Win a VIP day at Monkey World with Canon 6D Mark II


Win an exclusive overnight photo experience at Monkey World with Castle Cameras and the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

Order the Canon EOS 6D Mark II before Thursday 31st August and you’ll be entered into our prize draw to win a VIP day at Dorset’s Monkey World.  The lucky prize winner will receive an overnight stay, entry to the park and lunch for yourself and a friend.

Your day will include:

  • Breakfast on arrival
  • A 3-hour guided photography tour
  • Lunch in the restaurant
  • A one-night stay near the park
  • A bottle of fizz in your room
  • Become an adoptive parent for one of the primates, with all of the benefits, including:
  • Free entry to Monkey World for a year

The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world.

Some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species including Europe’s official orang-utan crèche!

During your VIP tour, you will have the opportunity to scale some of the towers within the park which are normally not accessible to visitors to gain exclusive views of the primates.  Get the best out of your new 6D Mark II with this fantastic day out.


Air Festival Pop Up Shop and Special Deals

It’s time for the Bournemouth Air Festival again and Castle Cameras is on the beach in our pop up shop, aka ‘The Container’.  We have some cracking deals running over the weekend, some of which are at the pop up shop, and even more in store or online.

Air Festival Specials

10% off Canon L lenses and10% off Canon Image Stabiliser binoculars.

Double Cash Back on lots of Sony lenses.

Free monopods with Nikon D500 body, D500 kit and the Nikon D5.

Free holster cases with some Sigma lenses.


The Pop Up Shop

Down on the beach today you can find Howard, Racheal and Jim from the Castle Cameras team as well as Mike from Sony UK with some demonstration kit you can try out, such as:

Alpha 6300

Alpha 7R MK2

Alpha 7S MK2

RX10 MK 2 and lots of lenses, including 85mmf1.4GM, 24-70GM, 70-200G and a 70-300G.  Double Cash Back or free monopods with plenty of Sony lenses over the Air Festival weekend.


Canon will be joining us in the pop up shop on the beach, with their demo stock on Friday and Saturday.

We hope you can come and join us at the Air Festival and try out some of the demo stock.  If you can’t make it then don’t miss out on the  Air Festival Specials on the website.



Don’t get hit by the falling pound!

You may have noticed that the result of the EU referendum was to leave the EU, which caused the pound to drop significantly.  We are beginning to get price increases from our suppliers, the key one being Sony who recently sent us this:

“2016 has been a challenging year so far. After an extremely encouraging start, the earthquakes in the Kumamoto region of Japan and the damage they caused to the Sony Kumamoto Technology Centre put significant pressure on our digital imaging business. We have been working around the clock to restore production capacity and fulfil the orders that we have committed to deliver and are very happy that wafer processor operations, testing and assembly have been increasing steadily since May. Throughout this process, we have minimised the financial impact of this incident to our customers.

However, with the recent economic turbulence and extreme fluctuations in currency exchange rates between Japanese yen and European currencies, particularly the pound, we have had to revisit our pricing structure as of the 1st August 2016 we will be adjusting the list prices of our digital imaging products.

We do not do this lightly and have carefully considered the implications for all parties.”

Increases on key Sony lines are in the order of 20%.  We are also seeing increases from Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Tamron.

We will continue to monitor our costs and selling prices on a daily basis to ensure we offer you the best possible value.

The team at Castle Cameras


Extra savings on DSLRs and lenses to reduce stocks

We wanted to let our valued customers into our little secret.  We are reducing many different items each week.  This week we have some big reductions on DSLRs, Lenses and Accessories. The offers are running Saturday to Saturday.  Just click on the Clearance Offers box to see them all.

Some of the highlights this week are

Canon customers…

Canon EOS 80D, 100-400 Mk II  with £185 rebate from Canon UK until January 31st, 2017 and an extra £200 saving this week to clear and finance available.


Interest Free Finance (12 Months)
0% APR with 10% Deposit

Canon Macrolite MR-14EX II £429 Normally £449. Extra £20 saving this week to clear


Nikon customers…

Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens for DSLR £1749 Extra £50 saving this week to clear and a Free Hoya UV filter worth £59.90




Nikon D7000, 18-105VR Refurbished now only £399.00, an extra £50 saving this week to clear.




Pentax customers…

We have the  HD D-FA 150-450mm f4.5-5.6 ED DC AW £1449, normally £1699. Extra £250 saving this week to clear

d2418fb6-9ddb-4b6e-ab10-c28ea03cb77b-cj22696Pentax 43mm f1.9 Limited SMC DA, Black, £499, normally £566. Extra £67 saving this week to clear.

Pentax 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR SMC DA, £99 Normally £159. Extra £60 saving this week to clear.


