Two New Manfrotto Bags

The Pro Light Bumblebee-230 is a professional camera/video backpack designed for outdoor shooters always on the move. The Advanced Shoulder Bag A1 is a portable, practical and reliable camera bag.

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Manfrotto's new Bumblebee-230 backpack (item MB PL-B-230 , replacing Bumblebee-220) is part of the Pro Light Collection - smartly constructed bags, made of strong-yet-lightweight materials, to carry heavy duty equipment and provide long-lasting comfort. Its signature design Camera Protection System dividers safeguard a gripped DSLR body with lens attached and 5 to 10 additional lenses, or a professional camcorder with its accessories. A dedicated 'checkpoint-friendly' section holds a 17” laptop. Secure a pro-size tripod with the NeverLose tripod connection. Besides the external zip and stretchable pockets for accessories and water bottle, there is also a lens pouch on the waist belt for super-quick and easy lens changing. Manfrotto's A1 shoulder bag (item MB MA-SB-A1) is part of the Advanced Collection – highly usable bags that let you carry just what you need. This nifty heavy duty camera bag is completely secure – know your camera is safe whatever the journey takes you. Crafted specially for CSCs, each intuitive design element is made for total functionality, and the bag has convenient compartments to neatly pack mirrorless camera, additional lens, accessories, batteries and memory cards. Thanks to its ergonomic design, lift heavier payloads without fuss, and get to camera and equipment in an instant using the front-to-back zippered fastening. The bag's flap opens away from your body. The shoulder strap is removeable, and the bag can also be worn as a belt pack. (January 2019)

Click here to go to the Manfrotto MB PL-B-230 Pro Light Backpack Bumblebee-230 product page

Gitzo's New 2-Way Fluid Head

Building on the great success of its Gimbal Fluid Head, Gitzo has proudly introduced a new 2-Way Fluid Head, dedicated to birdwatchers and wildlife photographers. The Systematic tripod range has also expanded.

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The Gitzo 2-Way Fluid Head (model GHF2W) provides the highest performance for birdwatchers and digiscopers with medium-sized spotting scopes, as well as for wildlife photographers and videographers using premium CSC or DSLR cameras with lenses up to 200mm. This extremely compact fluid head has an essential, ergonomic design and a comprehensive set of technical features. The key innovations of this head are the fluid cartridges and the precise inner mechanism. The result is an unconventional head perfectly matched to carbon fibre Gitzo tripods and an extraordinary combination of performance and portability, designed for ultra-stable and precise spotting and shooting. The head has a stiff and lightweight magnesium body, weighs less than 0.6kg, safely supports a payload of up to 4kg, and features a long rubberised Arca-Swiss compatible plate. The reflection-free surfaces offer good camouflage. The 2-Way Fluid Head perfectly supports and balances photographic equipment for capturing the sharpest shots, and easily captures moving objects with smooth, broad movements and unparalleled precision. The head was designed respecting Gitzo’s unmistakably elegant and clean style. And in other Gitzo news: we have added three new models to our range of Systematic tripods: GT3533LS Series 3 3-Section Long, GT5533S Series 5 3-Section Standard and GT5533LS Series 5 3-Section Long. Exacting professional photographers can now select the exact model to best suit their needs. (January 2019)

Click here to go to the Gitzo GHF2W 2-Way Fluid Head product page

Lowepro Powder BP 500 AW

Lowepro has introduced a new light and fast outdoor pack. The Powder backpack pairs high performance sports with the brand’s signature protection. Also new: Toploader Zoom 50 AW II in Galaxy Blue.

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The new Powder BP 500 AW backpack is inspired by outdoor adventure and winter sports. Lowepro designed Powder to integrate digital image capture with the ski/snowboard enthusiast’s active lifestyle. Light and fast, Powder protects digital imaging gear in extreme conditions. Powder strikes the perfect balance between lightweight performance, secure camera carry and winter oriented outdoor gear. With approximately 50L total volume, a 50/50 storage split for camera and non-camera items provides versatile carrying capabilities for ski and snowboard photographers. While the pack is designed to withstand heavy winter conditions, users can enjoy its superior lightweight protection through any season. It holds mirrorless and DSLR kits and easily adapts to carry drones or handheld gimbals. Key features include compression lid with storage; secure, body-side access; 50% of interior space dedicated to non-camera storage; ski/snowboard carrying system; capable of carrying full size tripod and safety gear; removable camera box makes space for clothing, food and accessories; dedicated slat pocket for 15” laptop with protective sleeve; and All Weather AW Cover to protect gear from rain, snow, dust and sand. Powder is available in one size with two color versions: Grey/Orange and Midnight Blue/Horizon Blue. And in other Lowepro news, the popular Toploader Zoom 50 AW II bag is also available in Galaxy Blue. (January 2019)

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Assorted Arrivals End-2018

Recent additions to ranges: Tamron Lens Hood for A034, Hoya UX Cir-PL Filter 52mm, Peak Design Clutch v3 and Anchors v4, Lastolite Urban Background Derelict Wall/ Wooden Fence, HPRC 2500 for DJI Ronin S.

