Jens Blog

For car parking, the ticket machine is on Hickmott Road, nearest to Ecclesall road. Press the green button to get 20 mins free parking, or pay to stay longer. As the covid-19 saying goes:

"Stay alert - avoid a fine!"

OPEN - Tuesday 23rd November 11am - 4pm 

OPEN - Wednesday 24th November 11am  - 4pm

OPEN - Thursday 25th November 11am - 4pm

OPEN - Friday 26th November 11am - 4pm

OPEN - Saturday 27th November 11am - 4pm 

CLOSED - Sundays 

CLOSED - Mondays

Friday 26th November 2021

Got some new 35mm analogue films in stock: Kodak Porta 800 ISO,  and Kodak Ektar 100 ISO films.

In the 3 years we've been on Hickmott road, I have resisted walking 2 minutes down the road to get a bag of chips from the 'Two Steps' chippy. But it's so cold in here I am craving some comfort food. Time to put the 'Back In 5 Mins' sign on the door, hmmmm....?

Later: wonder how many calories there were in the sausage, bacon and egg sandwich from 'Roneys' butchers I just scoffed.. burp.. very satisfying though!

Saturday 20th November 2021

Our passport service is open 11.15am - 3.45pm, Tue-Saturday. NOTE: This is NOT a guaranteed service. In the (very very occasional) event of your photos being rejected by the Passport Office or Post Office, we will re-check them, and if they are not up to specification, we will re-take them at no extra charge. If you need an absolute guarantee due to appointments at embassies etc, then you may need a professional photographer to do this for you, who guarantees their photos will pass, and who usually charge substantially more.  I have been told by various customers that their embassy did have facilities to take photos in case a customers photos were not suitable. Best to check your embassy/passport office before you travel! 

Using our passport camera, we avoid pesky shadows etc which you can get when trying to do your photos yourself on your smartphone at home.

NB: we do NOT provide digital application PHOTO CODES!

Just in! A pair of used Opticron BGA 10X magnification monocular. £159.99 new. This pair is less than a year old so comes with almost full warranty. We are selling them for £119.00.


Tuesday 16th October 2021

Sadly, the family hamster, Crumbles, died over the weekend. The Boss kindly made her an eco-friendly coffin, and the burial was last night.

crumbs sad 

Saturday 13th November 2021

Kodak Gold 200 ISO 36 exposure 35mm analogue films are back in stock - £19.99 for a triple pack of three, or £6.99 for a single roll. Dated 10/2023. Yay.

Also, we now have Kodak Portra 160 ISO and 400 ISO films in 120mm in stock. 160 speed is £10.99 a roll, and Portra 400 ISO is £11.79 a roll.

When we book 35mm films in for processing, we often get left the empty cannisters. We collect them for people who want them for lots of different uses (eg: keeping seeds in; spices and herbs when travelling/camping etc). So if you need any, call in and grab some off us.


A friend has been clearing his dads estate, and has passed on to me a few cameras of his dads, including an Olympus XA2 with A11 flashgun, in immaculate condition and fully working. I'm going to run a colour film through it - watch this space! It's a lovely little camera.


Tuesday 9th November 2021

Nearly screamed when a Christmas song came on in the gym this morning; fortunatly it was a rather long advert not the full song.

We are now offering a professional film processing service for 35mm colour, slides and black and white films.  This  professional service is ideal for weddings, studio portraiture and glamour photography or where flesh tones and colour consistency are paramount. This service is specifically recommended for all professional and specialist C41 process films. All prints are individually assessed and then corrected to produce optimum results. Prints are available on gloss or satin matt paper surface. Available print sizes are: 6"x4", 7.5"x7, 6"x9", and 12"x8".

Wednesday 3rd November 2021

With 35mm film being in such short supply, we are having to limit one roll only on some film purchases such as Kodak ColorPlus, to be fair to our customers who rely on us for supply.

