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Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens by Canon
Ignore the cheap, flimsy-feeling all-plastic construction and the almost wobbly focus ring - it's probably more robust than it feels/looks (see below!) and it contains some perfectly respectable glass. At this price, of course it isn't a pro lens - but for most people, f/1.8 is a very fast lens - though it's pretty soft towards wide open. The bottom line is that, while it isn't Canon's sharpest relatively cheap lens, it's certainly one of the sharper ones and it's by far the cheapest and a good walk around lens (though a 35 mm version would be nice). You'll take excellent photos with it. And regarding the flimsiness I don't know if I was simply very, very lucky (probably - don't try… Read more
Man:Live In Cologne, Germany 1975 [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Man
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars many are called, 6 May 2014
It's a shame this dvd is now deleted and costs silly money, because it's a fine, if not perfect, memento of one of Man's best line-ups.

It features them playing live in a tv studio for Rockpalast in front of what sounds like no more than 50 people. Martin Ace had been back in the band for a couple of weeks at this point, stepping in when Ken Whaley unexpectedly bailed out towards the end of a US tour, but seems completely at home with any material he hadn't played before. The 6 song set contains 2 selections from Deke Leonard's solo album Iceberg (scorching versions of 7171-551 and A Hard Way To Live, both featuring particularly strong guitar solos from Micky Jones); a decent… Read more
Velbon Super Mag Slider by Velbon
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a well-made and effective product which makes fine focussing and side-to-side movements in macro applications far easier. It has two notable limitations, but these can be easily overcome if you have the right equipment - which you probably do if you are buying this.

The first limitation is that you can't take photos in portrait format - to do this you will need to attach a tripod head to the slider. Most tripods have a 3/8" screw on the top for attaching a head, whereas the camera platform on the slider has a 1/4" screw for attaching a camera, just like a tripod head. However, Velbon have evidently foreseen this problem and supply the slider with two 3/8"… Read more