Where to find a hard copy of an instruction manual for your new camera
Whether you decided
to go second-hand and buy an older camera to take some classic, arty pictures,
or you have gone for the very latest, streamlined model with digital zoom, lots
of buttons and even more impressive features, there is one thing that most
cameras have in common nowadays and that is the lack of a printed camera instruction manual.
manual has been lost, in the instance of the second-hand one, or simply that
the manual with the new camera is on a disc which you must download onto your
computer and read off the monitor – not very practical when you are at the zoo
with the kids and you want to choose a focus that makes sure the children are
distinguished from the animals.
So what is the
solution? Well, thankfully it is a
simple one. There are of course many sites on the internet, including the manufacturers themselves, which offer
camera instruction manuals for free download.
A sigh of relief might have been appropriate at this time if only we
were not back to one of the same problems outlined above - you still have to
view it on your computer screen.
You could of course print the camera manual out on your home printer, but do you really want
to pay a fortune in expensive toner for a booklet that could be up to 200 pages
long? A friend of mine has calculated
that it would cost between £10 and £15 in toner to print 200 pages which
include lots of pictures, not to mention the wear and tear on the printer
The answer is thankfully
even more obvious than that and, though offered at a modest rate rather than
the free sites, will not only give you a booklet that is as close to the
original as you can get (in some cases it is an original) but will save you
time and money in the long run, as it allows you to take the instructions with
you in your camera bag whenever you are out and about.
A company called
OTC Ltd (previously known as Oldtimercameras) offer this exact service and I
was fortunate to stumble across them recently when I was searching on the
internet for the manual to a second-hand (but fairly new) digital camera I had
bought as a birthday gift for my father. Knowing how reluctant he would be to read a virtual instruction manual,
I knew the only solution to keep him happy would be to find an original, so I
searched for the term ‘Nikon camera
instruction manuals’ and hey presto there it was, as easy as that.
When I went onto
the site it had a really good search facility that allowed me to find the make
and model number really quickly and before I knew it I was dialling the contact
number and made my order instantly as somebody answered the phone very quickly.
They did not
have an original in stock, but the assistant on the other end assured me that
they do have copies for virtually every camera ever made so they promised to
print one out and send it through to me. The next day the newly printed Nikon camera manual was sitting proudly
in the camera bag awaiting presentation to my dad on his birthday the following
week. I would never have been able to
produce such a booklet myself.
So this review is my way of saying a big thanks
to all the staff at OTC and letting the world know that if you need a hard copy
of your camera instruction manuals,
there is nowhere else you need to look.