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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Gitzo 100 Year Anniversary Edition

Gitzo celebrates one hundred years of outstanding innovation and technological leadership by launching an exclusive limited-edition photography masterpiece: the 100Y Anniversary Edition Travel Tripod kit.

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Gitzo initiated the travel tripod era, creating products designed to be companions for life. The world’s most inspirational brand of tripods and heads is celebrating its first centenary of tradition, innovation and expertise that have made it a beacon of excellence in the photographic world. To mark the occasion, Gitzo has launched the innovative 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod. Not just a celebratory photography support, it's the ultimate high-performance professional tool featuring unique design and the very latest technology. This highly desirable flagship product is available worldwide in an exclusive limited edition of only 1917 pieces, referencing Gitzo’s year of foundation, with the number of each piece laser engraved on one leg. A brand-new magnesium spider emphasized by a black finish and titanium color details make this model outstandingly stylish. It has Gitzo’s latest Traveler Series 1 technological features, including state of the art Carbon eXact tubing and 180° leg folding mechanism for the ultimate strength, the Traveler G-lock mechanism, making it compact, strong and ergonomic, together with a brand-new Center Ball Head for superior smoothness and precision. Moreover, the tripod features an ergonomic strap made of genuine Italian leather with a carbon fiber look, for extreme comfort in use. It's presented in a black branded chest, with the tripod’s certificate of authenticity, and includes the name of the craftsman who created each specific piece. (December 2017)

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New Phottix Aion, Varos and Saldo

Recent additions to the Phottix range: new Aion Wireless Timer and Shutter Release, with all cables included, new entry-level model Varos Pro Mini Umbrella Holder, and new Saldo Backdrop Stand Kit.

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The new Phottix Aion Wireless Timer and Shutter Release takes wireless triggering to the next level. This revolutionary all-in-one wireless/wired timer and shutter release offers photographers an amazing number of triggering options. A medium range trigger capable of being operated from 60m, it works on a universal 2.4GHz frequency and is easy to operate thanks to the backlit LCD display. Multiple timer functions include self, interval and long exposure timers; number of frames setting; and auto-bracketed timer setting for HDR photos. Multiple shutter functions include two-stage shutter button for AF and shutter release; and instant, continuous 5 shot, 2 second delay and bulb shutter release mode. Cables for Canon, Nikon and Sony are included in the pack. The new Phottix Varos Pro Mini Umbrella Holder is Phottix's newest budget-level entry in the ever-popular Varos series. It offers patented features and smaller footprint design, with an aluminium alloy body with metal flash cold shoe, with teardrop-shaped umbrella mount that accepts umbrellas with shafts 7-10mm, and a simple locking mechanisms to keep umbrella secured in the desired position. The neew Phottix Saldo Backdrop Stand Kit is similar to the version it replaces, but includes two of the new Saldo 280 Air Cushion Light Stands with head-turning two-tone chrome and black look, and the great durability and affordability that have become Phottix trademarks. It supports muslin and paper backdrops of various widths and is easily to transport in the handy carry bag. (December 2017)

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CLOSING between Xmas & New Year

A friendly reminder that Singer Photographic will be closing at midday on FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER 2017 and will reopen again on TUESDAY 2 JANUARY 2017. Please get your last minute orders in as soon as possible!

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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 27, 28 and 29 December 2017. We will reopen again on Tuesday 2 January 2018. 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. Any orders received after 10am on the 22nd – including those place through our online system – will be invoiced on 2 January 2018. Thank you for your continued support this past year, and best wishes to all for a peaceful and happy festive season, and continued success in the coming new year. (December 2017)

Introducing Samyang AF 35m F1.4

Aim high with the new Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE lens for full frame mirrorless cameras with Sony E mount. Create artworks from everyday moments. Mount Kits for Samyang XEEN Cine Lenses also available.

