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Only recently i was in the market for a telephoto. And 75-300 and 55-250 were the only ones within my budget. By the look of things you get an extra 50mm ... translated to 80mm in a crop camera like my 500d... and you get it cheaper. While looking at both, the 75-300 even appears more rugged and smart. so why? yes!! IS (image stabiliztion). 55-250 comes with IS while 75-300 does not. Canon lenses are known (and rightly so) because of IS, and here we have one without it.
Even then I went out to the store and had a look and feel. And I got the answer immidiately. Even while holding your breath I got blurry pics at 300mm while sharp ones at 250mm (other things being constant). so dont waste the 13k, spend another 3k and get the 55-250 instead. I assure you that you wont be able to carry a tripod everywhere and besides 50mm beyond 250mm wont make much of a difference. Also the pic from the 55-250 are quite sharp (sharper than the kit lens and in league with the 50mm 1.8 pics).
You can get the pros and cons in most of the reviews. they are quite right and sufficient.
For the photographers on a budget ... or rather those who dont want to take it as a profession and dont have illgotten sums to just splurge around... this lens is the best affordable telephoto zoom lens.
At 250mm on a cropped sensor it goes to 250x1.6 i.e 400mm. that is ok! surely not enough for birding but fine for nice zoom shots.
you know... for a novice a telephoto means going into the subject till he is oohing and aahing!!
but that lasts for just a few days. telephoto in photography is more about composition and 250mm works just fine for that.
ok! i tend to use 18-55 more. maybe it is more "in the range" for city photography and in the room shots. but a 55-250 makes sense when you go visiting.
Also the last "within budget" lens ... the 50mm 1.8 is also recommented. These 3 are more than sufficient for all the photos you will most likely take. Add to that cheap (non automatic) extention tubes and screw up lens from delhi and you have just about everything.
so long and happy clicking!!
This highly readable books is divided into two parts a)beirut and b)Jerusaleum. Starting with beirut you get to know an indepth history and source of problems leading to the "paris of the middle east" being converted into a battleground. the narrative is unbiased and interesting. It does not read like dry impersonal text book and the reader tends to experience the place first hand through the eyes of friedman. How lucidly Friedman explains the inner conflict of ideologies in israel and the type of jews is simply worth it. I have read this book at the least two times. And may start again after writing this review. A very interesting book if you are even mildly interested in the history and present of the middle east. You sure wont be dissapointed.!!
I bought this one in may2011. And the price has remained quite constant...that is surprising. E5 is an excellent phone. gives you quite some value for your money. It has all the basic feature that an office going guy might need. Ok! i dont do much gaming and I dont go Oooh! and AAhhh! on the celeberity phone having a zillion features which I am anyway not going to use. And nor do i have to impress clients or girlfriends.
Apart from calling, texting and calender scheduling the features I use are
1)calender sync with microsoft outlook
2)as a modem when my broad band fails
3)checking email when I dont have my laptop or dont feel like setting it up.
4)picture/contact synchronization between my laptop and e5.
5)and at times the GPS
I would NOT recommend this phone to any person who supports spiky hair or tattered orange jeans. Nor would I recommend it to the flashy, smarty who has an habit of whhizzing out his smartphone like the protagonist of a wild wild west movie.
yeah! a person who is more interested in having a rugged.... all features working phone which is office friendly can rely on this set.
I bought this book around 10+ years back and it sparked in me an interest for the ever turbulent region of the middle east. However I might as well warn the reader ... this book does not read itself. If you work on the history and clear your understanding of what happened in history you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Dominique lapierre and Larry Collins have done an excellent work. It is an interesting, emotional and historically accurate read. This review has sparked my interest yet again... and I may reread it yet again ( i beleive i have read it 3 times). But i will get a new one. My old copy is not very posh... But then again i might read the old one only. I seem to have a particular attachment to it.
I have only just completed the 2nd chapter. My 2 cents:
1)A book on positional play/ strategy and planning.
2)if you are looking for tactics, openings or endgame you should look elsewhere
3)Silman recomments 1400-2100 rated players for this book. I would say 1700 and above. Players under 1700 I would say are more to gain by learning tactics as positional play/planning does not quite come into play when you tend to loose a pawn in a 2-3 move variation.
4)his theory of imbalances gives me a intitutional view of why my game never went above the 1900-2000 mark.