Sony customers…

Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 16-35 F2.8 ZA SSM £1399 Extra £100 saving this week to clear and Free Sony Extended Warranty activation card worth £50


Sony DSLR Lens, 135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF £829 Extra £70 saving this week to clear and Free Sony Extended Warranty activation card worth £50

sal135f28-aa16076Have a look at the website for nearly 100 clearance items.

Next week Square Filters and Studio Accessories!

Castle Cameras


Leica Q_Atmosphere

The World’s Best Cameras for Gents (according to our staff)

Everyone is a snapper now. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, everyone is sharing their lives through visuals today.  It’s time to upgrade your visual diary to ‘iconic’ though. We asked our globetrotting, pavement-pounding, bush-lurking male staff members for their recommendations of cameras for work — and play.


The Cutting Edge


Staff Member: Howard Lucas

Shoots: Weddings, weddings and more weddings

Recommends: Fujifilm X-Pro2

A throwback design: discrete, but a sturdy-as-hell, dial-heavy piece that feels as substantial as a proper camera should. Retro in aesthetics only, the X-Pro2 packs the latest next-gen photo technology like a hybrid viewfinder and x-trans3 sensor. Most importantly, taking a photo feels tactile again. Because you know what feels better than tapping a screen? Anything.

£1349 body only



The Traveller


Staff Member: Robin Warren

Shoots: Touristy things, buildings, parks, statues and weird food

Recommends: Sony RX-100 mark IV

Small, slick and perfectly finished, the Sony’s diminutive proportions belie it’s incredible abilities. An unusually large 1″ sensor for better quality images, 4K video, slow motion and premium Zeiss optics in a camera you can slip in your trouser pocket. Rob walked 30 miles around New York with this little gem without breaking his back.


The Hipster


Staff Member: Hugh Thomas

Shoots: Flowers, beards and cats

Recommends: Ricoh GR1v

If digital just rubs you up the wrong way you need to go analogue. One of Japan’s greatest photographers, Daido Moriyama swore by these beauties. No screen, no syncing to your Mac and no goddamn geotagging. The iconic GR demands plenty and rewards handsomely. Insert film, snap, develop and begin your revolution. Film will always look cooler than a filter on your phone.

sometimes available from our used equipment list, from £250

film available from £5.95


The Sartorial Elegance

Leica Q_Atmosphere

Staff Member: Graham Fry

Shoots: Dinner parties, canapés, boutique hotels and suits

Recommends: Leica Q

The Leica Q will make you feel like a king. When only the best will do, there can only be one camera manufacturer to turn too, Leica. In hand it feels more pricey than a bag of uncut diamonds and more solid than the proverbial brick out-house. That emotive red dot will push you to become a better photographer, imagine you are Henri Cartier-Bresson looking for the decisive moment. Just try not to look too smug walking around with your lump of handmade german goodness.



The Super Pro


Staff Member: Part-time studio photography Guru, Stuart Moore

Shoots: Models, girls, fashion, cars and other cool stuff

Recommends: Canon EOS 5D mark III

For the pro lurking inside. This out-and-out photography weapon can record movies in full HD, and take full-frame still images worthy of any magazine cover. Six frames per second means you won’t miss a thing and the masterpiece of tech, the Canon 22MP detail-capturing sensor and Canon lenses will put your snaps a cut above.

£2499 Body and 24-105mm STM lens kit



Camera and Lens Rental

Camera and Lens Rental at Castle Cameras


Did you know we do rental?

Rental is a great way to go if you want to be able to use exotic or expensive kit but don’t want to own the gear. For those jobs that require just an extra step then consider rental as a great way to boost your kit bag without breaking the bank. The best bit? You can charge your clients for the privilege by including rental costs in your bill.



For sometime now we have been offering this great rental service to our customers and would like to make sure you all know about it and can take advantage. We have a huge selection of Canon equipment for hire from a 50mm f/1.4, right up to a Canon 5DSR!

We also have a limited amount of rental equipment available from other manufacturers, including the Sony A7S mark II and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G. We can also hire our anything you might find on our USED equipment list.


How does it work?


You can rent Digital SLR cameras and lenses from Castle Cameras at our Bournemouth Store, Dorset and our Salisbury store, Wiltshire.

Renting from Castle Cameras gives you the benefit of having a local collection service available from Bournemouth or Salisbury as well as being able to try the kit before you buy it. If you rent a piece of equipment and decide afterwards to purchase it we’ll knock up to 1.5 days rental off the product price!

To rent from Castle Cameras you will need register with us first by popping into our Bournemouth store with the following:

  • Photo ID, either Driving Licence or Passport
  • Bank statement or Utility bill featuring your current home address dated within the previous 3 months, Gas/Electric or Water ONLY.
  • The ability to put down a deposit for the current retail value of the goods, credit or debit card only.

ALL accounts must be created at our Bournemouth branch in person.

