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Saturday 17th August 2019

Want to see how well/badly you skin is ageing? No, neither do I, BUT, this microscope pen is great for all other uses! 

Carson MP-300 MICROPEN™  RRP £9.99  £7.99 from us 
The MP-300, MicroPen™ is a pocket size 24x-53x microscope.

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The light weight and portable design make this miniature microscope perfect for industrial use or as a fun time project for children of all ages.

Whether searching out small insects, viewing a hair follicle, or the carpet on the living room floor, the MicroPen™ microscope will turn your home, backyard or classroom in to a fun-filled jungle of exploration and learning.

It is for use directly on the object for added stability and ease of focusing for our eager young explorers. The MicroPen™ features a built-in LED light that provides a crystal-clear image with easy to use focus and zoom adjustments.

The MicroPen™ features a built-in LED light that provides a crystal-clear image with easy to use focus and zoom adjustments.


Model Name: MicroPen™
Model Number: MP-300
Magnification: 24x-53x
Batteries: 3G3 Button Cell Batteries Included
Weight: 0.7 oz
Dimensions: 0.5" x 0.7" x 5.2"

Thursday 15th August 2019

You can't go on holiday without one of these! 

Now in stock in our shop: Agfa 'LeBox' disposable waterproof film camera £9.99
Loads of fun for holidays, water sports etc.
Waterproof down to 2M depth , plus we can develop it for you too after use.
It's a single-use camera containing one 27-exposure roll of ISO 400 speed 35mm film. 
Its compact design incorporates an auto-recharging flash, which has a range of 13.1' to help illuminate dimly lit scenes. It is ideal for use in everyday conditions, both outdoors and indoors.
For examples of images people have taken on one of these, see:
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Tuesday 13th August 2019

For you bird lovers, we have put in stock a Nedis wildlife camera:

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At £114.99, it enables you to mount this wildlife camera to a tree and capture up-close video images of animals in the wild. The camera features night vision and a splendid trigger time so no more excuses to miss that one shot.

Features/specs include:

12 MP resolution for high-quality images.
Video resolution of 1280x720.
Integrated LCD display + controls for great ease of use.
Records video images and sound at 1280x720 resolution.
Motion detection: up to 25M
Night vision: 10M
Angle range: 55 degrees.
Water resistant: IPX44.
Trigger time: 1.2 secs.
Screen size: 1.4".
Card slot: SDHC
Power: 8 x AA batteries ( not included).

More news: We have purchased a used pair of Swarovski EL 8.5X42 binoculars. Boxed and great condition.

Watch this space for when they will go on sale!

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..

Back to business: We now have the 120mm Holga film camera in stock, at £34.99


One of the most iconic toy cameras available, the Holga 120N is characterized by the unique image quality it is able to produce, along with its modest design and minimal controls. Intend to sell at £34.99. Should be here by next Wednesday.

The 120N model accepts 120-format roll film and includes both 6 x 4.5cm and 6 x 6cm inserts to record 16 or 12 exposures per roll, respectively. Film is manually advanced between shots using the top winding knob, with the frame progression checked using the rear red window

Plastic body construction and plastic lens contribute to the distinct image quality, which is characterized by light leaks, vignetting, and soft focus.
Classic medium format toy camera accepts 120 roll film, and the included 6 x 4.5cm and 6 x 6cm film masks allow you to record either 16 or 12 frames per roll respectively.
60mm f/8 lens provides a normal field of view for working in a wide variety of situations.
Zone focusing system allows you to focus as closely as 3' away.
A 1/100th sec. shutter speed setting is available in addition to a bulb setting for long exposure shooting.
Standard 1/4"-20 tripod mount allows you to make stable long exposure photographs.
Top hot shoe accessory mount allows you to attach any electronic flash.

Have also new in stock: the Nedis 12Mp Wildlife Camera, to make close up videos of animals etc, or for object surveillance. Costs £114.99, ideal for all bird watchers/nature observers etc. Photos to follow shortly.

