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Holga Pinhole Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - HPL-C -&hellip by Holga
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 28 Jun 2012
In a world of SLRs where perfectly engineered glass is common, and even cheap lenses are very sharp, it seems silly to buy a toy lens. I stuck this on my 7D. Yes, a £1200 camera with a £20 toy lens - one element in one group! It has chromatic aberrations, heavy vingetting and astigmatism. You won't get perfect images with this lens. But that's the point. It makes you think creatively around the problems of the lens (a fixed focal length 60mm, and a manual focus that has 4 options - all bad!). It makes you think like a photographer rather than someone who shoots thousands of images on a DSLR in the hope of getting one right. Frankly using it was the most fun I've had with a camera since I… Read more
I Believe In Yesterday: A 2000 year Tour through t&hellip by Tim Moore
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
While an undoubtably an amusing tale, this book is not without a lot of poetic licence. Having seen a number of the described re-enactment societies in the flesh, and participated in a number myself, I can categorically state that the author is talking a load of crap.
The Vale of York Hoard (Objects in Focus) by Gareth Williams
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Though aimed at the history enthusiast like other 'Objects in Focus' titles rather than academics, this slim volume packs in a surprising amount of detail. The book details the wider context of this incredible Viking silver hoard found near Harrogate, probably buried during the eventful reign of Athelstan. The accompanying photos allow readers a museum level of detail, and it also contains photo-cameo's from other famous hoards in the BM such as the Cuerdale Hoard. It goes onto explain the systems and importance of silver wealth in the Viking age while exploring items of note in the hoard, where a narrative develops. It's not hard to image a Viking raider rotting in the Loire valley's of… Read more

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