We can't emphasize enough the importance of the quality of 35mm analogue film developing. Which is why we use 'Peak Imaging', whom we have an account with. It should be cheaper accessing them through us, than posting them off yourself (as they charge £4.50 delivery). The problem with cheaper in-house processors is that it can result in inconsistency of quality, negs scratched, poor printing with haphazard results. Often people blame their camera, or poor film, when cheap processing is the culprit. Believe us, we know, having been doing this for over 35 years! You DO get what you pay for. Our service is not the cheapest but if you want consistently brilliant results, here we are!

Saturday 30th October 2021

A few customers have recently been quite angry with me, demanding a digital passport photo on the days that I work (Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesdays), when our website clearly states that this service is only available on Thursdays and Fridays. I only give you a set of physical photos, which you can use to photograph with your mobile phone, or even better, use a scanner to acheive a digital version of them. Most people have been able to upload them and get them accepted when applying online for a new passport. Or John will do it for you on Thursdays and Fridays.

I will take it as a 'positive' that things must be getting more back to normal as we are getting more grumpy, impatient and demanding customers again! 


Tuesday 26th October 2021

Watched: "Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle stop Cafe" with my 10 year old last night. He was driving me bonkers; fidgeting around, talking and being hugely disruptive until the last 15 minutes - then he was totally captivated by it. At the end he said: "Wow what an amazing film mum!". Annoyed, I asked why he had been so disruptive through most of it then? He replied that the picture on the front of the DVD cover looked boring so he had behaved as though it was a rubbish film. He then wisely announced: "Now I know not to judge a book by its cover mum". We will be re-watching it soon so he can see all the stuff he missed first time round, hopefully quietly next time. Kids. You gotta laugh!


Saturday 23rd October 2021

We have a new loupe/viewing aid in stock. The Opticron The Opticron 57107 Pocket folding inspection magnifier is suitable for close up inspection of plants & insects as well as reading a variety of small print documents.

Manufactured using a 3 element fully coated glass lens for optimum resolution and colour correction, the model features 6 LED lights for effective illumination in low light.
An additional UV light source provides the ability to view fluorescent properties in stamps, banknotes, flora and fauna. £29.99.

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Calling all fans of Polaroid instant cameras - this would make a fab Christmas pressy! £31.99. In stock.


Restocked some phto frames in anticipation of a rush of people wanting to give a framed photo as a gift at Christmas:


Saturday 16th October 2021

What to do on a quiet Saturday at work? Ring my son and take a load of 'Messenger' photos!


Tuesday 12th October 2021

Coming into stock this Thursday, the new 'Dick Smith' large DSLR camera bag. Big enough for a DSLR body with a couple of lenses and room for extra gadgets. Dimensions (internal) are: 22.5cm x 12cm x 20.5cm

 Affordable at £38.99, and less boring than the average camera bag, it would make someone an excellent Xmas pressy. Oh dear, I mentioned the 'X' word eek sorry!!


Saturday 9th October 2021

We have a new DSLR bag in stock, to fit a DSLR small to meduim sixed DSLR camera, also suitable for micro 4/3rds cameras. Made by Dick Smith, it is £24.99. No appropriate emojis.. titter...


Wednesday 6th October 2021

You can drop 35mm/120mm analogue films off for developing, any time Tuesdays -Saturdays, 11am - 4pm. However, if you need help and advice on any aspect of 35mm film photography/questions about your 35mm or medium format camera and equipment/darkroom problems etc, then it's best to come in on a Thursday or Friday and pick boss Johns' brains. With over 35 years experience with film cameras and darkroom printing, they are very knowledgeable brains indeed! He is very happy to help anyone with his experience, so don't be shy to ask him questions!

Wednesday 29th September 2021

The shop will have to close at 3pm today, as my son is returning from a 3 day school residential trip to an adventure centre. Dreading the pile of wet muddy clothes I will have to deal with tonight! Hope this doesn't cause any problems for anyone.

Friday 24th September 2021

Kodak have brought out a new film in the UK, Pro Image 100 ISO 36 exposures, at £6.99. It's a budget version of their more expensive Portra film.
It's the most affordable 35mm within the Pro range, this film delivers great colours and is forgiving on underexposure.

Kodak Pro Image 100 35mm film is particularly resistant to heat and humidity, which makes it the perfect film to take on adventurous trips.

We have a new addition to our range of reusable 35mm cameras, the Ilford Sprite 35-11, at £38.99.


