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Beau Newsletter - February 2015

These images were taken with the
Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
See more images from Mike’s many
lens tests in this issue and in our blog.
Beau Newsletter - February 2015
iFootage Motorized Controller •New LED Panels from Manfrotto • New Sony Lens in Rentals
New Rebates and Mike’s Reviews on Fujifilm Lenses • New Nikon 300mm f4E lens • Preview
of the new16-35mm f4 lens on the Sony A7 Mk II • APEX ND Filter from Tiffen • Learn to
Develop Your Own Roll of Film • Clearance on Select Presentation Folders • more!
New product announcement from iFootage.
Just last week we finally received pricing for the new
iFootage motorized controller for the iFootage S1 Shark
slider. It is called the S1A1 not the R2D2 as I had hoped.
Now, to be totally honest we haven’t had a model to test
for ourselves, but the initial internet reviews are positive.
Also, if everyone calls Jason in rentals asking to rent a
motorized slider, he might consider putting one into rentals..
iFootage has details info about the S1A1S at the link below.
iFootage Shark Slider - $799.95
iFootage S1A1S Wireless motion control for Shark
Slider - $1459.95
Manfrotto Spectra 1x1 LED light Panel
We are expanding our line of professional LED panels with
the addition of Manfrotto’s Spectra LED lights. The Spectra
series uses only the highest quality LEDs, to guarantee the
same level of performance from every light that they make.
The light emitted from the Spectra LED lights allow for
a high quality color reproduction and skin tones that are
pleasing and always natural.
Manfrotto has seven models of Spectra LED lights including
two versions of the Spectra 1x1 LED panel. The light
output is typically 5600°K. Some models are available with
the ability to change color temperature from warm white
(3200°K) to cold white (5600°K). The light intensity is
adjustable, and gel filters for colour correction are an option
as well.
The 1X1 Panels are carefully designed, paying close
attention to reliability and consistent flicker-free
functionality. They are lightweight and compact, and thanks
to the slim design, they are extremely portable, making
them suitable for a great variety of situations. V-mount
batteries and adapters are available as a special order.
Safety is paramount with Manfrotto, and all devices
belonging to the Spectra line of products are fully tested
by a certified laboratory and comply with mandatory
standards and regulatory requirements (CE, FCC, RoHS).
With regards to photobiological
safety (IEC 62471), Spectra LED
lights falls into Risk Group 0
(defined as “Exempt”), meaning
that there is no endangerment
to the eye from these devices
(official certificate is available on
Manfrotto LED 1X1 MLS1X1F 5600K $899.95
Manfrotto LED 1X1 MLS1X1FT 3200-5600K $1149.95
New in Used:
Hasselblad Digital Medium
format system H2CFH
39 with 80mm f/2.8 lens
Hasselblad HC50-110mm f/3.5-4.5 lens $3450.00
Hasselblad HC35mm f/3.5 $3100.00
NEW Sony Lens in Rentals!
We have the new Sony/Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm
f4 ZA OSS (whew!) lens available for rent. This lens is Sony’s
answer to many prayers wishing for a good ultra wide
angle lens for Sony’s mirrorless full frame cameras. This new
lens for the Alpha mirrorless system is an ultra sharp wide
angle zoom lens with a constant f4 aperture, perfect for
landscapes, real estate and architectural work. The lens also
boasts Sony’s OSS (Optical SteadyShot) for up to 3 stops
of stabilization and fast, quiet and reliable auto-focusing in
most situations.
With a bit of a lull in January, Fujifilm rebates are back in
full force for February! While some rebates are not quite
as high as they were in December, some others are even
better. For example, now the X-T1 Graphite SIlver also has
a $100 rebate, the 18mm f/2 is $150 off at only $449 and
now even the excellent little X30 P&S is $100
off at $549.
I took this lens on a short road
trip, and it handled admirably
on a Sony A7R body, providing
sharp images corner to corner
with respectable lack of
distortion, and also providing
pleasing bokeh when called for.
