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Shops Selling UK Stock 2014

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

As visitors to Camera Price Buster will hopefully know, I try to only list shops that sell genuine UK stock products. In reality this means shops selling products that come with a valid UK manufacturer warranty, and are normally based in the UK (or at least the EU) so that you do not have to pay import duties or VAT on top of the price you pay to the shop. These are the two points that make grey imports a different proposition (and also cheaper) – I’ll talk more about grey i mports in another post.

Now, although I have what I believe is the most extensive listing of UK photography shops, I cannot list all of the shops that sell UK stock. Sometimes this is for technical reasons, for example when I cannot automatically pick up the latest prices from a shop’s website. One shop simply refused to have anything to do with me (and were rather rude about it too – they will not be mentioned on this page!). But there are several more shops that I would like to include, but simply have never responded to my requests for thier permission to add them. Here is the list of shops that I know of, but which are not listed. If you have contacts at any of these shops, then please ask them to get themselves listed – all they have to do is contact me and I can sort it out. I have not included any shops which I believe are selling grey imports.

Shops I know of who I cannot technically list, or who have not replied to my requests:

London Camera Exchange
Pennine Online
Just Canon
Harpers Photographic
Pantiles – Chas Norman
Chris Goodhead
Charles Eagles
Comley Cameras
J & A Cameras
City Photographic
Great Western Cameras
York Camera Mart

I do not necessarily know whether the above shops sell UK stock as I’ve not been able to get a response from them. It is not normally a good sign when shops ignore attempts to contact them, but sometimes things just get lost in the general spam. I suggest you check them out if you are looking to buy something in addition to using my listings here on the site, and be sure to ask if they are selling UK stock items. I will keep adding to this list as I come across shops. I am also attempting once again to get in touch with each shop – maybe perseverance will pay off.

Some of the shops that are included in the Camera Price Buster listings may not be listed for every product. I am constantly adding new products, as are the shops, and so it is common to find things that have not made it to the listing for a particular shop (but please let me know if you spot some as I may have simply missed them). If a normally included shop is not listed for a particular product then you may like to check them out as well in case they do sell the product you are looking for. There are also some products that I cannot list at certain shops due to the way they combine different products onto one page – such as 3rd party lenses where different mounts may be grouped onto one page, which makes it difficult to pick up the correct price.

Manfrotto Tripod Heads, Proffesional and Advanced Bags

Friday, March 7th, 2014

I’m slowly rolling out new product ranges onto the site, with quite a lot of Manfrotto products being added recently.

The first tranche of Manfrotto tripod heads and plates are now up, and I’ve moved them into their own category:
http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/Manfrotto/Manfrotto-Heads-And-Plates. Included are the 054, 055 and 057 Magnesium Ball Heads, and the 468MG Hydrostatic Ball Head – all with various quick release plates. There are also some Hexagonal and Architectural Plates.

I’ve also added two new bag ranges from Manfrotto, the Manfrotto Professional bags and the Manfrotto Advanced bags.
The Advanced bags can be found here, and the Professional bags are here.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 – DSLR Image Quality in a Micro Four Thirds Body

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Olympus have announced the intriguing OM-D E-M1 micro four thirds camera. Olympus state that the new OM-D E-M1 gives the best image quality of any consumer model they have made, and rivals the quality of a (full size) digital SLR – and all in a Micro Four Thirds size body. It certainly has an impressive list of stand out features, as follows.

OM-D_E-M1

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 features a new 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor and a new versions of their TruePic image processor. The OM-D E-M1 is flash, dust and freeze proof and has a rugged magnesium casing. Olympus have equipped the OM-D E-M1 with their fastest ever autofocus system, Dual Fast AF. This new system uses both phase detection and contrast autofocus, with the camera detecting which sort of lens you are using and switching automatically to the more suitable AF technology. It means you can use the native Micro Four Thirds lenses, and also Four Thirds lenses using an adapter. Four Thirds lenses work with phase detection, and Micro Four Thirds use contrast autofocus.

The OM-D E-M1 has an electronic viewfinder, which provides 1.48x magnification and has a 2,360,000-dot resolution. The new viewfinder has a HDR Preview Mode which allows you to monitor HDR images in the EVF before you shoot. You can experiment with four key settings before shutter release: aspect ratio, magnification, colour and highlight & shadow.

