Zeiss Touit Lenses

We now offer the full range of Zeiss Touit autofocus lenses for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X mirrorless cameras. The series includes Touit 2.8/12 wide-angle lens, Touit 1.8/32 compact standard lens and Touit 2.8/50M macro lens.

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Zeiss Touit lenses are substantially smaller and lighter than comparable SLR lenses. This makes for a lightweight, more compact kit when combined with mirrorless system cameras, and allows you to take exceptionally high-quality photos in just about any situation and at any time. Touit lenses offer outstanding image quality, with excellent reflection reduction thanks to anti-reflective coating. The virtually circular aperture with 9 blades ensures especially harmonious rendition of highlights outside the focal plane, plus advanced stray light reduction. These high precision lenses are made from durable and low-weight mechanical parts, in a robust metal design,with matching lens shade included. There is complete compatibility with all Sony NEX and Fujifilm X camera functions, including reliable autofocus. With an angle of view of 99°, the Touit 2.8/12 wide-angle lens is a firm favourite for landscapes and architectural photography. The Touit 1.8/32 compact standard lens offers the same angle of view as the human eye and is ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes or spontaneous snapshots - capture your special moments and preserve them in perfect pictures. The Touit 2.8/50M is a perfectionist with an eye for the details. With its exceptional image performance up to a scale of 1:1, this macro lens is the ideal choice for extreme close-ups. But it also comes into its own when shooting portraits or panoramas as a light tele-lens. All three lenses are available with both Sony E-mount and Fujifilm X-mount. (January 2016)

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'How I Lit the Shot' Webinar

Online Training: How I Lit the Shot: Lighting Tips from Real Wedding Photos. Join Brett Florens on January 11th at 6pm GMT where Brett will walk through some of his images and share how he achieved the lighting.

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Knowing how to properly light your subject, regardless of the situation you are in, can be challenging. From determining what your flash settings should be, to if you should use a reflector, to the proper placement of your subject in relation to the light, there are numerous items to think about. Add a wedding day timeline into the mix, and you can be left feeling quite overwhelmed. In this Online Training, Pro Photographer Brett Florens will share his insights and personal tips for how he lit the shot from his actual wedding photos. Throughout our this webinar, Brett will share specific lighting insights for some of his actual wedding images, quick tips to use a reflector to enhance natural light, off-camera lighting techniques you must use on your next shoot, and tools you need to successfully capture images in low lighting. Join Brett and ShootDotEdit on January 11th 2017 at 10am PST/6pm GMT (8pm local time). Click on link below to RSVP for this Online Training event with Pro Photographer, Brett Florens: How I Lit the Shot: Lighting Tips from Real Wedding Photos. RSVP and secure your seat for free today. Even if you can't watch the Online Training during the scheduled time, be sure to RSVP to gain access to the recording for 48 hours once the event is over. (January 2017)

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TwistGrip Smartphone Clamp

Manfrotto's TwistGrip is a new premium universal smartphone clamp, specifically devised for all smartphone users who are interested in smartphone photography and want to increase the potential of their device.

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TwistGrip Universal Smartphone Clamp (Manfrotto item MTWISTGRIP) connects any smartphone to any kind of support, functioning as a base for a complete modular photographic system. Its 1/4” thread support connection and cold-shoe lighting connection allow you to use TwistGrip in multiple configurations and with different photographic accessories - to help you always achieve the best shooting results. Its sturdy and secure aluminium body and high-quality construction is fully made in Italy and ensures the smartphone is reliably supported while shooting pictures and videos. The twist movement and the locking knob securely lock the smartphone in the right position in just a few easy steps. Thanks to its unique shape and function, TwistGrip is one of the handiest smartphone accessories: its stylish appearance, tactile finish, compact shape and countless applications not only make it easy to carry around and very versatile but also a real pleasure to use. The TwistGrip's closed height is 106cm and it weighs just 80g. It will accommodate smartphones from width 58mm to 82mm. (January 2017)

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PocketWizard Super Pack Bundles

PocketWizard have introduced four new value-for-money bundles: TTL Wireless Radio Super 4-Pack Canon & Nikon and Super 5-Pack Canon & Nikon. Their popular Plus III Transceiver is also now in yellow.

