2017-04-24

A little while ago Canon released the EOS M6 to add to their mirrorless line up. Here is the spec release blog that we created after being able to have a quick introduction at Canon headquarters. It was feature packed, well built and light. The 24.2MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 processor along with the new additions of Dual CMOS AF and 5-Axis Digital Image Stabilisation were promising a high quality photographic experience.

Canon EOS M6 Vlogging Sample Image

However, I wanted to get my hands on it to prove this. Whilst producing our latest video on the Canon EOS M6 I tested out the usability of some of it’s features to see just how good it was.

2017-04-20


The Sony a9 announcement sent some shockwaves through the world of photography earlier this week, and we (along with most) are both excited about the potential of this new powerhouse from Sony and also curious as to what the differences between the a9 and a7 are.

We've taken out the guesswork for you and have taken a look at some of the key specifications for the Sony a9 and pitted it against each member of the Sony a7 range of Mirrorless Cameras.

If you are after a more in-depth look at the Sony a9 in particular, we recommend you read another of our blog posts - Sony a9: A Mirrorless Camera for Professionals



Since the advent of the Mirrorless Camera there has been the argument over whether they will ever be a viable competitor to the age old DSLR owing to perceived disadvantages of their performance.

With the introduction of the Sony a7 range of Full-Frame cameras the gauntlet was really laid down by Sony - with their smaller footprint, ability to use lens adaptors for old or alternative brand lenses to be attached and an ever increasing range of exceptional original manufacturer lenses.

Since this range was introduced there has been an influx of 'Why I made the move to Sony/Fuji/Olympus' articles from professional photographers from all kinds of environments, which is the kind of ringing endorsement all these manufacturers want to see.

The one field that Mirrorless has found a bit harder to satisfy is the one where they require something that focuses fast, and shoots just as rapidly. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II was the first of this type to answer more of those critics, and the Sony a9 has now burst onto the scene to offer up their version of this.

The Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera for Professional Photographers

2017-04-18

Mirrorless cameras have become a staple in the photography world - loved by professionals who desired larger sensor in smaller bodies, and loved by amateurs and enthusiasts who demanded better photos from their compact cameras.

Sitting somewhere in the void between digital SLRs and compact cameras, mirrorless cameras (also known as CSC or Compact System Cameras in previous years) boast either an APS-C, Micro Four Thirds, or Full Frame sensor.

Mirrorless Camera Buying Guide 2017

Here are some of the features you need to consider when you purchase a mirrorless camera in 2017:

2017-04-13

In recent years, the price of high quality printers has dropped significantly, so now for just a few hundred pounds, you can have a professional printing lab in the comfort of your own home or office, and produce incredible images at the touch of a button.

Top of the Range - The Epson SureColor SC-P400 A3+ Photo Printer
Top of the Range - The Epson SureColor SC-P400 A3+ Photo Printer

There are many makes and models to choose from and the quality of their results can vary quite drastically, so in this article we aim to save you from wading through all the options out there and recommend our top five tried and tested A3 printers, available to buy for under £500.

In this article we're comparing the differences between these six A3 and A3+ photo printers:

  1. Canon PIXMA iP8750
  2. Epson Expression Photo XP-960
  3. Epson Stylus Photo 1500W
  4. Canon PIXMA PRO-100S
  5. Canon PIXMA PRO-10S
  6. Epson SureColor SC-P400

First up in our list is our most affordable option, the Canon PiXMA iP8750…

2017-04-12

Nikon’s announcement today of their latest mid-range Digital SLR, the Nikon D7500, brings with it some very welcome new features for Nikon shooters who might be looking to upgrade from the D7200 or even the D7100, or even the D7000.

The D7500 is a DX format crop-sensor enthusiast (mid-range) level DSLR that replaces the D7200, with a feature-set that borrows from its big brother, the D500, making it a very capable and competitive camera.


Nikon D7500 vs D7200 Comparison


2017-04-05

Photographers love wide angle lenses because they offer a completely different perspective that we see with the human eye. They offer the possibility to capture more in your image and show the viewer things that aren’t possible under normal conditions.


There are many different focal lengths, prices, and types of wide angle lenses to consider if you’re new to the world of wide angle photography. In this Quick Start Guide we’re giving you a fundamental explanation of wide angle lenses so you can get out, get creative, and take your photography further.

