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Monday, 1 September 2014

Events to photograph in London September 2014

September in London has some great photo opportunities - some not to be missed.

We have shown below a selection of these and hope you find this useful.

20th September - Photo Walk with professional tips - Historic Greenwich
We have a Photo Walk with professional tips running on  20th September around historic Greenwich - you can book your place for just £20 HERE.

1st-30th September - Totally Thames.
Arts and cultural celebration of the Thames featuring over 100 river related events. Full details available at

2nd-7th September - Appearing Rooms - Fountain
Interactive fountain at the Southbank Centre. Great chance for candid shots and creative images shot through the water spray. For details see here

5th and 6th September - Fire Garden by Carabosse.
With sizzling braziers and burning lanterns creating a fire garden this spectacular free event is not to the missed by photographers, Taking place in battersea power station some atmospheric shots will be on offer. Full details here

5th-9th September - Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta
Up to 50 ships berthed along the Thames and shore-side activities including maritime markets, street theatre music, dance and art installations make this a great event for photographers.
Full details available here

7th September - Angel Canal Festival.

Based around City Road lock this event brings together numerous canal boats, a fun farm, live music, street theatre and a loading cinema. Great chance for candid shots and colourful characters.
Full details here

13th -14th September - London Transport Museum Open Depot weekend
A weekend of activities focussing on the role of London transport in the First World War. The museum in Acton is only open rarely and so this is a great chance to see items not normally on view. There will be open top bus tours as well! for full details see

14th September - Richmond Duathlon
A run followed by bike ride - great chance for some action photography! Full details here

20th September - Great Gorilla Run
Hundreds of people dressed as Gorillas run through the city of London! Full details here

20th -21st September - Open House London
Your chance to get inside buildings not normally open to the public - the Gherkin, 10 Downing street, Whitehall and Admiralty house for instance. Some you can just turn up and enter for but many require advanced booking and some have a ballot system to allocate tickets. Full details can be found at

27th September - The Great River Race
A spectacular event with over 300 boats from around the world competing. Great chance for some unusual sporting pictures. Full details here

Thursday, 28 August 2014

New Manfrotto Off Road Tripod and Walking Sticks – Ideal for photo enthusiasts who enjoy hiking!

August sees the launch of the latest range from Italian tripod manufacturer Manfrotto.  The “Off Road Collection” is targeted at those looking for compact and lightweight products, specifically for outdoor photography.  The range includes a lightweight tripod and also an innovative walking stick which are both available in red, blue or green.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fujifilm X-30 Premium compact announced.

Fujifilm have announced the new X30 premium compact toy replace the January 2013 X20 model.

The X30 offers a 12MP X-Trans 2/3" CMOS II sensor combined with Fuji's EXR Processor II.

The lens is a 28-112mm equivalent F/2-2.8 with manual zoom and the camera sports Hybrid Contrast and phase detection Autofocus plus a control ring around the lens that can be programmed for several different functions.

The Canon EOS C100 - An affordable video production camera offering professional HD imaging

It can sometimes seem that every camera company on the market today offers some type of cinema grade camera. The basis of this post will be centred around Canon’s entry level version to their acclaimed EOS cinema line-up of cinema cameras. After the EOS C300 and the promising, more high-end EOS C500, we indie filmmakers get the EOS C100.

While most may be swayed by cameras such as the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which is available in both passive EF and MFT mounts and Sony’s EA50 shoulder-camcorder style large sensor camera, Canon’s EOS C100 is, in my opinion, one of the strongest indie film cam cameras to be released in recent years. It is also (in my opinion) that the EOS C100 is great value for money as you really do get a lot of great on-board features.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Canon 15x50 IS All Weather Image Stabilisation Binoculars

From my experience of selling binoculars over the years, there is one key thing that keeps recurring; everyone’s eyesight is different. This is a market that is very much down to user preference. One of the technologies that does shine though is image stabilisation. Canon’s entire range of IS binoculars sit in an almost unique category where engineers have taken the same tech that is incorporated into both EF/EFS camera lenses and their camcorder range to produce a whole series of shake-defying binoculars.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Canon August bank holiday specials

Looking to add to your Canon kit this Bank Holiday Weekend?

Park Cameras have some stunning special offers on selected Canon items this August Bank Holiday in both the Burgess Hill and London stores.

Like Park Cameras on Facebook HERE and you could be the lucky winner of a Canon EOS 5D Mk III!

Monday, 4 August 2014

A closer look at the Nikon D810

Following on from our first impressions of the D810 in June 2014, Anthony Sinfield (Training Manager for Park Cameras School of Photography) takes a more in-depth look to see what this new model brings to photographers. 

The replacement to the D800 was expected but more of a shock was the fact the D810 replaces both the D800 and the D800E.

There are numerous reviews available on line, my own however is based on usability, being the photographic trainer here at Park Cameras and specifically running courses on the Nikon D800 I was aware that its predecessor had to be used with care. I had heard so many cases from customers commenting on “soft” results from the D800 (due to pixel shift / shutter speed issues) that I was curious to find out if the D810 was more forgiving.