Saturday 18th September

I love crisps. I mean, I REALY love crisps. But I do not love the packet of Walkers 'Chicken Burrito' crisps I opened this morning. As I don't like burritos, I don't know why I was surprised/disappointed to find I don't like burrito flavoured crisps either, DOH! A senior moment I suspect.

Tuesday 14th September 2021

Sold out of Opticron 'Aurora' 10X42 and 8X42's binoculars again, and waiting for some new pairs, which should be with us the week commencing 20th September. They are currently  proving to be one of our most popular models, with the Traveller ED 8x32 and 10x32's flying out closely behing them!

Had a cracking day in Bridlington on Saturday: 22 degrees and sunny all day, how lucky were we? Good job I took bottles of mineral water and a bowl for Bear Dog, as he got very hot and thirsty, racing over the sand chasing his tennis ball.


Wednesday 8th September 2021

Closing half an hour early today, because I've got an early  BBQ to go to, and because quite frankly, who wants to be in a scorching hot shop when you can be in shorts eating BBQ food that someone else is cooking?! 

As I'm chuffing off to Bridlington on Saturday for the day, the Canadian passport service won't be available on Saturday this week, but I can do them today up until 3.15pm.

Kodak Fun Saver 800asa 35mm disposable cameras are back in stock. At £12.90, with 36 exposures and built in flash, they are realy good value for money.


Friday 3rd September 2021

Great news for our 'Troop London' bag fans - we've had a big delivery of a new range of bags, all at discounts between 5% and 20% off their £RRP's.

Pop in and have a mooch... Here's a few of them:


Thursday 19th  August 2021

Me and my !0 year old son have had a few cheap day trips to Bridlington and Cleethorpes this last few weeks, when it's only around £22 in total for us both, booking single journeys with a Railcard, it's a no-brainer that it's LOADS cheaper than staying in a B+B or hotel.

BUT, I would pass on this advice, which came at our personal price - Don't take the table seat opposite the toilet, even if it is the only table seat available on the whole train. Why? Not for obvious possible smell issues, but because when we sat there for 2 hours, virtually every passenger who visited the toilet gave us a running commentary afterwards about it's diminishing levels of cleanliness! In the end I got the train woman to lock the flippin' toilet 'cos we were sick of having complaints thrown at us!

Saturday 14th August 2021

I am clearly not a well-travelled passenger when it comes to getting a train. A trip to Cleethorpes yesterday nearly ended in tears, but my son saved the day when he piped up with: "Mum, why does it say Leeds on the display inside the train?". I shrieked, grabbed him, and ran to the doors, and we got out in the last few seconds before the doors were locked and it pootled off to Leeds! Our train had been delayed 20 minutes, and I'd just assumed the next one must be ours, doh.

Son     VR

Thursday 5th August 2021

Some new items have arrived in the shop:

The Carson GN-88

It is a 4.3" 2x magnification helping hand lighted craft magnifier, £22.99.

It is a handheld or handsfree, fully adjustable soldering and craft Magnifier.
It has dual built-in LED lights that lets you see all the details. Its large acrylic 2x power lens provides sharp, crystal-clear images.


The fully adjustable clamps holds items and almost any necessary angle. The HelpingHands Magnifier features a rim-free design so your view is not obstructed. Ideal for hobbies, model building and small electronics.

Carson 10.75" X 8.25" flat page magnifier


The DM-11, MagniSheet is a 2x power full page, flexible, Fresnel magnifier within a black bordered frame. It is very lightweight and thin which makes it easy to transport.

To use, simply hold the MagniSheet approximately 4 inches above your subject. This 2x power full size page magnifier is a great low vision reading aide for books, newspapers, magazines, maps, inspection and for other hobbies, crafts and tasks. £4.99

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

You know how Facebook has a habit of throwing up random anniversary memories from your past posts? Well yesterdays was:

8 years ago on 30th July was my sons first wee in a potty!


Tuesday 13th July 2021

Grabbed a clean black t-shirt from the wardrobe this morning to wear at work, but when I got to work I was embarrassed to find that I must have washed it along with a tissue or something in the washing machine, and it is covered in tiny white hairs eek!!

