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Ex-Pro 52mm Crown Shaped Hood for Canon, Nikon Fuji, Sony, Leica, Zeiss, Panasonic, Lens & Filters (52mm front thread)
Ex-Pro 52mm Crown Shaped Hood for Canon, Nikon Fuji, Sony, Leica, Zeiss, Panasonic, Lens & Filters (52mm front thread)
Offered by ExpressPro
Price: £3.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 27 Feb. 2015
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I bought this specifically for the Panasonic FZ200 as I was unable to get a back up genuine one. This hood will actually screw into the end of the lens and not clip onto it as the original Panasonic one does. Comes with a spacer ring at the base so it can cause vignetting at wider angles. The petals are not as wide as the original, but will protect the lens from most dust and dirt when in the field.
A satisfactory and cheap alternative


Birds of the Middle East
Birds of the Middle East
Price: £18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good field guide for tablets, 27 Feb. 2015
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One of the better ID guides for Kindle with decent illustrations that can be enlarged without too much distortion with maps and text adjacent to each species in standard field guide format. Each species can be accessed instantly by the back index. Concise and informative descriptions too.
Cannot access the vocalizations as there are no links though I was unaware they were included: not too fussed about these as I have all of them in other media, but it would've been nice to have them.
Recommended


iGadgitz Leather Case Cover with Belt Clip for Creative Zen/Zen MX - Black
iGadgitz Leather Case Cover with Belt Clip for Creative Zen/Zen MX - Black
Offered by iGadgitz
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Loose fit on Zen MX, 27 Feb. 2015
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Got this really to protect my excellent Zen MX which I've had for years. A solidly built cover though not without its drawbacks. Unfortunately it's not a snug fit and a little loose when it's opened up so can slide out: it cannot be reversed as the earphones/charge connector won't be accessible with the cover on. Also, when the cover is closed, the snap on button is directly above the Zen navigator buttons so you can inadvertently slip a track or too. Would have been nice to disconnect the belt clip/stand so it could fit snugly in the pocket without feeling bulky. Better than nothing I suppose.......


Sibley Birds of North America
Sibley Birds of North America
Price: £12.74

5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive bird app for the USA, 6 Feb. 2015
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As one UK reviewer has already stated, the Yanks are winning the e- market for bird identification hands down.
I already own several Sibley hard copies and this brilliant app negates the need for carrying any of those tomes in the field. It certainly does not let any of the original books down like so many ebooks do, but goes a long way to assist identification by including songs and calls plus an excellent comparison feature. Unlike most ebooks that I have, species are easily indexed and searchable both in taxonomic and alphabetic modes. If you have the hard copy, I won't go into the accurate plates and text- just to say that they can be enlarged without distortion. Once purchased, you will have to download further files, so the whole process will take around 15 minutes. And it is possible to access the app offline too.
If you regularly visit the States or Canada then get this perhaps in conjunction with the excellent Crossley Eastern Bird ebook


The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds (The Crossley ID Guides)
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds (The Crossley ID Guides)
Price: £17.96

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant concept in bird identification, 6 Feb. 2015
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The idea of photo montages for bird id books is relatively recent but this one certainly sets the standard to judge all others. Initially, the sight of lots of the same species crammed into a small page looks rather odd. However, this digital cropping enhances as well as assists the understanding of the bird concerned by giving the overall character of a species- in the UK, we call it "jizz" . Whilst it is difficult to really put one genus above the other in this book, the warblers are a delight with lots of images that tantalize just as the birds do! The text is concise, well written without going to much into birding jargon and sometimes quite funny from a British perspective whilst perhaps not meaning to be....
This book is just as valuable to advanced birders and beginners- the Kindle version is brilliant and shall be permanently on my device to be used with the excellent Sibley app whenever I visit the US or Canada.