2017-03-31

It’s #WorldBackupDay today, 31st March 2017, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to give you a few tips and tricks to enhance and optimise your photographic workflow, particularly around how you should preserve your image files, backup your images, and organise your files.

The G-Tech G-Dock Thunderbolt RAID Two Bay Drive System
The G-Tech G-Dock Thunderbolt RAID Two Bay Drive System

2017-03-30

Greetings Park Cameras readers, it’s been a while I know and I hope that you have missed me. As I type this I’m sitting in the BA lounge at Heathrow about to jet off to India for my first of 4 tiger tours this year. I’m always excited at a time like this, as it’s what I do best, free to take pictures and spend time with very nice people seeing one of the most beautiful animals on the planet.

2017-03-24

With BBC Stargazing 2017 in full swing, we've brought in our resident astrophotography expert, Thomas Bridle, to give you some tips and tricks on how to get started photographing the wonders of the skies.

Tom has years of experience photographing celestial objects in the night sky and knows the pleasure of capturing that ultimate astro shot after a cold, cold night in a field or up the side of a mountain.

It's easy to think you can just pop into your back garden, point your camera towards the sky, take a shot and instantly be the next Patrick Moore, and in some cases you can, but really Astrophotography takes a bit more preparation than that.

Here are a few things to consider to help you get started.


Image credit: Thomas Bridle

2017-03-20

Mirrorless Cameras (or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras to give them their full name), also known as Interchangeable Lens Cameras and Compact System Cameras, have come a long way since the Epson R-D1 was introduced in 2004.

Since then we’ve seen mirrorless systems introduced by all the major brands. We’ve got Olympus and Panasonic with their Micro Four Thirds system, Samsung’s NX-Mount, Sony’s E-Mount, the Leica T series, Nikon and their 1-mount, Canon’s EF-M mount, and most recently Hasselblad introduced their X1D-50c medium format mirrorless, followed by Fujifilm's GFS-50X medium format mirrorless

The Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless - Released in September 2016
The Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless - Released in September 2016


“But why should I make the jump to a mirrorless camera?”


2017-03-16

This month (March 2017), Canon celebrate a milestone in their history, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the EOS system.

For many years prior to 1987, Canon released several highly popular 35mm cameras, with a wide-range of FD lenses. For 1987, Canon choose to completely overhaul their system and launched the world’s first fully electronic mount system, which is now commonplace across all cameras and manufacturers.

On Wednesday 8th March, we were invited by Canon to a secret location in the heart of London to help celebrate this milestone. The location; Aldwych Tube Station. Closed in 1994, Aldwych tube station was originally opened in 1907 and during the second world war used an air raid shelter as well as storage for a range of art and treasures from the British Museum. In recent years, the station has been used as a popular location to shoot scenes for film or TV series, most recently Mr. Selfridge and Sherlock.

Canon EOS Sytem at 30 in Alwych Tube Station

2017-03-10

Throughout 2017, Park Cameras is running a monthly Calendar Photography Competition, with brand new awesome prizes each month.

We'll choose a winner each month whose image will be featured in our 2018 calendar, with all profits from sales of the calendar being donated to our nominated charity.

So how do you win these amazing prizes? All you have to do is enter the competition & submit your image here!



When it comes to macro photography, choosing the best lens is one of the biggest elements that will make a difference in the quality of your photography. 

While there are many advice guides and articles on the web about methods, tricks and tips, and other techniques for shooting macro photography, this blog just aims to help you choose your best lens - head over to our Camera Lenses Explained page for our full guide to buying lenses. 

In choosing a macro lens, there are a few things you need to consider:

Tamron SP AF 60mm f2 macro lens sample photo
Taken with a Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Macro Lens

2017-03-08

Today, 8th March 2017, is International Women’s Day – a day that celebrates women around the world and highlights gender parity. Amongst the many struggles for gender equality, there are female photographers who, either through the subversive nature of their images, through their ground-breaking content, new approach, or hitting the socio-economic, cultural, or political zeitgeist of the era, have created influential bodies of work that stand the test of time.

We’re looking at the work and stories of a few of these influential photographers with the hopes they’ll inspire a new generation of girls and women to explore the world through a lens.

2017-02-28

Presumably it hasn't escaped your notice that today is Pancake Day... however, you may have missed that it's also Pancake (Lens) Day - the day we celebrate the miniature marvels that are pancake lenses!