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Sony SAL1855 Alpha 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens
Sony SAL1855 Alpha 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

5.0 out of 5 stars The Sony Sam 18-55 Autofocus lens-Great Value!, 13 Aug 2014
There are no better standard lens,for the price,for your Sony Dslr or Slt,,than the 18-55 Sam Af lens.
It's sharp,quick to focus,and nice and light,and my sample was made in Japan,which is a nice bonus!
I have tried the Minolta 28-80, and the 28-100,and find they lacked definition,but the worse one I tried was a Tokina 28-70.
Nicely built,and solid,yet the flare on any bright subjects,at the 70mm setting,was terrible.
I had to return it for a refund,it was that bad.
I tried a Sigma 28-80 as well,but the focus tracking on my A65 wouldn't work with it,or the ADI function for the flash.
These lenses can be found cheaply on Ebay,but my advice,if you have a new Sony body,just buy the Sony,it may be plastic,but it means it's nice and light,and robust enough in normal use,and they're not expensive,on Internet auction sites.
Unless you can afford to spend a lot more,for only marginal improvements in image quality,stick with the Sony!


Tamron - Aspherical [IF] MACRO AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Lens-Suitable for Canon
Tamron - Aspherical [IF] MACRO AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Lens-Suitable for Canon
Price: £132.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Tamron 18-200 Xr lens,Great Value!, 26 May 2014
Having got tired of lugging about two Sony lenses,an18-55 and a 55-200,plus a A65 Sony body,I missed the convenience of my other camera,a Fuji XS1,with it's great zoom lens.
So I decided to replace both lenses,with a Tamron 18-200 superzoom,which was lighter than the combined weight of the Sony lenses,and gave me that flexibility and convenience I wanted.
And,after owning many cameras and lenses over nearly 50 years of photography,I am very pleased with the Tamron!
It's compact,(and much lighter than the Tamron 18-270),quick focussing,and fits well on my Sony.
And,after spending a week getting to try it out on just about everything,including a day in Chester,I have been very pleased with the resulting A4 prints from it.
Just as sharp as those from the Sony lenses,good colours,and it also is great for my favourite flower and garden photography,being quite close focussing for a big zoom.
So it gives my A65,with it's 24mp sensor,the convenience of having nearly all the lenses I need,all on the camera,so no more fumbling in the camera bag!
Of course the purists,and the pixel peepers will go on that the Tamron isn't as good as two or more seperate lenses,but there's no doubt,for most keen photographers,it will give them great convenience,at a sensible price,and produce some great images. So well done,Tamron!


AmazonBasics Sling Backpack in Black for SLR Cameras
AmazonBasics Sling Backpack in Black for SLR Cameras
Price: £18.49

5.0 out of 5 stars My first backpack!, 29 Jan 2014
Having been a keen photographer for many years,shoulder bags have always tended to slip off,and be a bit of a nuisance in the past,and I've tried dozens!
Too big,and you tend to put too much in them,and they can be burdensome on long walks,too small,and things can be difficult to acess,and you can forget that essential bit of equipment!
This bag,which I bought new,off an auction site for only £10,with free postage,is ideal!
Once you've got used to it,it's quite comfortable,it will hold a typical DSLR two or three lens kit,with a flashgun,if needed,plus some filters,a remote control,and even a small tripod,which is enough when out for a long walk,or exploring somewhere on holiday.
I found acessing my camera was easy enough,and it also seemed well made,as good as a Lowepro,or similar make of bag,but half the price,even at the normal price of £20.
It's not too big either,so you're not knocking into people too much when in a crowd,which is one of the things have put me off a backpack in the past,but you could still fit in a few buiscuits,or a sandwich or two,and a drinks can,in the top compartment,but not much else,but it's enough for me!
All in all,well pleased with the bag,a great buy!


Sony SLTA65VL Alpha Camera with 18-55mm Lens (24.3MP, CMOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD
Sony SLTA65VL Alpha Camera with 18-55mm Lens (24.3MP, CMOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD
Offered by TODO! TODO!
Price: £649.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Sony A65,Most Impressed!, 23 Jan 2014
I recently decided to treat myself to a Dslr again,after having various Superzooms over the last couple of years,latterly the Fuji XS1,which is a great camera,and which I'm keeping.
So,having read some good reviews for Sony cameras,and preferring a big and bright evf,like my XS1,over the more usual dim and poky optical viewfinder of my previous DSLRs,I bought a Sony A65,with the upgraded Sam 2 standard zoom.
On reciept of the Sony,I was impressed not only with the feel of the camera,and the great elecronic viewfinder,but the speed in which it focussed,and the instantaneous shutter release.
The qualityof the 24mp sensor is exceptional,and quite severe cropping is easily available,whle still producing very good A4 prints,when needed.
It's loaded with features,and,for those who like video,the Sony live view is much superior to competitors,making it much easier to capture sharp,well exposed movie segments.
I have also find the built in digital zoom feature very useful,enabling you to make the standard lens extend up to 165mm,or 3x,and capture an image at 6mp,which is still capable of giving you a good,sharp print.
This can be really useful for closeups,when you can't be bothered taking your telezoom with you!
All in all the A65 is a really superb mid range camera,and apart from possibly a touch screen,has all that most keen amateurs would ever need.