My son stayed up until 11.15pm on Sunday night to watch the Euro finals with me. During which he spent most of it watching 'Youtube' on my phone, then declared that the England team are rubbish. And was dumfounded when I cried when we lost the match. Remind me NOT to invite him to watch the World Cup next year. A career in football is not on the cards for him then eh?

New in today: USB flash drives available in 16GB, 32GB, 64Gb and 128GB sizes, new in stock (July 2021).

Ultra high speed data transfer, connects to your USB port for downloading and storing photos and documents etc. From £6.99 (16GB) to £19.99 (128GB).

Thursday 8th July 2021

Need a higher definition action camera? I've just put out the Nedis 4K UHD ultra high definition action camera, for sale at £56.99:


Tuesday 6th July 2021

New in stock today!


This action camera is  realy lightweight so you can attach it to nearly anything with the included mounts and you will hardly notice its presence. That is, until you watch your footage in razorsharp Full HD image quality. It will immerse you in the thrill of the moment, over and over again...

Having on-board Wi-Fi connectivity, this action camera allows for convenient control, right from your smartphone or tablet.

For full specs, see here.

Saturday 3rd July 2021

We've been asked more and more for filed lenses/loupes recently, due to the lockdown nations' increasing interest in all things nature. From £12.50 to £19.99, you can now call in and see a few.

57100  57102  57103  57519

Saturday 19th June 2021

A great pastime for when the kids are bored this summer - get them a 'National Geographic' metal detector at £34.99. It is surely worth the price of having a bit of peace and quiet whilst they're out there hunting for treasure! They may even pick up that ring you lost years ago in the garden...Now in stock in the shop.


Adjustable in length from 65 cm to 83 cm

Search coil can be angled
Acoustic signal shows metal finds
Additional light signal (LED lamp in the handle)
Clip-on LED Torch
Powered by battery (metal detector: 1 x Alkaline battery* (9 V); LED lamp: 3 x AAA batteries)

Weve also got a new pocket microscipe in stock: the Carson MM-300, at £14.99.

The MM-300, MicroBrite Plus™ is a powerful 60-120x power pocket microscope with an extremely lightweight and portable design.

mm30  m30

This pocket microscope features a built-in LED light that provides a bright, clear image. The MicroBrite Plus™ fits easily in your pocket so you can bring it with you anywhere.

Saturday 6th June 2021

During all 3 lockdowns, I got into the habit of not wearing any jewellry every day. So I was shocked to discover today, whilst getting ready to come into work, that one of my ear piercing has 'healed' itself and I can't get an earing into it, sob!

I'm here till 4pm today, for all your needs (well not all, oops lol)...

Tuesday 18th May 2021

Made a 'schoolgirl' error in the gym this morning - got showered off after my workout, then dried off etc - reached for my aerosol deodorant, and gave my armpit a big squirt. But it wasn't deodorant, it was 'Imperial Leather' shower foam! Eek, back in the shower again, bah. And just to add insult to injury, when I got to the shop, I found that a 'mouse' had eaten my cheese that was in the shops fridge, so then I had to go back out to the local Sainsburies to replace it, in order to have my post-gym cheese and crackers. It should be a sackable offence, stealing cheese off the staff!

Saturday 15th May 2021

Parking around here is an absolute nightmare at the moment, although on Hickmott road the parking bays have a maximum of 2 hours stay, so there are quite often parking spaces free. Press the green button to get 20 minutes of free parking, or pay to stay up to 2 hours. The pay station is very near to the junction with Ecclesall road.

Otherwise, I suggest that you maybe park in the car park in Berkeley precinct on Ecclesall road. But beware that you stick to its rules, or else face a parking fine - you can park for one hour free of charge, but if you think you will take longer, pay at the parking station when you enter the car park, to stay for up to 2 hours. It also has a 'no returns' rule of about 8 hours.

NB: You CANNOT park for one hour for free, and then decide to stay longer and then register your car - it has to be done as soon as you enter the car park!

