NEW! Hoya UX UV and CIR-PL Filters

Introducing Hoya UX! Hoya have combined their HMC UV(C) and CIR-PL Slim ranges under one common series, UX, for clear positioning as entry level filters. With redesigned packaging and some new features.

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The upgraded version of Hoya HMC UV(C) and CIR-PL Slim filters now offer new features and package design, and a new identity. Aiming to provide advantages and features that match end-users demands and requirements for contemporary filter accessories, Hoya decided to name this series Hoya UX. UX is the abbreviation of “User eXperience” - a term widely used in IT and web development fields that refers to a person’s emotions and attitudes about using a particular product or service. As a result of Hoya's constant research of user experience in utilizing their products, their HMC UV(C) and CIR-PL Slim filters are being combined under into a single series, with new packaging. This new UX series is ideal for entry-level users, who require high quality filters at an affordable price. The UX UV includes new water-repellent features, with a coating on each side that provides fingerprint and smudges resistance. This new 10 layer coating is based on Hoya's popular anti-reflection HMC (Hoya Multi Coating), but totally redesigned and improved with two additional layers on each side for extra water-droplet repelling qualities. Both UX UV and CIR-PL filters have a slim aluminum frame to avoid vignetting when attached to wide or super wide angle lenses. UX CIR-PL specifications remain the same as CIR-PL Slim model. Hoya UX is available in all standard sizes from 37mm and 82mm. Hoya HMC UV(C) and CIR-PL Slim filters will be phased out as stock is sold. (February 2018)

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New Lume Cube, Samyang and More

Recent arrivals: Lume Cube in Black; Lume Cube mounts for DJI Mavic; Samyang 24mm T1.5 VDSLR Lens for Sony E; Tamron Lens Hood for 150-600mm G2; Manfrotto 190X3-3W1 kit and Energizer coins back in singles.

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Lume Cube, the revolutionary 4cm cube that emits a whopping 1500 lumens of light, is now available in Black (Single and Dual packs). Built for action, Lume Cube provides professional quality light to your photos and videos, is waterproof to 30m, and has both manual and Bluetooth controls. Also new from Lume Cube are Mounts for DJI Mavic Pro. Attach Lume Cubes to your drone and use it as a spotlight to light your scene. Samyang's 24mm T1.5 VDSLR Lens is a wide angle manual focus cine lens designed for full frame sensor sizes, and is now also available in Sony E mount. It's known for its beautiful soft bokeh. Also now available as a stock item is the Tamron Lens Hood for the SP 150-600mm G2 lens (model A022). From Manfrotto, a new version of their 190X + 3-Way head kit is now available. Kit MK190X3-3W1 comes with the 804 Mark II head, and replaces the older version MK190X3-3W with 804RC2 head. Key feature of the newer head is retractable handles. Also now available as a stock item is Manfrotto 297BBASE, a large base with braked wheels, for use with roller stands. Energizer have a new version of their RBR22A Impact Rubber Light. Now offering 60 lumens of light, 65m beam distance, 30 hr run-time and batteries included in pack. Energizer's popular 3v lithium coin batteries CR2032, CR2025 and CR2016 are again available on cards of 1 (limited stock only; cards of 2 remain the primary pack). Kaiser 5511 RS 1 Copy Stand with RT1 Camera Arm has been added to our range of Copy Stands, special order only. Please also note change of code for Zeiss ExoLens Pro Telephoto Lens and Edge Mount. (February 2018)

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Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Kits & Head

The Nitrotech N12 Fluid Video Head is extremely lightweight for a head of its kind, and brings to the market the highest standards of innovation. Three video kits with the N12 head available now, head on its own coming soon.

