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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 Digital Camera [8MP 7xOptical]
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 Digital Camera [8MP 7xOptical]

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not quite 'perfect' but wonderful nonetheless, 27 April 2004
If you are serious enough to spend this much money on a digital camera then it seems wise to look at websites dedicated to reviewing them, and also to ignore reviewers who appear never to have actually held the camera and are merely going on pre-release hearsay and scepticism. It took me a while to be sure, but once I bought the F828, returning it did not cross my mind.

Briefly, these are perhaps the most obvious pros and cons:
PROS - The image size (unrivalled at release) and colour fidelity, excellent zoom and a particularly impressive manual focus mode and thorough ergonomic design which keeps almost everything at your fingertips
CONS - That infamous purple fringing, which is much more prevalent than it ought to be on a camera of this spec, and often high ISO photographs are more noisy than one would like

The DSC F828 can photograph virtually anything and record a wide range of formats. The lens is not detachable, meaning it's always a chunky thing to lug around. As for the purple fringing, it is an annoyance which is simple to remove using image-editing software.

Five stars for a fantastic package in my opinion, but do check out your other options thoroughly.

Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine: A Biography of the Black Prince (0)
Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine: A Biography of the Black Prince (0)
by Richard W. Barber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.67

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives you what you need, 2 Nov. 2003
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This book has been accused of being too 'simplistic' and narrative based, because it doesn't dwell on details of military strategy etc. I think this is because Barber is concerned with keeping the reader interested at all times. This he certainly achieves, making for a very easy read. After reading David Green's book 'The Black Prince' however, I saw that Barber wasn't as great as I had at first thought.
Basically, if you're not a historian (or crazy about military details) then you will find nothing wrong with this book and simply enjoy reading it. The other thing it does well is teach a huge amount very quickly and easily - so if you're a student this is the one to read first!
4 stars because it's not the best, but it doesn't get a great deal better.

The Damnation Game
The Damnation Game

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a tricky one... give it time, 2 Nov. 2003
This review is from: The Damnation Game (Audio CD)
This (their 2nd album) IS Symphony X - just not at what most people would call their best. It's got the same mindblowing technical skill (particularly from Mike Romeo on guitar), the same powerful (though sometimes cheesy) melodies, and the same blend of heavy/mellow moments as the subsequent albums have. What it doesn't manage is the 'atmosphere' that is present particularly in 'Divine Wings...' and 'V'. This seems to me to be down to cheaper production (as can be seen by the album art, the budget isn't quite there to get what they want!) Whatever the cause, the music is harder to enjoy in places because you can't stop thinking 'it's so cheesy!' whereas listening to 'V' you don't care if it's cheesy because it's just sounds so good! After all, they have been called 'power metal' before now.
This is definitely not where you should start if you're new to the Symphony, but if you're a hardcore fan you probably own it and love it already! If you're somewhere in between, then put it on your wish list, and get the other albums first. 'Damnation Game' and their first album 'Symphony X' are the two hardest to get into, but unlike the first, 'Damnation Game' HAS got Russell Allen on vocals (what a guy...).
This album has some cracking music on it - it's just a shame that the resources might not have been there at the time to do it justice. All the same, 'On the Edge of Forever' is just one of those seamlessly beautiful songs (and still one of their main live showpieces), and you WILL be singing along!
If you happen to be reading this and you haven't heard ANY Symphony X before, then BUY some NOW (especially if you are a guitarist).
The album overall still gets 4 stars, because if some other bands had done it would be their best ever!
By the others first, this one later.

The Black Prince
The Black Prince
by David Green
Edition: Paperback

50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, flawless, 2 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: The Black Prince (Paperback)
There isn't exactly a shortage of material on this guy, but I still found this book extremely valuable in gaining a detailed knowledge and insight into the life of one of the most prominent chivalric figures in British history. I don't think I would recommend it as THE book to start with if you know nothing of Edward or his period, since it is quite in-depth. However, it is certainly not a book just for those who have already read everything else. I picked this up after studying this period for a while, and having read several works on the Black Prince, notably Barber's 'Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitane'. This book is by far the best in my opinion. All the details are there, from military to sentimental, the book is very carefully written and surprisingly easy to read. Green hardly ever loses his grip on the reader, and although it is not as 'narrative' (so to speak) as Richard Barber's work, the interest factor is just as high.
What can I say? It's only a book - but it's a book that will probably tell you everything you wanted to know. Even if you HAVE read everything else on this subject, 'The Black Prince' is certainly worth a look if not a buy!
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