Just In from Elinchrom

The following now Elinchrom stock items: ProTec Location Bag, Rotalux Profoto Adapter Speed Ring, Snoot Grid Set 3, Replacement Reflective Cloth for Portalite and Shallow Umbrella 105cm Translucent.

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Elinchrom's ProTec Location Bag (item 33195) is designed with the photographer in mind. Made out of durable nylon and YKK zippers, this is the ideal solution to fit portable flash such as the ELB 400 or previous Quadra series. Features include rain protective cover, adjustable shoulder strap, internal dividers, and straps to securely attach tripods or umbrellas. Elinchrom's Rotalux Profoto Adapter Speed Ring (item 26531) allows use of any Elinchrom Rotalux softbox with a Profoto studio head. Elinchrom Snoot Grid Set (item 26427) comprises three additional honeycomb grids sizes to complement the Snoot Reflector & Grid. They deliver a sharply defined concentrated light source of exceptional quality. Elinchrom spare or replacement Reflective Cloth is available for all Portalite softboxes: Octa 56cm, Square 40x40cm and Square 6x66cm (items 26742, 26743 and 26744). Elinchrom's Shallow Umbrella 105cm Translucent (item 26349) offers a choice between shoot-through and reflected use. The difference between the two can easily be seen in the catch-light of any reflective surface. Key features include heat-resistant fabric, included umbrella sleeve and 7mm umbrella shaft to fit to all EL Compacts and Heads. The wide angle internal reflector within each Elinchrom light source smoothly illuminates the complete surface of the umbrella, for a wide spread of light. This is the first of Elinchrom's new range of umbrellas – the others will follow in the coming months. (March 2017)

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NEW! Kaiser Light Boxes

Kaiser has flattened the light box! Introducing Slimlite Plano – at just 8mm it's super-flat, plus dimmable and runs off a built-in rechargeable battery. Also just in: Kaiser Top Table XL Vario Shooting Table.

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Kaiser's new light boxes aren't 'boxes' any more. Slimline Plano LED light boxes are as flat as a pancake but feature perfect specifications for viewing, sorting and digitizing slides and other transparent originals. Their prime performance with respect to colour rendition and uniform illumination are combined with compact design, various power supply possibilities and adjustable brightness. There are two different models with illuminated areas of 22 x 16cm (model 2353) and 32 x 23cm (model 2354) respectively. The latter version will also light complete archival sheets. The light boxes have scales beside the illuminated area in both centimetres and inches. There are three options for the power supply: the built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the combined mains/charging adapter included, or the USB cable using a power bank, computer etc. The 5000K colour temperature with 88 CRI color rendition index provides for precise color rendition for inspection and photographic reproduction of originals. A short touch of the touch switch activates the light source, a longer touch changes brightness continuously. Another Kaiser item added to our range: Top Table XL Vario Shooting Table (model 5840). This flexible shooting table is ideal for larger object photography without an interfering background. It features a translucent poly-carbonate sheet with matte non-reflective surface on a strong aluminium frame with four lockable castors. The backdrop angle is adjustable, and the level work space measures 94x90cm. (March 2017)

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Parrot Sequoia

Capture the invisible, monitor your crops. The Parrot Sequoia multispectral sensor is revolutionising the agriculture sector, offering a comprehensive and adaptable solution that is compatible with all drones.