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The Nitrotech N12 Fluid Video Head is the latest addition to Manfrotto’s revolutionary new range of video heads designed for professional videographers, merging the most successful features of Manfrotto’s video heads with the pioneering, unique-to-the-market Nitrogen piston mechanism, providing unprecedented continuous counterbalance capability. Like the N8, the new N12 Fluid Video Head has a design appeal that underscores the powerful impact of this breakthrough technology. The N12 guarantees continuous counterbalance and is the perfect solution for today’s trend in increasingly smaller camera body sizes, with a variety of accessories attached. The N12 will securely counterbalance loads from 4kg to 12kg at 55mm C.O.G. and features a unique Nitrogen Piston Mechanism that guarantees precise, continuous counterbalance system, and a Variable Fluid Drag System, which provides flawless performance on both pan and tilt axes for the smoothest possible footage. Counterbalance is easily adjusted using the ergonomic knob. The N12 also features Manfrotto’s unique 3/8” anti-rotation Easy link connector to attach a wide array of accessories. Its longer Side Lock sliding plate enables the camera to click in from above, for fast and precise set-up. It is equipped with a metric ruler and back-lit levelling bubble for easy use. The head’s 75mm Flat Base fits a range of supports, including sliders, jibs, etc. for a wide variety of applications. Three kits are available: the N12 with 536 Tripod, with 545B Tripod (Mid-Level Spreader) and with 545GB Tripod (Ground-Level Spreader). (February 2018)

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Upgraded Peak Design Slide

Peak Design have updated their Slide and Slide Lite camera straps. These versatile straps can be worn as sling, neck or shoulder strap, and hold all cameras, even the heaviest pro gear. Both are available in Black and Ash.

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Slide is one of Peak Design's flagship products, and the best pro strap in the world - ideal for use with DSLR cameras and binoculars. The Slide Lite packs the unrivalled versatility of Slide into a smaller package, perfectly suited for mirrorless and light DSLR cameras. Both feature seatbelt-style nylon webbing that has a smooth side that glides over clothing in sling mode and a grippy side that prevents slipping in shoulder mode. Dual quick-adjusters provide instant access and easy reconfiguration. The unique Anchor Link system connects quickly and dual points of connection keep your camera more stable than traditional sling straps. Plus, Anchors now work with any third party tripod plate or L-bracket, as well as any Peak Design plate. The new Anchor Mount to attach to camera's tripod mount also included. Updates from the previous versions include more effective and durable silicone grip, upgraded ultra-smooth webbing, and lower profile strap/hardware transitions. Anchor connectors have been updated to be smaller, faster and more secure, and are angled for effortless one-handed operation. The Dyneema-corded Anchors can each hold well over 90kg, making Slide and Slide Lite safe for use with the largest of professional cameras. Each are available in Black and new grey Ash. (February 2018)

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NEW! Redesigned Joby GorillaPod

Joby has redesigned their GorillaPod product line to meet the needs of modern photographers, vloggers and videographers. One of the new state-of-the-art features is the steel reinforced ballhead with 90° tilt.

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The modern GorillaPod family of products takes innovation to the next level by anticipating the needs of a new, growing generation of content creators, enabling them to “get a grip” on their subjects, capturing images or video how they want, when they want, with ease. The full line-up has something for everyone, no matter which device they’re shooting from. GorillaPod 325 (replacing GP1 GorillaPod Original) functions as a grip, tripod or wrapping mount, accommodating compact cameras and devices up to 325g. The stainless steel reinforced ballhead with 90° tilt allows easy transitioning from portrait to landscape modes. GorillaPod 500 is a brand new size, holding devices weighing up to 500g - perfectly suited for compact point-and-shoot cameras like Sony RX100 or PowerShot G7 X. GorillaPod 500 Action is optimized for action cameras, with integrated pin-joint mount and long GoPro style thumb screw. GorillaPod 1K Stand supports up to 1kg; great for a mirrorless camera, flash, speaker, video light or other device with a 1/4-20 tripod mount, at any angle. GorillaPod 1K Kit (replacing GP2 GorillaPod Hybrid) comes with compact BallHead 1K. GorillaPod 3K Stand (replacing GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom) is a durable stand that easily adapts to support compact DSLR, mirrorless cameras, mobile phones or heavier flashes, up to 3kg. Also available with BallHead 3K, as GorillaPod 3K Kit. GorillaPod 5K Stand (replacing GP8 GorillaPod Focus) is the pro grade version, for supporting professional camera equipment up to 5kg. Also available with BallHead 5K, as GorillaPod 5K Kit. (January 2018)

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Manfrotto Xume Filter Adapters

Manfrotto's innovative Xume Adapters secure filters to lenses magnetically - in one click . You'll never miss a perfect shot. These high quality finish products blend in seamlessly with your photography gear.