Also new to the shop, is the Carson 24X-53x LED Microscope Pen. At only £7.99, and so small, you can carry it everywhere with you and look realy close up at insects, rocks, nature objects etc.

Just stocked up on waterproof disposable 35mm film cameras, at £9.99. The Agfa 'LeBox' takes 27 photos, and is submersible up to 2M maximum depth. A must have for any beach holiday!

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Sale! Just reduced our last Opticron 8x30 WP monocular from £95 to £80!

Compact, robust, fully armoured 8x30 field monocular designed to be carried and operated with one hand.


Compact roof prism design with contoured protective rubber armouring
Nitrogen gas filled waterproof construction
Fully multi-coated optical system (all air/glass surfaces)
Good field of view wearing glasses
Eyepiece focusing
Fold down rubber eyecup

Close focus to 5m/16.4ft


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!

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Why does my son decide to learn to ride a bike on the hottest day of the year so far?! Dragged ourselves back from Endcliffe park last night drenched in sweat but triumphant- he can now ride a bike unaided yay!

Had our first BBQ of the year a few nights ago, yum..:

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Thursday 18th July 2019

We have reduced our last pair of Opticron T3 10X25 binoculars, from £84 to £74.

Entry level roof prism compacts, the T3 Trailfinder are manufactured in a single hinge roof prism design and offer the full field of view for spectacle wearers. Suitable for casual wildlife observation as well more specialized pursuits where ease of use, size and weight are desired, they deliver good all-round performance and value.
They come with a case.



Tuesday 16th July 2019

Ever watched the film "Day Of The Triffids"? Basically about an invasion of alien plants which eat people and try and take over the world.. well my nasturtions this year have taken over my garden like triffids.. never seen such large leaves and fast growth.. fortunatly they are not man-eating!


Was a pleasure to help a guy much younger than me today with informaton on his 35mm film camera, processing, film types etc. At last being older, and having years of film experience behind me, has its advantadges! Please do come in and tap into our 30+ years knowledge and advice on anything to do with film photography.

Thursday 11th July 2019

Oops, forgot my usual update 2 days ago.. Recovering from a late night last Sunday: Went to hear the Sheffield Philharmonic Ochestra play movie themed music in the Botanical Gardens with my son. Arrived on time, but found ourselves sat right at the back furthest away from the orchestra and surrounded by noisy women gabbering away non stop, which was immensley annoying! After ten minutes we upped sticks and found a place much closer to the stage, where we were then able to listen relativly undisturbed by chattering.. note to self: If I go next year we're going to get there much earlier and get closer to the front! The firework display was awesome at the end!  

See the pics on Twitter or FacebookShot on my old knackered Panasonic FX40 pocket digital camera....What with its weird exposure problems, hair permanently appearing on all photos, and general lack of sharpness over time, I think it is definatly time I get myself a new Panasonic camera!

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Got a glimpse on Sunday of the teenager my son might develop into: Scary!!

teen    leon

Saturday 6th July 2019

Social Media - love it, like it, or hate it? I like it, my boss hates it, (note to self: my boss hates most things lol)  .... Read all about it in the article in 'Light Stalking'.

Carrying on with the subject, read this article about why you should be more carefull what you post online: RAC.

Very glad that my sons school sports day was yesterday not today, as it's raining cats and dogs out there right now!

Bargain of the week:  Selling on Wickes website at £8, but available in our shop for £5.00 Masterplug 4 Socket Extension Lead With Surge Protection length 2m

Product code: 160474

This extension lead allows you to plug four items safely into one socket and protects valuable electrical equipment from surges and spikes.

  pludr  plug

Thursday 4th July 2019

Today seems to be the day of doing international passport photos! So far taken passport photos suitable for Australia, Canada, USA and India! It's very rare that we can't get photos for another country's passport - bring your specifications in and lets get your photos done!

