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52mm Graduated Gray (Neutral Density ND2 ND4 ND8) Lens Color Filter Set for DSLR Cameras + Pocket Filter Wallet Case + JB Digital Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
52mm Graduated Gray (Neutral Density ND2 ND4 ND8) Lens Color Filter Set for DSLR Cameras + Pocket Filter Wallet Case + JB Digital Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth

4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with these filters, July 29, 2015
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Serviceable filters at a good price. Other, higher priced filters no doubt perform a bit better, but these are great for a hobbyist with limited budget for photography. Seller provided great service.


Ape Case Pro Large Digital SLR and Video Camera Case (ACPRO1400)
Ape Case Pro Large Digital SLR and Video Camera Case (ACPRO1400)
Price: $67.20
30 used & new from $45.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great case, Great Price, October 3, 2010
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By the time I found this case on Amazon, I was becoming frustrated by the selection of cases available from other sources. The relatively few cases that were the style and size that I wanted were simply too expensive for my budget. I was happy to see this case at this price, and even more excited when I arranged the dividers and saw that it would store all of my camera equipment, with room to spare. I'm using the case to store/carry my Nikon D60 w. lens attached, 2 other lenses (my longest lens, a 70-300, can be stored on the camera, and the "kit lenses" still store easily),2 lens hoods, my battery charger and cord, an extra battery, my sb400 flash, several filters, a spare memory card, a remote for the camera, and a cleaning cloth. With minimal reconfiguration, I'm sure the case would also hold a larger flash and one more lens. I haven't had the case long enough to speak definitively to it's durability, but it seems really well constructed. Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this purchase.


Rayman Raving Rabbits - PlayStation 2
Rayman Raving Rabbits - PlayStation 2
Offered by DealTavern
Price: $15.60
67 used & new from $0.63

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bunny Bashing Fun For Everyone, July 28, 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Rayman Raving Rabbids may not be the best game released for the PS2, but it has to be one of the funniest and most entertaining entries. The demented mini-games that make up the game remind me of the best of the original looney tunes (certainly more so than the soulless "looney tunes" that are currently churned out). Most of the games are easy enough for kids, but the game is entertaining enough for older gamers. The story mode can be zipped through fairly quickly, but there's a score mode which allows players to unlock extras, including (apparently) other challenges. PETA members may object to the bashing of bunnies - even evil bunnies - but most other gamers will love this release.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Item, Good Price, December 29, 2006
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I purchased this item for a relative who has breathing problems and needs to monitor O2 sats regularly. We were told that it would cost around $500 or more to obtain a pulse oximeter from our oxygen provider, so I checked Amazon for an accurate pulse oximeter at a better price. This item seems to fit the bill on both counts. It provides readings clearly and relatively quickly, and is quite easy to use. So far my family is very pleased with this purchase.


You Belong in a Zoo!: Tales from a Lifetime Spent with Cobras, Crocs, and Other Creatures
You Belong in a Zoo!: Tales from a Lifetime Spent with Cobras, Crocs, and Other Creatures
by Peter Brazaitis
Edition: Hardcover
49 used & new from $0.03

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great "Behind the Scenes" Account of Zookeeping, July 20, 2005
"You Belong in a Zoo" is Peter Brazaitis' tale of his storied career caring for and studying reptiles. Brazaitis' served as Superintendant of reptiles at the Bronx Zoo and as Curator of the Central Park Zoo, and has also acted as an advocate for endangered reptiles through his work to prevent the illegal importation and killing of these animals. Brazaitis of course has a wealth of stories to tell - some humorous, some frightening, and some a combination of the two. After describing 15 foot long King Cobras capable of rising to look a full grown man in the eye, Brazaitis relates the story of his attempt to capture one of these fascinating but deadly creatures by precariously balancing above a pool of crocodiles to reach the ceiling panel where the snake is hiding. Brazaitis' take on reptiles, and animals in general, is interesting. He obviously has a deep respect and admiration for animals, especially the reptiles he has spent a lifetime studying, but his view of animals seems different from that of some of the more radical animal rights activists. One could also argue that Brazaitis' work - especially his work with customs officials to stop the smugggling of endangered reptiles - has done more good than some of the antics of the more extreme members of PETA, for example. Brazaitis writes in an earnest style with some dry wit thrown in, and this style is quite effective in relating the story of his career. "You Belong In a Zoo" is an entertaining tale of reptiles and other animals, and an enjoyable autobiography of a man who has obviously "found his niche" in caring for these creatures.
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You Did What?: Mad Plans and Great Historical Disasters
You Did What?: Mad Plans and Great Historical Disasters
by Bill Fawcett
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.44
117 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but Entertaining, July 17, 2005
"You Did What?" is a collection of tales of decisions that were at best foolhardy and at worst disastrous. Various authors contribute to this work, and the quality of the chapters varies as a result (there are quite a few examples of bad grammar and poor sentence structure throughout the book). Overall, the book is entertaining. Different subjects of varied historical significance are covered, from the Trojan Horse debacle and President Harrison's refusal to wear a coat at his frigid inaugural, to the "Heidi Bowl" and the bad career decisions of several TV actors. This is a quirky book that's rather light on any deep historical information or insight, and the mistakes in writing can be disconcerting. Overall, though, it's worth checking out for some lighthearted reading.


