Photography can be confusing at times, with a myriad of baffling terms and acronyms to trip up the unwary. This is particularly true of lenses, with manufacturers seemingly competing to have the longest and most elaborate names.

If you’re looking to extend your lens collection, the extensive range of models available can make it a daunting prospect. But that also means you have plenty of choice, and in this blog we’ll try to arm you with a little knowledge that will help you navigate through the confusion, and choose the right lens for you.


It’s been a busy morning for Canon who have announced four new cameras; two new EOS models – the EOS 700D and the innovative new EOS 100D, together with the new PowerShot SX280 HS and SX270 HS compacts.

The EOS 700D supersedes the popular EOS 650D and features an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and a large 7.5cm articulated touchscreen LCD display. The responsive autofocus system and 5 frames per second shooting ensure you capture every detail.

Visit Park Cameras in store on Saturday 30th March 2013 and be one of the first people in the UK to see the EOS 100D and EOS 700D in the flesh, and see for yourselves how small the EOS 100D really is!


Nikon have just unveiled their new COOLPIX A, signalling their first foray into the enthusiast compact sector. The recipe from many manufacturers in this sector, notably Fujifilm, has been to combine a large sensor and fast, prime lens with a compact body, before adding a splash of manual controls, a stylish, retro design and RAW recording capability.

Nikon has clearly been doing their homework, as the COOLPIX A is the first to include the same APC-S size sensor as the majority of their DSLR range. This DX format (in Nikon parlance) sensor, is in fact the same 16.2 megapixel unit that’s been used to such good effect in the Nikon D7000, and Nikon have also borrowed its EXPEED 2 image processor too, which augers well for image quality.


Once the preserve of the professional or deep-pocketed amateur, full-frame DSLRs are becoming far more affordable. The EOS 6D is an enthusiast level full-frame camera with a far lower price-point than we've seen previously from Canon, whilst the D600 is Nikon’s first consumer level full-frame model. With price tags around the £1500 mark neither could be regarded as inexpensive, but when you consider that prior to their arrival, you needed to spend in excess of £2000 to gain entry to the exclusive full-frame club, they represent exceptional value. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the benefits of full-frame cameras and how they compare to the smaller sensors used in consumer DSLRs.