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View Article  March 18th : KSP Refresh
Things need a re-fresh every once in a while and the time as come to say goodbye to KSP in its current guise. An all new KSP website will be along shortly…   more »
View Article  March 11th : For Sale

KSP is looking to jump ship no, not to the darkside, but over to FX. That being the case, I’ve some kit to go to make way for the new stuff…

Camera first which is the Nikon D300. This has been my main body now for 4 years, having moved over from my D2x. The D300 is a totally solid and dependable bit of kit with the added advantage of the pop-up commander flash and the light-weight form factor. Having bought it from new, I’ve shot c. 53k images with it without a single failure – well, without a single failure that was down to the camera! I have the power grip (MB-D10) as well but I might just keep that in case I find a nice D700 to use as a second body until the true D700 upgrade comes on the market – discuss!?!

To avoid any disappoint regarding the condition of the D300 I’m going to be quite harsh and class it has around Excellent++ although the only real signs of use being some marks on the rubberised grip and a slight ‘polishing’ on the card door. The camera comes with the original body cap, Nikon D300 strap, battery and charger, leads, manual and is boxed.

In addition, I have the byThom Complete Guide to the Nikon 300 which is an e-book and Field Guide.

Lens next and btw, all these are in really nice condition – somewhere around Mint – to Excellent ++ I’d say. There are only the very light signs of use with no scratches nor marks on either the body of the lens and non (obviously) on any of the optics. All filters will be removed but all lens are complete with front and back caps as well as lens hoods and original boxes – except for the 35-70mm which has no box.

AF Nikkor 85mm f1.8 D. This is a cracking, light-weight portrait (mid range telephoto on DX DSLRs) lens reckoned by some to deliver result within a whisker of its (considerably) dearer f1.4 sibling. Good bokeh and shallow depth of field means it’s good for separating subjects from backgrounds.

AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm f4 DX G IF-ED wide angle zoom. My bread and butter wide angle said to be as sharp as prime 24mm wide angles. The DOF even when being used wide open is little short of amazing. Light-weight and steller, there’s nothing not to like about this lens so no surprise that it’s been my standard wide zoom since switching to digi. I’ve shot more images with this lens than virtually any other lens I use with results going up to A2 poster size no bother.

AF Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8 D standard zoom. The ‘must have’ mid range zoom from a while back before the new 28-70mm and now the 24-70mm became the new kids on the block. Stunningly sharp and highly portable this compact zoom delivers image still so sharp it’s scary. It has a very handy macro facility too which is why I’ve retained it until now. There is some slight dust visible within the lens as common with this push-pull design.

AF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 DX G VR IF-ED 10x zoom. Nikon’s ‘go anywhere, one size fits all knock-about’ glass for DX sensors cameras comes with the added benefit of VR. It even does half decent macro shots too. Many DX shooters only lens and a solid and dependable performer when going light is a must.

AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8D IF-ED wide angle zoom. The wide angle lens that was so good even Nikon couldn’t kill off is now back by popular demand! Another super sharp wide angle which was selling for up to £1500 second hand a year of so ago until Nikon relented and reinstated it into their line-up. To tell you the truth, I’m not sure this is a good move selling this lens – I might just keep it and not bother with the 14-24mm latest incarnation.

Prices next then folks…


Sale Price

Typical Second-hand Retail Price

Nikon D300


£600 to £680

byThom D300 Guide



AF Nikkor 85mm f1.8 D


£250 to £275

AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm f4 DX G ED


£550 to £675

AF Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8 D


£375 - £425

AF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 DX G ED


£375 - £425

AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 ED


£1000 to £1150

Delivery will be by Royal Mail Special Delivery with actual costs charged on top of the above prices.

And finally a single shot visual…

For Sale – D300 then right to left AF Nikkor 85mm f1.8 D, AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm f4 DX G ED wide angle zoom, AF Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8 D, AF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 DX G ED zoom and AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 ED wide angle zoom


View Article  March 4th : Flash Harry
Ok, it’s warm(ish) and wet this weekend (good training opportunity…) but there’s been some good bright sunny days here in the Peak and TBH the crags aren’t in bad shape given its still only (very) early March. I’m still in bouldering mode yet (just) which I’m totally enjoying and it’ll be good for my climbing later in the season. It's also thrown up the possibility of grabbing the odd shot or two. And many of those that I’ve taken this year I've had to throw some flash into the mix...   more »