Handheld shots were mostly
sharp even though my shaky,
caffeine fueled hands did their
best to thwart the operation of
the OSS!
Come and give this exciting lens a try! $30/day
Upcoming long weekend.
Remember folks!
Monday, February 9 is the Family Day holiday, and any
rentals booked for that weekend get our customary free
day! Yes, three whole days for the price of one! Book early
so you won’t be disappointed!
If you have any point and shoot cameras you’d like to get
rid of, consider donating them to Sacred Stewardship, a
youth empowerment program in th Sacred Headwaters.
Item Description
Fujifilm X-T1 Black Kit (18-135mm)
Fujifilm X-T1 Black Body w/XF 18-55mm (BUNDLE)
Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Body
Fujifilm X-T1 Black Body
Fujifilm X-E2 Black or Silver Kit w/XF 18-55mm OIS
Fujifilm X-E2 Black or Silver Body
Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Body
Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8
(Price Drop)
Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2
Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4
Fujifilm XF 27mm f/2.8 'Pancake'
Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4
Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2R
Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 OIS
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS
Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS WR
Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 OIS Zoom
Fujifilm X100/X100s Wide Conversion Lens
Fujifilm X100/X100s Tele Conversion Lens
Fujifilm X30 (black or silver)
Since our last newsletter just before Christmas, I have done
some lens testing and reporting on our blog. Here are a
couple of articles that may be of interest, if you haven’t
seen them yet…
Fujifilm 50-140mm f2.8
Fujinon XF 16-55 f2.8R LM WR
I recently had a chance to compare the two 56mm lenses
from Fujifilm, the regular XF 56mm f/1.2R and the APD
version, which has an internal “apodization” filter. The
following blog posting will explain what the APD filter is,
what it does and will have some side-by-side examples,
animations and a gallery of shots from the APD version... (check this link on Monday, last minute
edits are still being done on this blog post!)
Canon Rebates
Starting February 6th and running through March 5th,
Canon once again has numerous rebates. Here are the
main ones of interest…
EOS 5D Mark III Bodies & Kits - $150 off
EOS-6D Bodies & Kits - $100 off
EOS-70D Bodies & Kits - $70 off
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II - $60 off
EF 17-40mm f/4L - $70 off
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II - $110 off
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II - $130 off
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS - $40 off
Speedlite 600EX-RT - $20 off
Canon’s Surprise Sale Feb 6th - One Day Only at Beau!
Call or come and see us on Friday Feb 6th for this last
minute sale pricing on the following lenses…
EF50mm F1.4 USM
EF180mm F3.5L Macro USM
EF16-35mm F2.8L II USM
EF24-70mm F2.8L II USM
EF24-70mm F4L IS USM
EF24-105mm F4L IS USM
EF70-200mm F2.8L USM
EF70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM
EF70-200mm F4L IS USM
promises even better performance in most
According to Nikon’s MTF
charts this really compact
new lens should substantially
outperform the older,
already very sharp model
and it also has VR on top of
that. This new lens should
start shipping in February at
$2,199 and we are planning
on having one in our rental department as well. In the lens’
name, PF stands for Phase-Fresnel and an explanation of
exactly what this is can be found on Nikon’s website here...
The ED (Extra-low Dispersion glass) and VR (Vibration
Reduction) tags in the lens’ name are are obvious, but the
other thing that you might not be familiar with is the ‘E’ after
the f-stop. This lens features a new electronically controlled
aperture, so while I have not seen one in person, I presume
it will no longer have the mechanically actuated aperture
stop-down lever inside the bayonet mount.
Testing New Sony
Another gear test I’ve done since our last newsletter is the
new Sony A7 Mark II and the new Sony/Zeiss FE 16-35mm
f/4 OSS zoom. Below is a sample image using this new
camera and lens.
New Nikon Lens
At CES in January, Nikon announced a very interesting new
lens, the AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR! This is a new,
super lightweight and compact stabilized 300mm lens that is
roughly half the weight of the older AF-S 300mm f/4D but
300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Featuring the Phase Fresnel (PF) element which
nearly eliminates chromatic aberration on its
own, together with the Extra-low Dispersion
(ED) glass element and Nano Crystal Coat (N),
this lens delivers strikingly clear, accurate images.
