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Jens Blog

 Sheffield City Council traffic wardens are now back out on the streets. 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!"

Saturday 8th August 2020

I'm at work today from 11am until 3pm. Going to be rather hot in the shop I suspect! Thank goodness the boss bought the shop a Dyson air cooler - they are brilliant, they work realy well.

Had a lovely time meeting my sons friend and parents at 'Padley Gorge' a few days ago. What could go wrong? They were paddling around in the stream for ages, and then they went out of sight for ten minutes... then we heard screeches of laughter: The boys had managed to find a bog, and were rolling in it! Plus one of my sons 'Crock' shoes got lost forever in the bog, and we had 2 stinky muddy boys to deal with. #BoysWillBeBoys.

We have a new family member! 'Crumbles' (nickname 'Crumbelina'), a dwarf Russian female hamster:

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My son has promised to always clean her out... wonder how long that promise will last?! Ever since I gave birth to my son, I've been cleaned out (of money, sigh..)!

Tuesday 4th August 2020

Me and my son decided to participate in the governments: "Eat out to help out". At MacDonalds. It should be: "Eat out to bloat out". Imagine if we took advantage of it every day?? It's a super generous offer, but if abused will lead to even worse obesity problems!

Saturday31st July

Open today until 4pm!

New film stock: We now have rolls of 35mm Kodak Ektar colour 100asa 36 films (£9.30), and Kodak Ultramax colour 400asa 36 exposure films (£7.50) in stock.

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

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NEW IN STOCK - Nedis LED Photo Studio Kit

60 x 60 cm 6500K  £58.99

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This photo studio is perfectly suitable to take with you and can be stored in a carrying bag. In just a few seconds, the studio is ready for shooting. The light level can be adjusted by placing the standard closer to or further away from the studio. Includes a stand to assemble your camera and several backlight colours.

Saturday 18th July

Since re-opening the shop in June, we are now back to the usual film developing collections and drop-off times.

Films are ready to collect between 4-7 days, depending when you drop it off.

Films can be booked into the shop on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, 11am until 4pm.

If these times of opening don't suit you, you can drop the film into our letterbox anytime, with the correct money.
Contact us if you are not sure how much it will be:
j-darwin@btconnect.com

New in shop - Nedis Wi-Fi plug! £17.99

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Saturday 4th July 2020

I'm BACK!!!!

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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!

Saturday 27th June 2020

Chuffed to bits to blag the very first hair cut appointment  for my son at the excellent 'Guiseppes' mens hairdresser on Hickmott road - 9am on July 4th!

Friday 19th June 2020

Went for a mooch around the city centre yesterday. One thing stood out as something you wouldn't normally ever see pre-covid: A shop keeper closing her stall down, crying. 

Please read below, and be kind as our local businesses re-open ...

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Saturday 13th June 2020

We can assure you that from Monday 15th June, our shop premises will be covid-secure. Please wear a face mask in our shop.
The shop will be closed occasionally within shop hours, to do a deep clean. Please accept that this is a necessary step, so please be patient if you find a "Back in 20 minutes" sign on the shop door. It will be because we are cleaning the shop.
If this is the case, I suggest you grab yourself a coffee from Natalie in 'The Delightful Touch' (2 doors down from us), and cross the road and sit in the lovely little garden area by Whycliff church, and chill! There is a vegetable patch there where you can pick a veggie and take home with you. Currently they have some Pak-Choy ready for picking.
Or visit 'Roneys' butcher and buy some sausages that actually have real meat in them (apologies to vegans and vegetarians).
Lots of the lovely shops on Sharrowvale road will be open too, desperate for customers to start mooching around (as far as you can within lockdown rules). 

Saturday 23rd  May 2020

 You can now buy various 35mm films off our Ebay shop, as well as other items!

 EG: Ilford HP5 400asa black+white, Kodak Tri-x 400asa black +white, Kodak Portra colour 160asa and Kodak Portra 400 asa. colour.

If there is something on our website that you wish to buy, but it isn't  in our Ebay shop, contact John at 

j-darwin@btconnect.com

and ask if he can add the product into the Ebay shop so you can purchase it.

