Lowepro ProTactic II Backpacks

Lowepro’s worldwide #1 selling professional camera bag series, ProTactic, has been enhanced for better organization, access and protection with expanded modular system and accessories. Two packs.

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ProTactic II is the next generation of Lowepro's award-winning ProTactic series. This high-performance, tactical-inspired collection has been redesigned for better organization, access and protection, while staying true to the ProTactic promise of rugged versatility and armored protection. The updated backpacks offer a more adaptive interior, multiple access points, modular exterior attachment capabilities and convertible utility belts. Both packs feature four-point access: molded, turret-loading top, quick-grab from both sides, and full, back entry for set-up and security. Lightweight yet sturdy, FormShell construction delivers superior impact protection. SlipLock loops and tabs make it easy to add pouches and cases to the packs so you can easily bring along water bottles, memory cards and more. The ActivZone panel delivers targeted support at shoulder blades, lumbar and waist for comfort on the move, while allowing for ventilation, and with an integrated trolley strap. Other features include CradleFit compartment for laptop, and All Weather AW Cover for protection from the elements. ProTactic BP 350 AW II fits 1-2 standard DSLRs, one with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens attached, and 13” laptop, while ProTactic BP 450 AW II fits 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, and 15” laptop. Both bags also accommodate up to 8 lenses/speedlights, Mavic, Osmo, 360 camera, and small accessories. Both packs come with utility pouch, water bottle holder, tripod cup and two Quick Straps included. (November 2018)

Click here to go to the Lowepro ProTactic AW II Series page

Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF for Sony E

Zeiss have a new lens that bridges the gap in the Batis family lineup – introducing the versatile Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF. The lens features a quick autofocus and an extremely short minimum focus distance.

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With a 40mm fixed focal length, the Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF (Close Focus) is the latest addition to the product family. This focal length makes the lens suitable for a wide range of applications, and one that bridges the current gap between the Batis 2/25 and the Batis 1.8/85. The Batis family was developed specifically for mirrorless full-frame cameras from Sony (Alpha 7 and Alpha 9 series), and are compatible with all E-mount cameras. Together with these cameras, the Batis 2/40 CF ensures a lightweight, easy-to-use, high-performance system that delivers outstanding image quality, a minimum shooting distance of 24cm for close-up shots and a magnification ratio of 1.3.3. The most versatile lens in the Batis family, the Batis 2/40 CF is able to tackle various photography challenges. The lens is excellent for applications requiring normal focal lengths as well as common photographic situations where a bit more of a wide angle is needed. From portrait and street photography to landscape and architecture – anything is possible with the high-resolution fixed focal length. This versatile lens is also ideal for close-ups. Thanks to its high micro contrast and initial aperture of f/2, the lens can perfectly capture individual objects. Other features include floating lens design for consistently high image quality across the entire focus range, T* coating for fewer reflections, and weather and dust seals. If you're traveling light and decide to opt for just one lens, then this would be it. (November 2018)

Click here to go to the Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF Wide Angle Lens E-mount product page

NEW! CF Twin Leg Video Tripod

Manfrotto has expended its video supports range with two new twin-leg tripods in carbon fibre – with mid-level spreader or ground-level spreader. The legs are paired with three popular video heads in six new video kits.

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Manfrotto's two brand-new, twin-leg video tripod models are the perfect solution for professional videographers looking for robust, rigid and lightweight support. A 50% increase in rigidity (compared with the Manfrotto aluminium versions 546B, 546GB, 545B and 545GB) is a achieved thanks to the combination of carbon fibre tubes and a new patent pending internal leg lock mechanism. The tripods feature a 100mm bowl and include a 75mm aluminium adapter, for compatibility with a wider range of video heads. Moreover, the tripod feet with spiked option give great versatility when it comes to different shooting locations. The twin-leg carbon fibre tripods are available in two models: with middle level spreader (MVTTWINMC) or with ground spreader (MVTTWINGC). In both versions the spreader is fully adjustable and removable, allowing for precise positioning based upon the creators needs. Both twin leg carbon fibre tripods are also available in combination with Manfrotto Nitrotech N12, N8 and 504 video heads – a total of six new kits. All Manfrotto video tripods are engineered with a focus on quality and dedication to continuous innovation. These products are the perfect solution for all videographers looking for a great support for their video shooting. Manfrotto’s new twin-leg carbon fibre tripods take support for their video gear to the next level. (November 2018)

Click here to go to the Manfrotto MVTTWINMC Carbon Fibre Twin Leg MS Video Tripod product page

NEW! Lowepro Whistler II AW

Introducing the second generation of Lowepro's Whistler series. This iconic, all-terrain backpack has evolved to include 20% more cargo space, increased organization and superior protection from the elements.