Wednesday 12th May 2021

Some new stock arrived today, including:

A kids spotting scope, made by National Geographic, at £19.99:


Tuesday 4th May 2021

We have 2 new Opticron monociulars in stock - the Oregon PC 8X42 (8X magnification)., and the same in10X42(10X magnification).They are nitrogen-filled and  waterproof, delivering premium optical performance in compact well-made and highly durable bodies. Designed with an external focuser for easy single handed operation with or without gloves on, these field monoculars are perfectly suited all types of daytime wildlife observation and outdoor sports activities. £89.99 for the 8X, £94.99 for the 10X.





New in stock! National Geographic kids binoculars: These 6X-magnification children's binoculars make a perfect exploration companion thanks to their sturdy design and handy size. £23.99


New in today: National Geographic walkie-talkies £36.99:


 A 2 piece set with a large range up to 6 km and free hand mode. Powerful, handy and lightweight!

We have some super fast micro-sdxc cards in now: AgfaPhoto 128GB - Class 30 - UHS speed class 3 - £23.99


Tuesday 27th April 2021

To add to our collection of weird fruit and veg, here's the latest find in Aldi!

rude1  Add your own caption lol!

Tuesday 20th April 2021

Today is my first day back at work since December! I've been a bit of a nervous wreck to be honest - having spoken to my other local shop workers, they too report that they found it very anxious coming back after this lockdown. 

My bosses idea of a joke: What a wind-up merchant!


Bizarrely, remember the 2020 covid toilet roll panic buying? Well I've just run out of the March 2020 stock, almost a year to the day that I stock piled it!

Wednesay 3rd February 2021

What a rollercoaster of a day yesterday: Not only was the home schooling more 'challenging' than usual, but later on the day found me crying into my stir- fry over Captain Sir Toms' death by covid. 

'Kevin the Carrot', found in a bag of Aldi-purchased carrots, is going a bit rubbery and looking the worse for wear. We will miss him dreadfully, having watched him gracefully decompose over the last 3 weeks. Any non-Aldi shoppers will be baffled by this blog entry LOL.

kev    "Ooo, I need a wee!"

This would make a great gift for any child or adult: small enough to take everywhere with you, and not too expensive incase it gets lost or damaged by small hands! The MM-280O (Orange) MicroMini™ is a 20x, LED lighted pocket microscope that is always at the ready! It is compact, portable and easy to use. It is so small it can fit in the palm of your hand. Clip on to any hand bag or backpack using the attached key chain. Now you can explore anything…anywhere! View fabric, flowers, foliage, printing pixels and more all up close! View the hidden objects in currency with the included UV light. Uses 3 G12 Batteries (included). £7.99 in store..


Need a bit more magnification than the usual 10X magnification loupe/stand? Then this Carson magnifier gives you 17.5X magnification.

It  helps you examine small objects such as negatives, coins, rocks and stamps. The clear acrylic base uses ambient light to illuminate your subject. The focusable dual lenses allow you to see the fine detail on objects not visible to the naked eye.


We have expanded our range of disposable cameras to include Kodak 'FunSavers', which have 36 exposures coming with 800asa film inside - making realy rich colours and great for inside or outside photography. £12.90..



The Carson Pro CP-60 MagniVisor Deluxe from their PRO Series is a hands free, head-worn magnifier with 4 different lenses; 1.5x, 2x, 2.5x and 3x .

Available to buy instore for £32.99
It comes with an adjustable headband, fully adjustable head strap, and super-bright Triple LED light.
The removable LED lamp can be used as a free standing light source. The MagniVisor Deluxe magnifier is perfect for all hobbies and crafts! It is the perfect low vision aid.
head visor

As of 5th January 2021, we regret that due to the 3rd Covid-19 'National Lockdown', as a non-essential shop we have to close untill Boris Johnson allows us to open again. Keep safe folk, we will miss you!


Remember my sons' promise to always clean out Crumbles' hamster cage? Found this a few days ago! Ha, knew that promise wouldn't last long....


Saturday 19th December 2020

New stock arrived yesterday, which cold make some great stocking fillers. For example:

'National Geographic' compass, £8.99


New model in stock (December 2020) - Opticron Adventurer 2 WP 8X32 binocular, at only £75.00. Great for people wanting a smaller, lighter weight bino! 


