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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Revealed - Park goes hands on with Olympus' new model

Olympus have announced a Mark II model of the extremely popular OM-D E-M10 model - say hello to the OM-D E-M10 Mark II!

The fifth OM-D model, the new camera moves to a superb 5-axis in-body stabilisation system offering 4 stops of compensation and adds the superb electronic viewfinder from the range topping E-M1.

What's more, you'll be able to pre-order the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II from Park Cameras now, in preparation for release in September, where we'll have some of the first stock to arrive in the UK!

Here at Park, we've managed to get access to this great new camera, and our first impressions can be viewed here in our hands-on review.

In addition to this, Park Cameras London store will have the E-M10 Mark II in-store on Saturday 29th August, along with the Olympus experts where you'll be able to get hands on with the new camera and ask any questions you might have.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

How to photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight

The Perseid Meteor shower is at it's height tonight 12/13th August and co-incides with a new moon for the first time since 2007 so will be contrasted against a particularly dark sky.

Meteors are cased by tiny fragments of debris from space left over from the Comet Swift-Tuttle (called meteoroids) entering the earths atmosphere and vaporising causing the air around them to heat up and cause the streak of light known as a meteor.

The best conditions for capturing the meteor shower are clear skies with low light pollution - which is why tonight is ideal. You need to find an area well away from brightly light areas such as towns and low activity in the atmosphere from winds and moisture.

Monday, 10 August 2015

My experience with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Recently, when I was asked to photograph a wedding, I instantly knew what would be my lens of choice: the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM. This is because of the very versatile focal length that allows me to photograph most of the scenarios that I would be shooting in a wedding apart from moving to a 70-200mm when I needed that extra bit of reach. Additionally, the fast f/2.8 aperture allows me to isolate subjects with a shallow depth of field, creating more aesthetic images as well as the formation of bokeh with small balls of light in the out of focus areas of the image. The bokeh that this lens achieves is much better than comparable lenses because of its rounded aperture blades.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Manfrotto Digital Director

The Manfrotto Digital Director is a product (designed and built in partnership with Apple) for the Apple iPad Air and Air 2 which lets you control your camera and so much more using your iPad. Manage your whole photo and video workflow via this hardware/software tethered application.

Available in two models - one for iPad Air and one for iPad Air 2 the Manfrotto Digital director includes an embedded CPU (ARM Cortex A8 600mhz) which helps you manage your workflow from Nikon and Canon DSLRs tethered to your iPad.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Voigtlander f/0.95 Micro 4/3 lenses

Users of Micro 4/3 cameras are very well catered for with some
superb lenses available from Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma and 
Tamron - to name just a few.

Voigtlander have a rich pedigree in manufacturing quality optics and coupling this to superb mechanical qualities.

Voigtlander now offer a range of lenses for Micro 4/3 all with a superfast f/0.95 aperture.

The Sigma 24-35mm f2 ART lens preview

Sigma have been producing a number of lenses in their ART series which have challenged the best lenses available from the camera manufacturers (such as the 24/35/50mm f/1.4 lenses) as well as some unique designs with new ranges or apertures such as the 18-35mm f/1.8 for APS-C cameras and now the new 24-45mm f/2 Art lens for full frame cameras.

So, what is special about this new lens?

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

New Nikon Lenses announced

Nikon have announced three fantastic additions to their already substantial lens range.

The 24-70mm f/2.8G has been a standard zoom by which others have been judged since it was introduced alongside the Nikon D3. Nikon have now produced a completely new version which includes a number of significant improvements. The new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR offers Vibration reduction with up to 4 stops effectiveness along with a totally new optical and mechanical construction for improved sharpness, speed and consistency.

Monday, 27 July 2015

How to take pictures of the Milky Way

After spending many a night photographing the moon, in all of its phases, I wanted a new project to focus on… One night I was up at Jack & Jill Windmill / Southdown’s National Park photographing the Jill Mill with the stars in the back ground, when on one of the photos I noticed more than just stars… this got me thinking, can I photograph the Milky Way???

I hope with the tips below, you get the same WOW feeling when you get your first image on the screen… 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Go wide with the Fujifilm XF14mm f/2.8

I tried out the Fujifilm XF14mm f/2.8 when it was first released a few years ago. It felt nicely constructed, in keeping with other lenses available in the Fujifilm XF range, but the aperture ring felt loose, and this gave it a slightly strange feel. I didn't get that feeling of wanting to use it, unlike say the amazing XF35mm f/1.4 and the very under rated XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS. Now it seems that Fuji has addressed this issue in the later models and has tightened up the aperture ring so that it is now a superb handling lens. What I particularly like is the unusual focal length, 14mm on an APS-C sensor is 21mm on full frame.