2020-01-27

Even if you only perform a modicum of postprocessing on your images, there comes a time when the humble mouse just doesn't cut the mustard anymore. For general movements and edits, a mouse is fine, but if you want the ultimate in precision and control you can't beat a graphics tablet.

One of the longest standing and most respected in this arena is Wacom. From small, generic tablets to professional solutions, these things last a ridiculous amount of time, have plenty of accessories and all the bits that wear out, such as nibs and texture sheets, are easy to purchase.

There are clearly cheaper options on the market, but when it comes to overall functionality and longevity, there's a reason Wacom tablets have become the professional's choice. Here we will check out some of the most common models to hopefully offer you an insight into which best fit your budget and workflow.

Close up using the Pro pen and Wacom tablet

2020-01-07

Nikon were somewhat late to the mirrorless camera party when they finally arrived in 2018. However, as we all know it is fashionable to be late and there was good reason for this historic brand. Nikon had developed one of the shortest, widest flanges in the market (55mm inner diameter and short 16mm flange focal distance, take a look here at Nikon’s website). This is ideal for capturing all of that valuable light whilst also allowing their optical engineering boffins the chance to develop new lenses for this system without limitations imposed by 35mm. Enter January 2020 and the Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S telephoto zoom lens. Most incredibly welcome, despite also being somewhat late to the party. Sample images are available at the end of this first impressions post.
Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Lens

Stop the press. Full details of the brand new flagship DSLR are now available and you can also preorder the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III here. You can try one out for yourself in January 2020 in our Sussex camera store, more details below.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Body front


2019-12-10


As the year is drawing to a close we thought we would round up the best selling camera equipment of 2019… so far. Camera manufacturers are designing truly excellent products at the moment and seem to have really stepped up their game with 2019 releases. We have seen incredibly advanced new technology filtering into both camera and lens designs this year. There have also been a flurry of accessories appearing on the market including new camera bag designs, backpacks and more general yet essential photo accessories
The Best selling camera equipment of 2019

2019-11-26

* Our sale is now over for 2019 *

You may have noticed that in 2019 Black Friday seems to have started somewhat earlier than previous years, with many major retailers embarking on sales in mid November. Park Cameras have also started with some of the best camera deals for Black Friday available right now. Camera, lens and accessory manufacturers are scrambling to put their gear on discount earlier than ever, securing more sales for them before the end of the year. Obviously this is a fantastic opportunity for photographers, videographers and hobbyists to grab absolute bargains well before Christmas. We wrote a post earlier if you are looking for a gift for a photographer this black Friday which you may also find handy when shopping!

2019-11-18

Taking the plunge to buy a mirrorless camera system can be daunting with so much choice available on the market today. Whether you are completely new to photography, deciding to switch from a point and shoot, or upgrading from using your smartphone, we look at the best mirrorless cameras for beginners and how you can choose the right system to suit you.

What are the choices for a new mirrorless camera system for beginners



We recently headed to Canon HQ where we were able to check out two new Canon RF lenses, the RF 70-200mm f/2.8 and the new 85mm f/1.2 DS lenses. At the time, we weren't able to take any photos using the lenses as they were both pre-production but we’ve managed to get our hands on the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens and I’ve been shooting with it for an afternoon to check it out.

2019-11-12

Visitors to our two camera stores (in London and Sussex) are sometimes surprised by the range and quality of used items we have in stock. Customers regularly ask our staff whether they should consider buying used camera equipment rather than new. So in this post we’ll explore why you might want to, the pros and cons, what to look out for and how you can have the best experience possible.
New vs Used - can you get a great deal?

2019-11-06


Panasonic Lumix have officially announced the new Lumix S PRO 16-35mm f/4 lens for L-Mount cameras like the S1, S1R and the S1H. This completes the trio of native zoom lenses that most photographers look for, the 16-35mm, 24-70mm and the 70-200mm.

2019-10-30

Black Friday came out of nowhere in the UK just a few years ago. Camera and lens manufacturers have embraced it as an opportunity to extend pre-Christmas offers to photographers. For 2019 the event falls on Friday 29th November and we are excited to see what cashbacks and discounts will be made available. With this in mind we have asked a range of photographers what they would like if their significant other decided to splurge on a gift for them, everyone loves a treat especially if it is a bargain. In this post we’ll explore some camera gear to suit any budget and why your partner might be excited to receive a present with one of these inside.
Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 photography gift for Black Friday

2019-10-29



This week, we’re taking a look at all things creepy with our guide to spooky photography. We’re going to be running through locations, lighting, angles, framing and finally, post processing. You can use all of these to add atmosphere to your photos and create some great, spooky photographs.

2019-10-24


Canon have officially announced the Canon 1DX Mk III and we have seen it, albeit in a glass box but still. This is very exciting, the 1DX Mk II was an incredible camera and still used by photographers around the world (in fact, Canon pointed out that the majority of photographers at the Rugby World Cup in Japan are using Canon) and we actually have more information to share than we thought we would.



Canon have announced two new RF lenses for the RF eco-system, the new RF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Lens and the RF 85mm f/1.2 DS Lens. Both of these are exciting lenses although for quite different reasons; the 70-200mm completes the trinity of RF lenses that most photographers have been waiting for with the 15-35mm f/2.8, the 24-70mm f/2.8 and now the 70-200mm f/2.8. All three lenses have image stabilisation and are nice and bright at f/2.8. The 85mm f/1.2 DS lens is a pretty unique lens with a special coating giving a very unique look to the bokeh.

2019-10-23


Introducing the brand new Fujifilm X-Pro 3, a camera that is definitely hotly anticipated by many. I've been shooting with it for about a week, photographing landscape, portrait, sunset, in a variety of conditions and this camera does some things very differently. It certainly feels a little unique and interesting and we’re going to explore why.

2019-10-17


Introducing the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, the latest in Olympus' lineup of E-M5 cameras. Offering a great all round package, this camera is perfect for anyone wanting to shoot almost anything; from landscape, portrait or street photography through to video and vlogging, this camera has a lot to offer.

2019-10-14


The a7RIV is the newly redesigned 2019 premium 35mm mirrorless body, specialised towards stills image capture, with a world leading 61MP full-frame back-illuminated CMOS sensor. At this resolution it competes with medium format camera resolution, with several added benefits. Benefits over medium format systems include the price, AF tracking, familiar handling and the overall compact size and weight of the system. It is also capable of 4K video recording, although there are better movie-specific Sony systems available to choose from if you are predominantly a Vlogger or cinematographer. Read more to see how this new version excels for stills photography.