Friday 22nd May 2020

Found some seeds in the back of my drawer, that I intended to sow last march, but couldn't find them.
Have sown them, but doubt they will live up to their name, 'Dinosaur Gourds'. Planting this late, they'll end up as 'Mouse Gourds', (if I'm lucky)! 

Friday 15th May 2020

Have modified a poster from the 'Daily Mail' a few days ago. I think my message is much clearer than Boris Johnson's.... Knew I should have gone into politics ha! Now on display in my lounge window. Should raise a smile... 

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Monday 11th May 2020

There was 'Life Before Lockdown' (LBL), 'Life During Lockdown' (LDL),and there will be 'Life After Lockdown' (LAL). So, to add to my list of differences between LBL and LDL, are our observations in Endcliffe Park: Having spent many hours and years in the park, since LDL it seems the park is suddenly full of weirdos! We now see a big attendance of people who would never normally go for a walk in the park. Leon likes his game of 'Spot the weirdo', a new LDL pastime!

Sunday 3rd May 2020

Sometimes I get a real craving for bacon. Today was one of those days. I knew I had some in the fridge, so I dug it out from my cramped fridge, started preparing the baked beans and eggs, ready for an English breakfast. I was drooling harder than a 'Pavlov' dog at the thought if it!
The next thing that happened would never have happened pre-covid: I glanced at the bacon, thinking it looks a funny colour, but the 'use by' was the 17th, so it must be ok. Then looked at the date again... 17th APRIL!! Approx. 15 days out of date. I could have cried. Hastily turned the brekky into beans and egg on toast.
So added to my list of covid-19 new unique experiences:
1. Fridge so rammed full due to irrational fear of running out of food.
2. Due to food being piled up in the fridge, you cant see whats at the bottom of the pile, like my bacon today, which results in finding fresh food weeks out of date 

Friday 1st May 2020

Time flies when you're (not) having fun! It's going by in a blur of exhaustion, exasperation, sometimes a bit of desperation thrown in - yes, you guessed right - home schooling. Don't know about you, but I'm having a 'mare. It's so stressfull it's a wonder I haven't torn my hair out.

Monday 21st April 2020

Whoops, a whole week has passed since my last entry, sorry, lost track of time.. again..

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My garden is a vast improvement from a month ago:

Saturday 11th April 2020

Starting to realy miss my local shop keepers and customers, and adult company.

Small things have made me smile though, like this, which Is on a post outside the 'Tesco' in Berkely Precinct:

And this was on my pavement this morning.. the sheer desperation of finding the kids something to do, lol!:

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Thursday 9th April 2020

How are we all doing in these testing times? I think our household is doing ok, the odd spat and irrate child at times, but mostly getting on great with the home schooling. Realy enjoyed sitting in the garden last night, watching the bats flying around, with my solar lights glowing in the dark.

Tuesday 7th April.. I think... lol!

Losing track of the days etc!

Spent a lot of time gardening, done major weeding job, and scattered a load of wild flower seeds yesterday.

Saturday 4th April 2020

So excited! Some of my sunflower seeds have started coming up!

Wednesday 1st April 2020

The shops Ebay account is still running, have a look: Ebay

Monday 30th March 2020

Oh the power of witholding gadgets! Got a good few hours of school work out of my son after the gadget ban, of decent quality too. He now has to do his school work every day or the gadgets remain locked away.

He 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..."

Thursday 26th March 2020

Gearing up for the start on home schooling, but feet up first in the garden.

A joke for you that I thought up this morning: "Why did the chicken cross the road"? "Because a group of people approaching him were not observing social distancing"! Sorry, my bad taste humor!

Wednesday 25th March 2020

8.00am: Sat in my 'office' preparing for day 2 of 'mummy school' - welcome to the world of home schooling a nine year old! Strange times indeed. I'm starting to appreciate how much work teachers do to prepare lessons in advance. This is my coronovirus temporary job description now! Suprisingly, boredom has not been a problem at all - I'm so busy the entire day, teaching, cooking, cleaning etc on my own, that there's been lttle time left for myself to get bored. 

So last night, whilst my son watched a dvd, I started the garden clean up. I was very fortunate to have gone to B+Q just before it closed, and bought a garden table which we can do chilling out on, homework , eating out etc. Plus I got us a swingball too, which my boy loves.