What Were They Thinking?: Really Bad Ideas Throughout History (Humor)
What Were They Thinking?: Really Bad Ideas Throughout History (Humor)
by Bruce Felton
Edition: Paperback
88 used & new from $0.01

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great light reading, July 17, 2005
Bruce Felton's "What Were They Thinking?" is a breezy examination of Strange laws, bizarre beliefs, and downright crazy ideas throughout history. There's not a lot of detail in any one description of a bad idea, and I agree with another reviewer that some context may have shed a different light on certain ideas that are presented as off-the-wall, but I feel Felton's effort, on balance, is worthwhile. This book is intended strictly as light reading, and it fits that bill quite nicely. A typical story is that of a fellow who proposed blowing up the moon, so that the Earth's tilt would change, resulting in constant springlike weather worldwide. I'm not sure which aspect of the story is more astounding - that someone would come up with this idea, or that others would take him seriously enough to present detailed arguments as to why his idea wasn't such a good one. "What Were They Thinking" is full of amusing antecdotes, and is great for some lighthearted reading.


The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour
by James D. Hornfischer
Edition: Hardcover
85 used & new from $2.27

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping account of Naval Battle, July 17, 2005
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"The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" is a graphic "blow by blow" account of a WWII battle off the Philippine Coast between a U.S. fleet and a significantly larger fleet of Japanese ships, including two of Japan's largest battleships. Unable to outrun the Japanese fleet, the U.S. sailors attacked with such ferocity that the Japanese believed they were being attacked by a much more powerful fleet. Hornfischer's account is a graphic account of the horrors of war, and a stirring tribute to the sailors who put themselves in harm's way. Especially impressive is Hornfischer's list of sources he used in writing "Tin Can Sailors" - this list includes everything from military films from the WWII era to interviews with the survivors of the engagement. "Tin Can Sailors" is a stirring account of heroism and honor amidst the insanity of war.


Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of Largest, Most Fought Over T. Rex Ever Found
Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of Largest, Most Fought Over T. Rex Ever Found
by Steve Fiffer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.89
83 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of discovery, Government intervention, July 17, 2005
Steve Fiffer's "Tyrannosaurus Sue" is an interesting tale of the discovery of the most complete T-Rex skeleton found up to that point, and the bizarre battle that ensued over the ownership of the find. The book provides some insight into the world of paleontology (especially the pitfalls of searching on property where boundary lines aren't clear), and details a rather maddening tale of government intervention. I would have enjoyed more discussion of paleontology, but I understand that that wasn't the purpose of this particular work. Fiffer's writing style is straightforward to the point of being a bit dry at points, but it's well suited to describing the legal and political manipulations of the story. An interesting book that will spur interest in reading more about its subject matter.
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Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
by Robert Kurson
Edition: Hardcover
363 used & new from $0.01

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent True Life Adventure, July 17, 2005
You'll have a hard time finding a work of fiction more packed with suspense and plot twists than Robert Kurson's gripping true life adventure. Kurson masterfully relates the tale of the discovery of a WWII U-Boat off the New Jersey coast, and the obsessive quest of a group of "extreme divers" to determine it's identity. The search claims lives early, but the quest for answers continues. As the clues lead only to more confusion, the divers take greater risks, until 2 divers take a huge gamble in a "last ditch" effort to find the answers that elude them. Kurson's writing style is richly descriptive, whether he is describing the individuals involved in the search, or relating the sensations and perils of diving to extreme depths. I came to feel for the divers described, even as I shook my head at the risks they took to fulfill their quest. Kurson provides a brief but gripping history lesson regarding the U-Boat attacks off the U.S. coast during WWII, a graphic overview of the perils of deep sea diving, and a haunting story of friendships marred by tragedy but cemented by devotion to a dangerous but rewarding pasttime. "Shadow Divers" has received excellent reviews, and it deserves every word of praise it has received.


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