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Although we don't yet do digital passport photos, the majority of customers of ours have succesfully either used a scanner to scan our photos into their computer to upload online, or photographed the photos on their phone (set at high quality image size), and obtained a digital copy to upload. At only £4 for a set of for 4 photos, it's still cheaper than anywhere else!

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


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Thursday 27th June 2019

Awesome eulogy at Giuseppe's funeral yesterday.. I managed to hold the tears in during the service, but the eulogy nearly had me sobbing! Arrivederci my friend....


We're selling an Opticron GS665 spotting scope with HDF zoom and stay-on case for £319. It was bought from us about 5 years ago. You can see it in our shop, or on Ebay:  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264336576227?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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Wednesday 26th June 2019

Unfortunatly, due to the memorial service today of our dear old friend Giuseppe (30+ years haidresser on Ecclesall road and Hickmott road), this shop will not be open until approxiamtly 12am. Many apologies if this causes you an inconvenience :(

Tuesday 25th June 2019

More rain?! Aaarghhh..

Recommendation of the day: Check out local photographer/web designer/designer Shane Rounce on Twitter/Facebook etc. You can also download some of his photos for free off 'Unsplash'. https://unsplash.com/@shanerounce

A few examples of his photos:

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Saturday 22nd June 2019

For those of you who knew Giuseppe the hair dresser, Maurizio of 'Nonnas' on Eccy road has arranged a commemerative service for him: "Hi everyone - just wanted to let you know that we have organised a memorial service for Giuseppe next Wednesday morning 26 June at 9.30am at Mother of God Church just off Abbeydale Road,/28 Ronan Road S7 1DX

Following the service we’ll be heading down (all welcome) for nibbles/drinks etc at Cubana in Leopold Square, S1 2JG from 10.45am onwards.

His funeral took place in Rome last Monday but this will give us all a chance to say arrivederci, share memories and celebrate the life of our dear friend Giuseppe Cappelletti ❤️".

The Ikea Midsummer buffet the other night was amazing! The tribute band were brill, the food amazing (ate way too much smoked salmon, tut tut me), I highly recommend it! :

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It was all you can eat, over 4 hours.. I ended up with a big stack of plates after eating 4 rounds lol!

Thursday 20th June 2019

Excited to be going to the Ikea 'Midsummer buffet' tonight! There's an Abba tribute band playing too, should be a great night. Get tickets/info here

It's like a ghost town around here today! You can almost hear the tumbleweed on Hickmott road today! The last customer found me almost asleep lol...oops.

You know business is quiet when you find yourself making photos on the 'PhotoFunia' website. Free to use, and such a laugh!

  bear  leon loy  

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Todays bargain!

Lenspen DSLR cleaning kit:  £24.99
The ultimate DSLR camera cleaning kit! It's cheaer to buy thiese items together in this one kit, than buying them separtly.

Comes with:
1. LensPen original unique carbon cleaning compound, 500= uses. No liquids!
2. LensPen hurricane blower, to keep your kit dust free.
3. LensPen Micrklear microfibre cloth to keep all surfaces of your camera clean.
4. Lenspen FilterKlear patented LensPe filter cleaner. 500+ uses. No liquids!

Tuesday 18th June 2019

EVERYONE should have one of these!!
I've got them at work and at home. This little bluetooth speaker is small (10cm x 6cm), gives realy loud excellent quality sound from your mobile phone, laptop or Tablet.
I love the fact that once charged, you can disconnect it and take it into the garden/car etc, as long as its within about 10 foot of your phone or laptop. Fab for parties, BBQ's, lazy beach holidays etc!

We sell it in our shop at £9.99 but online they tend to be £14.99

For more details, see: Allcam

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'The Delightful Touch' cafe on Hickmott road, 2 shops down from us, is driving me mad with the smell of delicious baking.Just been in to have a sniff; they're cooking Polenta cake... drool! In my opinion it's the best cafe around this area, and has an amazing warm ambiance. Natalie, who runs it, is super friendly and kind. Check them out!  