Creating the account takes about 10 minutes, so you can come in on the day you’d like to rent to set it up. If you do not have an account, you cannot hire out equipment. No exceptions.

You can collect rentals from our Salisbury store, however please let the Bournemouth store know (01202 526606) if you wish to do this, as all hire equipment is held at our Bournemouth branch. Please let us know as soon as possible if you require this service, as we will need to arrange transit to Salisbury.

Rental is only available via local pickup in our stores and is subject to customer ID checks.  Delivery is not possible at this time. We reserve the right to charge a deposit to the full retail value of goods on all of our rental equipment. We generally don’t ask for a deposit but on very high value items it may be necessary if it is your initial rental.


How much does it cost?


Listed below is an example of what we have to rent. We have plenty of other options available, just call with your request!

Prices shown are PER DAY unless indicated otherwise. Weekend hire is charged a 1.5 days, weekly hire at 5 days.









Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS ii USM – £40

Canon 85mm f1.2 L ii USM – £60

Canon 5D Mkiii body – £80

Sony A 7S Mkii – £90

Sony FE 24-70 f2.8 – £60

Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 Mkii ED N – £60

Panasonic GH4 body – £60

If you wish to use our rental service please phone 01202 526606, or e-mail your requested equipment and dates.

Remember, if you can’t find what you’re looking for then be sure to check our Used list, anything you see there can be selected for daily or weekly rental.

One last thing, please read the full terms and conditions  in full before renting from us. It is vital you have read and understood what your responsibilities are.




There’s a real buzz at Castle Cameras!

We had a great surprise yesterday when we started to hear a real buzz out the back of the Winton shop. Within 5 minutes the sky was full of flying insects.  We soon realised it was a swarm of bees!  After a while they started to settle down, on our picnic bench, right next to Alice’s bike!  We used a Sony A6300 with the new Sigma MC-11 converter and a Canon 100-400,  to get a few shots of the little fellows…







We contacted a local swarm collector who popped down and rounded them up to take them off to their new home.  All the buzz is over for now…



Sigma MC-11 super test! 24 Canon fit lenses tested

Welcome to our super test of one of the most exciting new products from Sigma, the MC-11 EF to Sony E mount adaptor.



The Sigma MC-11

This great piece of kit from Sigma is designed to allow fully compatible use of the Sigma lenses in Canon EF on Sony E mount cameras, including full frame FE mount cameras like the Sony A7SmkII, A7RmkII and A7mkII.

Greg Thurtle from TP Photography, who helped me complete this mammoth test, joined me in store as we went through many Canon L series lenses and other third party lenses to see how well they perform. As this adaptor is not supposed to support these lenses, the results would be very interesting. If it worked well, the MC-11 could be a much more cost effective alternative to the popular Metabones adaptors. The list of lenses tested is listed below, watch the video to see how well they performed!

Full Frame Lenses

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM MACRO

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro EOS

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di EOS

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro EOS

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC USD EOS

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD EOS

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM EOS

Crop Lenses

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM-C

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM

Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART


As you can see from the video, only two of the lenses we tested failed to work and many of them worked flawlessly. This adaptor from Sigma is an absolute game changer and is a strong contender for our product of the year! The Sigma MC-11 and all of the lenses tested are  available from Castle Cameras now.

Canon 80D and 1DX mark II added to promotion

Virtual Kits from Canon

Canon have been running a great offer for a few weeks now, create your own virtual kit by getting money off when you buy selected cameras from Canon’s DSLR range and partner them with selected lenses.

When you buy a Canon EOS 7D mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 5D mark III, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DSr and any compatible lens and receive a rebate from Canon of up to £590.  

virtual kits

rebate ef

rebate efs

New Cameras Added!

The EOS 80D and EOS 1DX MkII have now also been added to this promotion. In addition, it has been agreed that the claims for 80D and EOS-1D X Mark II will be accepted from the beginning of the promotion (23rd March). If customers bought an 80D before it was added to the promotional web site, when they buy a compatible lens within the promotional period, they are able to get the reward on it.

Customers can claim the lens reward AND the San Disk card when buying a 1DXII with an eligible lens.

Customers cannot claim the reward for the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM when only buying the hard bundle 80D +18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. They can claim the reward on another lens if they buy this bundle + another lens.


Canon Weekend 17th – 22th March

Canon take over Castle Cameras for the weekend!

Canon are taking control of some great deals this weekend, exclusive to Castle Cameras. Offers run from 17th March through to 22nd March.

Get a FREE x1.4 teleconverter with any L-series lens over 200mm


Interest Free Credit available on all L-series lenses and the EOS 5D mark III and EOS 7D mark II



Have a cream tea on us!


Buy any Canon camera or lens during the take over weekend and receive a voucher to enjoy  a delicious cream tea on us, redeemable at Seventh Wave restaurant, Durlston, Swanage or Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood.



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