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PocketWizard's new TTL Wireless Radio Super 4-Pack and 5-Pack both offers a turn-key solution for wireless TTL shooting. Photographers will love the ease of getting everything they need to start triggering a remote flash using TTL or manual modes in one package. These are the perfect solutions for on-location or in the studio. The PocketWizard TTL Super 4-Pack includes x2 FlexTT5 Transceivers, x1 AC3 ZoneController, and x1 G-Wiz Trunk bag. The PocketWizardTTL Super 5-Pack includes x2 FlexTT5 Transceivers, x1 MiniTT1 Transmitter, x1 AC3 ZoneController and x1 G-Wiz Uber bag. Both bundles are available for Canon and for Nikon. The PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver in Yellow is exactly the same as the Black version, but the pop of bright colour makes it super-easy to find in your gear bag or studio. This versatile and robust combination transmitter/receiver is simple, compatible and reliable, with loads of features and functionality. Visit the PocketWizard pages on this website for more information. (January 2017)

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NEW! Manfrotto Befree Live

Befree Live Fluid Video Head is the smallest fluid 2-way video head available on the market, with reliable fluidity on pan and and tilt, and a removable and foldable pan bar. There are also two new kits with this head.

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Manfrotto MVH400AH Befree Live is a very compact, lightweight yet sturdy 2-way video head, compatible with the existing Befree family, the 290 Light and all 40mm diameter tripods. It has a dedicated sliding plate (501PL) to balance the latest camcorders, DSLRs or mirrorless cameras with video capabilities, and is designed to meets the needs of the expanding video content creation, vlogger and mobile journalist community. The Fluid Drag System guarantees the smoothest video footage. The head is extremely portable - it weights just 380g yet can support a payload of up to 4kg. It is easy to use and set-up, and is the perfect video fluid head for your lightweight travel tripod. First of the new kits is MVKBFR-LIVE Befree Aluminium Tripod with Befree Live Video Head. This compact kit (just 40cm long when closed) will fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks. Thanks to the unique folding mechanism, the legs fold perfectly around the head and the sliding plate attachment. Befree tripod features include flexible shooting with two leg angles, levelling column for versatile camera positioning, durable aluminium adjustable leg locks, and rubber leg warmers for a firm grip. The second kit is MK290LTA3-V New 290 Light Kit Aluminium 3-Section Tripod with Befree Live Head. The 290 Light features aluminium leg tubes, top casting and leg-locks, enhancing rigidity, durability and performance. Two leg angle position settings enable low-angle shooting, and a rapid centre column adds flexibility, extending the min-max height range. (January 2017)

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CLOSED between Xmas & New Year!

A friendly reminder that Singer Photographic will be closing at midday on FRIDAY 23 DECEMBER 2016 and will reopen again on TUESDAY 3 JANUARY 2017. Get your last minute orders in as soon as possible please!

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In addition to the public holidays Singer Photographic Services – both Johannesburg and Cape Town branches – will be closed for business on 28, 29 and 30 December 2016. We will reopen again on Tuesday 3 January 2017. With this in mind we ask that you please place your final orders as soon as possible to avoid any problems with deliveries. Kindly order sufficient stock to carry you through to the first week of January. And remember to stock up now on Energizer – battery and flashlights price increase effective from the beginning of January. Any orders received after midday on the 23rd – including those place through our online system – will be invoiced on 3 January 2017. Thank you for your continued support this past year, and best wishes to all for a peaceful and happy holiday season. (December 2016)

ProTactic BP 450 AW Limited Edition

Lowepro's new ProTactic BP 450 AW LE is a Limited Edition of the popular ProTactic backpack in a Mica/Pixel Camo print. Only 50 of this version have been made available for the South African market. Get yours now!

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Lowepro ProTactic BP 450 AW is a high-performance bag ideal for pro photographers who need an urban-inspired pack that delivers on all fronts: accessibility, versatility, comfort and organization. It features four access points: molded, turret-loading top, quick-grab from both sides, and full, back entry for set-up and security. Create limitless set-ups with the robust, SlipLock compatible strap system. Get versatile with five included modular accessories – water bottle pouch, accessory case, tripod cup and two cinch straps – all SlipLock-compatible. The ActivZone System technology delivers targeted support at shoulder blades, lumbar and waist for comfort on the move. Remove the waistbelt to reduce the bag's profile for packing or travel – or wear it for extra support and storage, with two zippered hip pockets offering space for quick-grab items. Other features include MaxFit System of padded, adjustable dividers; CradleFit pocket for laptop; multiple interior and exterior pockets; built-in All Weather AW Cover; and cinch straps and cup for tripod. This bag will fit 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached; 8 lenses/speedlights; 15" laptop; tripod; accessories. As mentioned above the Mica/Pixel Camo version is a special Limited Edition, for while stocks last. The normal Black version will continue to be available.  (December 2016)

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Recent Gitzo Arrivals

Four improved Systematic tripods models: GT3543LS, GT3543XLS, GT4543LS and GT5543LS; large Centre Ball Head GH3382QD; standard-sized QR plate D GS5370D; and Mountaineer Kit GK3532-82QD.