Images courtesy of
New levels of sharpness and clarity with 4.5
stops of Vibration Reduction (VR).
Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
provides ultra-quiet, ultra-fast autofocusing.
Stock will be arriving soon.
Also watch for it in our rental department.
Beau Photo Supplies
1520 West 6th Ave.
Vancouver, BC
Beau Photo
For more images shot with that combination, have
a look here…
The new 16-35mm from Sony is a spectacular performer
with excellent build quality, outstanding sharpness, even in
the extreme corners if stopped down a little and maintains
good contrast, even when shot into the sun. Its one weak
spot might be a little bit of lens flare but it is certainly
not enough to take away too many marks from what is
otherwise a superb ultra-wide zoom lens. I have seen many
similar lenses that suffer from worse flare effects. If you are
a landscape or architectural photographer, or just like wideangle perspectives, and own an A7 series body, then this
lens is a must-have! It is priced at $1,469, and we have one
in rentals if you would like to test one out first.
High Speed Lexar Cards
By the time you read this, we should finally have all of
Lexar’s new high-speed SD cards in stock, the 1000x and
2000x UHS-II (U3) varieties. If you have a modern, highspeed camera like the Nikon D750 or Fujifilm X-T1 and
want the fastest possible buffer clearing or, for example, are
trying to shoot 4K video with a Panasonic GH4, then these
new cards may just be what you were waiting for! You do
pay a premium for the fastest cards, but the pricing is still
fairly reasonable, at least compared to years gone by. We
are stocking the following capacities…
Tiffen Filters
Tiffen has introduced three new ND filters designed for
extreme long exposure photography. All are10 stop ND
filters but their ability to block the IR spectrum varies.
The APEX is of the most interest to photographers doing
extreme long exposures who are looking to eliminate the
red cast normally associated with using regular 10 stop
ND filters. The APEX blocks near IR wavelengths and also
has Tiffen’s “Hot Mirror” coating which effectively blocks all
infrared wavelengths. 77mm APEX - $189.95
The ADVANTIX is designed with the same near IR blocking
capabilities as the APEX but is without the Hot Mirror
coating. By blocking the near IR, the colour balance in long
exposures is greatly improved. This coating can add a slight
green cast to the image which can be corrected in post
production. 77mm ADVANTIX - $109.95
The AXENT is a colour neutral ND with no IR blocking
and is at a price point that is affordable. Tiffen states on
its website that when using FUJI X-Trans APS-C sensor
cameras, an extreme colour cast, similar to colour infrared
photography can be acheived. 77mm AXENT - $45.92
Call or e-mail for pricing on other sizes.
32GB 1000x SDHC - $ 64.95
64GB 1000x SDXC - $ 107.95
32GB 2000x SDHC - $ 109.95
64GB 2000x SDXC - $ 189.95
© Jason
exposure: 1/1600 sec, f2
exposure: 25 sec, f4
Both raw files were processed with the colour temperature
at 6000K with no colour correction.
12 Individual Ink Cartridges
12 colour LUCIA pigment ink system for
professional image performance up to
13x19 borderless prints.
Incredible 13 X 19 Borderless Prints
Combined With 12 Colour LUCIA Pigment Ink
System Makes This Pro-1 a Professional Choice.
Optimum Image Generating System
Achieve optimum mixing balance of
inks determined from among countless
combinations, as well as precise placement
of ink droplets for ideal print results.
New Chroma Optimizer
The new Chroma Optimizer tank, achieves
enhanced density of black and uniform print
4800 dpi Maximum
Maximum 4800 dpi with microscopic droplets
as small as 3 picoliter using FINE teachnology.
2-Way Printing
To add to your options, this feature lets you
load photo papers in the back of the printer
and thicker fine art papers in the front, so
you're always ready to print with the paper
type you want.
Don't feel like using a computer?
