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4.0 out of 5 stars plastic bag rain protector, 16 Oct. 2011
This very simple, inexpensive angled plastic bag (pack of three) is quite tricky to put on your camera - for example difficult finding the viewfinder hole - but it is very effective. I have used them (although not with a tripod) on a large SLR with a longish lens in both equatorial rainforests and on a recent trip to the Arctic. In both extremes of climate, the protector worked very well.


Papilionum Britanniĉ icones, nomina, &c. Containing the figures, ... of above eighty English butter-flies, ... By James Petiver, ...
Papilionum Britanniĉ icones, nomina, &c. Containing the figures, ... of above eighty English butter-flies, ... By James Petiver, ...
by James Petiver
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Petivers butterflies, 16 Oct. 2011
A very rare book, but an essential one for those researching the early history of butterflies. This facsimile is reasonably priced, but for some reason reduced in size from the original. This makes the text almost unreadable, and the figures of the butterflies are very, very dark making them in most cases unrecognisable. Very disappointing.


Lepidoptera Britannica;: Sistens Digestionem Novam Insectorum Lepidopterorum Quĉ in Magna Britannia Reperiuntur, ...
Lepidoptera Britannica;: Sistens Digestionem Novam Insectorum Lepidopterorum Quĉ in Magna Britannia Reperiuntur, ...
by Adrian Hardy Haworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Haworths Lepidoptera Britannica, 16 Oct. 2011
This is an exceedingly rare work, and difficult for a researcher to access. This facsimile reprint is therefore a great way to access the text. Reproduction is a little on the dark side and some of the text is difficult to read - but it is copied from an item around 200 years old, so not a major criticism. HOWEVER a great disappointment was that the facsimile is INCOMPLETE, finishing about half way through (it should run to some 604 pp); I did inform Amazon that the facsimile was not as advertised, and a replacement was rapidly and efficiently sent. But it was also incomplete - I imagine that the copy was made from an incomplete original so BEWARE.


Sigma EM-140 DG NA-ITTL Macro Flash For Nikon SLR Cameras
Sigma EM-140 DG NA-ITTL Macro Flash For Nikon SLR Cameras
Price: £289.00

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solve depth of field problems, 25 May 2009
Sigma EM-140 DG NA-ITTL Macro Flash For Nikon SLR Cameras. I enjoy photographing insects both in the field and the studio. I have a Nikon D80 with a 105mm Macro lens (but as a photgrapher I am a rank amateur!). As with all macro photography I had dreadful depth of field problems with half the insect being in focus and the rest and background blurred. Getting enough light when stopped down to f32 or even f40 was the goal, and gritting the teeth to purchase this ring flash was a gamble. But it paid off. Excellent results and it can be used down to 1:1 without a tripod and still produce good results. Downside is that the camera, lens and flash unit is heavy to carry around for field work. Battery life seems reasonable so far.
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Pentax 8.5x21 Close Focus Papilio Binoculars
Pentax 8.5x21 Close Focus Papilio Binoculars

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close quarters and a bad back!, 25 May 2009
Pentax 8.5x21 Close Focus Papilio Binoculars. Purchased these as lightweight, multi-purpose binoculars primarily to watch insects without disturbing them, look at small plants without forever bending down and also to look at birds etc when necessary. Although not the best for bird-watching, they are more than adequate but they are excellent for other purposes including butterflies and other small objects. Lightweight, easy to focus and excellent optical quality. I can stand up and get a great view of objects next to my feet or on a tree-trunk a few feet away[passers-by may think you are weird, but with a creaky back this is a fabulous feature]. A bit expensive but I have not regretted the purchase.


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