Saturday 15th June 2019

Sad news for those who know/had their hair cut by Giuseppe the hairdresser on Hickmott Road. He died in Italy yesterday after a battle with cancer. Gutted. Known him nearly 30 years, from when he worked at 'Sweenies' on Ecclesall road. He used to say to me: "Eh Jenny, you got a gooda quality hair!".

Nicky still works there, assume she's going to take it over from him, so please don't anyone abandon the shop! 

Thursday 13th June 2019

£8.50, in stock (£9.99 most places online): The Velbon Go-Pro and Smartphone holder (product code 2391).

This universal adapter allows a Smartphone or GoPro/Action camera to be mounted onto any tripod, monopod, clamp or suction cup which has a standard 1/4" camera thread. 

It also allows smartphones to be fitted onto an GoPro 3-prong mount. The rubber-lined jaws are spring-loaded and adjustable from 55mm to 87mm. The jaws can also be folded flat for compact storage.

Can be used with our without your phone case. Pictured with a Samsung S8 phone.



Cokin INFINICLEAR illuminated desk loupe magnifier £35.99 Grab a bargain! (RRP is £52!)

 The INFINICLEAR desk magnifying loupe offers 3x magnification of various subjects, such as reading documents and books or viewing small electronic items and artwork:



Tuesday 11th June 2019

Great weather.. for ducks...

Special offer on a Cokin pocket microscope, only £14.99 (RRP £17.99):


It's amazingly easy to zoom and focus. My 8 year old son has been so fascinated and excited to use it: He told me how my wrinkly old skin looks even worse highly magnified... hmmm....must keep going with the diplomacy lessons for him....

For full specs, see: Intro2020

Saturday 8th June 2019

Just ordered a load of interesting accesories: microscopes, loupes, and other stuff! Watch this space....

Thursday 6th June 2019

Don't forget we do film processing!


Quite like this Benro combi mini tripod/selfie stick! Only £21.99, in stock today!

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Tuesday 28th May 2019

A selection of our Opticron binoculars, from £69 to £450:


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

Saturday 25th May 2019

Need a good quality budget binocular? Come and view the Opticron Adventurer binoculars, from £79 - £89. Available in 8x and 10x magnification. Great for general purpose/nature viewing.


I've also just taken in a second hand Opticron GS 665 GA spotting scope. It has the best eyepiece that Opticron do on it - the HDF 16-48x zoom, and also comes with its stay-on case. Selling at £339.00. Come and have a look!

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Tuesday 21st May 2019

Have put the Opticron Explorer WA ED Oasisis-C+ 8 and 10X42 binocuars in stock, due to popular demand. Priced at £199 (8X42) and £209 (10x42).


Employing the company’s trademark compact optical system, the Explorer WA ED Oasis-C+ delivers an unbeatable combination of specification, quality and ergonomics. An ideal choice for anyone looking for compact and lightweight waterproof binocular with wide field, ED optics, Oasis-C+ prism coating and a 10 year guarantee.

Saturday 18th May 2019

'Interesting' trip to Pizza Hut last night to celebrate big brothers birthday: My sons 'salad' bowl, including chicken wing bones, OMG! But where's the actual salad??


Thursday 16th May 2019

Finally caved in to Social Media pressure and set up an 'Instagram' account for the shop: sheffield_photo_centre.

Tuesday 14th May 2019

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Finally the weather improves and my plants can go outside phew!

Saturday 11th May 2019

20% off all new 'Troop London' bags, whilst stocks last! 

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Thursday 9th May 2019

Discovered a mini directory of collective nouns for birds on the 'British Bird Lovers' website!

EG: bitterns - a pretence of bitterns

bitterns - a sedge of bitterns
bitterns - a siege of bitterns 
bobolinks - a chain of bobolinks 
bullfinches - a bellowing of bullfinches 
buzzards - a wake of buzzards 

Want more? visit: https://www.britishbirdlovers.co.uk/articles/collective-nouns-for-birds?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Saturday 4th May 2019

Help! It's like a scene from "Day Of The Triffids" in my house!
Need to get these giant sunflowers and Ornamental Gourd plants out soon - can't see out the windows of my house anymore! 