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Sequoia is one of Parrot's specialist Business Solution products. This revolutionary and affordable device is a decision-making aid for farmers. With its two sensors, multispectral and sunshine, Sequoia analyses plants' vitality by capturing the amount of light they absorb and reflect. Collecting this data means that farmers can do what's best for their fields. Sequoia enables farmers to take action at the micro-plot level. Optimising the use of fertiliser by varying the quantities according to need, reducing the use of pesticide to only the plots which require it and analysing plant behaviour after irrigation are all benefits obtained via the Sequoia sensor. Control your production costs better and optimise your yield. The Sequoia solution features two sensors. The multispectral sensor facing the plants captures the light that they reflect in four separate parts: green and red lights and two infrared bands invisible to the human eye. Placed on the drone, the sunshine sensor records the intensity of light emanating from the sun in these four same bands of light. Advanced agriculture technology at your fingertips. With its mini-camera format and light weight, the Sequoia multispectral sensor adapts to all drones, both multi-rotor and flying wing. Whether on a computer, smartphone or tablet, its Wi-Fi and USB connections make its data accessible on all devices. The Sequoia can be integrated anywhere, whatever your equipment. Download Sell Sheet for all technical specs. (March 2017)

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NEW! Sekonic L-858D SpeedMaster

The Sekonic L-858D SpeedMaster is the world's first multi-function meter with flash duration and multi-brand wireless triggering. With a feature set for the look, feel and interaction for today's electronic photographic gear.

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The new flagship SpeedMaster L-858D combines over 60 years of Sekonic innovation with cut­ting-edge flash-measurement technology to meet the needs of today’s photographers and motion image makers. Incorporating flash duration measurement, the first time in a multi-function light meter, the L-858D provides the critical flash data needed to calculate proper ambient-flash exposure. The L-858D also measures the brief flash bursts of HSS (High Speed Sync) for precision flash exposure control. The L-858D includes the essence of the popular L-478D series features and functions that enables photographers to break through the boundaries of ISO sensitivity, flash and ambient shutter speeds, as well as frame rates (f/s) and shutter angles for cinematographers. Increased sensitivity for both incident and reflected-spot sensors in ambient light allows ex­treme low light level measurements. The L-858D also offers an optional wireless triggering modules - available now for Elinchrom and Phottix in addition to PocketWizard radio triggering devices. With its 2.7” colour touch screen and truly innovative advanced and sophisticated features, the L-858D breaks away towards the next generation of light measurement control. Download the Sell Sheet on the product page for more info and technical specifications. (March 2017)

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ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss

ExoLens has partnered with Zeiss to offer a range of superior lenses specifically for mobile photographers. Range includes Wide-Angle, Micro-Zoom and Telephoto lenses, and mounts. Also new: Zeiss Display Wipes.

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Enter a new era of smartphone photography. The ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss accessory lenses impress with their modern, elegant and intuitive design. The Wide-Angle has an aspherical optical design with field angle factor 0.6x (18mm equivalent) to deliver distortion-free images with exceptional edge-to-edge contrast - ideal for landscapes, architecture and interiors. The Macro-Zoom has a variable 40 to 80mm focal length. Take full-frame razor-sharp pics of objects 3 to 12cm in size. The Telephoto has a field angle factor 2.0x and is designed to capture photos of distant objects with enhanced clarity and resolution - ideal for portraits and street photography. All lenses require a mount, sold separately. Compact and lightweight ExoLens Edge is suitable for iPhone 7/6S/6/6S+/6+. ExoLens Brackets (two models, for iPhone 7/6S/S and iPhone 6S+/6+) includes an integrated tripod mount and a cold shoe mount, for additional accessories such as external video light. And in other Zeiss news, we have a new item in our range of cleaning products. Zeiss Display Cleaning Wipes are the professional solution for a thorough and gentle cleaning of a number of optical surfaces (smartphones, tablets, LCD displays etc.). Removes fingerprints and smudges and is free of alcohol and ammonia. The wipes come individually packaged, in a set of 30. We have also listed as stock items the PL and EF mounts of the new LWZ.3 Lightweight Zoom Lens, as well as Interchangeable Mount Systems for LWZ.3 in EF, PL, E, F amd MFT, to further increase this lens's versatility. (February 2017)

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Premium Samyang XP Lenses

Samyang's XP series offers excellence in performance with unprecedented resolving power for 50 megapixels photo and 8K video productions. Two lenses in the series - 14mm and 85mm - both available now in Canon mount.