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Tamron item HA034 is a new spare/replacement lens hood for the Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD lens, Model A034. Tamron lens hoods exhibit superb light shielding effects, offering ample protection from stray light. The Hoya UX Circular Polariser series now includes filter with 52mm diameter. The UX series is designed for entry level users who require filters at an affordable price. Cir-PL filters will effectively control reflections on non-metallic surfaces such water or glass, and increase saturation with better contrast. A new version of the Peak Design Clutch (CL-3, replacing CL-2) has arrived. This quick-connecting and quick-adjusting camera hand strap is now supplied with latest versions of standard plate and anchors. The new standard plate has a new low profile design with smooth finish, and is Arca and Manfrotto RC2 compatible. New anchor connectors are smaller, faster and more secure, and are angled for effortless one-handed operation. Lastolite item LB5715 is a new Urban Collapsible Background with double-sided Derelict Wall/Wooden Fence design. It measures 1.5 x 2.1m, is made from crease-resistant fabric and allows photographers to create the outdoor look in an instant, whether in the studio or a client's home, adding a new dimension to any portrait sitting. And lastly, HPRC 2500 Black Resin Case for DJI Ronin S is a new hardshell case with pre-cut foam interior customized specifically for DJI Ronin S. This watertight resin case, designed to protect and transport the gimbal and its accessories. (December 2018)

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

A durable and beautiful carry-on travel backpack driven by a simple truth: no two trips are the same. This versatile new bag is unmatched for one-bag travel. It is available in two colours: Black and Sage.

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The Peak Design Travel Backpack meets international carry-on size requirements in its default 35L configuration, but expands to be a 45L gear-hauler when necessary. Compression snaps can reduce to 30L for use as day bag. Adaptable and rugged, the bag has tons of internal and external pockets, plus a main cavity that’s divisible via a zippered mesh sleeve. The bag has rigid sidewalls so that it holds it shape and sits upright, packed or empty. It features top, side, front and rear access via intuitively placed weatherproof zips. Tuck-away shoulder straps and hip belt use unique magnetic catches to stay magically in-place when checking your bag. Other features include 360-degree grab handles, cleverly concealed external carry straps, quick tablet and laptop access using the main back zip, and protected luggage tag. All packed within a sleek, weatherproof 100% recycled 400D nylon canvas shell with ultra-light padded foam. The pack syncs with Peak Design accessories such as camera cube, packing cube, tech pouch and more (available separately). (December 2018)

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CLOSED between Xmas & New Year

Please note that Singer Photographic Services Head Office will be closing at midday on the 24th of December 2018, and the Cape Town branch on Friday the 21st of December 2018. Place final orders for the year ASAP!

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Advance warning! In addition to the public holidays Singer Photographic will be closed between Christmas and the New Year. The Cape Town will be closed for business after the 21th of December 2018 and the Johannesburg branch will be closed from midday on Monday the 24th of December 2018. Both branches will reopen on Wednesday the 2nd of January 2019. With this in mind we ask that you please place your orders within the next week to avoid any problems with deliveries. We recommend you order sufficient stock to carry you through to the first week of January. Any orders received after we have closed – through our online system, or by email – will be invoiced on the 2nd of January 2019. Thank you for your support this year, and very best wishes for the festive season and the new year. (December 2018)

New Phottix Nuada S3 & Kali150

Phottix has expanded their range of LED lights with one new light in each of the Nuada and the Kali series. Both are powerful, compact lights for still and video photography, for use in studio or on location.

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The Phottix Nuada S3 VLED light panel (item 81421) will take your photo or video project to the next level. Compact, portable and super easy-to-use, the S3 produces beautiful soft continuous light, with excellent colour rendering (CRI 95+) and a maximum brightness of 835 lux @ 1m. The S3 features an easy-to-read LCD screen, and the controls allow adjustment for power and colour temperature. It comes with an AC adapter to run on mains power; and can also run on Sony-compatible NP batteries for use out and about. The Nuada S3 measures 376 x 266 x 25mm, weighs 1170g, and comes with light stand mount. The Phottix Kali150 (item 81441) is a powerful pocket-sized studio light featuring the latest in flicker-free LED technology. It provides a maximum brightness of 1000 Lux @ 1m, in a durable aviation-grade aluminium shell. Both brightness and colour temperature can be adjusted easily. The Kali150 is powered by Sony-compatible NP Series batteries for use on-the-go, or by AC mains power. Use the attached barndoors to better control and craft the light. The Kali150 can be mounted on three sides to your favourite accessory using a 1/4“ threaded lug. A cold shoe mount is included for using the Kali150 on a DSLR, mirrorless or video camera. The light measures 145 x 95 x 22mm, weighs 346g and comes with one 2000mAh NP battery included for 75 min run-time. Both the Nuada S3 and Kali150 are great for video, live-streaming and still photography. (December 2018)

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NEW! Lowepro FreeLine Backpack

Introducing the new FreeLine BP 350, in two colour versions: Black and Heather Grey. Different locations, different gear, different people, one bag. Perfect for content creators who want to be 'Different. Every. Day.'

