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"Open Nikon, Open Happiness". That has been my battlecry for the past ten months. That since I bought my Nikon dslr camera. It might sound like the tagline of a popular refreshment commercial but it's true, life has never been this fun for me.

Photography as a new found hobby opened a lot of opportunities. I am not just speaking of financial rewards here but so much more. The opportunity to reinvigorate my blogging, to add zest to my travels, to capture the beautiful places and be able to share them online, the chance to meet a lot of wonderful people and the joy of seeing life in a new perspective. All that, with my Nikon d3000 camera with 18-55mm VR lens .

the Nikon d3000 dslr with Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens

This year, my goal is to learn street photography and portraiture. Although the Nikkor18-55mm is no doubt an amazing kit lens, I know I need to buy new lenses appropriate for each field. So when I tweeted " I can't wait to try my 200mm 4-4.5G nikkor lens. Sa wakas.hahaha" , many reacted. At long last indeed. I was out with a few bloggers in Marikina this weekend and so far, I am very satisfied with its performance. I love the bokeh effect. I am also very happy that it's really sharp for a telephoto lens of this aperture. Good news for my street photography. My next goal would be a prime lens and I can't wait to get my hands on the Nikkor 50mm 1.4G.

nikkor 55-200mm 4G
my Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S VR lens

This is one of the reasons why I opted Nikon. Because of their superior lenses. Nikkor has always been synonymous to high quality lenses. Even other top camera brand uses Nikkor lenses over their camera bodies as a testament to the quality of the images it produces.The result of Nikon’s dedication to innovation and excellence in the manufacture of interchangeable camera lenses is the comprehensive assortment of NIKKOR optic---marvels of clarity, consistency, precision and reliability. That's 70 years of expertise and 200 types of specialized optical glasses to fit your needs.

But be careful. Make sure you buy lenses that are sold by authorized Columbia Digital Star Corporation (CDSC) dealers. There are a lot of lenses sold in the grey market and I don't personally recommend them. I am proud to say that I bought my Nikon dslr camera from an authorized CDSC dealer in SM-Manila and my 55-200mm telephoto lens as well. I am after the 2 year warranty which you can't find when you buy in the Grey Market.

There are many reasons why buying from a CDSC retailer is still the best choice - Nikon VS Grey Market. For me, I simply  put peace of mind on top of it all. 

29.7cm x 42cm_lens_H

And this is what I love about facebook and blogging. When I told my friends that I am planning to buy a PRIME LENS, a received a flood feedbacks. A few people emailed me about Columbia Digital Star Corporation’s the GREAT LENS SALE!!! CDSC retailers are giving a significant discount on their Nikkor Lens line up. From the most basic normal lens to the wide angles and the telephoto lenses, you can pick from a variety of choices depending on your photographic needs. Avail of our 10 to 15% discount on your Nikkor lens of choice.A 15% discount on a CDSC Nikkor lens? Are you kidding me? That's awesome!!!!

This limited sale is offered at different locations nationwide. The complete list of participating outlets is in their facebook account . The Nikkor Great Lens Sale is EXTENDED from March 1 to May 31, 2011!!!!

Besides the lens sale, there is a 50% discount for CAMERA SERVICE/REPAIRS if the unit is bought from Columbia or any of their authorized dealers. This is a standard and not a promotionColumbia doesn't want to disclose openly the discount for each lens they have so I suggest you drop by or contact them fro pricing.
I guess more good news is in the air. I haven't confirmed this yet but I heard that the deal website is going to have a deal on Nikon Lens GC . I will give you an update as soon as I have this confirmed!!!!  


Columbia Digital Star Corp.
129 G. Roxas Street San Francisco Del Monte Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone Numbers: +632.365.0892 ,+632.363.5315 , +632.365.2566

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  1. no doubt about columbia... astig... open happiness astig yung tagline na yun ha... naks nag upgrade ka na?

  2. naks pare may 55-200 lens ka rin pala... kaso yung akin di ko masyado nagagamit...

    Gusto ko tuloy bumili ng lens kasi sale...kaso walang budget...

  3. paid ad ba 'to? hehehe!!! very well written... =D

  4. nararapat ang sale na yan sa mga photo-lovers :D

    Sana dumami ang magshare ng wonderful pics and experiences using wonderful lenses :D

  5. with the discounts, will it still come out cheaper than Hidalgo?

  6. wow! :) ako nde ko pa mapagtuunan ng panahon yan :(

  7. I agree. Maganda talaga ang lens ng nikon. Very well made. Although, hindi ko pa nattry ang canon, lalo na yung L-series nila. I've tried a lot of lenses narin, zoom and primes. yung dream ko talaga 18-200VRII. Pero I always believe in the saying, it's not the pana, it's the indian. Kahit 200k pesos worth or lens pa. Kung hindi naman ginagamit to shoot. Sayang lang.

  8. ang yomon yomon naman! congrats on ur new lens! yey! pa try ah pag nagkita tau, wala akong pambili nyan eh. hehe

  9. I've always been a fan of Nikon and their extensive range of lenses. Too bad, I don't have a budget yet for the blazing-fast Nikkor lens I want.

  10. nice! pero mahal pa rin hehehe. sa dubai na lang ako papabili joke! :D

  11. Kinabahan ako sa naka open na Body without the cap!.. baka mapasukan ng alikabok!.. hehe :)

    Thanks for the info Anton!.. BTW, about your invitation I have yet to reply.. Count me in! thanks for the invite.. :D

  12. Aw di ako nikon... may 2 lens na rin ako pero di ko pa namamaximize ang paggamit ng dslr ko kasi wala akong masyadong time para pagaralan ang mga functions nun... hehehehhehe

  13. Mukhang paid advertisement 'to ha. Looool Kuya Anton! Just kidding.

    Nagpapabili din ako ng DSLR. Pero Sony a700k. Pwede pa dun ang Nikkor lenses Kuya? o.O

  14. wow! nakatiwangwang yung camera sa damuhan... madadale sensor mo nyan pare....

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  16. Dahil ba second hand ang nikon ko at galing hong kong , 2nd class customer ako ng columbia ? Kapag nag open na ang original Nikon store dito sa Pinas, pikatan tka!! Meanwhile dinhi na lang ko pa repair sa Mongkok or sa Ginza.

  17. deym! bakit ngayun ko lang nabasa to?

  18. Marvelous!!! Job you have done. Actually, you are pleasure to know, seriously. Your work is incomparable. It’s a masterpiece.
    Your article is very resourceful and beneficial. And the work done is appreciable.
    Camera Repair


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