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Samyang Optics introduced its long-awaited XP 14mmF2.4 and XP 85mm F1.2 premium lenses at Photokina 2016. These XP (for Excellence in Performance) manual focus lenses are equipped with the most advanced optical technology. The resolving power contains abundant light information, allowing photographers the freedom to create unique images in post-production. Also, the minimised aberration enhances clarity, creating more impressive images than your eyes can see. Lens design is sleek, with flowing curves in robust aluminium alloy metal, and generous diameter of 95mm. The XP 14mm F2.4 takes no compromises. It has 18 glass elements in 14 groups including six glasses of four different special optics. The lens is designed to maximize the resolution and minimize the distortion. This optimal performance, great for landscapes, creates impressive image quality from centre to corner of image. Especially, the refractive lenses effectively adjust the path of light and deliver maximum amount to the sensor for a clear and vibrant image. The F1.2 of 85mm is, by far, the brightest lens of the full frame DSLR lenses, securing the fast shutter speed. It's ideal for portraits - with beautiful bokeh, creamy background and extremely high resolution capturing the fine details of the model. It has ten elements in seven groups with three special glasses. Samyang R&D selected the elements and number of glasses with the utmost prudence to deliver excellence in performance even with the bright F1.2 system. Both lenses are for Canon; Nikon and Sony mounts to follow. (February 2017)

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New Manfrotto Products

Manfrotto items added recently: Fluidtech Base for XPRO Monopod+, Sympla RC2 Mount, 501PLONG plate, Avenger Extension Arm 40” and Oval Reflector 50cm. Also Gitzo plate GS5370B, Colorama Storm Grey 25m.

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Manfrotto MVMXPROBASE fluid base features the ground-breaking Fluidtech system, featuring 3D fluidity for ultimate smoothness on pan, tilt and swivel. It's an extremely compact solution for advanced video shooting. The base comes included with all XPRO Video Monopod+ models, and is also available on its own. It will attach to all new XPRO Photo Monopod+ models (except MMXPROA3B). Manfrotto MVA525W Sympla RC2 Mount is a component of the professional modular rig system. It's a lightweight solution to combine video equipment such as HDSLRs or light camcorders, with rail system. Camera height is adjustable in two different positions. The RC2 quick release plate allows fast secure connection between the camera and the rig. Manfrotto 501PLONG Plate is a long version of the standard plate, allowing perfect balance for camcorders with unusual weight distribution caused by long tele lenses or heavy batteries. Two items have been added to our line-up of Avenger products. Manfrotto D520 Extension Grip Arm 40”, normally used in combination with a Grip Head like D200, provides an extended grip point for scrims and flags or small lights. Manfrotto I2031 Oval Reflector 50m is silver on one side, white on the other and measures 50 x 38cm. There's also a new Gitzo plate: GS5370B Series 3-5 Aluminium Quick Release Plate Square B-profile. It fits Off Centre Ball Heads GH3750QR and GH5750QR. And lastly, Colorama Background Paper Smoke Grey now also in a roll 2.72 x 25m – i.e. standard width, but more than twice the usual 11m length. (February 2017)

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Two New Tamron Lenses

We're very pleased to announce the release of two new key models in the Tamron line-up: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (A025) and the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (B023). Price and ETA to follow.

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These new lenses from Tamron feature technologies on the cutting edge of design innovation to provide the user with an unprecedented experience in both handling and optical performance. The B023 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is the highly anticipated revision of the B001. This compact ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras (Canon/Nikon) offers the finest of all Tamron worlds: best-in-class 10-24mm focal length range (the 35mm equivalent of 16-37mm), with vastly improved optical performance, Vibration Compensation, new HLD (High/Low torque-modulated Drive), Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction. All this is combined with exceptional resolution on everything from detailed landscapes to casual snapshots. The A025 SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for full-frame DSLR cameras (Canon/Nikon) builds upon Tamron's highly acclaimed A009 with enhanced optical performance, improved Vibration Compensation, faster AF speed and accuracy, and shortened Minimum Object Distance for greater flexibility. Compatibility with Tamron Tele Converters provides additional focal length (up to maximum 400mm). A025 is suitable for portraits, landscapes, sports and photojournalism. Both lenses are compatible with the Tamron TAP-in Console. Download the brochures for more info and all technical specs. Lenses are loaded on our website for pre-order; pricing and ETA to will follow shortly. Also note the F016 SP 85mm f/1.8 Di USD Lens is now also available for Sony – this is the perfect lens for portraiture. (February 2017)