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Strong, stable and modular, Gitzo Systematic is the choice of exacting professional photographers who use long lenses and heavy cameras. The latest range features Carbon eXact tubes, new ultra-stable feet and the Easy Link attachment, making the Systematic even more stable, versatile, and ergonomic. The Easy Link attachment (3/8'' thread) allows the user to attach various accessories such as a Manfrotto arm to use lighting accessories. The four new tripod models - GT3543LS Series 3 4-Section Long, GT3543XLS, Series 3 4-Section Extra Long, GT4543LS Series 4 4-Section Long and GT5543LS Series 5 4-Section Long - replace previous versions. GH3382QD Series 3 Aluminium Centre Ball Head with Quick Release D offers ultimate smoothness and precision of movement and locking. Extremely balanced and versatile, it is engineered to be the ideal complement to Gitzo's top of the range tripods. GS5370D is Gitzo's D profile (Arca-style style) quick release plate in a standard size. Gitzo GK3532-82QD is a Series 3 Carbon 3-Section Mountaineer Kit comprising a GT3532 Mountainer tripod and a GH3382QD Ball Head. Mountaineer is Gitzo's popular ‘all-purpose’ carbon tripod family, both extremely rigid and light in weight. This kit is recommended for professional DSLRs with 300mm lenses (up to a maximum of 400mm). Other recent arrivals worth mentioning here are Lastolite's Ezycare Backdrop Florida now in 3x7m size, and Colorama Short Roll 1.35x11m in Cloud Grey and Storm Grey. (December 2016)

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NEW! Meade Telescopes

Introducing our newest brand: Meade Instruments. Founded in 1972, Meade is one of the most innovative, dynamic companies in the telescope market, making amateur astronomy easy to access and enjoyable.

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Our first Meade shipment includes products from two telescope families: the Infinity series and the ETX Observer series. Infinity telescopes are perfect for the observer who views both astronomical and terrestrial objects. These telescopes come with all the necessary equipment in the box and feature an altazimuth mount that allows for easy and quick viewing. Six models are available: 50mm, 60mm, 70mm, 80mm, 90mm and 102mm. Most come with 3 eyepieces that provide low, medium and high powered magnification for viewing a wide range of objects (moon, planets or land) and a red dot viewfinder to help locate objects. The ETX Observer fully equips the modern explorer with a sophisticated, automated and portable telescope. Two models are available. ETX80 Observer is for enjoying close-up views of land and celestial objects – see planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae. The ETX90 Observer is ideal for detailed lunar and planetary observation at high magnifications. The dual-purpose design includes a removable OTA that is ideal for both day or night observing and includes exceptional features like AudioStar, GOTO technology, and large 30000 object database. Perfect for daytime observing during camping, hiking, and outdoor activities. Night-sky stargazing is made fun, easy and educational. Carry the ETX80 telescope, tripod and accessories in the included comfortable and durable backpack. The ETX90 comes with portable but extremely stable full size steel tripod with equatorial tilt plate, hard carry case and tripod bag. (December 2016)

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Introducing Hoya HD Nano

Hoya's HD Nano series is devoted to professional photographers and designed to resist severe shooting conditions and accidental physical damage. They're available in UV and Circular Polariser, in 52mm to 82mm.

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Hoya HD Nano filters offer improved protection, performance and durability. Besides chemically hardened optical glass the HD Nano series adopts a newly developed ultra-hard scratch-resistant nano coating, providing not only reliable protection of the camera lenses, but also protection of the filter itself. This coating method forces nano particles of the coating substance to bond to the glass surface with more speed and energy than during the traditional coating process. The particles are layered on the glass surface with extremely high density, creating a hard and smooth coating that resists scratches from wiping, cleaning and even light physical damage - all things that usually occur in a photographer’s active life style. HD Nano UV filters have a 32 layer (both sides) nano coating with anti-reflection and scratch and stain resistance features, 800% more scratch resistant than general coating. HD Nano CIR-PL filters have a 16-layer nano coating, 200% more scratch resistant than normal coating. The highly transparent HD polarizing film gives 25% greater light transmission than standard polarizing film. Besides its ultra-hard and smooth features, the HD Nano coating has superior water and oil repellent abilities that will make filter maintenance easy and will not affect negatively on the image. HD Nano filters are essential gear for photography under extreme conditions. And in other Hoya news, Linear Polariser filters are now available in more sizes: 58mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm. (December 2016)

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