Built in image stabilisation is provided with the Olympus Hybrid 5-axis Image Stabilization system, which compensates for movement around the axis of the lens as well as horizontal and vertical shift, and the usual yaw and pitch. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has built-in WiFi, which allows you to remotely control the camera via your smartphone as well as to wirelessly transmit images. It also allows 10fps sequential shooting for capturing high-speed subjects.

The recommended price for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Body is £1299.99. There will also be lens kits with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 lens, and with the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40mm 1:2.8 lens. It is expected to be in the shops around mid-October 2013. If you pre-order before the camera goes on sale, you can get the HLD-7 vertical grip free of charge. If you purchase the E-M1 by November, you can claim the MMF-3 Four Thirds adapter worth approximately £179.

You can view the Olympus press release here.

A new high end lens has been announced to complement the E-M1: the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 ‘Pro’ zoom.

Shops Selling UK Stock (Updated 3/11/13)

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

As visitors to Camera Price Buster will hopefully know, I try to only list shops that sell genuine UK stock products. In reality this means shops selling products that come with a valid UK manufacturer warranty, and are normally based in the UK (or at least the EU) so that you do not have to pay import duties or VAT on top of the price you pay to the shop. These are the two points that make grey imports a different proposition (and also cheaper) – I’ll talk more about grey i mports in another post.

Now, although I have what I believe is the most extensive listing of UK photography shops, I cannot list all of the shops that sell UK stock. Sometimes this is for technical reasons, for example when I cannot automatically pick up the latest prices from a shop’s website. One shop simply refused to have anything to do with me (and were rather rude about it too – they will not be mentioned on this page!). But there are several more shops that I would like to include, but simply have never responded to my requests for thier permission to add them. I was recently asked to provide a list of shops that I know of, but which are not listed, so I’m starting that here. If you have contacts at any of these shops, then please ask them to get themselves listed – all they have to do is contact me and I can sort it out.

So, here is the list of the shops I know of who I cannot technically list, or who have not replied to my requests:

London Camera Exchange
Pennine Online
Just Canon
Harpers Photographic
Pantiles – Chas Norman
Chris Goodhead
Charles Eagles
Comley Cameras
J & A Cameras
City Photographic
Great Western Cameras

I do not necessarily know whether the above shops sell UK stock as I’ve not been able to get a response from them. It is not normally a good sign when shops ignore attempts to contact them, but sometimes things just get lost in the general spam. I suggest you check them out if you are looking to buy something in addition to using my listings here on the site, and be sure to ask if they are selling UK stock items. I will keep adding to this list as I come across shops.

Some of the shops that are included in the Camera Price Buster listings may not be listed for every product. I am constantly adding new products, as are the shops, and so it is common to find things that have not made it to the listing for a particular shop (but please let me know if you spot some as I may have simply missed them). If a normally included shop is not listed for a particular product then you may like to check them out as well in case they do sell the product you are looking for. There are also some products that I cannot list at certain shops due to the way they combine different products onto one page – such as 3rd party lenses where different mounts at grouped onto one page, which makes it difficult to pick up the correct price.

Update 21/2/13: added three more shops that I’ve tried to contact but had no response from.
Update 5/3/13: added J & A Cameras – no response to my email.
Update 10/9/13: two more added to end of list, as usual no response to attempts to contact them.
Update 3/11/13: Pleased to say that Ffordes are now on the site, so taken off this list.

Canon EOS 70D Details, 70D Body and Kit Prices

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The Canon EOS 70D is the latest in their long line of mid-range digital SLRs. It brings several new and interesting features to the range, most notably a brand new Dual Pixel sensor design.

canon70d

The sensor in the Canon EOS 70D is a 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, APS-C size. What makes it interesting is that it incorporates Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. This means that each pixel on the sensor is made up of two individual photodiodes, instead of the one you would normally expect. Each pixel’s pair of left and right photodiodes can have their separate values read, and these two values can then be used to achieve phase detection autofocus (by analysing any difference in the values between the left and right photodiode (the phase difference), it is possible to work out how front or back focused the image is, and therefore how much to adjust the lens focus to bring that pixel into perfect focus).

What this means is that you have a fast sensor based phase detection autofocus, which can be used when shooting in live view mode or shooting video – ie in scenarios when the sensor is receiving the image. In normal photography mode, when you are using the viewfinder, the EOS 70D utilises a traditional off-sensor 19 point cross-type autofocus system. When the image is captured, the values from the pairs of diodes are simply combined to become treated as one normal pixel.