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New Samyang Photo & Cine Lenses

New models in our line-up of Samyang lenses. Two photo: 20mm F1.8 Wide Angle for DSLR, and 35mm F1.2 Lens for CSC. And three cine: 20mm T1.9 VDSLR Lens, 35mm T1.3 for CSC, and XEEN 16mm T2.6 Pro Cine Lens.

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Brighten up your day with Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS, a standard angle manual focus lens for Compact System Cameras. It is available with Sony E, Fuji X and Micro Four Thirds mounts. The F1.2 aperture brightens up your snapshots, while versatile 35mm is ideal for all sorts of daily images including landscapes, portraits and even lunch tables. Explore wideness with Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC. This manual focus lens for full-frame sensor DSLRs is available in mounts for Canon EOS, Nikon AE, Sony E and Fuji X. The F1.8 aperture provides perfect brightness to wide angle for landscapes and street scenes we well as indoor images such as concerts and interiors. Samyang 35mm T1.3 Cine ED AS UMC CS Lens for APS-C sensor size cameras is optically designed for professional video filming. The bright T1.3 aperture secures a fast shutter speed even under the restricted lighting conditions to offer best quality images. This versatile lens is available in Sony E mount. Meet Samyang’s iconic wide and bright cine lens for full frame cameras: 20mm T1.9 VDSLR ED AS IF UMC. Available for Canon. Like other lenses in this family it is designed for a professional follow focus system, with quiet and smooth de-clicked focus and aperture gear rings, and distance scale and T numbers marked on both sides. Lastly we have the latest addition the Samyang's range of Pro Cine Lenses: XEEN 16mm T2.6. Expand your video and filmmaking experiences with T2.6 aperture and outstanding optical performance for 4K+. (February 2017)

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New Phottix Products

Recent Phottix arrivals include Transfolder softboxes, with or without mounting accessories; Solas Softboxes, all with grid included; more Cereberus Multi Mount items; and a new version of the 190cm light stand.

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The Phottix Transfolder Softbox is collapsible – this saves time over traditional softboxes which require rods and speed rings for assembly. It’s easy to transport and take on location, and can be stored away in seconds, in the included carry bag. Made from durable materials and perfect to use with hot shoe flashes or studio lights, Transfolder creates a soft even light which reduces any photo-spoiling hot spots. Available on its own, or in a bundle with mounting bracket (Cerberus Hot Shoe Flash Mount and Varos BG Multi-Function Holder), in 40x40cm and 60x60cm. Phottix Solas is a new range of premium softboxes replacing the old 2-in-1 series. Solas softboxes are constructed from new SL-fabric material which is fire- and heat-resistant, lightweight, highly reflective to minimize light loss, and durable enough to stand up to years of assembly and disassembly without warping or changing shape. It comes with diffusers to soften the light. A grid is also included to better control light and prevent unwanted spills. Solas softboxes are compatible with the Speed Rings for Elinchrom, Bowens, Profoto and more (sold separately). Four models are available: Solas Octa 122cm, Solas Strip 35x140cm, Solas Strip 40x180cm and Solas 91x122cm. Phottix Cerberus Multi Mount Holder, the mounting solution for hot shoe flash, is now available to purchase on its own, and also in a bundle with the Varos BG. And lastly, P190 MKII is the latest version 190cm light stand. This popular and affordable 3-section stand is perfect for a studio flash. (February 2017)

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