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Opteka 500-1000mm High Definition Mirror Telephoto Lens for Canon EOS 1D, 5D, 6D, 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 100D, 300D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 700D, 1000D, 1100D & 1200D Digital SLR Cameras
Opteka 500-1000mm High Definition Mirror Telephoto Lens for Canon EOS 1D, 5D, 6D, 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 100D, 300D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 700D, 1000D, 1100D & 1200D Digital SLR Cameras

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very difficult, 19 Sept. 2013
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It seems to be a very temperamental lens. I'm using it with a Canon 600, and am having great difficulty getting it to focus satisfactorily


Barbie Collector Hunger Games Katniss Doll
Barbie Collector Hunger Games Katniss Doll
Offered by TODOCAPRICHO
Price: £69.00

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Dolls Should Be!, 17 Jan. 2013
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This is really quite an astonishing product. I bought it to do photography with, and was hoping to use it beyond the character role. I opened the packaging waiting, frankly, to be disappointed. But no, Mattel really did the business this time. The arms and legs of the doll are fully articulated. Unlike the recent Fashionistas, this is a doll who an ride a horse or do anything else required of her. There is no mid or upper torso articulation, but what you have instead is a really lovely body sculpt, not emaciated, with no moulded-on underwear and adequate detail. The clothing items are separate and complete - no all-in-one tops/bottoms here. The face sculpt is beautiful. The accessories are similarly wonderfully crafted. I've seen this given to girls as a toy, and in my view it is more than suitable. This is a role-model who can kick-ass, hang out with the guys in the toy-box or fulfil any other dreams your child may wish to pursue. This is what dolls should be. Equally, the NRFB brigade will be more than happy with the stylish presentation. The full price-tag is hefty. However, Amazon's price is something of a steal. I'm sorely tempted to buy another!


Daughters
Daughters
by Margaret M. De Lange
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Photos, Poor Presentation, 20 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Daughters (Paperback)
"Daughters" carries a hefty price tag, and the purchaser will almost certainly wonder, at least for a moment, about the value for money received. The photographs do not disappoint: this is a selection of stunning monochrome prints, grain and high contrast adding to the psychological depth of each image. De Lange is not sentimental in her photographs. Jannicke and Catherine's beauty is forcing its way through mud, or set against dead animals. The girls are blurred figures in dark landscapes, or covered in grass like cuts. If anything - more so than when viewing Sally Mann's similarly themed work - what strikes is a coldness or detachment in the images. Emotions evoked are shock, fear, and fascination, even disgust, and in that respect it is a far more genuine portrait of childhood than many. Excellent work

The VFM questions arise with the construction of the book itself. The pictures are presented in a nice large size on good quality paper. Each photo is presented on its own. After that, most observations tend to be negative. Far too frequently Trolley Books present the images spread across two pages, and the quality of the binding is not strong enough to support that approach without being intrusive. To get across the effect this has, I should really repeat the observation fifteen or twenty times. So then you start thinking about the fact that there seem to be very few photos (its a collection of twenty-nine) in what feels more like an expensive magazine than a book. By way of comparison, the similarly-priced Misty Dawn:Portrait of a Muse by Jock Sturges published by Aperture contains four times the number of photographs in a hardback cover and with more respect to the photos themselves. It isn't fair that De Lange's work should evoke such resentment.


Jock Sturges: Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse
Jock Sturges: Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse
by Jock Sturges
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Potrait of an Artist Through his Muse, 19 Aug. 2009
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This is an astonishingly beautiful book. The photographs are perfectly presented in a chronological order. Many of these photos will have been seen before, but as presented here they tell a different tale. Gone are the fleeting glimpses of moments in a life. What we have now is a narrative. Beautiful and simple. But it also shows more clearly Sturges at work, the man who is trusted, who is clearly a friend. Excellent.


Artemis '81 [DVD]
Artemis '81 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hywel Bennett

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Revisiting, 13 July 2007
This review is from: Artemis '81 [DVD] (DVD)
There are reviews that describe 2001: A Space Odyssey as pretentious, obscure etc. etc. Nonetheless, that film will be remembered as magnificent cinema. Will Atremis be remembered as the great television that it is, or will it forever carry the 'pretentious' label that's dogged it since first screening? This DVD release does give the opportunity for the former. It is good. Three hours it may be, but you get the sense that every little detail does matter. The story is not difficult to follow, but it does require following. The commentary recommends a break, and I'd agree (though the masochist in me watched it in one sitting). It can be viewed a few times with small details becoming clearer - the relevance of the tarot reading, for example. It makes you work, but there's enough pap around for this to be a breath of twenty-five year-old fresh air! Sometimes the language is very stilted, which makes it harder to appreciate how cleverly it is used during and just after the 'fantasy' sequence. The commentary is interesting, but not terribly enlightening in terms of unravelling the plot. Maybe it shouldn't be. Definitely worth viewing, and better viewed on DVD.


Mona Kuhn: Photographs
Mona Kuhn: Photographs
by Mona Kuhn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kuhn deserves our attention, 21 April 2006
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This review is from: Mona Kuhn: Photographs (Hardcover)
This is a lovely collection of monochrome and colour photographs presented in a manner that

makes them very easy to study and appreciate.

Kuhn presents a collection of photographs that celebrate the human form, sexuality and

emotion, whilst avoiding any sense of erotica or voyeurism. The monochrome images are far

more successful than the colour images, though it is interesting to see the use of both.

Text is fortunately minimal. Unfortunately, it also draws attention to the collection's greatest

weakness - the relationship between the photographer and subject. Kuhn is at pains to tell us

that she never forgets the humanity of her subjects, and a later contribution enthuses how the

subjects feel they are artists too. However, many of the presented images lack that sense of

collaboration. In the work of Sturges or Mann, there is always a great sense of an interest in

the psychology of the subject and their involvement in the created image. Equally, they are

also successful in conveying a sense of captured moment (however carefully constructed the

scene may actually have been). Kuhn's subjects are more obviously her tools, being

manipulated to her ends. We care less about who they are, or their thoughts. It is work more

reminiscent of Gibson.

However, this is a general overview, more or less true in relation to individual images. There

is at least one image where none of the above is true ("Gazing at the Voice" on p.101). The

book is seriously worth the cover price for this image alone, which is truly stunning. And the

ends that Kuhn seems to seek to explore - contrasts between youth and age, emotional

distance, and the texture of the human form, amongst others - are studied to great effect.

There are pictures here that you will want to look at for some time, and which your mind will

keep returning to.

Great collection. A book well worth buying. Future work will be worth waiting for ... if wait

we must!


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