We've got a great Christmas idea for a blogger/photographer: the Velbon UT-3AR VLogging outfit. A versatile tripod kit for modern travellers, consisting of the ultra-compact Velbon UT-3AR tripod, a universal smartphone/GoPro tripod adapter and a Tamrac Jazz 45 bag to hold your camera gear. For more specifications, see here.

RRP is £131.99, but we are selling it at only £69.99!!


Thursday 26th November 2020

Bear dog enjoyed his birthday yesterday, although he was miffed that the humans didn't let him eat the cake!


But as he had to have a tooth removed recently, sugar is definatly OFF the menu! He did get a chicken drumstick though, and was happy with that!

Tuesday 17th November 2020


Saturday 31st October 2020

Only £3.99 for a Summit SD and Micro SD memory card holder.  

They have an impact resistant hard shell, and hold 4x SD Cards and 4 Micro SD cards. We have them in four colours - grey, light green, yellow, and red, in lovely pastel shades. Each case has a quick release hanging hook.

sd summit

Tuesday 8th September 2020


Saturday31st July

My son painted me a slate heart to proudly display in my covid-19 succesfull garden project. Awwww!


Saturday 4th July 2020

I'm BACK!!!!


My first days work since lockdown. I'm here until 3pm today, then John will be in the shop on Tuesday and Thursday 11am until 4pm.

Please pop your head in the door and say hello if you' are passing by!

Monday 30th March 2020

My son made me laugh yesterday when he said: "Mummy, I hope that the animal which infected the first person in China has been shot!". I said I was sure it would be dead by now, so my son then had an imaginary rant at the dead animal: "I hate you! Look what you've done to the world you stupid animal!" I replied for the animal:"Oops, sorry everyone! Left a bit of a mess behind me..."

Saturday 21st March 2020

We are aware, from our Chinese friends in this country, that they have been subjected to hate comments due to coronovirus. We find this abhorrent! We wish to assure every Chinese visitor to our shop that they are totally welcome and to have no fear in our shop!

Saturday 14th March 2020

Managed to park my car outside work today...

jens car

Friday 28th February 2020

Both me and John  have worked in this shop for between 29 and 35 years! So we both have first-hand skills and knowledge from our years of helping people with their film cameras, developing and printing etc.

Please call in for the simplest of problems and help- from putting a film in your camera for you; taking it out at the end so that the film isn't damaged if you are unsure how to do it; for advice on camera settings; or booking your film in for processing etc.


Old photo needing restoration? Ripped, damaged? NO problem! Drop it off at Sheffield Photo, 18 Hickmott Rd S11 8QF. From £4.00, and takes approx. 5 days!


Friday 31st January 2020

Totally creeped out by this mouse mask my son made, complete with moveable eyes!


Saturday 11th January 2020

Stand still in certain areas of Sheffields' 'Botnical Gardens', S11, and this is what may happen!


Saturday 23rd November 2019

Please have a look at my Instagram  photos!



I've been told that we have the best (and sometimes only) collection of monoculars to view and purchase. Available in 8X and 10X magnifications. From £42 to £149.


We are stockists for a big range of Swarovski and Opticron optics. From £42 to £1850! That should cover most peoples needs lol!

Saturday 16th November 2019

Our film processing service has realy taking off recently. The result of great prices for a top quality professional-quality service, and great prices on 35mm film in the shop. Though you may get cheaper film dev prices locally, if you want a consistantly brilliant developing service, use us.. you do get what you pay for! Drop a film off and it is returned to us betweeen 5 and 7 days later. Done by a professional laboratory who collect from us, and deliver back. So no fears of films being lost in the post!

We also handle Holga, Lomo, Dianna films etc! Plus 120mm rolls, E6 slide film processing etc.

Due to popular demand, we are now offering a service to print out your documents onto A4 general use, smooth white printer paper.

Document can be brought into us on a USB (virus checked) stick, or emailed to us at:
First sheet costs 0.45p, and any extra sheets charged at 0.20p a sheet. Double sided not done.
Suitable for: Returns labels for online purchases; CV's; letters; any other general printing requirements!


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