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Tuesday 24th March 2020

Having watched Boris Johnsons speach last night, we are sad to announce we have to suspend trading until further notice. However, the blog will  go on!

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!

Friday 20th March 2020

Sad days, when it comes to going: "yes!" when you find the last pack of sausages at 4pm!

Am suffering from panic buying envy! So I've put this in the shops window- it has brought many smiles and laughs.. but no panic buying into Sheffield Photo Centre!
#panicbuying

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As a lockdown approaches, I've decided to set myself a gardening project! Here's my garden right now: keep watching this page to watch my coronovirus garden transformation over the next 6 months:

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Thursday 19th March 2020

Gutted to be having to freeze my gym membership for 3 months, after putting in so much effort to lose weight, I bet it's all going to pile back on again during isolation grrrr!

If any of you have been putting off scanning all your old negatives and slides to digitize them, now is the ideal time to get it done whilst in isolation. If you dont have a scanner, we sell an Epson V370 photo, slide and negative scanner for £139.99. We have just 2 left, so don't leave it too late!

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Other ideas for surviving lockdowns: buy a pair of binoculars (from us, heehee), and take up bird watching!

Tuesday 17th March 2020

For me personally, looking into the next 6 months or so, I have bought lots of seeds and bulbs, because if i'm going to be stuck in my garden for weeks on end possibly, it IS going to be a damn fine and beautiful garden space! So stocked up from B+Q yesterday, especially with compost - can't grow seeds without that! In the furture if I can't blog on the shops 'stuff', this will become a temporary gardening/survival blog.

Saturday 14th March 2020

Common sense: please do not come into the shop if you have recently developed a cough, and/or you have a high temperature over 38 degrees.. thanks!

Managed to park my car outside work today...

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 Friday 13th March 2020

Nearly had a dicky fit this morning when a local shop keeper sneezed on me, even though he assured me it was an allergy sneeze and he didn't have coronovirus. A lady who had her passport photos done today told me that she suffers from an allergy at this time of year time, causing lots of sneezes: she had a sneeze attack in a supermarket yesterday and people were looking at her in horror and she was left wondering if she'd get lynched or thrown out, eek... what is the world coming too?! 

Had a 'Friday 13th' moment earlier when a bag stand suddenly fell over, scattering bags all over the shop floor. Unfortunatly it has sheared in two, so now its only 2 foot tall instead of four, and now I have a load of bags to find new places to live.. which in a 'cosy' shop like this is going to be a challenge!

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Just finished the first disinfection of the shop today! It's business as normal, open 10am untill 4.30pm.

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Ha ha, if only! Hic......

Seriously, for everyone worried about the Coronovirus shopping risk (just about everyone!), please note that we are disinfecting all door handles, card processing machine, passport chair, hard surfaces etc every day at least 3 times, to reduce the risk of contamination and spreading of coronovirus. And more often than 3 times if the shop gets busy. We also do not mind people coming in with their own disinfecting wipes and using them too!

Thursday  5th March 2020

Who would have thought a month ago that supermarkets here would be thinking of placing rations on toilet rolls etc? Coronovirus - scary times! Our shop is open as 'normal', except its never been so clean! The film developing service is still running, but I will keep everyone informed if/when this changes in the future.

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Just designed an A4 poster for 'The Delightfull Touch' cafe on Hickmott road, stating their new opening hours. In return for which Natalie made me a delicious coffee! I highly recommend this cafe as one of the best in the Sharrowvale area, and has great ambiance. Why not pop in after visiting our shop?  Natalie also makes the most mouth-watering cakes etc. Please note, the cafe is now closed on Tuesdays.

New stock: Nedis wifi Smart bulbs - £18.00; Take control of your lights with this Smart Bulb that connects directly to your wireless/Wi-Fi router to offer remote control as part of your home automation system. Easy to set up: You don’t need to be a technical genius or an electrician to control and automate your lighting remotely. All you actually need is your Wi-Fi router, our intuitive app and these Nedis® Wireless Smart Bulbs. No extra kit and no connecting hubs: this is home automation made simple.

During covid-9 lockdown, youcan buy these from our Ebay shop.