Das Reich: 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich - Drive to Normandy, June 1944 (Battleground)
Das Reich: 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich - Drive to Normandy, June 1944 (Battleground)
Price: £0.61

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched,but just really a summary of their actions in Normandy,but worth the price!, 5 Jan 2014
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Anyone interested in the Waffen SS will find this book very interesting,and the effect of the delays caused by the sudden emergence of the French resistance,backed by London,causing late arrival of this elite armoured formation on the Normandy battlefield.
If the Das Reich could have used the railways denied to them by the courageous actions of French sabateurs,and not have had to rely on the much slower,and dangerous roads,and got to the beaches in time,the Allies might well have been thrown back into the sea on D-day,and the massacre and destruction at Oradour migh not have happened,as the Das Reich wouldn't have been exposed to ambushes by the resistance,triggering such severe retaliation by the SS.
Interestingly,more French people were killed by Allied forces,than by the Germans on D-day,and afterwards,and more destruction was caused than in nearly 6 years of Geman occupation.


Greased Lightning Showroom Shine 1Ltr + 2 Microfibre Cloths Waterless Car Polish
Greased Lightning Showroom Shine 1Ltr + 2 Microfibre Cloths Waterless Car Polish
Offered by Greased Lightning
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product,great price!, 5 Jan 2014
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This waterless polish has been a revelation to me,after years of using the traditional bucket and sponge to clean my car!
Not only the car,but great for mirrors,windows,alloy wheels,plastics,etc.
It does a great job,and the car always looks like new after the once over with this great polish,and it's now 7 years old,and with 95,000 miles on the clock!
Great stuff!


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3.0 out of 5 stars Big mistake by me!, 5 Jan 2014
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It's entirely in German,so I couldn't read it,but it was delivered quickly,but I couldn't be bothered returning it,as it was my fault!


PowerPlanet compatible Fujifilm RR-80 remote cord for FUJIFILM FinePix HS20EXR, HS25EXR, HS28EXR, HS30EXR, S20 Pro, S100FS, S200EXR, S9000, S9100, S9500, S9600, IS-1, X-E1, X-S1
PowerPlanet compatible Fujifilm RR-80 remote cord for FUJIFILM FinePix HS20EXR, HS25EXR, HS28EXR, HS30EXR, S20 Pro, S100FS, S200EXR, S9000, S9100, S9500, S9600, IS-1, X-E1, X-S1
Offered by PowerPlanet Europe
Price: £9.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well,great price., 5 Jan 2014
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Bought this for my Fuji XS-1,much cheaper than the Fuji version,
It was delivered quickly,and seems well made,and a great price!


Forgotten Land: Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia
Forgotten Land: Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia
by Max Egremont
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about the little written about tragic destruction and ethnic cleansing of East Prussia in 1945-46, 5 Jan 2014
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A well written history,about the destruction of a people,and a way of life for millions of Germans,as Stalin annexed East Prussia at the end of the war,together Bohemia,and the industrial region of Silesia,mostly all now part of Poland.

A few more photographs would have been nice,possibly of the remains of the old manor houses,and former East Prussian villages,or even some "before and after" comparisons would have helped.
Nevertheless,it was a good read,and another tragedy of Hitler's war,and the determination of Stalin to extend his empire westward as far as he could.
It is a little known,,(in the West,anyway),about the tragic fate of these millions expelled Westwards,or just simply murdered on their trek to safety,(or so they thought),and there doesn't seem to be many books on the subject.
Perhaps the next book by Max Hastings?


All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945
All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945
by Max Hastings
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Max Hastings!, 3 Jan 2014
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I have read most of Max's Second World War histories,and found them all well researched,and without the tempThankation to rehash earlier books he has written.
He also acknowledges that the average German soldier was superior in both training and fighting ability to his opposite number in the Allied forces,but it was the Russian steamroller which called the shots in the end,and it was on the Eastern Front where Germany lost 90% of their men.
In the end it was the shear weight of the opposing forces which overhelmed Germany,and Hitler's constant meddling didn't help.
Max goes into great detail about what it was like for the ordinary soldier,their fears,and their hopes about just surviving it all.

D-Day was really a bit of a side show,but it did tie down some of Hitler's best forces,which could have helped slow down the Soviets.
Max Hastings has done a superb job uncovering some more new material,and shone some light in the dark corners of this tragic period.


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