2018-10-18

Wildlife photography can excite, amaze and educate like no other genre of photography. The 2018 winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced. The exhibition opens 19th October 2018 at the Natural History Museum in London.

Here are a selection of the winning images. We had a hard enough time selecting which images to put in this blog, so we can’t imagine what a tough job it must have been for the judging panel!

'The Golden Couple' by Marsel van Oosten - Winner 2018 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year
'The Golden Couple' by Marsel van Oosten - Winner 2018 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

2018-10-17

Our Wildlife Day 2018 event, held at our Burgess Hill store, was a great day showcasing all of the latest kit you need for taking the best wildlife photos. We spoke to Carol from Panasonic to see what kit she would recommend for wildlife photographers.

Bald Eagle, taken on a Panasonic Lumix G9 with 100-400mm Leica lens
Bald Eagle, taken on a Panasonic Lumix G9 with 100-400mm Leica lens 

2018-10-12

Sony have confirmed firmware updates for their popular a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras.

Find out how the firmware upgrades will improve the performance of your camera, and where you can download the updates from.




2018-10-11

What happens when a devout Nikon D850 fan is let loose with the new full-frame mirrorless Nikon Z7? Our London School of Photography tutor Steve Marley got his hands on the Z7 and new 24-70mm f/4 wide angle zoom lens.

So how does the Nikon Z7 compare to using the Nikon D850? Steve wrote about his first time shooting with the Nikon Z7:

Picture of a vintage racing car, taken by Steve Marley using the Nikon Z7


2018-10-09

Sigma have announced their new 60-600mm lens - a super-telephoto lens the equivalent to 10x optical zoom. On the outside it may look familiar - the Sigma 150-600mm Sports lens is a firm favourite with sports photographers - and this lens is not far off in terms of appearance and size.

We got our hands on the lens for a couple of hours – here’s our first impressions from our limited time with the lens.


Sigma 60-600mm used on a canon 5d mk IV



2018-10-08

The Canon EOS R has been one of the most eagerly anticipated camera releases for some time, with Canon fans calling out for a full-frame mirrorless camera that is compatible with EF mount lenses.

We got our hands on the EOS R, the 24-105mm f/4 wide-angle zoom lens and the rather dreamy 50mm f/1.2 prime lens. We wanted this review to focus on how it would handle in real-life situations, so we put it through its paces. How would it handle a location shoot, some landscape shots and a dash of street photography, all in one afternoon?

Canon EOS R - ROOSTER MAGIC portrait  - The Mesmerist - Ashley Laurence - Time for Heroes Photography.jpg
'Look into my eyes' - easily achievable with the Dual Pixel AF on the Canon EOS R!

2018-10-04


If you have ever yearned to become a wedding photographer it is crucial to invest in gaining the necessary skills, experience and importantly photographic equipment.

This blog offers a quick guide to the important pieces of kit that a wedding photographer will have in his or her bag. We also consider the benefit of shooting full frame, to help you achieve that perfect wedding photo.



2018-10-02


We look at the story behind the picture of some of professional wedding photographer David Peake's favourite wedding photos.

From candid, behind-the-scenes shots of the bride getting ready, through to macro photos of wedding rings, the opportunities (& demands!) facing wedding photographers are huge. But what are the secrets to taking memorable wedding photographs? David tells us more...

'Leaving' by Sussex based wedding photographer David Peake
'Right place, right time' is no accident in the world of wedding photography. All images courtesy of David Peake

2018-09-25

Photokina 2018 is here, and we're updating our blog with announcements as they are made! This blog is the place to be for live updates on product announcement and camera news.

We also take a look at the latest Photokina 2018 rumours, consider what trends are expected to be a big deal at arguably the biggest photography, camera and imaging event of the year. Photokina runs from 26.09.2018 – 29.09.2018 in Cologne, Germany.


2018-09-20

GoPro have announced the latest versions of their 4K action cameras - the GoPro Hero7 Black, Silver and White. Loved by adventurers and action fans all over the world, the name is synonymous with the small camera that can be used by anyone - from cyclists to surfboarders, and the rest!

We took the higher-spec GoPro Hero 7 Black out and about to see how it would handle, from being strapped to our chest while playing football to being dunked underwater to catch some footage of fish.

The GoPro Hero 7 (Black) used with a chest-harness during a game of football.

2018-09-17

The Sony World Photography Awards is a free photo competition that is open to everyone - you can submit entries until January 2019 (30 November 2018 if you are a student).

At Park Cameras we know that we have a talented bunch of photographers amongst our customers, readers and followers - our #parkcameras tag on Instagram features hundreds of fantastic photos. As such, we’d always encourage everyone to take part in this (& any other) competition - it's a great habit to get into.

Mathilda' by Alexander Vinogradov - Winner of the 2017 Open category

2018-09-13

Mirrorless Cameras (or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras to give them their full name), also known as Interchangeable Lens Cameras and Compact System Cameras, have come a long way since the Epson R-D1 was introduced in 2004.

The marketplace has changed dramatically since then, with the Canon EOS R, Nikon Z6 & Z7, Sony a7 III offering full-frame options that are rivalling long-established professional DSLRs. Even mirrorless cameras with APS-C sized sensors, such as the Fujifilm X-T3, are offering features such as 4K video at 60fps!

If you find yourself asking "Why should I change to mirrorless?", then our handy guide explains some of the key benefits.

The industry-leading Sony Alpha A9 mirrorless camera
The industry-leading Sony Alpha A9 mirrorless camera

2018-09-10


Canon fans rejoice - the Canon EOS R is here - the wait for a full-frame mirrorless Canon camera is over, and boy are we excited! Canon’s launch event was truly spectacular – a futuristic carnival of photographic opportunities set in Shoreditch Electric Light Station.

We had been waiting eagerly to get our hands on the EOS R and the RF lenses (24-105mm f/4 ‘kit’ lens and the 50mm f/1.2 prime lens). Here’s our first look and feel of the EOS R, plus pictures and video taken as we put the R system through its paces.

View EOS R and RF lens product details and prices.



2018-09-06

The Fuji XT-3 has just been announced. But how is this new, high-end mirrorless APS-C camera different from its predecessor?

Our handy comparison table looks at the technical specification of the Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-T2. We also have a full hands-on review, including video, that you can watch to see our first impressions in full.

Fujifilm X-T3 in Silver finish


Fujifilm have announced the successor to their popular APS-C mirrorless camera, the X-T2. Fujifilm invited us to get hands-on with the new X-T3 a week before launch – here’s our guide on what to expect.



2018-09-05

new lens Canon have today announced their long-awaited full-frame mirrorless camera - the EOS R, featuring a new RF Mount. Canon are looking to 'unlock the future of photography', with a new RF Mount that allows exciting new lenses to be developed, including a market-first – the 28-70mm f2! 

First glance also suggests that the autofocus system will be incredible in low light - up to -6EV without hunting, according to Canon.