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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.

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FINANCE OPTION 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

 

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

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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

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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

 

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.

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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.

Sony Trade-In Bonuses


Sony start their new promotion from 1/4/16 to 25/5/16

Trade in your old camera/lenses against the models listed below and receive the minimum trade in value.

It covers kit derivatives as well as body only, and the body and lens trade-ins can be used in combination.  Therefore, you could combine an Alpha7 Mark2 £80 trade-in, with a 24-70 lens £60 trade-in, with a 70-200 lens £60 trade-in to get £200 Trade In Value.

This is an In-Store offer only.

See the full list of eligible cameras and lenses here:

Bodies A6300
£80 Trade In A7M2
A7S
A7RM2
A7SM2
Lens SEL1635Z.SYX
£60 Trade In SEL24240
SEL2470Z.AE
SEL28F2
SELP28135
SEL35F14Z
SEL35F28Z.AE
SEL55F18Z.AE
SEL70200G.AE
SEL90M28G.SYX

 

 

New Low Prices – Week 13


This week we have a whole host of discounts for you, including a huge range of Tamron lenses, some great DSLRs and some digital compacts.

There are five different Tamron lenses on the list this week, for Canon, Sony and Nikon fit:

 

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Tamron 018-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II PZD for Sony originally £299, now £249.

Tamron 018-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD EOS originally £299, now £249.

Tamron 018-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD NAF originally £299, now £249.

 

 

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Tamron 024-70 F2.8 SP Di USD for Sony Alpha originally £749, now £649.

Tamron 024-70 F2.8 SP Di VC USD EOS originally £299, now £249.

Tamron 024-70 F2.8 SP Di VC USD NAF originally £299, now £249.

 

 

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Tamron 070-200 f2.8 SP VC USD for Sony originally £1029, now £879.

Tamron 070-200 f2.8 SP VC USD EOS originally £1029, now £879.

Tamron 070-200 f2.8 SP VC USD for Nikon originally £1029, now £879.

 

 

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Tamron 070-300mm f4/5.6 SP Di USD for Sony originally £275, now £229.

Tamron 070-300mm f4/5.6 SP Di VC USD EOS originally £275, now £229.

Tamron 070-300mm f4/5.6 SP Di VC USD NAF originally £275, now £229.

 

 

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Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 SP Di USD for Sony originally £275, now £229.

Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 SP Di VC USD EOS originally £880, now £739.

Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 SP Di VC USD NAF originally £880, now £739.

 

 

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The Leica T (Typ 701) silver is now  £999, a beautifully crafted compact camera of the highest specification, made from a single block of aluminium and featuring high performance lenses and a largeAPS-C sensor with 16.5 megapixels ensures pictures with exceptional brightness and clarity, even in unfavourable lighting conditions.

 

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The  Panasonic DMC-GX8, Silver Body is now £699 with £75 cashback until March 30th and Two Year Warranty from Panasonic UK.

 

All of these products and many more can be found at our New Low Prices page every week.

 

 

New lenses from Nikon including compact 300mm f/4


Nikon has announced two new lenses today including an exciting compact 300mm f/4 with a Fresnel element.

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Overview

Close the distance with this FX-format 300 mm lens. As the first F-mount NIKKOR to be equipped with a phase Fresnel element, it offers the ultimate balance of compact build, telephoto reach, and high image quality.

Ideal for sports and wildlife photography as well as travel shots and tight, detail-oriented portraiture, this lens is the smart choice when you want to fill the frame but not your bag.

The combination of f/4 maximum aperture, 300 mm focal length, and impressive VR technology enables superb results in diverse conditions. The phase Fresnel lens element significantly reduces size and weight, and a fluorine coating repels water, dust, and dirt for enhanced durability.

Lens release date and pricing information to follow shortly.

Key Features

High-performance telephoto lens: offers 300 mm focal length and f/4 maximum aperture. (450 mm focal length when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR.)

Phase Fresnel element: this telephoto lens delivers great optical performance and boasts a remarkably compact build. Use of a phase Fresnel (PF) lens element noticeably reduces the weight, without degrading image quality.

Vibration Reduction (VR): with SPORT mode. VR minimises the effects of camera shake and lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower.¹ SPORT VR mode delivers a stable viewfinder image when shooting high-speed movement, and allows a continuous shooting frame rate with reduced release time lag, similar to those that are possible when VR is turned off.

Advanced optical performance: Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare, increasing the clarity and contrast of images. An ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element minimises chromatic aberration.

Electromagnetic diaphragm: enables consistent, more precise exposures, especially when shooting at high frame rates.

Fluorine coating: actively repels water, dust, and dirt without compromising image quality. The coating enhances durability and makes it easier to clean the glass without damaging the surface.

Minimum focus distance: 1.4 m.

RT-1 tripod collar ring (optional accessory): enables the lens to be rotated freely for smooth transition between vertical and horizontal orientation.

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

An all new DX-format telephoto lens that boasts a serious size advantage. With a versatile 55–200mm focal range and an ultra-compact design, this telephoto is the perfect partner for smaller DX-format D-SLR cameras.

Compact, light, and easy-to-handle, this lens is great for close-ups of distant subjects, travel shots, sporting adventures, and amateur wildlife photography. The compact design ensures comfortable handheld shooting, and the retractable lens mechanism enables superior portability. Autofocus is fast, precise, and super-quiet, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system enables blur-free images.

Lens release date and pricing information to follow shortly.

Key Features

Portable telephoto zoom lens: covers a versatile 55–200mm focal length range (35mm equivalent: 82.5–300mm). Great for travel shots, distant subjects, sporting adventures, and amateur wildlife photography.

Retractable lens mechanism: retract the lens when it’s not in use for superior portability.

Ultra-compact and lightweight: weighing just 300 g, this lens is a mere 83 mm long when retracted.

