Nitehawk Adults Woodland Camo Camouflage Ghillie Suit
Offered by Outdoor Value
Price: 38.95

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin!, 27 Jan 2014
Firstly, it didn't come in a tin; that was my first disappointment but I'd already started writing the review in anticipation. I bought this so that I could blend in with the woods: woods popular with picnickers. As people enjoy their picnic, I slowly start to move in the surrounding undergrowth and when they look up, alerted by the moderate rustling noise, I stand still. When they go back to their picnics, I start moving again and this process goes on until they are properly spooked.

There is little to criticise here: the only things I will say against are, be careful if the picnickers have a dog - the 'camo' fools people, dogs just know! Also, be careful in woodland that attracts hunters, individuals who may be susceptible to violence if you get spotted - too humourless not to see the funny side - and woodland that may be prone to forest fires. Apart from that, buy without hesitation and enjoy.
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The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs by Alex Webb
The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs by Alex Webb
by Alex Webb
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 43.20

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant collection from one of Magnum's best, 11 Dec 2011
Alex Webb is a representative of a kind of documentary photography that, if not dominant, certainly has become a substantial sector of the genre in the past twenty or thirty years. Traditionally, the photojournalist would rock up to whatever world situation was of interest to the magazine and news publishing industry and provide a visual commentary that was supposed to illuminate the subject, often a subject that the photographer had limited experience of or cultural reference to. Alex Webb by comparison, is a photographer making work as a personal response to the situation; very visual, exploratory rather than explanatory. A photographer who uses atmosphere, extremes of light and edgy composition to provide a subjective impression that doesn't pretend to tell us 'what is happening' yet gives us a notion of what it was like to be Alex Webb in those situations: discovering the subject with its uncertainties and tensions, using the camera to tell us as much or as little as photography, with both its strengths and limitations, can.

A true colour stylist like fellow Magnum photographers Harry Gruyaert and Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Webb's book is a welcome addition to my bookshelf as I don't have the books that first enticed me (Under a Grudging Sun and Hot Light - Half-Made Worlds) into his visual world. A must-have for any appreciator of documentary photography.

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Wet Feline 48 x 100 g Tuna Sachet
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Wet Feline 48 x 100 g Tuna Sachet
Price: 37.89

43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Problems of cat food monopoly: A Marxist reading of Royal Canin renal food, 11 Dec 2011
This is a review for the Royal Canin renal food as one of our cats has kidney disease. The title refers to the fact that there is limited choice if one has a cat with kidney disease: this or Hill's renal food. When you have a cat that's been eating Felix or Whiskers, having to eat this renal food comes as a shock. I'm sure that there are plenty of cats that can be shown to like it but our cat doesn't, yet has no choice: eat it or die! Don't just take my cat's word for it: we get a stray that comes in, usually very hungry and he studiously ignores the renal food. He can't, one would think, afford to be fussy, yet he is. The critic has spoken. So, Royal Canin: improve your flavours. Same goes for you, Hill's.

Second point: the lack of variety packs. Our renal cat will eat this food eventually (has no choice) but would benefit from some variety. Because neither Royal Canin (or Hill's) provide variety packs, one has to order larger quantities of each flavour to save the cat from flavour fatigue. Another example of monopolistic capitalism at its worst. In the competitive general cat food market, the regular players have to provide value and variety; in the specialist diet market, companies can exploit their monopoly which results in a 'take it or leave it' attitude; not good for cat or owner. The fact that this food is three times the price of regular cat food is the icing on a disappointing cake. So specialist cat food manufacturers: get your act together and consider the customer rather than expecting us to be grateful because you provide a product that keeps our animals alive.
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Crumpler Right Hand 15" Laptop Shoulder Bag - Black/Grey
Crumpler Right Hand 15" Laptop Shoulder Bag - Black/Grey

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made - zip like Fort Knox, 10 Dec 2011
A very well made bag. Not the most delightful colour on the inside but good on the outside because it's black. Lots of zips and pockets but, the main zip that provides access to the main compartment is difficult to access and open or close. Very useful to avoid thieves who might try and break into your bag but you may say all sorts of appalling things under your breath as you try and open it yourself. The other objection I have to Crumpler is the jokey punning names they give their bags and describe them. Crumpler think they're being very amusing but I would dock all of the bags a star just for the things they say about their bags. If the Crumpler team was a single person, they'd have a sign on their desk saying 'You don't have to be mad to work here, but it helps'. They're the company jokers and in reality, totally mirthless. Crumpler: grow up (and make your bags more user friendly).

Hoya 46mm HMC Haze UV Screw-in Filter
Hoya 46mm HMC Haze UV Screw-in Filter
Price: 11.76

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars's a filter, 10 Dec 2011
This filter was half the price of the non-multicoated version making it a bit of a bargain. Be careful with cleaning - maybe they are better than they used to be but cleaning can leave smears that look like an interference pattern (not something that afflicts the non-mc version). Other than that, the filter is round, clear and has this really useful male thread that allows one to put it on a lens with the appropriate sized female thread. Well done Hoya!