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Control the bulb’s brightness and colour. Connect them up and you can now control the brightness and the colour of these bulbs from your smartphone or tablet. And if you’re getting super smart you can even control them with your voice via Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Set up schedules and pair with other smart products Set up time schedules for the bulb to be switched on or create ambient scenes in an instant by pairing this bulb to other products from the Nedis®SmartLife range. Eco-friendly.

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.

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Wednesday 19th February 2020

Got all excited last Saturday when I received what I thought was a sligtly late Valentine card, but it turned out to be a 'Yugioh' card my son had ordered off Ebay!

Friday 14th February 2020

No Valentines cards for me then! Sniff..

Scared of getting your credit cards skimmed and money stolen? Keep them in this Nedis credit card RF protective sleeve: Prevents your personal data from being illegitimately copied without you even noticing! Always keep your credit cards, bank cards and other cards with electronic data in these RFID card protectors. This way, they are simply but effectively protected against skimming and electronic theft.  One sleeve can hold up to 3 cards. £3.99 for two sleeves.

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Tuesday 11th February 2020

Brrrr.. too cold to work today! Watching the sleet falling outside the shop, and huddled up miserable looking people walking past.

So decided to photograph all our current range of photo albums: here's a mini collage:

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Friday 7th February 2020

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).

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Just got in stock a pair of Nedis In-Ear Headphones, with TWS technology and voice control. Enjoy the ultimate freedom of wireless! These Nedis® Bluetooth® earphones put an end to tangling wires and irritating ear hooks or neckbands. The only thing you need to wear are these lightweight and wireless in-ear headphones. Including ear tips in 3 different sizes to ensure a perfect fit for every user. Great news if you can’t do without your music: the silicon Bluetooth earbuds stay in place during any activity, even with high impact sports such as running. Plus you’ll be surprised by the sound quality of such small-sized headphones. Thanks to powerful resonant chambers, they provide a deep bass and crisp mid and high tones. In addition, they block out ambient noise, delivering a truly immersive sound experience. And last but not least: they are compatible with Google Assistant and Siri so you can ask for road directions, online information and many other things; these headphones match perfectly with your smart life.

£61.99 in stock!

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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.

-     Dimensions: 2.0 x 2.0 x 1.8" (51 x 51 x 46 mm)

-      Weight: 1.4 oz (39.7 g)

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Tuesday 4th February 2020

Lovely warm sunshine peeping through the leaves in Endcliffe park, 8am!

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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!

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Saturday 1st February 2020

I love taking fun photos! Dogs, cats, aliens, toys.. you name it, we've photographed it! Call in any time Tuesday, Fridays or Saturdays, 10am until 4pm. Photos done by me, Jenny

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Friday 31st January 2020

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

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Saturday 11th January 2020

This is 'Kood' week in our shop! Had a delivery of various photographic accessories, including:

1. Kood small ball and socket head. Only £8.99! Ball and socket head with standard thread to fit lightweight cameras etc.

Weight: 100g:

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2. £5.99 for a Kood Minii Tipod Hand Grip:

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3. Kood Mini ball and socket head £6.99:

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4. Kood pocket camera clamp with mini ball and socket head £9.50:

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5. Kood large ball and socket head £18.99:

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6. Kood Lightweight 4 Section Monopod with Flip Platform, only £15.99!

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Saturday 4th January 2020

Happy New year everyone!

Got a few new great discounts going on on some Tamrac Jazz bags:

Tamrac shoulder bag 50 V2: RRP £43.99 - our price £23.99! Tamrac Jazz Sling 76 RRP £53.99 Our price £27.99!

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Saturday 14th December 2019

Deep joy! Have been thinking for ages that I'm fed up of not getting my digital prints printed out anymore, and there's so many to sort through that I keep putting it off more and more, so even less likely to get them printed! I used to have a film camera which I stopped using about 14 years ago. So I went rummaging through my bedroom cupboards, and found to my relief I didnt sell it or get rid of it - my Minolta Riva 125EX camera! Even more exciting, it's got a film in it, and has taken 4 pics so far, so I'm going to carry on using it over christmas, then get it developed here through the shop after Christmas. Ooo exciting! I'm definatly going back to using film now for most of my photos.

