An offer to fuel my love of photography


I hope all’s well with all.

I finally succumbed the week before last to one of the many irritating viruses doing their tour of Q Towers at the moment. But a bit of TLC, vitamin C and tablets and I was soon on the road to recovery – talking of tablets see below for a great offer on an Amazon Fire WiFi Tablet.

As regular readers will be know I love taking photos – I take many photos and videos on my iPhone which I must say takes cracking photos and even has a 2x optical zoom, quite a rarity on a phone.

However, there are some photographs that just can’t be taken on a current phone, no matter how brilliant.

Wildlife for example is one of those genres that generally needs a DSLR camera with a lens that provides much further reach, as most wild creatures prefer to give humans a wide berth and will take off if we get too close, and who could really blame them!

Whilst experienced photographers learn fieldcraft in order to stalk their subjects, physically getting closer by stealth, they still require a serious telephoto lens to get that winning shot. The size and weight of my camera bag testifies to the amount of equipment needed to cover all the shots.

I have acquired a few skills in the field and much to the great amusement of my family, a few bits of camouflage in order to get closer – but I’ve still had to invest in some long lenses to get the Wildlife pictures shown here.

But for a fraction of the cost of my biggest lens you can still achieve some stunning photographs by buying a quality ‘bridge’ camera – quite literally a mirrorless camera that ‘bridges’ the gap between the smart phones or compact cameras and the DSLR cameras.

Well, it just so happens that we have a really powerful bridge camera from technology giants Panasonic that boasts an amazing 60x zoom lens as our Today’s Special Value (TSV) for Thursday 🙂

At midnight this Wednesday, our resident photography expert Mat Trim and I will be launching the new Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ82. This camera offers a 20mm wide angle lens, great for group, family or landscape shots, and then a zoom to bring your subject 60 times closer! This is only the tip of the iceberg when talking about features though. The Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ82 will record stunning 4k video and you can even choose a video frame and save it as a still image! The camera body I use doesn’t have any image stabilisation, you have to buy a lens with it in – but this camera has optical image stabilisation built in which can help reduce ‘camera shake’ – particularly when zoomed in. Another incredible feature is the Post Focus – quite literally – you can tap the LCD screen where you would like the focus point to be, after the picture has been taken! Brilliant technology!

There are so many other noteworthy features and of course being a TSV, we have a fantastic bundle on offer. I hope you can join Mat and I – it’s worth tuning in just to see what beautiful shots Mat has taken with this highly impressive camera. You never know, you might be tempted to try one out first-hand with our 30-day money back guarantee…

Also well worth a quick mention after the above TSV presentation; if you or a family member are on the hunt for an affordable WiFi tablet – our tech expert Lee Hohbein will be demonstrating the Amazon Fire 7” Tablet available in a choice of colours and is now available at an amazing price of just £35.00!

Well ‘til next time stay focused, and watch out for the tablet …

Dale x


  1. Clare March 15, 2017 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Dear Dale

    I really like your pictures, especially the Robin. I also loved the Raven/crow you posted a while back. Wildlife & animals can be stunning subjects, with a little patience. You seem to excel at bird shots!

    My hubby has a good camera with a zoom – looks very ‘profesh’… a gift to himself about 2 years ago. It was a considered purchase…but he’s still not read the instructions & so has a great bit of kit but doesn’t realise the potential it could unlock. How can I get him to spend a couple of hours getting to know his camera & then taking smashing pics? Overzealous encouragement (aka nagging) results in childish behaviour (by him) in which he just does the opposite. I’d love to know what you think?


    PS I am not a lady a la certain age, or a QVC presenter/stalker, IYKWIM. Good to know I hope.

    • Dale Franklin March 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

      Ooh Clare – I don’t want to cause any friction between you both 😉 ! I started taking my camera out on dog walks and kept my eyes peeled – it’s amazing the wildlife that’s there that we often miss. The dogs don’t really bother birds but I wouldn’t take them if I was trying to photograph mammals. I’m sure Hubby will take his camera when it feels right. Dale x

  2. Lynda March 15, 2017 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Dale

    Lovely photographs of wildlife with your DSLR, worth camouflage or a hide to get that great shot.
    We use our caravan awning as a ‘hide’ when we’re away, got some good photographs of a Reeeves pheasant before our previous dog saw him !!!! We are both just ‘happy snappers but we have been lucky and have some lovely photographs….. which are now our memories, especially our ‘past dogs’. Hubby has two DSLR (Nikon) cameras and various lenses, but they are so heavy and I can’t pick them up never mind hold them steady, so in the past I have bought several Panasonic ‘bridge’ cameras from QVC, and although I have the FZ72 which also has the 60x zoom I am very interested to see what ‘extras’ this new FZ82 does more than mine ( FZ72 is almost 4 years old now)
    We shall look forward to watching you present the TSV with Matt tonight, and what better way to buy a new camera with QVC’s 30 day money back guarantee.

    • Dale Franklin March 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Linda – I understand that Your Camera has been very popular – I believe the latest upgrades were based on Customer feedback from the F72. So you’ll probably have decided if it was worth the upgrade – I must say Mat’s shots taken with the F82 were stunning as always. It’s quite a camera. You’re absolutely right DSLR photography takes quite a bit of dedication – all my shots are handheld – so I get a lot that hit the cutting room floor 🙂 Dale x

  3. Vivian Perkins March 15, 2017 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Only just over 3 hours to wait. It has been a long week waiting to see this camera on tv. Have admired Mat Trim’s photos on Facebook.. I just hope I can stay awake until midnight. Had 8 Panasonic cameras in the past and they are wonderful. Getting excited about upgrading. Love the wildlife photos. I prefer to take wildlife so this camera will be a great help.

  4. Dale Franklin March 16, 2017 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Vivian, I’m sure you’ll get some stunners with this camera – I think technology is constantly shrinking the distance between genres of camera design and many are already predicting when DSLR cameras will be completely replaced by mirror less cameras – they are still the choice of most Pro’s at the moment. As previously mentioned for many folks this camera may be the only one you’ll need. Dale x

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