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This new AF 35mm F1.4 FE works in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount such as Sony α7 or α9 series. It is designed to appeal to enthusiasts and professionals who are ready to take the next step up in photography. It is the ideal companion to create artworks, with high performance beyond expectations. Absolute resolution across the entire image field is the key feature of this lens. It includes 11 elements in 9 groups and features 2 aspherical lenses and 2 high-refractive lenses, plus Ultra Multi Coating. The optical design minimises various aberrations and unnecessary light dispersion to deliver outstanding resolution. Fast, precise and quiet autofocus performance meets Samyang’s exceptional optical technology to capture any moments clearly. The bright F1.4 secures fast shutter speed and creates shallow depth of focus images in wide-standard angle of view. This new 35mm F1.4 lens is ideal for professional photography including low-light events, landscapes and portraits with expressive characteristics. Samyang XEEN Mount Kits are now also listed as stock items. Mount kits allow users to swap the lens mount of their Samyang XEEN cine lens at will. Between Arri PL, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Canon EF, and Sony E (NEX) ... there's no limit to the range of cameras on which one can use one's Samyang XEEN lens. (December 2017)

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Phottix Juno Transceiver Flash

Phottix Juno is a single-point, manual-only flash with all the functions and features you need to get the job done, whatever your camera system. It's included in the Juno Ready to Go Kit with other photographic essentials.

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The new Phottix Juno is a powerful yet easy-to-use manual hot shoe flash at home on your Canon, Nikon, Sony (MIS), Pentax, Panasonic, Fuji and Olympus cameras. Juno offers a guide number of 58 and full to 1/128th power adjustments in 1/3 steps. A command dial makes power changes fast and easy. Built into the Juno is all the power and cutting-edge technology of Phottix Ares II Flash Trigger. Set up the Juno on-camera in Transmitter Mode to trigger other nearby Juno ­flashes or compatible Phottix ­flash trigger receivers. Set slaved Juno ­flashes in Receiver mode and have them trigger for a Juno in Transmitter mode, or an Ares II Transmitter. This Transceiver function brings with it all the latest, greatest Phottix technology: 2.4 GHz, 100m+ range sporting 16 channels, four groups and Digital ID function. Rounding out the triggering is traditional optical slave mode as well as a TTL pre-flash delay mode. The Juno offers a host of enhancements you wouldn’t expect on a budget-price fl­ash. The body features a 1/4”-20 mounting lug, to mount the Juno horizontally to an umbrella adapter or other accessory, as well as a Canon-compatible HV power for external AA battery packs. Powered by four AA batteries the Juno also offers sleep mode to save power. The Phottix Juno "Ready to Go" Kit comprises Juno Transceiver Flash, Ares II Flash Trigger Transmitter, P190 MKII Light Stand 190cm, Shoot-Through Umbrella 91cm, Varos Pro S Multi-Function Flash Shoe Umbrella Holder and Gear Bag 70cm. All the basics for in studio or on location photography. (December 2017)

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Introducing Tamron 100-400mm

Tamron's new ultra-telephoto zoom lens, the 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035) offers superior image quality, advanced features and lightweight, compact design. Available in Canon and Nikon mount.

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Mobility meets precision with Tamron's new 100-400mm ultra-telephoto lens for full-frame DSLRs (Model A035). It is extremely portable with a highly responsive AF so you can seize the moment with lasting effect. The advanced optical design of the 100-400mm zoom lens includes three LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements for greater aberration reduction and Tamron’s original eBAND Coating for superior anti-reflection performance to eliminate flare and ghosting and provide flawless, crystal clear images. At 1.115g this new lens is the lightest weight in its class and features magnesium material in key areas of the lens barrel to improve weight reduction, strength and portability. It delivers fast and precise autofocus performance and consistently powerful VC (Vibration Compensation) benefits thanks to the high-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system that is found in the latest Tamron lens models. Model A035 is fully compatible with Tamron’s 1.4x tele converter that multiplies the lens’s focal length, and the Tamron TAP-in Console which enables lens customizations for focus adjustments, VC mechanism adjustments and more. Additionally, an Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount (item A035TM) is available as an optional accessory. This combination of features and optional accessories join to create a lens that photographers everywhere will enjoy using in various shooting situations, including low-light conditions that require handheld operation as well as those where convenient attachment to a tripod is preferred. (December 2017)

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