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These new lens accessories from Manfrotto set image makers free, enabling professional and amateur photographers and videographers to say goodbye to the hassle and frustration of changing filters while subjects wait, as perfect light slips away - losing the moment. With the Manfrotto Xume Quick Release Filter Adapters photographers connect the filter they need to their lens with the utmost precision, and in an instant, avoiding the need for tedious screwing/unscrewing. The product suite is made up of Xume Lens Adapter (attached to lens) and Xume Filter Holders (attached to any circular filter) plus an optional Xume Lens Cap (available only for 77mm diameter). Thanks to the magnetic connection they instantly mount together, securely locking filters onto lenses, quickly and easily. Photography gear stays safe in use with the filter magnetically secured to the lens, instantly and in any orientation. Xume accessories are safe for the lens’ focus mechanism, media cards, drives or other electronics. Unique to the market, Manfrotto’s Xume Filter Adapters are installed in an instant. They are secure, with nothing to align, no moving parts and completely safe to use. And they have very low profile rings and are totally unobtrusive. Available in 8 sizes: 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm; 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm. Xume is the perfect choice for long exposures, wedding photography, macro, architectural photography, fine art photography – any style of photography requiring the use of filters. (January 2018)

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NEW! Parrot Bluegrass

Parrot Bluegrass is a multi-purpose quadcopter designed for agriculture that helps farmers improve their ROI, using its 2 embedded cameras: video camera and Parrot Sequoia multispectral sensor.

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This solution for agriculture offers visual monitoring of land, herd and infrastructure. It also provides a quick and easy analysis on the health of crops, thanks to the user friendly processing software, AIRINOV First+. Parrot Bluegrass is easy to transport due to its removable propellers, and is easy to set up, fly, process data and repair. It combines an aerodynamic design, advanced autopilot, powerful engines with a high capacity battery, and can execute precise flights in a 2km range with Skycontroller 2. The drone is equipped with the multispectral sensor, Parrot Sequoia. This small, light, multispectral camera captures 4 spectral bands in visible light and non-visible infrared light to analyze the health status of the crop. It additionally has a 16MP RGB camera and an internal memory capacity of 64GB. Parrot Sequoia also comes with a sunshine sensor that not only records the current lighting conditions, but also the GPS location and inertial data. Parrot Sequoia's data can be used with processing software, such as Pix4Dag or AIRINOV FIRST+ cloud platform, to generate an index map of the field to monitor crop that needs scouting and optimized treatment. The included software plans automatic flights, captures and analyzes data. Analysis includes NDVI maps, simple zoning maps and detailed zoning maps. Download the Sell Sheet for more information and technical specs. You'll find Parrot Bluegrass under Business Solutions section on our Parrot page. (January 2018)

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Introducing Phottix Raja & Padat

Phottix Raja is a new series of softboxes that open like an umbrella. Ready to use in seconds with no anxiety, no frustration. Phottix Padat is a new series of light stands that fold flat for easy storage and transport.

