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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300 mm 1:4.0 IS Pro Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300 mm 1:4.0 IS Pro Lens
Offered by PHOTO UNIVERS
Price: £2,285.69

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpness and contrast are outstanding, 30 May 2016
This lens is everything you may have read about or hoped for, if you are a user of the Olympus OMD mirrorless system. Sharpness and contrast are outstanding and colour rendering nigh on perfect. It is relatively heavy, compared to other Olympus system lenses, but very light and easily manipulated compared to a DSLR/600mm f/4 combination which it competes against. No, it's not cheap and, in the end it is just a 300mm f/4 lens, but the IS, close focus and superb AF make it something special and something beyond, for example, buying a Nikon 300mm f/4 lens and using it with an adapter on the OMD system. The 1.4 dedicated extender turns the combination into roughly an 800mm f/5.6 lens. And that is amazing, isn't it?
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Mini Speaker, Marsboy Ultra Handy Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers 4.0 MP3 Hifi Sound, 1800mAh for 12 Hrs Playtime, Compatible with iPhone / iPad / iPod / Smartphones / Tablets / MP3 / Laptop
Mini Speaker, Marsboy Ultra Handy Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers 4.0 MP3 Hifi Sound, 1800mAh for 12 Hrs Playtime, Compatible with iPhone / iPad / iPod / Smartphones / Tablets / MP3 / Laptop

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice job, 17 May 2016
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Nicely-made solid little speaker. Perfectly adequate sound, given its size


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1.0 out of 5 stars Too risky, 19 Jan. 2016
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Although well made, these gloves do not keep your hands warm. They keep them at the temperature they started with: cold hands, stay cold! Beware of the fit: medium is very tight and not good for circulation, which good gloves need.


JETech Gold Slim-Fit iPad Smart Cover Case for Apple iPad 2 iPad 3 iPad 4 (2014 Version with Built-in Stand and Front/Back Protection and Built-In Magnet for Sleep/Wake Feature) (Dark Grey) - 0215
JETech Gold Slim-Fit iPad Smart Cover Case for Apple iPad 2 iPad 3 iPad 4 (2014 Version with Built-in Stand and Front/Back Protection and Built-In Magnet for Sleep/Wake Feature) (Dark Grey) - 0215
Offered by JEDirect UK
Price: £8.95


Mahler - Symphony No. 9 (Sacd - Plays on all cd players)
Mahler - Symphony No. 9 (Sacd - Plays on all cd players)
Price: £11.95

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must-have', 19 May 2015
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This is big-boned, brave and honest Mahler. There is a wonderfully rustic central-European sonority about the orchestral playing which is entirely in keeping with the music. Brilliantly observed detail, fabulous orchestral sound and playing, and a mighty recording. Any Mahlerian need not fear making an instant purchase: this reading counterbalances the superb but neurotic readings of the likes of Bernstein, or the chill readings of Boulez et al. And is not a glossy pantechnicon of a performance, as is the case with Chailly. And NOTHING like Karajan. The coda of the final movement is all the more shocking and unnerving, given that it follows the supreme and uplifting energy of all that happens before it. In some ways it reminds me of the excellent, totally under-rated, early stereo recording by Leopold Ludwig and the LSO in its forthrightness. I think this Hungarian recording is the Mahler release of the year, thus far, by a mile.


Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter, Nikon Lens to Micro 4/3 (MFT) System Camera, for Olympus PEN E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-P2, E-P3, E-M, OM-D, E-M5, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, G2, G3, G10, GX1, GH1, GH2, GF1, GF2, GF3, GF5, Panasonic AG-AF100
Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter, Nikon Lens to Micro 4/3 (MFT) System Camera, for Olympus PEN E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-P2, E-P3, E-M, OM-D, E-M5, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, G2, G3, G10, GX1, GH1, GH2, GF1, GF2, GF3, GF5, Panasonic AG-AF100
Offered by Lumière-Shop Siegward Schmitz
Price: £30.81

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The fit to the Nikon lenses is poor. Manufacture quality is poor, 14 Jan. 2015
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Do NOT buy this product. The fit to the Nikon lenses is poor. Manufacture quality is poor, such that while in use, it disintegrated causing my Nikon 300 mm lens to fall off the camera body causing severe damage to the lens. You have been warned!


Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
Offered by TOMMY's STORE
Price: £13.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless, 15 Dec. 2014
Forget John Deathridge's 'CD Review' recommendation on Radio 3, this is far superior to Haitink's rather bland reading that was his suggestion as the best available. Van Beinum, as previous reviewers have noted, created a wonderful and gutsy Bruckner ensemble, which Haitink (and Philips) rather muted. It certainly is not the 'cathedral of sound' approach, here, but superbly luminous playing, visionary conducting, fabulous Wagner tubas, and an amazing recorded 1950s Decca sound.


Die Walkure
Die Walkure
Price: £32.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb musicianship, 7 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Die Walkure (Audio CD)
This stand-alone issue is entering a hugely competitive field, ranging from the Furtwangler/Vienna recording from the 1950s, through the Leinsdorf/LSO and Solti sets of the 1960s, right up to Barenboim/Thielemann/Janowski/Gergiev et al from the last year or two. So, if this Simone Young recording is not the one and only definitive, it is certainly very high on the list of desirables. Young's conducting is masterly, if I may use that term, and in the 'ballsy' category - very much unlike Janowski or Gergiev, and closer to Barenboim and Thielemann in terms of its intuitive pacing, control of texture and inner balance. The orchestra is magnificent, with quite the best quartet of tubas on any set - which Young uses to stunning effect every time.

The cast is a bit uneven: Polaski is good (and I have seen her often and she is in good form here); Struckmann is his reliable and decisive self, by now a well-known portrayal around the circuits; Skelton and Naef are certainly good enough, but there are better around; Fricka and Hunding are less impressive. But the fact is that the overall effect of this set is of great drama and intensity.


Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Price: £71.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous value for money!!, 26 Sept. 2013
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Yes, there are greater and better sung Ring Cycles around, for sure, and I won't rehearse which is which. But, this Cycle has some outstanding performances along with some that are just about good enough and only a couple, Siegfried being one unfortunately, which are below par. But, and it is a big but, the orchestra is superb, the sound is in general big-boned and excellent and the conducting of Simone Young, a true Wagnerian thoroughbred, is outstanding and better than that in many other recordings. We are extremely lucky this year to have so many CD and DVD Cycles before us and this Young recording can in no way be called definitive BUT for goodness sake, at the price Amazon are charging for the MP3, just get it!!
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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev)
Wagner: Das Rheingold (Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev)
Price: £15.15

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Erm, a bit ho-hum!, 9 Sept. 2013
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If you find Janowski a bit too exciting, then this Gergiev Mariinsky Rheingold is for you. There is nothing actually wrong with it, save some diction issues with Freia, some rather odd sudden volume changes, especially at the entrance of Fafner and Fasolt (which is taken at a wonderfully slow huge tread), and some rather clumsy playing from the principal trumpet. The pluses are the imperious Wotan of Rene Pape, sounding a lot like the young Tomlinson but without the bark, a very fine Fricka, and a sensuous Erda, good Rhinemaidens and overall reasonably fine orchestral playing (but see above). The rest is, well, average. I personally found Loge's voice irritating and Mime sounded very, well, abused! It is possible that the final verdict on Gergiev's Wagner conducting should wait until this Ring Cycle is complete but so far, I do not find his reading of the Ring to date as compulsive as his Parsifal, nor as well rounded nor, dare I say, as beautiful sonically. There are many finer versions of Rheingold around, including Simone Young's Hamburg recording, Thielemann's Bayreuth recording, plus of course the superlative Solti/Vienna set which remains, amazingly, a benchmark. Karajan too is good; Keilberth's Bayreuth recording is slightly marred by odd stage sounds; Barenboim's Bayreuth reading is also excellent; other great readings are invariably now available just as parts of the complete Cycle. Meanwhile the Gergiev set is a bit in the middle of the pack right now, but maybe his Siegfried and Gotterdammerung will be rather more epic: let's hope so. However, having just sat through the excruciatingly awful Castorf/Bayreuth Ring, it is fair to say that I found the clarity and sobriety of Gergiev to be not totally unwelcome!
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