Vibration Reduction (VR) system: delivers clear, blur-free images. Enables more stable handheld shooting and lets you shoot at up to four stops slower. VR operation is quiet, even when filming.

Nikon quality images: this lens produces beautifully sharp photos and videos, even when shooting handheld. One extra-low dispersion glass element helps minimise chromatic aberration for high-contrast images.

SWM (Silent Wave Motor): for fast, precise, and super-quiet operation.

Minimum focus distance: 1.1 m throughout the zoom range.

Small system: with its streamlined design, this telephoto lens offers great versatility and portability. By combining it with a small Nikon D-SLR camera body and the NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II zoom lens, you’ll have a powerful double zoom kit that won’t weigh down your bag.

Spring Shoot – All the Special Offers and Deals


We have just put all of our special offers and deals for the Spring Shoot live on our website. Click the OWL to find out more, you might want to refine your search by manufacturer as there is A LOT of deals!

New products from Sigma


Following on from all the other camera manufacturers to announce new products at the CES show Sigma have announced two new lenses The 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A and the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM C. Both lenses feature the new modern design and more importantly the high build standard that the latest lenses from Sigma have offered. No details on pricing or availability dates yet.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A

The Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM C

Sigma launch new 18-35mm f/1.8 lens


Get ready to replace that kit lens.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Head on

Building on the huge success of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4, Sigma have announced a fast zoom to it’s newly re-designed lens range. The Sigma A 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is optimised for APS-C sized sensors and offers a versatile zoom range combined with huge f/1.8 aperture, a first among this type of lens. When you look at Canon and Nikon’s top level lenses, even these max out and f/2.8, the Sigma offers over 1 stop advantage for shooting in low light or with shallow depth of field.

The lens itself features a re-designed AF/MF switch, new lens hood with a rubber connector, a brass lens mount as well as Sigma’s top end optical setup.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

Sigma are really working hard to offer something new and worth while, the technological advancements that have been made are displayed here in a beautiful style. When Sigma announced their initial re-designed lens range there was much speculation around the web, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 has walked all over the competition and set a new benchmark for optics, here it’s shown that they may have just done that again.

If you use APS-C sized sensors then this lens is going to be an easy decision to add to your kit bag when it’s launched. We’ll keep you up to date with release dates and pricing as we get it. Make sure to Like the Facebook page and follow @Castlecameras on Twitter.

Canon Cashback; Top 5 cashback products


There’s just 4 more days to make the most of Canon’s winter cashback.

Here’s a list of my personal top 5 Canon products with cashback available before the 24th January.

1. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM – Save £160

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

No surprise that the biggest saving got in here. The 70-200mm is amazing. Optical performance is fantastic  and built to last. Probably the best investment any sports/wildlife photographer could make for their kit bag. Saving £160 is no small amount.

2. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L IS USM

An outstanding image stabilised wide angle lens – perfect for video and handheld landscape photography. Save £55 too.

3. Canon EOS 650D, 18-135mm STM Kit

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The absolute best entry-mid level DSLR available. Superb video functions with the STM lens. Incredible image quality backed up by some serious technology make the 650D my DSLR of the moment.

4. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro USM

Canon’s leading Macro lens and a thing of absolute beauty. One of these should be found in every kit bag of the serious photographer. You will find it very difficult to get a better built lens. Save £55.

5. Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

It’s been growing on me for a while. Take all the advanced features of the EOS 650D and stick it in a nice compact bundle. Add the EF-M – EF mount adapter and you’ve got a tiny camera that will take all your lenses. Save £50

NEW Tamron 70-200mm and 90mm Macro


Tamron to update two old favourites.

Tamron lenses have come on leaps and bounds, from their humble beginnings to their new VC and USD technology. Tamron will be launching a new SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD telephoto zoom lens and a SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro lens. Available in Canon from the end of November, Nikon in time for Christmas and Sony to follow in the new year.

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USDThe new 70-200mm features;

  • 1. One special XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass in concert with four LD (Low Dispersion) elements minimize chromatic aberrations. This combined with a new optical design that delivers high contrast and high resolution throughout the zoom range achieves leading-edge image quality.
  • 2. Tamron’s advanced multi-layer coating technology dramatically improves lens performance by reducing flare and ghosting for crisper, clearer images.
  • 3. The rounded diaphragm affords the photographer spectacular blur effects, delivering the kind of rich expression only achievable with a high-speed telephoto zoom lens.
  • 4. The most compact full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) in its class delivers superior mobility, enabling photographers to capture the previously unattainable.
  • 5. Features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual focus mechanism.
  • 6. The VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images.
  • 7. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro

The new 90mm Macro features;

  • 1. Tamron has updated their legendary 90mm Macro lens with a new, state-of-the-art optical design. The lens, reborn for the age of digital photography, offers VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive).
  • 2. Adopting a state-of-the-art optical design and a rounded diaphragm, this lens carries on the long tradition of Tamron’s 90mm Macro lens in delivering spectacular blur effects. Two XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glasses and one LD (Low Dispersion) element reduce chromatic aberrations, yielding sharp images and outstanding resolution.
  • 3. Tamron’s newly developed eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating*6 delivers a dramatic improvement in antireflection performance—significantly reducing flare and ghosting for clearer, crisper images.
  • 4. The VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images.
  • 5. Features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual focus mechanism.
  • 6. Incorporates IF (Internal Focus) system, which focuses by moving only the internal lens group, rather than the front lens elements. The overall length of the lens therefore does not change when focusing, thus ensuring a broad working distance.
  • 7. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Packed with the latest in lens technology and with Tamron’s notoriously friendly pricing, we are expecting these to follow in the footsteps of the Tamron 18-270mm as some of our biggest sellers.

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