L. N. Gilding

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Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens by Nikon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Portrait Lens, 28 Dec 2009
I requested this as a Christmas gift for 2009, and can easily say after a few days of enthusiastic usage that this really is a great lens. It stops right down to f1.8 which means that almost any situation where a 50mm range might be required can be shot without flash. The 7 rounded blades in the aperture diaphragm produce the a lovely smooth bokeh which simply can't be produced by a zoom lens covering this range. The lens is such shy of 2" in size, great for packing into my currently rather modest camerabag.

If you are unsure I would encourage you to give this lens a whirl anyway, because the price disguises the fact that this really is a cracking lens; if you think you are… Read more
Nikon 55-200MM F/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Black Lens by Nikon
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I bought this to go with my Nikon D40 with AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II and even as a novice was very impressed with the results I could obtain. The 200mm reach of the lens is an ideal compliment to the wide-normal range kit lens supplied with most nikon cameras, and built in Vibration Reduction (VR) gives you the extra flexibility of taking sharp handheld shots even when fully zoomed in. As far as speed goes, the lens stops right down to 5.6 at the telephoto end, very reasonable for the amount of zoom power (focal length) offered, and provides a nice depth of field for isolating subjects with a pleasant… Read more
Let's Learn Hiragana: First Book of Japanese Writi&hellip by Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
"Lets Learn Hiragana" is possibly the best workbook you can get that covers all the fundamental aspects of basic Japanese writing, and it comes at a price not too heavy on your pocket. If you are thinking of taking up the language then buy a basic self-study course to begin with.
If however you have got a basic self-study kit, then it's probably better for you to head for this book before delving into dictionaries (unless you only plan to speak the language - not write it). The book uses a simple look and copy method, and in between learning every 10 characters or so you have a few exercises to construct/romanize words using the letters you have learned previously in the book… Read more

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