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Nikon UK – Excellent Customer Service

On a recent trip to Budapest I was disturbed to notice my Nikon zoom lens* was failing to focus on anything much further away than 30 metres or so at the telephoto end of the zoom (135mm plus).

I was annoyed. I paid more than the RRP for this lens to have it as there was absolutely no stock in Europe when I got it back in March. However, I was reassured by many that the international Nikon warranty would be honoured, so I called Nikon UK. This was the only bad part of the experience – having to ring a premium rate number. I explained the problem, and the helpful person told me to send in only the parts needed (the lens and its caps), and to send in a plain box, as it would be unlikely I’d get the original box back, along with a description of the problem, proof of purchase and my warranty. I was worried that my e-mail receipt wouldn’t be sufficient bur it was accepted no problem. I was told to expect a 2 week turnaround.

Anyway, I packaged the lens on Thursday last week, and sent by insured recorded delivery to Nikon. The following day I received an e-mail confirming my lens had arrived, and a tracking number so I could see the status. Again, the repair estimate was 2 weeks. On Monday I got a further e-mail letting me know the lens was fixed and being shipped. At 11.30 on Tuesday, only 2 and a bit working days after I posted the lens, it was back in Leeds and back with me.

Last night I tested it, and all is well. It focused perfectly on the moon at 200mm and could have focussed further (if I really wanted o shoot some stars?!).

I’m really impressed – well done Nikon UK.

* Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED DX VR Lens


Being Jim Moran

Yesterday I had a message to call someone at Leeds Guide, a local magazine, so I called them.

The person I contacted asked me why I hadn’t turned up at a photoshoot yesterday. I immediately knew what had happened, but he continued about how he hadn’t been able to contact me, so resorting to Google he found my Website and contacted me via my place of work, AWA. Despite my keen interest in Photography, I am not what you’d call a professional photographer.

I do know there is more than one Jim Moran on the Web though. Firstly there’s Congressman Jim Moran, he’s big news in the USA but I doubt anyone in the rest of the world has heard of him. Then there’s Jim Moran the Photographer in Leeds. Unfortunately for poor Jim, I seem to be outranking him somewhat in the Leeds-Based-Photographers-Called-Jim-Moran stakes on Google.

Sorry Jim. Hey, if you fancy a Website though, perhaps we could come to some arrangement? I do specialise in SEO :-)

The Village of Leeds

Yesterday was odd, a lot of things happened that just make you think.

Firstly, at lunchtime I was walking into town with Russ and we were walking behind a Geordie chap talking loudly into his phone about how he was gonna “mosey on into town” and “get a bit lairy” by “having a few beers”, all accompanied by hand actions and an amusing “mosey-ing”walk. Anyway, Russ and I had a giggle at this chap.

Later on, we went to the Cross Keys where Anna who I used to work with met up with myself Russ and Glen. Anna had just got back from holiday in France with another friend of mine I’d not seen in ages, Heidi. Anyway, Russ, Glen and I were heading for the Adelphi at around 8.30, so asked if Anna and her crowd fancied meeting us there. I told Anna about the chap we’d spotted earlier in the day, cos it was a faily amusing anecdote, and she went off to drop her car at home.

On the way to The Adelphi, we discussed when we could have a work night out, and Glen suggested the 10th October, which I discived is not only mine, but Glen and his friend who we were about to meets birthday. Not often there’s 4 of you meeting up and 3 of you have the same birthday eh?

So, we get to The Adelphi after a McDonalds hit, and I try to find Anna and Heidi – I eventually find them, and lo and behold, there’s a bloody Geordie chap there, getting a bit lairy having moseyed on into town! Turns out the guy was on holiday with Anna and Heidi and was actually on the phone to Heidi when we heard him earlier in the day. Now that my friends is spooky.

Anyway, we were really at The Adelphi for a 30 10th party (ok, a 40th) for someone I didn’t know, but Glen knew pretty well. We headed upstairs and I was pleasantly surprised to bump into fellow tall Leeds photographer Rick (aka Tricky/Soviet UK),  who knew the birthday girl, and also some guys who were at Russell and Sarah’s wedding a couple of weeks ago.

I have always said that Leeds is like a village, but today took the biscuit.

View from the office

Well, nearly 5 weeks at AWA now and it’s flown by. This is pretty much the view out of the office window, which I like a lot. Bridgewater Place here is currently the biggest building under construction in Leeds, and it’s pretty much taken shape now. All the floors are in place, there’s just a spike to put on top, a lot of cladding to do, and a hell of a lot of internal fixtures to fit, no doubt.

It’ll be outdone by La Lumiere in the next few years, which is planned for Wellington Street. The council have now approved planning for 2 towers, one around the same height as Bridgewater place and another tower of 57 storeys (BWP is 32 storeys I think). You can see La Lumiere here.

So. That’s about it really. After a super-hot July, August has been shit, cold and wet. Roll on September.

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