A quick summary of this article:
  • Which photographers have used manual focus (MF) lenses in the past
  • Which genres are suitable
  • Why and when manual focus may yield better results technically
  • When to choose autofocus instead
  • Which MF lenses are available
Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens sample image
Iconic image captured with the Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens


Nikon mirrorless lens lineup

Nikon recently released a roadmap for their Z lenses, covering the Z6, Z7 and Z50 optics from here on in. With the introduction of the company's full frame mirrorless camera range back in 2018, the Nikon Z mount system was also deployed, with all of the benefits of more compact, optical refinements and with wider apertures. Read our recent blog post where we discuss two new Z lenses in more detail.


 On February 13th. Canon announced the development of the new EOS R5 mirrorless camera

This is an exciting announcement heralding the forthcoming professional full frame mirrorless body set to offer serious enthusiasts and pro photographers (including filmmakers) a series of ‘ground-breaking’ new features.

Canon EOS R5 showing sensor

Hot off the press, the Canon EOS 850D (Canon Rebel T8i in North America) brings lots of new features, in an all-encompassing package. Following on from the accomplished Canon EOS 800D this new and improved APS-C camera has plenty to offer for those who want a cost-effective, imaging solution or for taking their first steps down the DSLR route.


The Olympus E-M1 Mark III carries on the success of the E-M1 Mark II, with a far richer feature set than ever before. This new version brings professional features to the lineup, especially if you want a more portable compact version of the E-M1X.

Olympus E-M1 Mark III

It is not everyday that a camera manufacturer launches new products on all fronts, from new mirrorless lenses to a heavyweight flagship DSLR. That is precisely what Nikon have done in one fell swoop in February 2020. Love is definitely in the air for many Nikon users, from Z-mount mirrorless fans dreaming of new lenses to working DSLR professionals who have eagerly awaited the D6 body, which was announced back in September 2019. We have some juicy sample images along with a rundown of just how special these new lenses are.

Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 seascape sample image
Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 mounted on Z6 body


The wait is over… the Fujifilm X100V has finally been announced and we’ve got all the information with a full spec. list and a new camera to play with. Following in the footsteps of the Fujifilm’s X100 Series, the Fujifilm X100V provides the latest and greatest in a portable and fun premium compact digital camera.

Fujifilm X100V hero in black


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


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


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


* 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!


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.


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?


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.