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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Imaging Festival 2015

Customers shared their passion for photography in style at the Park Cameras Imaging Festivals!

We recently held our annual Imaging Festivals at our flagship Burgess Hill store in West Sussex and at our store in Central London, just off Oxford Street. Headlining this years event were the free seminars and photo walks from inspirational guest speakers including David Noton, David Newton, Wayne Johns, Michael Wayne Plant, Mark Lawrence, Rob Pugh and Matt Hart. The show also featured a range of special offers with some of the best prices in the UK – some so good that customers were queuing up to get in over 2 ½ hours before the store was due to open at 9am!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Canon launch the Canon G3X with 1" sensor and 24-600mm equivalent zoom!

Canon have announced a new addition to the Powershot range - the G3 X.

The G3 X offers a 20.2MP 1" sensor (large for a compact) and a stunning 24-600mm f/2.8-f/5.6 equivalent zoom lens. This will allow you to cover almost any subject from landscape to wildlife and sports and capture high quality images thanks to the lens and sensor quality.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Astrophotography - a beginners guide.

Astrophotography is the term used for photographing astronomical objects and large areas of the night sky.

As well as the larger astronomical objects (The Sun and the Moon) there are the planets, stars and other objects invisible to the naked eye such as dim stars, nebulae and galaxies.

Photographing these very dim or invisible to the naked eye objects can be accomplished by using a long exposure, as digital cameras are capable of accumulating / adding light photons over long periods of time, or using a very high ISO setting and a short exposure time.

Sony launch upgrades to two models - the RX100 IV and the RX10 II

The Sony RX100 has long been considered as the best of the truly pocket able compact digital cameras from the original RX100 through to the RX100 III. Now Sony has announced a further refined model the RX100 IV as well as an update to the superb RX10 - the RX10 II.
Apart from the un-imaginative names (if it ain't broke don't fix it!) what is new about these new models?

Sony launch the stunning new A7R II with 42MP full frame sensor!

The Sony A7R has been replaced at the top of the A7 range with the new A7R II. The A7R featured a
36mp sensor whereas the A7R II moves to a 42.4mp Back-illuminated CMOS sensor.

The A7R II also adds the superb 5-axis Image stabilisation system first featured in the A7 II plus will shoot 4k video internally. Silent shooting and fast Hybrid AF area also featured.

Featuring the worlds first 42.4mp Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, the A7R II shoots up to 102,400 ISO and has a high speed AF system (40% faster than the A7R) aided by 399 focal plane phase detection AF points.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Leica launch a new 24mp Full frame compact camera with fixed 28mm f/1.7 lens - We go hands on with the Leica Q!

The Leica Q combines a 24mp full frame sensor with Image Maestro II processing, with a superb Leica 28mm f/1.7 Summilux ASPH. Optically stabilised lens in a compact body.

Made in Germany, the Leica Q offers superb image quality combined with ultra-fast AF performance, fast start-up times and flexibility of operation.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Events in and around London to Photograph June 2015

June is a great month for available light photography with longer days as the sun lingers before setting.

There are many events and festivals you can visit in June and below we have highlighted some events especially suitable for photographers.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Nikon D7200 - a field trial at the Duxford VE Day anniversary Airshow

When Nikon launched the D7100 I bought one immediately. As a long term user of several different Nikon models the D7100 offered me a 24mp APS-C (DX) size imaging sensor and a decent frame rate of 6fps plus a 51-point AF system.

So, some time later, Nikon launch the D7200 offering a 24mp sensor and 6fps - so what is the difference and is it worth the upgrade?

The Leica M-240 - a field trial

Leica is synonymous with photography and many photographers ambition is to own a Leica camera.

The name Leica is a combination of the first three letters of Ernst Leitz surname and the first two from the word camera; lei-ca. The first 35mm film Leica prototypes were built by Oskar Barnack at Ernst Leitz Optische Werke, Wetzlar, in 1913. Intended as a compact camera for landscape photography, particularly during mountain trips, the Leica was the first practical 35 mm camera that used standard cinema 35 mm film. The Leica transports the film horizontally, extending the frame size to 24×36 mm, with a 2:3 aspect ratio, instead of the 18×24 mm of cinema cameras which transport the film vertically.