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The Lowepro FreeLine backpack is a new premium, versatile daypack designed for today’s content creators, photographers and videographers. This backpack, available in black and grey, is the first in a collection of innovative bags intended to organize and protect the tools that capture the vision of content creators, wherever they go, leaving them free to focus on the big picture. Features for the way today’s creators work start with the QuickShelf Divider System – the revolutionary interior divider system that unfolds into a 3-tier shelf or folds flat to remove revealing an open interior space includes pop-in lateral dividers allows for quick, fully customizable and wholly protected array of gear sets including multiple mirrorless bodies and lenses, full frame DSLR with mounted 70-200mm f2.8 lens and additional lenses, compact drones and more. The bag is constructed of super high-grade Nylon 66 exterior fabric with water and abrasion resistant Carbonite, YKK weatherproof zippers and All Weather AW Cover to provide unmatched protection from everyday use and the elements. Other features include dual side-access panels allow for easy access to gear; CradleFit pocket for 15” laptop; integrated Gear Box offering customizable storage for cords, cables, batteries and more; and ActiveZone Back Panel for excellent support and comfort. The FreeLine is a solution that offers the freedom to carry what you need each day. It pairs Lowepro's signature protection with the adaptability content creators crave. (December 2017)

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Introducing Meade StarPro AZ

Meade's StarPro AZ is the perfect scope for the novice astronomer seeking to explore the universe. Available in four apertures, StarPro has everything you need to start observing night sky, out of the box.

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Meade's all new StarPro AZ refractor telescope features a newly designed single-arm, alt-azimuth mount with slow motion control cables on both axes, making your observing experience a breeze. This new mount also features a vixen-style dovetail receiver, giving you the ability to use different optical tubes. Easily organize eyepieces with the integrated accessory holder, located on the sturdy tripod. StarPro AZ features a bonus Smartphone Adapter to take images of the night sky through the eyepiece. The included AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software on DVD helps you learn about objects in the night sky. StarPro AZ is an easy-to-use, portable telescope, for the on-the-go astronomer. Fully-coated optics result in bright, clear images of the moon, planets, nebulae, and more. Take your observing experience to the new level and use StarPro AZ to view land objects such as wildlife or beautiful landscapes. With a compact and lightweight design at an affordable price, StarPro AZ is sure to exceed expectations. Four sizes in the range: 70mm, 80mm, 90mm and 102mm. (December 2018)

Click here to go to the Meade StarPro series page

Manfrotto Befree 2N1

The new Befree 2N1 is by far the most versatile model in Manfrotto's Befree range of travel tripods, with an all-in-one solution that allows the tripod to be converted into a robust monopod in just a few simple steps.

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Manfrotto have celebrated the success of the Befree by introducing a couple of new models, designed for advanced hobbyist photographers and independent content creators. Befree 2N1 offers a secure, easy and fast solution to convert the tripod into a monopod, while retaining the same exceptional stability afforded throughout the Befree collection. The technology behind the safety and stability of Befree 2N1 is a dedicated locking system that ensures the total absence of play when working both as a tripod and as a monopod. The conjunction cap on the centre column firmly connects the tripod leg to the tripod column, giving shape to a solid travel monopod. Befree 2N1 is made to enable quick and easy switching from a tripod to a monopod. After a half-turn anticlockwise, a red rubber ring will appear on the tripod leg, providing the user with visual feedback that the tube can be safely removed for use as a monopod. Befree 2N1 is available in two versions that cater to all photographers: the Quick Power Lock version with levers (model BFRLA4B-BHM) and the M-Lock version with twist locking system (model BFRTA4B-BHM). Another new addition to the range is Befree Live Lever, featuring Quick Power Lock lock system. Befree Live Lever combines the strongest tripod construction elements of Befree Advanced together with the fluidity of the Live head, to provide an increased level of stability. This tripod kit (model BFRL-LIVE) replaces the original Befree Live (model BFR-LIVE) which has been discontinued. (November 2018)

Click here to go the Manfrotto MKBFRTA4B-BHM Befree 2N1 Alu Twist Tripod with Ball Head product page

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