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Softboxes are a must-have light shaper. Want to harness light, bend it to your will and make it your servant? Nothing is better than a softbox. They provide for countless looks and possibilities – making your photographic potential limitless. Given Phottix's past successes they’ve upped the ante. Introducing the Phottix Raja Softbox series. The Phottix Raja Quick-Folding Softboxes pop open like an umbrella. Add the baffle, diffuser and grid, and mount on your studio light: simple, before you can say 'Hail to the King' you’re ready to shoot. The range comprises Raja Octa 65cm and Raja Octa 105cm, and Raja Deep Octa 80cm – the latter produces a more directional light with greater contrast and more even illumination. There is also Raja 60x90cm, the perfect size for portraits. All features heavy-duty construction with Phottix's heat-resistant SL Tech material, and a carry bag. They come with a Phottix-compatible S-Mount (Bowens). Swappable mounts for Elinchrom and Profoto are also available. These are easy to install, made from high-grade material to be durable and withstand the demands of professional use. Light stands are indispensable, in the field or in the studio. The new Padat series light stands are sturdy and reliable but also smaller and fold flat, making them easier to fit into bags and cases. The Phottix Padat Compact Light Stand 200cm is the first of this new series. It extends to 2m and weighs 1.16kg but is a third smaller than similar stands. It supports 1.5kg, perfect for hot shoe flashes, and comes with carry bag included. (January 2018)

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NEW! Gitzo Fluid Gimbal Head

The new Gitzo Fluid Gimbal Head is ideal for wildlife photography and birdwatching, especially for extensive observation, because it guarantees flawless fluidity and perfect balance, even with heavy equipment.

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This outstanding new Gimbal Head, part of a series of exclusive products marking Gitzo's centenary, features both modern design and innovative solutions. Clean and harmonic lines, Gitzo’s distinctive Noir Décor finish and extreme attention to detail meet the latest technological breakthrough - the fluid cartridge and fluidity control system - making this head the perfect blend of aesthetic appeal and performance. Fluid cartridge technology from the video world is being applied to a gimbal head for the very first time. It absorbs vibrations and ensures smooth movement throughout observation and shooting, even with very large lenses. The head also features an innovative fluidity control system, the Whip-Pan mechanism, which delivers superlative device control with high-speed movements. At high rotation speeds, when it’s time to quickly reposition the camera, the whip-pan instantly excludes fluidity, allowing free movement without lifting the tripod off the ground. Fluid rotation is automatically and instantly restored when the rotation speed decreases. This head balances the camera, lens or scope at their natural centre of gravity. Horizontal and vertical balancing makes it possible to achieve perfect equilibrium and this is very easy to reach, even with heavy equipment. Features include die-cast magnesium body; soft-touch ergonomic knobs; built-in Arca-Swiss type compatible quick release base; Arca-Swiss type plate with rubber grips; and detachable pan bar. The head is a perfect match for Gitzo’s Systematic and Mountaineer tripods. (January 2018)

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Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal

New Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal is an all-in-one quadcopter solution for thermal imaging. Includes drone, FLIR One Pro thermal imaging camera, Skycontroller 2, three batteries, backpack and FreeFlight Thermal App.

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Parrot Bebop-Pro Thermal is quadcopter that allows architects, builders, roofers and real estate agencies to safely carry out inspections with its 2 embedded cameras. This easy to use and accessible solution enables you to make videos and take pictures of buildings and roofs in visual or thermal images, quickly providing an overview and identifying major thermal losses. Bebop-Pro Thermal a multi-purpose and easy to use drone. It's light (just 604g), robust and safe. The 14MP front camera enables you capture high-res photos and 1080p Full HD videos. Thanks to its Power battery, the drone can fly up to 25 minutes. With Parrot Skycontroller 2 you can fly the drone exactly where you want, giving you the opportunity to inspect inaccessible areas. Using a drone makes it safer for a roofer to carry out a thermal analysis of a roof from the sky. By capturing thermal image with the FLIP One Pro thermal imaging camera it is possible to identify the temperature differences on a roof and locate the areas with bad thermal insulation. Get an overview of the thermal envelope of a building at a glance. The dedicated FreeFlight Thermal mobile app provides live streaming and recording of both the visual and thermal images on a smartphone or tablet connected to Parrot Skycontroller 2. Three colour pallets are available to serve different use cases: Standard, Dynamic, Hotspot. Download the Sell Sheet for information and technical specs on Bebop-Pro Thermal. (January 2018)

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