5)Now i see the light beyond the horizon. When after being stuck at a position you dont know what to do next. And end up pushing wood (plastic) and waiting for an error on your opponents part.
6)know the position. let the board talk to you and plans will develop accordingly.
nice book. recommended for players above 1700. ---- my opinion.
A superb book for the beginner to a 1800 player. Descriptive notation though. A little hard to read but really worth the effort.
I did not get this book from flipkart but from the traditional book store around 20 years back when i was a teenager and new into chess. It was among the very first of the classics and it made me really get into chess. Somehow i lost it and then bought a new one... that too around 15 years back.
It is definitely worth it. Euwe is an excellent teacher. The detail of annoations is amazing and really interesting to follow. you will learn a lot. And opening fundamentals!! I took up ruylopez after reading this book, and it has been a favourite ever since.
the games are basically master vs amateur types wherin euwe points out the subtle mistakes the amateur makes and how the master exploits them. But mind you, these mistakes are not blunders, not even 2-3 move miscalculations leading to loss of material. They are positional gliches which a 2000 rated player makes. But euwe explains them in detail and in an absolute lucid way.
Buy it. and see your game improve.... highly recomended.
If you can get only one book... this is a must.
Evans is a superb author. He has an excellent grasp of the economical, political, social and cultural context of germany from the late 19th century onwards. He writes quite lucidly on such a hard topic and you can literally feel the pre world war years in germany coming alive. A birds eye view! An era in a nutshell. If you call that tome a nutshell. And here is its fall! It simply requires too much of an effort from the reader. History buffs yes!! but laymen and general readers... no!! I bought this tome november 2010 but got through around half of it. Lost the thread/interest somewhere and dropped. Have lately lifted it again and have labourouly reached page 73. Lets see!! But mind you the english evans uses is terrific. He uses it with great dextrity. He can be articulate and precise. He deals with language as a mathematican... precisely!! and then he takes it up like a magician... beautifuly!!
if you are a history buff... get it. if you are a general reader interested in germany in general or in world war in particular... dont go near it... get "rise and fall of the third reich" by shirer instead (that too however requires quite an effort).
so it really is up to you. if you wont/cant spare the time/effort get a WWII coffee table book. And if you are even more casual buy a commando comic.
I have not yet finished the book. And i dont want to! I enjoy theroux's writing as he enjoys his journey. This is abook about Theroux starting out and travelling the globe in the footsteps of his earlier journey .... and that via trains. He visits more than a score countries and tells us about his experiences, his reminces and philosophical turnings.
Theroux is witty and wonderfully articulate... his snips and snaps are comical and ironic. He visits erstwhile ussr block countries and elaborates on with a bit of irony, a bit of tragedy and a bit of comedy about the little and great sunuffings put up by the common man ... and the mild and grave idiosyncracies of the dictator. Then going through india, srilanka etc he reaches singapore. Singapore is perhaps a place theroux hates and love at the same time. He elaborates in his own style on the clinical atmosphere of the city, how people there are robotized ... and then he goes deep into the night and roams about the red light area making fun and then showing the tragic. He appears concerned and then disgusted. He appears hopeful and then hopless. But never does he appeare bored.
Get it and enjoy the dry humor, the comic outburst, the sombre tragedy coated in irony and humour. All of stitched together and embroidered in interesting philosophy
wonderful!!! get it and enjoy the journey... forget the destination.
In dry text books of history you get literal facts, the corresponding insipid dates... and objective information. Data which is cold, forbearing and soon forgotten. Here Rutherford fills in the flesh amidst the dry bones of cold history. Babur crosses the hindu kush... what he feels and thinks, what problems his troops face... how cold and difficult is the journey. Interesting detail fills up the otherwise skippable factual detail. High emotion... the why and why not litter the landscape. So much so you end up feeling sorry for Babur when he reminces about his friends and family whom he has lost and the simple free life he once lived.
It could have been more detailed at the probable cost of becoming heavy… but the author maintains a excited read at the cost of a more beautific (and hence limited) read.
Rutherford maintains a balance between drama and fact... going into characters and happenings to an extent to make them interesting, but at the same time letting them remain credible.
A very nice book and a thrilling one, where every page is a turner. The narrative seldom if ever slacks and you would get a basic historical insight as a bonus.
I finished this one yesterday night and am expecting the next (brother in arms) by afternoon today. A nice touch of superb delivery by flipkart.