With BBC Stargazing 2017 just around the corner, 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


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?”


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


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


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.


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!


Ahead of the Park Cameras 2017 Canon Lens Day on 4th March in our Burgess Hill Store, where you'll be able to see every currently available Canon EF lens all in the same place, we're delighted to announce that we'll have a special guest appearance - the rare, the legendary, the huge Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM super telephoto prime lens. Here's a quick history of this significant Canon lens.


Canon have today announced the latest in their lineup of compact mirrorless cameras, the EOS M6; big brother to the EOS M3 and little brother to the EOS M5 - here's what you need to know about the main differences between the three.

Canon’s new compact mirrorless camera, the EOS M6, launched today adding to an already impressive line-up. Here are a few things you should know about.

The Canon EOS 77D and EOS 800D have just been announced alongside Canon's latest mirrorless camera, the EOS M6. You may be wondering what the difference between the EOS 77D and EOS 800D is. Under the surface, these two cameras are identical, but it's what's on the outside that makes the difference.
Canon EOS 77D vs Canon EOS 800D - Rear Differences


A term that you've probably heard and read a lot if you've been researching a new camera, or reading up on the latest tech news is "according to the CIPA standard".

We use the term 'CIPA Standard' a lot here at Park Cameras in our descriptions of new products, although it tends to be when a manufacturer is boasting about a particularly impressive statistic, feature, or function of their latest product. But have you ever wondered what the CIPA Standard actually is?

We're here to explain all.

What is the CIPA Standard?


January is over, Pancake Day and Valentines Day are just around the corner, then it's Easter, and shortly after that it's Summer... which means Summer Holidays!

Unless you're a last minute holiday shopper, there's a good chance you'll be thinking of planning your travels pretty soon, and whether you're off to Marbella, Martinique, Marrakech, Maui, Melbourne, Monaco, or Middlesbrough, having a decent camera with you to capture those memories is a holiday essential.

With that in mind, here's our roundup of our top compact digital cameras to take with you on travels or holiday for 2017.


Since November 2015, Panasonic have been introducing a revolutionary new feature on a number of their LUMIX digital cameras called ‘Post Focus’, which enables post-capture focus of images. In this article, we explain how Post Focus works and what it means for your photography moving forward.