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JJC 72†mm Professional Metal Lens Hood for Sony SEL70200G FE 70-200†mm F4†G OSS: 72†mm Filter Thread
JJC 72†mm Professional Metal Lens Hood for Sony SEL70200G FE 70-200†mm F4†G OSS: 72†mm Filter Thread

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 24 Jan. 2016
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In my view this JJC lens hood is not well matched to the Sony FE 70-200 F4 lens. Of course its smaller size makes it less bulky and not so obtrusive as the big one supplied by Sony, but unlike the Sony one you cannot clip the lens cap on the front to protect it when the hood is reversed onto the lens when not in use in your bag.


MaximalPower FC500 SON NP-BX1 Travel Charger and Replacement Battery for Sony NP-BX1
MaximalPower FC500 SON NP-BX1 Travel Charger and Replacement Battery for Sony NP-BX1
Price: £22.84

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plug does not fit UK 13 amp socket!, 12 Sept. 2015
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The plastic earth pin on the 13 amp part of the charger's three pin plug is oversized and does not fit a standard UK socket. The two pin part can, however, be used with a separate shaver adaptor. So for travelling within the UK the charger as supplied has limited use. For travelling abroad, the two pin part may be OK for some countries although taking a travel adaptor too is always a good idea. It shouldn't be so, but if you can manage without the 13 amp three pin part, then the two NP-BX1 compatible batteries included in the kit price are quite good value and help make up for the earth pin shortcomings.


The Photograph as Contemporary Art (World of Art)
The Photograph as Contemporary Art (World of Art)
by Charlotte Cotton
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Try to see a copy first..., 12 April 2013
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This book contains over 200 of the most boring and sterile photographs you are ever likely to find in one place. Charlotte Cotton also writes in an archaic style which does not make for easy reading. So it's a Thumbs Down from me.

Presented rather like an academic thesis, putting the works into categories is useful but it seems strange that the author needs to explain why each image has a place in contemporary fine art photography. To my mind an image should speak for itself. To be up there with the best, contemporary or otherwise, it needs ideally to stop you in your tracks, trigger an emotional reaction, engage the imagination or at least make you think. I love edgey, non conformist images which break the dreaded "rules" but I'm afraid very few in this book do that. Indeed it is their very "ordinariness" which seems to get most of them into the book at all. Very odd!

Students of photography should be aware of work by the likes of Tillmans, Gursky and Wall, but is it possible that many contemporary photographers are deliberately producing work which is mundane because that is what leading galleries and collectors want? They say if you want to get noticed then be controversial but surely not with photographs which bore the pants off everyone.

For me most of what is in the book is neither good contemporary photography nor good art. Add to that the arcane way it is written and I'm sorry but I cannot recommend it. I've given it two stars rather than one because it's cheap from Amazon. My copy will now go to a charity bookshop where potential buyers can flip through it before deciding whether or not it is for them.


Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision (Voices That Matter)
Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision (Voices That Matter)
by David DuChemin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.54

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important new book..., 8 Jun. 2009
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This is a very well written and important new book which will appeal to those photographers wishing to capture better people shots on their travels. David duChemin is clearly a skilful and sensitive photographer who prefers whenever possible to take the time to engage the people he photographs rather than adopt a shoot and retreat approach.

David emphasises the importance of developing "Vision". Vision is not what you see (that results in just a record shot) but what you feel and what you want to say about the subject. The challenge is how to interpret that to produce a powerful image which moves the viewer and elicits an emotional reaction in tune with the character, the inner self, the dignity or spirit of the person being photographed.

Each image in the book is accompanied by camera data including focal length, shutter speed, aperture and ISO setting. This means that you can see for yourself how, for example, the aperture setting has affected the depth of field so if it's not quite to your liking you might in similar circumstances reduce it to get more of the picture in-focus front to back.

Within The Frame is a good read and provides thoughtful insight for those concerned with capturing better travel and street image in-camera rather than looking to major adjustments in Photoshop afterwards.
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