Staff Photography Trip with Wild Arena


Some of our staff were lucky enough to spend a weekend at Knowsley Safari Park with the incredible Wild Arena team. The weather was really dicey so we had lots of rain but that didn’t stop us getting up close and personal with some animals. We did some macro work with some amazing creatures from tree frogs to a leopard chameleon. Once the weather cleared we made our way outside and toured the park meeting some of the great African animals they have there. A big thank you to Canon and Wild Arena for a weekend to remember. If you’d like to visit the guys at Wild Arena you can find them here: http://www.wildarena.com/

Premium Sigma wide and macro lenses for just £399


We are pleased to be able to offer you two fabulous special purpose lenses from Sigma that have had their price slashed to just £399.

Sigma 105mm F2.8 Macro EX DG OS

This superb lens offers premium optical quality, a fast aperture, optical image stabilisation and real 1:1 macro close focusing ability.

Sigma’s medium telephoto macro lens incorporates Optical Stabilisation allowing the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. SLD glass provides good control of aberration and the floating inner focus system ensures high rendering throughout the focusing range. By using Sigma’s APO Tele Converters, it is possible to take photos at greater than 1:1 magnification. HSM ensures a quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus override. This lens has a rounded 9 blades diaphragm which creates an attractive blur to the out of focus areas.

I took this lens out at the weekend to see what it could do. It works with both full frame and cropped sensor cameras. I used a Nikon D7100 here to show you  just how close you can get:

Focused at around 1:5, (approx 40cm)

Then the same setup shot at 1:1 (minimum focus distance) this is a full sized image, not cropped in any way!

This ten pence coin is also shot at 1:1

The detail this lens can render is marvellous, this shot is straight out of camera with no adjustments

It also makes a good portrait lens, with great sharpness and beautiful background blur

This great lens is available in Nikon, Canon and Sony fit all for just £399

Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC HSM

Another premium lens from Sigma, this wide angle lens for cropped sensor cameras offers amazing wide angle shots with superior sharpness.

It’s wide-angle of view from 102.4 degrees produces striking images with exaggerated perspective, enabling photographers to emphasise the subject. ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass, SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and Aspherical lenses provide excellent correction of all types of aberrations. The Super Multi-Layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting and creates high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures fast and quiet autofocus, while allowing full-time manual focus override.

I also took a few shots using this lens and a Nikon D7100. I was out around Poole Harbour for sunset which provides the kind of shooting conditions this lens thrives in. Once again these shots are all straight from the camera with no post production or cropping.

I think you’ll agree it gives impressive results and an interesting perspective over a standard zoom lens. This lens is available in Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax fit for just £399

Canon Macro Day


Monday saw our well loved macro event with Canon take place at our Salisbury studio. As usual, David from Wild Arena was on hand with his wonderful little creatures and fantastic advice for our customers on how to make great macro images.

All of our customers had the opportunity to use Canon’s wonderful 100mm f/2.8 L macro lens and even the unusual MPE-65mm to photograph a lovely tree frog and gecko.

If you’d like to join us for a macro day in the future or one of the other many events we run throughout the year, keep an eye on the Events section on our website or our Facebook and Twitter pages. Enjoy some images from the day, including a few images I shot myself using the Canon 1DX and 100mm f2.8L.

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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