Moving on from the sensor design, the Canon 70D has several other headline features. The 70D has a vari-angle LCD touch screen, which allows you to set the focus in live view mode etc by touching the screen. The 70D also has built in Wi-Fi, allowing you to remotely control the camera with a suitable device and app, in addition to transferring files wirelessly. You can shoot stills at a rate of 7 frames per second, and the ISO range is from 100 to 12800 (expandable up to 25600).

You can of course shoot full HD movies with the 70D, at various frame rates. The Canon 70D also features a built in speedlite transmitter, allowing you to remotely control Canon flashguns that are not mounted on the camera. The 70D has a high dynamic range mode that merges three images with different exposures – although I wonder whether the new sensor design could be utilised in the future to create a new HDR function by varying the sensitivity of one half of each pair of photodiodes. The viewfinder provides 98% coverage, and there is a built in flash with a guide number of 12.

The Canon 70D has a new battery grip available, the Canon BG-14 battery grip. It is also compatible with the Canon GP-E2 GPS unit, and the remote switch RS-60E3. The 70D takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, and uses the existing LP-E6 battery. It weighs in at 755g.

The Canon EOS 70D is expected to be available in August, with a retail price of £1079.99 for the body. You can find our UK stock price comparison for the Canon 70D here.

There are two lens kits available as well, here are the links to the price comparisons:
Canon EOS 70D With 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Canon EOS 70D With 18-135mm IS STM Lens

Pentax K50 And K500 – New Entry Level SLRs

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Pentax K50
The new Pentax K50 is the latest entry level weather resistant SLR, a follow up to the K30. It features a 16 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, with the built in to the body shake reduction (image stabilisation) found in other Pentax SLRs.

pentax-k50

The K50 has an ISO range of 100 to 51600, and can shoot at a frame rate of 6 frames per second. It can of course shoot full HD video (1920 x 1080) at up to 30 frames per second. The K50 is weather resistant and dustproof, and weighs 650g, making it great for outdoor activities.

Another notable feature for an entry level SLR is the K50’s 100% coverage viewfinder. You can also get an optional battery holder, that allows you to power the K50 from four AA batteries instead of the normal rechargeable battery – giving you extra power when away from civilisation.

The Pentax K-50 is available with their colour to order system, allowing you to choose from 120 colour combinations in addition to three standard models.

The built in flash has a guide number of 12. GPS is possible with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit, and wifi with the use of an Eye-Fi SD card. The K50 has an Automatic Horizon Correction function, and an electronic level (horizontal level displayed in the viewfinder, and both horizontal and vertical on the LCD).

Pentax K500
The Pentax K500 is essentially the same camera as the K50, but without the weather resistance.

pentax-k500

Just like the K50, the K500 can take the optional AA battery holder. See the K500 above for matching features, the only notable differences apart from the weather sealing are the absence of the electronic level and horizon correction.

Leica X Vario – Compact Camera With An SLR Size Sensor And Zoom

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Leica have released details of the new Leica X Vario compact camera, featuring an APS-C sized sensor and zoom lens.

leica-x-vario

The X Vario’s large 16 megapixel cmos sensor promises excellent image quality for a compact camera – APS-C format sensors are typically found in SLRs, such as the low to mid range Canons, and the DX format Nikons. The 18-46mm zoom lens offers a full frame equivalent zoom of 28-70mm, giving a decent wide angle up to a reasonable zoom and encompassing the classic 35 and 50mm focal lengths.

The styling of the Leica Vario X is similar to the Leica X2, but obviously with a more bulky lens compared to the fixed 35mm full frame equivalent lens of the X2. There is a cluster of controls on the top, allowing you to set the shutter speed and aperture.

leica-x-vario-top

Full HD video (1920 ×1080) can be shot with the Vario X and the videos can be saved directly in mp4 format. ISO range is 100 to 12500, and the X Vario promises a “fast, extremely precise, and virtually silent” autofocus. Manual focussing is achieved by simply turning the focussing ring on the lens, a manual override that is similar to many SLR lenses.

The X Vario is compatible with the Leica EVF 2 external viewfinder. The built in pop up flash has a guide number of 5.

New Panasonic G Compact System Cameras

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Panasonic have announced two new compact system cameras in the last few weeks, and I’ve been busy in the last few days getting the price listings up for them.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
The 16 megapixel Panasonic G6 is the latest in the long line of G system cameras, and introduces built in Wi-Fi and NFC (near field communication) as does the new GF6 model (see below). Apart from just transferring files wirelessly, the G6 can be remotely controlled from your smartphone or tablet, allowing control of a variety of camera functions and settings. The G6 has an OLED live viewfinder, and a rotating tilting touch screen LCD panel.

