Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Nikon offer free MB-D10 Battery grip if you purchase a D700 before 31 July 2010

You are eligible for this promotion if you purchase a new Nikon D700 between 1st May 2010 and 31st July 2010.

For full terms and conditions please click here.

Please note this offer is only available for residents of the UK or Republic or Ireland.

You will need to complete an online form, providing your address and product details. Once you have submitted the form please print off your confirmation page and send it with the following items:
  • Proof of purchase in the form of a legible photocopy of the retail receipt or invoice bearing the product name AND date of purchase*
  • A photocopy of the Nikon Europe Service Warranty document once your name and address details have been completed
Please send your documents and claim form to the following address:

Nikon D700 Free MB-D10 Grip,
PO BOX 246,
GU34 9BL

If you have any queries regarding this offer or are unable to complete the online claim form please ring 01420 525 506.

All claims must be received by 31st August 2010.

Once your claim has been verified, your MB-D10 will be sent within 30 days to the address of the recipient listed on your claim form.

*Please note that original till receipts should not be sent in with your application as Nikon will not return the original documentation.

Visit to find out more details.

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Nikon offering cashback on D90 and Coolpix S8000 - last day (30th June)!

Nikon are offering UK customers £60 cashback on the D90 and £30 on the Coolpix S8000. You need to hurry as today is the last day though!

Recent photo shoot

Nikon D300.Image via Wikipedia
Recently, I was asked by a friend to take some photos of his band performing at a local fete. now, my current camera is a rather old Fuji 602z bridge type camera. Its a fairly capable camera and would have been satisfactory for the job in terms of the end result. However, when used at the highest quality setting it takes simply ages between shots to write to the CF memory card. What I really need is a decent DSLR but am currently unable to afford one. However, I am intending to take up freelance photography again (I used to earn a modest living working for the 'Professional Nurse' journal as a freelance some 20 years ago). In view of this, I have been debating which system to go with. I was a Canon user previously using the EOS600/620 bodies with Canon lenses and a Metz CT45 hammerhead flash. However, two friends have Nikon kits and so I have been borrowing these for various shoots.

So, for this shoot I borrowed a Nikon D80 along some Sigma lenses. I had used the kit previously, but since that first time, I had the opportunity to use my other friend's Nikon D300 kit with his Speedlight SB-900. Now, the D300 is, of course, the better camera. However, I was pleasantly surprised how similar it was in handling and performance. The main differences between the two are:

  • 12.3 MP, DX Format
  • 51 point focus system, 
  • 6.0/8.0 fps, 
  • 100 JPEG frames buffer, 
  • 3.0" 922,000 pixels LCD + Live View


  • 10.2 MP, DX Format
  • 11 point focus system, 
  • 3.0 fps, 
  • 23 JPEG frames buffer, 
  • 2.5" 230,000 pixel LCD
 I was very happy with the resulting images. Although at times the rain clouds came over (it was an outdoor event) and it even rained at times, the built-in flash provided enough fill-in to ensure a perfect exposure. Most of the time I just left the camera on Auto. The image above was taken at 48mm, f6.3 and 1/200s.

So, would I buy a Nikon or stick with Canon? well, I have yet to try out a recent Canon DSLR (my old film 600/620 bodies were sold year ago). I will probably hire a 550D or a 50D kit at some point for comparison. The attraction of going down the Nikon route is that if ever I needed to borrow an extra body or lens I know where I can easily get hold of one!
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Digital Photography For All

Rooftops on Fire 
Image by newbeltane via Flickr
Check my Hub on digital photography at

My Hub page will cover the basics of digital photography and is aimed mainly at novices or beginners. However, hopefully there will be plenty of material that will be helpful to anyone who insterested in digital photography.

Why not pop over there now and please do leave your comments. I am always interested in hearing from readers and in any comments you might have about the content or quality of the information. See you there!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sony expands DSLR range with A290 and A390

The affordable, easy to use new A290 DSLR

Smallest, lightest α DSLR with new grip design for positive, comfortable handling:

  1. 14.2 effective megapixel CCD sensor and BIONZ processor for crisp, highly detailed images
  2. HDMI output and BRAVIA Sync for easy photo viewing with superb quality
  3. Simple operation with Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide

The versatile, easy to use new A390 DSLR

Compact, stylish body with new grip design for positive comfortable handling

  1. 14.2 effective megapixel CCD sensor and BIONZ processor for crisp, highly detailed images
  2. Quick AF Live View with XXcm tilt-angle LCD for responsive live view shooting
  3. HDMI output and BRAVIA Sync for easy photo viewing with superb quality
  4. Simple operation with Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide
Both models are aimed at those buying a DSLR for the first time and so this is reflected in the specification and pricing. The intuitive Graphic Display will make it easy for novices to understand the relation between shutter speed and aperture, and predict the effect of any chosen exposure settings on the outcome of the final image. In addition, the Help Guide offers clear and simple explanations of the various camera functions, with a sample image to show the results can expect. There is also quick access to shooting and playback function menus via colourful on-screen icons.

Pricing in the UK is £397 for the A290 with 18 - 55mm kit lens and £447 for the A390 with the same lens. Kits are available, such as the A290 with twin lenses for £579 and the A390 for £629 with same two lenses (18 - 55mm and 55 - 200mm). prices quoted are from

Thursday, June 03, 2010

First sales on RedBubble!

 I have had my very first sales on RedBubble!

'Rose by any other name' can be bought as a postcard, poster or print (with or without frame) from RedBubble here.

'Bliss' can be bought similarly from here.

'Mountains of the Mind' can also be bought on RedBubble from here.

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