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The versatile Whistler, originally created for extreme conditions, has been updated to meet the needs of wilderness photographers and adventurers carrying equal parts camera, video and functional outdoor gear. With a 20% increase in cargo space, new dual density harness for comfort plus extra-protective design and fabrics, photographers and videographers will be able to securely carry an array of imaging and outdoor gear through any climate or condition. Features of Whistler II include multiple access points with top and hinged, body-side entry points plus various pockets and strap attachments; expandable compartment that fits 3 lenses across; dedicated CradleFit compartment for laptop; nylon laminate outer fabric for robust abrasion and tear resistance plus waterproofing; roomy front pocket for personal items and outdoor gear; waterproof barrier, with drain hole, separating wet gear from main compartment; All Weather AW Cover protecting gear from rain, snow, dust and sand; ActivZone back panel and harness system providing increased comfort through targeted, lightweight padding and support; and rigid internal structure supporting attachment of heavy equipment like skis, poles, tripod, etc. The updated Whistler series includes two backpacks: Whistler BP 350 AW II and Whistler BP 450 AW II. Visit the product pages and download the Whister II sell sheet for more info on what gears these bags can carry. (November 2018)

Click here to go to the Lowepro Whistler II AW series page

Samyang 85mm for CSC and More

New to the Samyang range: manual focus 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS lens for Fuji X and Sony E, AF 14mm F2.8 F lens for Nikon (Samyang's first auto focus lens for Nikon!) and XEEN 16mm, 24mm and 85mm in PL mount.

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Create new possibilities with Samyang 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS. This manual focus lens for mirrorless cameras offers excellent resolution and bright aperture, with a floating focus design that secures full optical function without using aspherical lens. A high-diffraction lens effectively controls the path of light, and a low-dispersion lens corrects chromatic aberration by minimizing light dispersion. Ghost and flare are effectively controlled through UMC coating on the lens. Beautiful background blurring created by bright F1.8 aperture provides excellent outcomes in close-up photos, still life and scenery, as well as portrait. The lens is extremely portable for use anytime, anywhere. It's available now for Fuji X mount and Sony E mount. Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 F is the first-ever auto focus lens for Nikon DSLR Full Frame cameras features Samyang Optics’ globally renowned optical technology. The ultra-wide angle lens delivered fast, accurate and quiet auto focus performance, and crystal clear high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image, all in a lightweight and compact package. The ultra-wide angle allows you to capture the creative space beyond what meets the eye and portray an expanded sense of dimension. The lens also features weather-sealing and a build-in AF/MF switch for its usability. With a minimum focal length of only 0.2m, it is also possible to capture more vivid close-up images of portraits, pets, food, indoor and more. Lastly, PL mount versions of certain popular XEEN Pro Cine lenses have been added to the range. (November 2018)

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New Gitzo for Sony Alpha

Gitzo has introduced its first line up designed for α cameras from Sony: the special edition Traveler α tripod kit and the brand new L-Bracket α. These support the framing of exceptional images on Sony α cameras.

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Gitzo's Traveler α kit (GK1545TA) and L-Bracket α (GSLBRSY) are two new best-in-class products developed by Gitzo especially for Sony α cameras, for professional photographers and premium camera users. Both feature a tailored design solution to perfectly fit Sony α7 and α9 camera models, helping increase grip and stability for precise framing and extraordinary composition. The Traveler α features a dedicated Sony α plate, and has black and silver finishing and new design that match perfectly with the outstandingly stylish and modern aesthetic of Sony α cameras. This compact lightweight carbon fibre tripod weighs just 1.43kg, extends to 165cm high and safely holds up to 10kg of gear. Its recommended for use with lenses up to 135mm. Other key features include 180° leg-folding system; slim and secure Traveler G-Lock leg locks; special rubber feet for perfect stability; versatile tripod head engineered for ultimate smoothness and precision with independent pan/tilt lock; and ergonomic strap made of genuine Italian leather. Gitzo's L-Bracket α is a pioneering bracket developed to enable effortless orientation of the α7R III and α9 from Sony. It is ultra-light, made of a single solid aluminium piece, and offers four main attachment points for the camera strap connection. The L-Bracket α’s upper side is designed to ensure full and easy access to camera cabling, either for video shooting or indoor tethering. The L- Bracket α keeps the camera perfectly balanced and eliminates the risk of picture blurriness. (October 2018)

Click here to go to the Gitzo GK1545TA Series 1 Carbon 4-Section Traveler α Ball Head Kit for Sony product page

Using Tamron with Canon EOS R

Tamron have made an announcement regarding the use of Tamron Di and Dii lenses with Canon mount with the new Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless camera, released in October 2018, with Canon Mount Adapter...