The Handbook of Bird Identification: For Europe and the Western Palearctic (Helm Identification Guides)
The Handbook of Bird Identification: For Europe and the Western Palearctic (Helm Identification Guides)
Price: £47.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Just passing the test...., 13 Jan. 2015
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This is about the only e-guide for birds of Western Europe at the moment, and as I wanted some references on my Kindle for birding trips abroad, I stood the expense and downloaded this- although I own the hardback version.
If you are familiar with the book, then you will be aware that the illustrations are of variable quality- the skuas and gulls are fantastic whilst the warblers are rather washed out and insipid looking, though they do not distort that much when enlarged on my tablet. Published in 1998, some parts of this book need updating, especially with regard to taxonomy, although the text is well written, concise and accurate(for the time), though the distribution maps are a little small.
The real problem with this kindle version is that there is no index as such to the species themselves; you must click onto the family, then scroll through the pages until you reach the bird required. The illustrations can be accessed by clicking onto the species name and comparing text with picture is a bind as it is difficult to view each respectively.
The Handbook... is a hefty investment unless you want to carry out the much superior Collins guide around, the latter not seemingly available for the android market just yet and this may never realistically be tenable . Unfortunately, I consider this a compromise really, although the original hardback edition was an excellent book at the time, the Kindle version does not do it justice. Do we all have to own iPads, iPhones and the like merely to get a decent digital download in the UK? The US have some cracking titles that work so well on Kindle that they are a joy to own.


Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide
Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide
Price: £29.40

5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference work, 8 Jan. 2015
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A superb treatment of this group of seabirds and given that I live in the UK, just as relevant as the US. This is probably the best downloaded book on birds that I've bought with superb photos that don't distort when enlarged and actually enhances identification rather than confuse as so many id books do.
Covering large and small shearwaters,gadfly & storm petrels with a few vagrants, this book will not only guide you how to identify them, but how to observe them too, though the emphasis is on pelagics. So I'm not going to see most of these in the UK, but I urge any British birder who has any interest in this group of seabirds to buy this: it will be the perfect companion to the Ashley & Flood volumes


Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars 2 tracks missing on mp3 format, 3 Jan. 2015
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Loved this album and refreshing take on SQ classics, though there a little too much accordion in it for me which makes some of the songs almost hillbilly in tone. Still, I've been playing this endlessly for a few days now.
My major gripe is why there are 24 tracks on the CD version and 22 on the mp3 version? Little Lady and Mystery Song are missing and I didn't realise that until today


Sony Universal All Round In-Ear Headphones for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and Smartphone - Black
Sony Universal All Round In-Ear Headphones for iPod, iPhone, MP3 and Smartphone - Black
Offered by Modern-Tech
Price: £13.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fab sounds from these..., 3 Jan. 2015
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I bought 2 pairs of these a few years ago from a local supermarket and they have served me remarkably well; I am still using one of those pairs! I have bought another 2 pairs from Amazon, one for my Kindle, the other spare just in case- after all we all know how unreliable headphones can be!
Given that they are incredible cheap, these Sony button phones have a crisp, clear sound with a great basal quality- well they are on my MP3 player, cell phone and Kindle anyway. And just as importantly, they are so comfortable to wear in the ears and there are three sizes of buds so you take your pick. In short, if you want a pair of decent sounding, inexpensive headphones that don't make you look like something out of Doctor Who when you wear them, then I can thoroughly recommend these.


Becoming Johnny Vegas
Becoming Johnny Vegas
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A book to change your mind about JV, 3 Jan. 2015
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If, like me, you thought that Michael Pennington aka Johnny Vegas, was one of those loud, drunken abusive Northerners albeit with an eloquent turn of phrase, then read this book. I was inspired to buy this book after watching a TV programme several years ago where he traipsed across the USA asking various clerics some rather pertinent religious questions whilst learning that JV actually studied for the priesthood! The book covers his early years up his breakthrough at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival and, as you will expect, is incredibly funny amongst the more sombre tones of the book. It is very perceptive of human nature in general and, by the end of the book, the reader can almost understand the whys and wherefores relating to the persona of Johnny.
And that's why I've knocked a star off. Michael has "conversations* with Johnny which is very intriguing, but whose idea was the monstrous gothic typeface for the thoughts of the latter? It is difficult to read and spoils what is otherwise a great read. Nevertheless, this autobiography is well worth reading; just goes to show how you can't judge the book by it cover.....


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