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Friday, 20 November 2015

Taking the Vanguard Endeavor ED II 8x42 Binoculars Birdwatching, to the Isles of Scilly

As a birdwatcher, binoculars are a vital necessity for me and very rarely do I go anywhere without them. This October I made my near annual trip over to the Isles of Scilly for as spot of birdwatching, but instead of my normal optics I’d been given a pair of the new Vanguard Endeavor ED II to try. If I'm honest Vanguard has never been a brand I've associated with top-quality optics and I didn't have very high hopes.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Park Cameras' first hands on with the Leica SL in the wild

The Leica SL is now shipping in the UK and Park Cameras have received their first allocation.

With a Leica in-store event today in London, I took the opportunity to give the SL a quick test drive.

Taking the camera with just it's launch-date partner the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH, I was immediately struck by the feeling of quality and precision in this new model.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Low Light Photography - A Used Perspective

The nights are drawing in and the season of low light photography has begun. With generally drizzly days and darkness falling before most of us leave the office, it is now that we notice whether our cameras perform in low light, or need to blind everyone with full frontal flash.

Since the beginning of the digital era, photographers have strived for cameras that deal with low light situations with the subtle beauty that film was able to achieve. Unfortunately though, in the past, progression in this area had seemed slow and unimpressive compared to the giant leaps being made in the Megapixel and focal length races. However, recently there has been a change of attitude, and it’s really quite exciting.

Shot using a Sony DSC-RX1 - ISO2500, f/2.5, 1/60

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Leica SL - Park Cameras goes hands on with this superb new model

Leica have been on something of a roll recently with the launch of the Leica Q bringing a whole new generation of photographers in to the Leica fold, and now they have upped the stakes in the mirrorless market with the all new Leica SL (Typ 601).

Sporting a 24 Megapixel full frame (35mm size) sensor the SL uses the same design philosophy as the Q by taking the very best available components and combining them in to one camera.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Having a hoot with the Canon 1D X, 7D Mark II.... and some owls.

Recently I was given the chance for a training day at the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield to mainly test out some of Canon's top wildlife photography equipment; namely the Canon EOS-1D X along with a good selection of telephoto and zoom lenses and the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

I have a good knowledge of old fashioned photography techniques many moons ago (using B&W film which I used to process myself in the washroom at home) and I used to take photos of live bands back in the eighties to the early nineties, just for my fun really, so I would like to think I know how a camera should function and how to take pictures of unpredictable subjects.

Which is fortunate as the wildlife models we were going to shoot which were owls.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Canon unveils their new arsenal of compact cameras: the EOS M10, Powershot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X

Good things come in three apparently. Which is very appropriate, as Canon have today pulled the wraps off their latest addition to their compact, and compact system, camera lines.

The interchangeable lens Canon EOS M10 joins the EOS M family and packs in a new lens to boot, with a versatile 15-45mm focal length included.

Meanwhile, the PowerShot range gets a double boost in the form of the diminutive G9 X and the beautifully constructed, EVF-packing, PowerShot G5 X.

Rather than reel off a list of features though, here at Park Cameras we've managed to digest them all into a minute long video piece for your delectation.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Learn how to use the Canon 7D Mark II with Park Cameras!

At the end of last year Canon launched the 7D Mark II, the eagerly awaited replacement to the highly thought of Canon EOS 7D.

It is fair to say the Mark 2 version is considerably more sophisticated than its predecessor; with its stand-out feature being a focus system that is class leading in terms of performance and veracity outclassing even the flagship Canon EOS-1D X.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

London Fashion Week - My First Time on the Catwalk

It ended with me thinking Ill buy my wife that jacket I'd seen a catwalk model wearing earlier that day which happen to be offered at 90% off on the day I was shooting the Last Sunday of London Fashion week. £1099.00 said the price tag. In my naivety I thought "yes bargain!" only to discover from the attendant that £1099 was the price with 90% deducted already(embarrassingly). £10,999 for a jacket! I almost choked!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Hands On with the Sony RX100 Mark IV

Last week, I got given the chance to review the Sony RX100 Mark IV, 2015’s successor to the RX100 Mark III.

It features the World’s First Stacked 1.0" BSI CMOS sensor with a DRAM memory chip, which in layman's terms allows for Super Slow Motion Capture (astonishingly up to 1000 frames per second!), 4K Video Shooting, high speed shooting and much more in a pretty diminutive package.