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Yongnuo 35mm Prime Lens – A Review

Wow, I thought, when researching to buy a 35mm prime for my Canon 70D / Black Magic Ursa 4K. Wow – it’s cheap! Cheap as chips. Bargin. £76.62 of your Earth pennies. Much much MUCH cheaper than any Canon equivalent! Could it really BE that bad? What could possibly go wrong?

Er. Well. It broke. Pretty quickly. But worse, it locked itself to the body of my Canon 70D (thankfully, not the body of the Black Magic Ursa!). Something broke internally and the Yongnuo, in its death throes, decided to take my Canon with it.

Now, I’m not a camera expert, but have been using Nikon and Canon lenses for ooooh about 16 years. I’ve never had one break on me before. Which is probably why this Yongnuo YN35mm F2 lens was a banana. Well, it was certainly a monkey. I certainly had to use my monkey skills to get the damned thing from my Canon. That was a tense moment…..

I tried to get a return number from Amazon, but as usual, Amazon’s labyrinthine menu system and desire to not give you a refund soon revealed I was past some kind of three month return period. Bottom. Thanks Amazon. You’re just great.

So, I thought, easy! Go to the horse’s mouth. Yongnuo!

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I emailed them three months ago. Still no response. I said if they didn’t respond, I might just write a little review about their candle holder, cough, lens. And it’s lack of build quality. And it’s desire to bork any camera body it’s attached to. But no. They declined to comment. Actually, that’s not true, they didn’t decline to comment – they simply ignored me. So much for customer care and warranty periods!

So, comrades, if you want to purchase a rubbish lens with the build quality of a cheap Chinese plastic  toy, go for it. And you, too, could be the proud owner of a rather swanky and, I have to say, sexily unique candle holder.

Score: 0/5

And so, between teaching, doing copy-edits (on my next two books), working on my PhD and dealing with idiots and psychos, suddenly my next book is released! And here it is – Return of Souls – the second volume in my Song for No Man’s Land novella trilogy for TOR in the US. This is one of my favourites, and I hope you enjoy!!!

You can read an excerpt here:

Return of Souls

And buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Return-Souls-Song-Mans-Land/dp/0765390248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466001136&sr=8-1&keywords=return+of+souls

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FREE FREE FREE! Amazing composer Digital Front was so inspired by Andy Remic’s recent World War I dark fantasy novella, A Song For No Man’s Land, that he decided to create an accompanying soundtrack which can be yours, for FREE. If you pootle on down to www.digital-front.com you’ll be able to listen to the soundtrack, and in fact download your very own copy to put on the music player of your choice. Not only that, but Digital Front has also created a second, more ethereal version of the soundtrack which can be found at www.soundcloud.com/digital_front. AND he’s also created a 15 minute ambient backdrop which can be listened to when reading the book! Wow! And all that for FREE! (Did I mention it was free?).

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When pushed to explain this madness, Digital Front proclaimed, “The bleak and gritty terror of fighting on the Front in the First World War, with dark otherworldly beings, beautifully evocative cover art and Remic’s rock solid writing, couldn’t help but inspire me to put music to this unique and compelling tale of dark fantasy and horror played out against the backdrop of one of history’s blackest moments.”

Here’s a poster to advertise the tracks, with that sublime artwork by Jeffrey Alan Love.

Cheers!

Andy Rem.

LATEST NEWS:

My recent novel The Dragon Engine is currently being offered in a NOOK “First In Series” promo sale for only $2.99 until the 18th January…… Bargin! Cheap as chips!! etc etc. Head over to Angry Robot for more….
AND:
First review in for my new TOR novella, A Song For No Man’s Land………….. out 9th February🙂
 

“Remic has come up with an original take on war fiction… A Song for No Man’s Land is a really interesting start to a new series… and ends on quite a tantalizing moment. Recommended.” – Civilian Reader.

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