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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens - a user report

Unpacking the Tamron 150-600mm you are stuck by just how well constructed this much sought after and anticipated lens from Tamron is.

The lens is supplied with a substantial removable tripod collar, and a deep lens hood - no case. Weight 1.95kg and around 26cm long it is a solid piece of kit.

To test the Tamron out, I coupled it to my Nikon D7100 and shot two airshows in two days - Royal International Air Tattoo on Friday the 9th July followed by Flying Legends at Duxford the next day.

Photo Walk One - British Museum, Covent Garden and Soho - a report.

Another great day on Saturday 26th July as Park Cameras customers enjoyed Photo Walk One around the British Museum, Covent Garden and Soho area of London.

We set off from the beautifully cool air-conditioned Park Cameras London store in Rathbone street after a briefing on camera settings, white balance and subjects to watch out for.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

One Stop to Picture Perfect

Controlling your image colour quality in stills and video

Further to his appearance at the Park Cameras Summer Imaging Festival held in June 2014 and as video becomes more a part of our everyday lives as photographers, Richard West from Datacolor writes here about one of the hot topics from the show - calibration for stills photography and videography.

Photographing Seabirds on the Farne Islands

In the extreme North East of England, just off the coast of Northumberland, lies a small group of uninhabited Islands called the Farnes. Once famed for its shipwrecks and Holy inhabitants the Islands are nowadays well-known for their sea bird colony. Between May and the end July the Islands are home to over one hundred thousand birds of which 35 thousand are Puffins.  A combination of this and the ease of access to the islands via local boat companies make the Farnes the best place in Europe to photograph Seabirds.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sony SLT-A77 II - Thoughts and Review

On the 1st May 2014, Sony sent a bit of a shockwave through the enthusiast APS-C DSLR sector by announcing the replacement for the popular SLT-α77, with the very well specified α77 II. This sector has been dominated by the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D7100 for a number of years with the SLT-α77 never really making its mark.

The α77 II will be welcomed with open arms by current Sony Alpha users but it wouldn't surprise me if its specs and features also raise a few eyebrows amongst current Nikon users and, probably more so, amongst Canon 7D users as the flagship APS-C DLSR is overdue an upgrade. On paper it really does seem to outdo the competition and what I plan to do across this review is to see what it’s like in the real world.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Park Cameras Photo Walk 6 - South bank and Westminster- 5/7/14 - a report

We met at Waterloo station with the weather considerably better than had been forecast and several Photo walkers who have attended earlier walks attending.

A quick briefing on subjects to look out for and camera settings and we were on our way.

We firstly headed towards the rear of the Royal Festival Hall where walkers were please to find many subjects for their cameras - including street art, still-life and candid pictures.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Events to Photograph in and around London July 2014

A selection of events that we think have great potential to get your shutters clicking.
Please contact the organisers for full details of any of these events - most are free but some you need to buy tickets for in advance or on the day.