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Tuesday 30th April 2019

When your dog scuppers a selfie...!


Latest pic outside our shop!


Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Hope you've all had a safe Easter break.

Can't get over the fact that last years plastic duck race in Endcliffe park was in sleet and snow, and this years was 20 degrees and tee shirt weather! Was a great day out, although my ducks didn't win, and my son came home with three loud plastic rifles to add to his already enormous hoard of plastic weapons.. grr..

Just had a hug from a friendly Yorkshire Water 'Wipesaur'.. as you do.. lol..


Tuesday 9th April 2019

Have restocked loads of binoculars we had run out of over the last few weeks!

Thursday 28th March 2019

Home Office latest news:

Passports issued from 30 March 2019 will continue to be burgundy, but they will no longer include the words ‘European Union’ on the front cover.

There will be no difference for British citizens whether they are using a passport that includes the words European Union, or a passport that does not include the words European Union. Both designs will be equally valid for travel.

UK passports issued before the UK leaves the EU will remain valid travel documents. You do not have to replace a passport that meets your travel needs.

Our news:

You can get all your passports/visas etc done in our shop.

We also do International Driving Permit photos - and you can get the pics,  then walk one minute down Hickmott road and apply for your permit at the Post Office on Sharrowvale road!

Tuesday March 26th 2019

Selling off the last few 'Tyrrel Katz' kids back packs at £14.99 (were £22.99 in shop):

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Tuesday 12th March 2019

Been unable to access this website for 3 months, mainly due to me fiddling around in the 'Admin' settings, pretending to be a web builder, and getting myself locked out.. that will show me eh?!!

Back in after much experimentation, but if there is ever a gap in this blog, see our Facebook or Twitter pages instead!

In future, untill we get a new website, please find us on Twitter of Facebook for more up to date info!

Thursday 6th Dec. 2018

There's lots of reasons to visit us on Hickmott Road: a plethora of other lovely little independent shops, including:

'Nonnas' cafe and restaurant; 'Lash'; 'Guiseppe' (very reasonably priced hairdresser); 'Yes Orange' for handmade clothes and accessories; a vegan cafe which only opened 2 days ago; 'Amanda Jane' hairdresser; 'Tiarra' jewelry and accesory shop, 'The Delightfull Touch' a cafe with great ambience and cakes; 'Porter Brook Gallery' for paintings and antiques; 'Little Gem' for waxing, nails etc, 'Olivers' cafe; 'David James' jewellers, and 'Roneys' a famous butcher (does wicked hot roast sandwiches!).

No excuse now for not coming to visit us! And we also have the Sharrow Vale road on the corner of Hickmott, which hosts a lovely group of independent shops.

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Tuesday 4th December 2018

Brrr!!! Arrived at work to find a very cold shop indeed! 

We will be closing early today at 3.15 due to unforseen circumstances. Back tomorrow at 10am. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Photo of the day:

 leon Mums favourite pirate!

Saturday 1st December 2018

We're here and open on this grim wet day! Have just filled the shop with 'Troop London' bags for Xmas,they make great pressies for men and women (and once even a boy bought one to look "cool at school"!).


We will be open tomorrow (Sunday) from 12-4pm, coinciding with the brilliant 'Sharrowvale Christmas Market'. This is a great yearly event, with loads of stalls selling quality goods, and food.  Hickmott Road is on the left as you walk down Sharrowvale Road towards the Post office.

Thursday 29th Nov 2018

I'm going to open the shop on Sunday 2nd December from 12pm till 3.45pm. this coincides with the 'Sharrowvale Xmas Market' on Sharrowvale road.

Do come and have a look in my shop, otherwise I'm going to be rather bored lol.


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