ATH-ES55 Headphones - black + 3.5 mm Jack Splitter
ATH-ES55 Headphones - black + 3.5 mm Jack Splitter

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Headphones, 4 Aug 2011
These Audio Technicas replace a pair of Sennheiser PX200s that had started to fall apart. Sound is more detailed than the Sennheisers (expected given they are twice the price!) and the noise suppression is very good. Noise suppression works two ways: reducing the impact of both the sound your device is making and shielding external noise to improve your enjoyment. The PX200s were good at suppressing my noise but pretty useless at keeping noise out. These ATH-ES55s really win in this regard. The only downside is that they do not fold as compactly as the Sennheisers for travel but if compactness is an issue, maybe you'd be better off with some good 'in-ear' option. Very well made, very good sound: worth the money.

Panasonic DMW-LVF1E External Live Viewfinder for Lumix GF2, GF1 and LX5
Panasonic DMW-LVF1E External Live Viewfinder for Lumix GF2, GF1 and LX5
Offered by Gotcha Uk
Price: 152.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Accessory, 4 Aug 2011
I bought the Panasonic DMW-LVF1E Viewfinder to use with my GF1. Although the quality of the digital viewfinder image is quite poor, for owners of a certain age this might work out well, as the indifferent resolution and muted colour palette makes looking through the viewfinder like watching some 1960s Super 8 footage. Big plus in the nostalgia column. The screen on the back of the GF1 is excellent by comparison (and by most other standards) but unusable for photography in bright exterior light (much worse than the screen on the Canon G10 I had before the GF1). That is why this product is, in my opinion, essential. You can't accurately gauge colour or fine focus, but you see the complete frame (optical viewfinders will offer clarity but not accuracy) and you can hold your GF or LX like a real camera with the stability advantage that brings. It also provides full info readouts and has dioptric adjustment for eyesight correction. The tilting feature is useful too. Expensive but worth it.

Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites
Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites
by Syl Arena
Edition: Paperback
Price: 27.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Reference for Canon Speedlite Users, 19 Feb 2011
In the world of 'strobist' style, off-camera flash technique, where most of the useful technical, practical and anecdotal information comes care of Nikon-users like David Hobby and Joe McNally, this is a welcome addition. Welcome for the many, until now, under-served Canon users and welcome because it is as clear as it is comprehensive. Even if you are using your flash on camera, this is a worthwhile investment because it offers better clarity than a Canon instruction manual (for a modest outlay) and because it may encourage you to use off-camera flash and enjoy the benefits of doing so.

I haven't read this cover to cover (yet), it's not really that kind of book. Think of it as a really good source book for building and using a compact, go anywhere, flash system, and an all-encompassing reference in the operation and control of Canon flashguns. It is hard to fault in either of these respects.

The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes: Creative Applications of Small Flashes (Voices That Matter)
The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes: Creative Applications of Small Flashes (Voices That Matter)
by Joe McNally
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.39

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration rather than how-to, 13 April 2009
This is part follow-up, part companion volume to the excellent The Moment It Clicks. It is as informative and well written as the earlier book but concentrates exclusively on the use of battery-powered flashguns (or "strobes" as the Americans like to call them).
Joe McNally is a very good writer, his breezy conversational style suggests that he is an excellent teacher too and this makes the 300 or so pages enjoyable to turn. This is not, however, a how-to book as such. We follow McNally through various situations, he discusses the set-ups and we see the high quality editorial-style images that result. As with The Moment It Clicks, anecdotal information features heavily alongside the technical and in my opinion this is good. What we're getting is a useful and entertaining insight into McNally's work and methodology including the improvisation and the occasional splash of good luck that photography depends on.
Don't look elsewhere if you want a how-to book; buy this as well as it's a bargain for 13. For a more how-to approach, visit David Hobby's Strobist blog and work your way through lighting 101 and 102: better than any instructional book I've ever seen.
Criticisms? If you are either a working photographer or enthusiast who wants to travel light - therefore the idea of small battery-powered kit appeals - be aware that although there are plenty of simple scenarios, McNally is also prone to shooting with 173 Nikon SB800s (I exaggerate . . . a little) and therefore this book is not just about small production numbers. He worships at the altar of Nikon and therefore the book could be considered more useful for Nikon users than Canon or other brand users. As a Canon user, I'm not overly-perturbed by this, if anything we should all hope that Canon get their act together because the Nikon CLS set-up seems superior to the Canon equivalent (if this book is anything to go by).
Finally, a fairly minor point but worth noting: because it is so specific to his practice and reiterating the fact that this is not a how-to, there isn't as much material for those of us that don't work in his way. He uses TTL off-camera control, aperture priority mode, second-curtain sync. If, like me, you prefer manual off-camera flash control, manual mode, first-curtain sync., this becomes even less of a how-to book and more a source of inspiration. And that is no bad thing.

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