No Problem. — Thanks to a PictBridge
connection you can also print photos directly
from your compatible digital camera, DV
camcorder or camera phone.
12 Individual Ink Cartridges
Coming Rebates...
Canon will be having a
mail in rebate promotion
starting on February 13th.
This 12 -colour LUCIA pigment ink system provides superior
colour stability and print longevity while dramatically
expanding the colour gamut.
Kit Contains
Featuring 11 colours plus the new Chroma Optimizer tank, this
ink system achieves enhanced density of black and uniform
print glossiness.
• PRO-1 Unit
• Power Cord
• Print Head ZF644
• Ink Tank PGI-29MBK
• Ink Tank PGI-29PBK
• Ink Tank PGI-29DGY
• Ink Tank PGI-29GY
• Ink Tank PGI-29LGY
• Ink Tank PGI-29C
• Ink Tank PGI-29M
• Ink Tank PGI-29Y
• Ink Tank PGI-29PC
• Ink Tank PGI-29PM
• Ink Tank PGI-29R
• Ink Tank PGI-29CO
Get yourself a new
PRO 1 , Pro 10 or
Pro 100 printer and
get a good deal!
MindShift Bags
We are sad to say that, at least for the time being, we
can no longer stock the MindShift line of camera bags.
Unfortunately their suppliers have decided to market
towards outdoor stores instead and we can no longer get
them in. We are hoping this will change in the future, but
sadly this is the case at the moment. We appreciate all the
inquiries we have received about this bag and we are very
sorry to disappoint anyone looking for one!
We have sold out of the stock that we had as far as the
bags go but we have a limited number of accessories left.
Including: the photo insert for the Panorama R180, the
Raincover for the Panorama R180 and the DSLR Cover 20. I
expect these will disappear fast, so if you need any of those
accessories for your bag please come in, or call to have it
put on hold for you as soon as possible.
We still carry lots of other great bags from LowePro,
Manfrotto and ThinkTank, with some new styles coming
soon! So come in and take a look at what we have and find
a great bag that works well for you!
LowePro ProTactic 350AW & 450AW
This great new bag from LowePro really changes how you
can carry all your gear. With multiple access points, it makes
it easy to have all your necessary equipment ready at all
times. This backpack allows you to get at your gear from
accessible zippered doors on each side, as well as a top
access and a full back access. It is a very well laid out bag
that has taken all access to another level.
There is also a dedicated pocket in the back
for a laptop.
The other really interesting point about
this bag is that it is covered in many, many
rows of LowePro’s SlipLock straps so you
can attach an array of accessories to almost any part of
the bag. Included with the pack is a water bottle pouch,
accessory case, tripod cup and two cinch straps that all fit
onto the SlipLock straps. Also included
is a removable waist belt that adds
storage and support. I don’t think
this backpack looks like a camera bag
either, which is nice when you are
traveling and don’t want your gear to
become a target for thieves.
The ProTactic comes in two sizes. The
350AW is a nice size and is designed
to carry 1-2 DSLRs and up to 6
lenses or speedlights. With the way
this bag is designed, you can leave
a 24-70 on one of the bodies and
stow it via the top access point
so it is always at the ready, and
then have your second body and
other lenses easily accessible on
the sides. You can also have two
bodies with smaller lenses at the
ready; one on the top and one on
the side, with your extra lenses or speedlights stored on
the other side. There are many great combinations to be
had to make this bag very convenient.
The 450AW size allows for a DSLR body
with the longer lens attached as well,
plus another body and a bit more room
for a few extra lenses, speedlights or
accessories than the 350AW. Both sizes
include an All-Weather cover to keep
equipment dry and safe.
We will be receiving a small quantity the
450AW size in the next week, and the
350AW will follow in the next month or so when they
are available from our supplier. Let us know if you are
interested in them please and we will get more in as soon
as we can! 350AW - $216.00 • 450AW - $249.75
Nicole L.-D
Develop your own roll of film!
Don’t have access to a darkroom, but have always wanted
to learn the fine details of processing your own black and
white film at home?