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Tamron have confirmed that the following Tamron Di and Dii lens models are compatible in general operations with the Canon EOS R camera body with Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R: SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Canon, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Canon, SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Canon, SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) for Canon, SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) for Canon, SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016) for Canon, SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Canon, 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Canon, and 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) for Canon. Lenses should have the latest version of lens firmware. About other Tamron models, Tamron will make a further announcement of the compatibility at their support web site page once the operation tests are completed. And in other Tamron news, the Lens Hood for A032 (Tamron item HA032) is now available as a stock item. This flower-shaped lens hood is specially for the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens (Model A032). (October 2018)

NEW! Pro Light Sling FastTrack-8

The Manfrotto Pro Light FastTrack-8 is a camera sling bag with an integrated camera strap. This 2-in-1 product optimizes gear and lets photographers avoid carrying unessential kit. It's perfect for premium CSC.

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Are you fed up with your bag’s shoulder straps getting in your camera strap’s way? Pro Light FastTrack combines a bag plus a camera sling strap in a single product that does two jobs. How does Pro Light FastTrack work? Quickly take your camera out of its padded compartment at the bottom of the bag. Pull and extend the camera’s sling strap and you are ready to capture your image. Once you get your shot, you can move directly to the next location without storing the camera in your bag; it will be safely fixed to the strap thanks to the lockable buckles. FastTrack is the first camera sling bag on the market to feature an integrated camera strap. FastTrack’s dual purpose can make the job easier: photographers can now use their favorite premium CSC camera with an adaptable camera strap and quickly store their CSC (e.g. Sony Alpha 7 or Alpha 9 with a 24-70 mm f/4 attached) in the bag without detaching the camera from the strap, with a single movement. They can repeat this process fast, whenever they need to. Thanks to a second, easy-access lateral compartment, the bag can also carry 2 additional lenses (e.g. Sony 70-200 mm f/4 and 16-35 mm f/4). It is the perfect combination of versatility, comfort and a sleek look. FastTrack is part of Manfrotto’s renowned Pro Light collection. This new model shares a number of the collection’s features, such as the award-winning Camera Protection System, and the lightweight, sturdy and water-repellent materials that set Pro Light products apart. (October 2018)

Click here to go to the Manfrotto MB PL-FT-8 Pro Light Sling Bag FastTrack-8 product page

NEW! Tamron 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di

Tamron has released the smallest, lightest ultra-wide-angle zoom lens in its class. New Tamron 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) is a sophisticated balance of outstanding optics and matchless mobility.

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Tamron's new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) is for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The vision behind the Model A037 is that of an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, which has a separate concept from SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012), with superb image quality and easy portability. At just 90mm in length and 460g in weight, it is the smallest and lightest in its class. The focal length ranges from an ultra-wide 17mm that is suitable for professional landscape photography to a standard 35mm good for snapshot photography. As for F-stops, the wide-angle end is a large aperture F/2.8, and at the telephoto end is a fast F/4. The Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating, help to enhance the user’s photographic experience. For those looking to try out an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the first time, as well as having a lens that is easily portable, the A037 is the definitive choice. It is available now for Canon and Nikon mount. (October 2018)

Click here to go to the Tamron A037 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens for Canon product page

New Red Bull, Energizer and More

New from Red Bull: Summer Edition Coconut & Berry. From Energizer: Pro Charger, Card of 8 AAA Alkaline MAX, and new version Metal Light 2AA. Also new Lume Cube Hat and Elinchrom Transmitter PRO for Fujifilm.

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Red Bull Summer Edition Coconut & Berry is a new flavour - wiiings for your summer. Available in 250ml can, it contains the same high quality ingredients as regular Red Bull Energy Drink, with the taste of coconut and berry. Energizer's new Pro Charger is ideal for high performance charging and the perfect solution to all your power needs. It charges AA and AAA NiMH batteries in just 3 hours, and has a three stage colour LED display plus audio alert. It comes packed with 4x NiMH AA 2300mAh batteries, and replaces the Smart Charger. Energizer E92BP8 is a new 8-pack of Alkaline MAX AAA batteries. Both this pack and the AA version (E91BP8) are part of Energizer's Fox 'Get a Digital Film' summer promotion. There is a new version of the Energizer Metal LED Light 2AA (item E300695900, replacing 634041). Featuring the latest LED technology, it now provides 50 lumens of bright illumination and beam distance of 36m, in same compact shape, and with 2x AA batteries included in the pack. The Lume Cube Hat is a classic 6-panel snapback grey hat with a high quality custom embroidered Lume Cube logo on front. Elinchrom's Skyport Transmitter PRO is now available for Fujifilm (item 19337). For TTL, HSS or Hi-Sync, and with a visual feedback interface, Transmitter PRO is more than just a trigger for flash units, it is the entrance to an open world with endless freedom. Elinchrom Quadra Flashhead Cable 1.5m (item 11000) and Reflective Cloth for Rotalux Deep Octa 100cm (item 26219) have also been added to our product line-up. (October 2018)

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