You can shoot images at a frame rate of up to 7 frames per ssecond, and full HD 1920×1080 video. When shooting video you can use Touch AF to control the focussing. The Panasonic G6 also has an improved ISO range from 160 ISO up to 25,600 ISO (extended).

g6

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is available to pre-order now and is due in June – see the latest G6 prices here.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6
The new Panasonic GF6 boasts a new 16 megapixel Live MOS Sensor and a new processing engine. It is the first G system camera to include built in Wi-Fi and NFC (near field communication) – a feature that is also available in the forthcoming G6 (see above) – allowing you to remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet and transfer files wirelessly.

The tiltable touch panel LCD screen means that you can control focus using Full-area Touch AF, allowing you to select any part of the picture to focus on. The tiltable LCD also allows you to take pictures of yourself should you feel the need in “self shot” mode.

gf6

You can shoot full HD video via a dedicated video record button, The GF6 has an expanded creative control function that allows you to apply 19 different filter effects, with several new ones. The Panasonic GF6 also has an improved ISO range from 160 ISO up to 25,600 ISO (extended), and allows shooting at 4 frames per second.

You can preorder the GF6 now – check the latest Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 prices here.

Canon 100D & 700D Pricing

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Something strange is going on with the pricing of Canon’s two newest SLRs. Both are entry level SLRs, but the 700D is aimed at slightly more advanced users, and is described as “Canon`s most advanced consumer EOS model to date”. Now, you would expect the 100D to be cheaper than the 700D, but currently you can get the 700D with 18-55mm IS STM Lens for a lower price than the EOS 100D with 18-55mm IS STM Lens.

There is not a huge difference in price, about £15 at the time of writing, but the current cashback deals mean you can save an extra £10 on the 700D. Which makes me wonder why you would choose the 100D over the more advanced 700D? – unless the size difference is really important to you (116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm for the 100D against 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8mm for the 700D).

If you compare the two cameras, and ignore the size, then it is quite hard to spot the difference – in many ways they are the same camera inside. The main advantages of the Canon 700D over the Canon 100D are:

  • More advanced autofocus system (9 point cross type AF system)
  • More powerful built in flash (guide number 13 compared to 9.4)
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
  • Max frames per second shooting of 5fps, compares to 4fps for the 100D.
  • Battery grip available for the 700D, but not the 100D.

Although the differences are fairly subtle, when put together it is clear that the 700D is a better featured camera, but a bit bigger than the 100D. I would certainly go for the 700D, even if it wasn’t cheaper at the moment.

Canon EOS 700D & Canon EOS 100D Details

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Two new entry level SLRs from Canon today, the Canon EOS 700D and the Canon EOS 100D.

Canon EOS 700D Details

The latest in a long line of Canon entry level SLRs, the EOS 700D has an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor. It can capture images at a frame rate of 5 frames per second, and has an ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25600). It features a vari-angle (swivelly) LCD touch screen, and a 9 point cross type AF system. Full HD video is of course possible.

Canon EOS 700D

In common with its predecessors, the Canon 700D can be used with the EF-S range of canon lenses, as well as the full standard EF range. The view finder coverage is only 95%, and the built in flash has a guide number of 13. The Canon EOS 700D uses SD cards (including SDHC and SDXC). Sadly there is no built in wi-fi or GPS (but you can use Eye-Fi cards). It is compatible with the BG-E8 battery grip.

The RRP for the 700D is expected to be £849, and is expected some time in April. It will be offered bundled with various lenses as normal.

Canon EOS 100D Details

The Canon EOS 100D becomes the base level SLR in the Canon range. It too features an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, and a less advanced 9 point AF system. The Canon 100D has a touch screen LCD and a viewfinder with 95% coverage. Canon claim it is the “smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR in its class”, and it weighs in at 407g (without a lens attached).

Canon EOS 100D

The EOS 100D can shoot at a frame rate of 4 frames per second, for up to at least 28 frames if shooting jpeg. The ISO range is 100-12,800 (expandable to 25600), and the built in flash has a guide number of 9.4.

You can shoot full HD movies with the 100D. There is no battery grip available for the 100D.

The Canon EOS 100D should be available in April, and I’ve not seen the RRP confirmed yet, but expect it to be around £600-£650.