Well Kathy will now be giving lessons! She will show you
how to develop 35mm, 120 or 4x5 black and white film
without a darkroom. All you need to bring is exposed
B&W film and the tank you’d like to learn on. She will
spend two hours taking you step by step through the
whole process. This class was planned for your convenience
so you can book your lesson for any time Kathy’s here
at Beau working; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 3pm. The cost is $45.00 for a 2hr class and all chemicals
are supplied by Beau Photo. We use Blazinal (Rodinal
equivalent) to develop the film, Ilford Ilfostop, Ilford Rapid
Fix, Kodak Hypo Clear and Kodak Photo Flo.
A Glimpse Into Other People’s Darkrooms
If you’re interested to see what at-home darkroom habitats
other people have come up with, tune into Beau Photo’s
blog every Monday for our Red Light In A Darkroom
series. If you have a home darkroom and would like to
share it with us, please email [email protected] ! We’d
love to hear about what you have set up.
Get ready to do some Impossible shooting!
Stay tuned to our next newsletter for details on our
upcoming Impossible Project contest. We are in the process
of sorting out the details now... it couldbe a party, a gallery
show, or maybe even an online exhibit. Find out in next
month’s installment of Impossible Shooting!
We’ve had a few classes so far and have seen some some
very interesting, very successful results! A few of our
clients got experimental - they processed colour C-41 film
through black and white chemistry. The results were very
cool. Their films looked soft and glowy, however this could
change from roll to roll. We don’t recommend this as a first
roll to learn on however as the results can vary. Ask us to
recommend a first roll if you are unsure which to try.
Images on
Impossible Silver
Frame 600 B&W.
©Nicole L-D
Presentation Products
NOVEMBER 29, 2014 – FEBRUARY 8, 2015
TAP Packaging Solutions has announced their annual price
increase. Unfortunately, when combined with U.S. exchange,
the increase totals 25%.
Their new catalogue has been published and is available
on-line at They’ve
discontinued a number of less-used products including the
My School memory mate, the Baseball memory mate, and
most 4x5 and 5x4 folders. If you’d like samples of any of
their products, I’ll request them for you if I don’t already
have them on hand.
AGT prices remain the same for the time being.
Looking for ‘Retro Chic’
at clearance prices? We’re
blowing out our remaining
‘Brown’ photo mounts!
Vancouver Easels 4x5, 5x4, 4x5
Oval, 5x7 Oval, Brown with
Gold foil accent: .10 each.
Cal Cocoa Folders (5x5) Brown with
Gold Foil accent are .05 each.
I will be on vacation from March
2nd until the 27th, returning
to work on March 30th. If you
need product ordered during my
absence, please contact Simon at [email protected]
Renaissance Albums
We are expecting the 2015 price list to be distributed by
March 10th just after WPPI Las Vegas. We don’t expect
any factory price changes, however, due to the devaluation
of the Canadian dollar we will see an increase across all
Custom and Stock products.
Lee Friedlander: Thick Of Things
Opening Reception; November 28, 7 pm
Presentation House Gallery is delighted to announce an
exhibition of photographs and books by one of the most
important photographers of our time, Lee Friedlander. A
first in Canada, Thick of Things spans over five decades
of his work and attests to the undiminished vitality of his
unique way of seeing. Friedlander has been called one of
the most prolific artists in the history of photography. His
observations refresh the genres of landscape, portraiture
and still life through series that extend over many years. This
exhibition highlights several bodies
of work including
rarely-seen images
taken in the Canadian
Rockies as well as his
books and magazine
Lee Friedlander, N.Y.C., 2011, gelatin silver print,
Lee Friedlander, California, 2008, gelatin silver print
courtesy the Artworkers Retirement Society
JANUARY 9 – MARCH 14, 2015
Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982
An exhibition, website and publication that shines a light
on a self-identified collective of socially and artistically
motivated men and women who came of age on
Vancouver’s Main Street once the dividing line between a
Anglo middleclass west
side and a
east side.
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