Watch this space, I will be keeping you informed on the use of the camera, picture quality etc!

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Wednesday 11th December 2019

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

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Saturday 23rd November 2019

Please have a look at my Instagram  photos!

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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.

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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 can 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!

Exampes of prices:

- Process only and put onto a CD for digital images £11.60

- Process only £7.99 (36)

- Process and print £10.50 (24) CD £4 extra

- Process and print £13.90 (36) CD £4 extra

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:
j-darwin@btconnect.com
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!

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

As we are selling more and more film, I've also expanded our range of disposable cameras: We now have Agfa LeBox black and white disposable cameras (10.99), Agfa LeBox waterproof disposable cameras (£9.99), as well as our standard Fuji Quicksnap disposables (£7.50). And of course we can develop them for you too (£10.50 for a set of 6"x4" prints).

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Interested in the local birds (the feathered variety I hasten to add)? You can now get a copy of local group 'Sheffield Bird Study Group' book report 2017 from our shop for £7.50 (£8.00 from them directly).

They would make a great present for anyone interested in the birds around Sheffield, including areas such as Rotherham, Chesterfield, Tideswell, Grenoside, Bamford, Great Longstone etc.

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The SBSG has been lucky enough to have a good number of local bird artists within its ranks over the years, and the Reports are thus illustrated almost entirely by local artists.  The ever expanding number of digital photographers ensure a ready supply of material for the Report as well for the website.

Saturday 21st September 2019

Have got Kodak Porta 400asa 36 exposure films back in stock, and Kodak Portra 160. Buy individually, £9.50 a roll(400asa) and £8.50 (160asa). Plus we can process it well too!

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Saturday 14th September 2019

Yesterday was Friday 13th AND a full moon! Anyone have any disasters yesterday? I attended the funeral of my old gym friend Terry yesterday, which was very sad, plus my son got a mystery high fever and spent all day off sick from school.. so guess that was not a good Friday 13th for us then!!

Tuedsay 10th September 2019

Our memory cards aren't the cheapest on the market - for a reason - they have long guarantees and get replaced if faults do (very rarely) crop up on them.

To date, we have:

1. Silicon Power 'Micro SDXC 16GB, 32GB and 64GB acrds, from £14.99 to £26.99.

2. Silicon Power SDHC 8GB, 16GB and 32GB class 10 cards, from ££12.99 to £15.99.

3. Silicon Power SDXC 64GB class 10 extended capacity cards - £19.99
Silicon Power SDXC 128GB class 10 extended capacity cards at £26.99.

4. Lexar PRO 128GB SDXC UHS-11 1000X speed 4K cards with up to 150MB's transfer, and 90MB's write speed, £45.99

5. Lexar PRO 128GB SDXC UHS-11 667X speed, up to 100MB/s, 4K, and up to 90MB's write speed. £35.99

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Saturday 7th September 2019

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Nothing like a good selfie with the family! Enough silliness, what are the shops' latest new products? We have the Carson MagniTouch touch-activated LED 3X magnifyng loupe on sale at £24.99. For more details, see: MagniTouch

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We are also now developing more and more films here: just drop off and collect 5-7 days later ( depending on when you drop it off).

#35mmphotography #darkroom #filmisnotdead #photographyeveryday @SheffLocal #shoplocal @socialshef

Tuesday 6th August 2019

My best friend Bex, who has four girls younger than my son, has just told me she has discovered her girls have got head lice...I'm scratching my head as to how they caught them (lol).. no, seriously, I'm now feeling itchy head and panicking.. have we caught them... noooo!!! Off to the chemist for me today then..

Tuesday 30th July 2019

Fantastic day out to 'Hatton Adventure World' last week! Realy recommend the falconry centre, where we got realy close up to seing an owl, and a falcon. My son was getting bored untill he saw the falcon eating a baby chick.. then all the little kids were totally fascinated eeeugh!

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Love the photo where it looks like the handler is telling off the falcon, and the falcon is hanging its head in shame!

 

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Tricky job, trying to get a selfie with your dog! Here's a few of my attempts!

#DoubleChinAlert

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(NB: We have the above models in 8X and 10X magnifications - the above only shows one of each model).

Tuesday 30th April 2019

When your dog scuppers a selfie...!

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