Covid-19 Update

We are currently just shipping online orders only. Our showroom is closed to walk in customers. Pick up is still available by appointment. There might be some delays in items shipping due the current situation. We are available for phone calls 12-4pm Monday through to Thursday.  If an item you have ordered is out of stock we will let you know with an ETA asap.
We are running on skeleton staff to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for working with us to make this world a safer place for everybody. If this means delays outside of our control, thank you again for your understanding during this difficult time.

Scott and the Mainlinephoto team.

Friday photo… blast from the past

Our office neighbour is Racetrack magazine which while it now focuses on horse racing was in the 80’s a general sporting magazine. Andrew the editor dropped in with this beautiful 8×10 black and white image of a skater from an article they ran on skateparks he didn’t know who the skater is but it is a great shot anyway.

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Those were the days!

Voigtlander annouces 3 new Sony E mount lenses for 2017

Due to be presented at the Tokyo Camera Show the CP+ on stand G-12 if you are in the area.

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The 3 models are a completely redesigned 35mm 1.4 lens, a brand new 40mm 1.2 lens and last but not least a 65mm 2.0 Macro Apo-Lanthar.

No prices have been set or delivery dates. You can email us to register your interest at our contact us page here.

No deposit or payment required at this time.

The Trick to It All: A Conversation with Photographer Henry Leutwyler

Very interesting article on a photographer I had never heard off.

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Cody Delistraty | Longreads | October 2016 | 12 minutes (3,326 words)

Born in Switzerland in 1961, the portrait photographer Henry Leutwyler was told he wouldn’t make it as a photographer. He was rejected from a top Swiss photography school, and when he opened his own photo studio in Lausanne — photographing watches and chocolates and cheeses — he went bankrupt in a swift year-and-a-half.

But at age 25, Leutwyler moved to Paris and began apprenticing with the French photographer Gilles Tapie, who helped him find his stride as an editorial photographer. A decade later, in 1995, Leutwyler moved to New York City, where his portrait photography began to appear in Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Esquire, and Time, among others.

Since then, Leutwyler has photographed the top-tier of global talent, including Martin Scorsese, Michelle Obama, Julia…

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It’s back the champion of bokeh Voigtlander’s 58mm 1.4 Nokton. New version due in early Nov we are taking pre orders now.

Yep it’s back just like Hans Solo it has returned from the dead, and thank goodness as we continue to get inquires for this lens every single day.

This new production run will be optically the same but with a different exterior look. If you have not heard about this lens it has become one of the most sought after lenses that Cosina under the  Voigtlander name has ever made.

It gets 5 star reviews on sites such as B&H with comments like these I am shooting with SLRs and DSLRs for over 30 years. I have used a lot of lenses, and this one is just the best. the colors reproduction is great, the bokeh is amazing, smooth, painted like a brush.

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Manual focus with CPU chip for metering and brilliant optics what more does one need.

The 58mm is based on the old Topcon lens which in it’s day was regarded a real cracker. This current model builds on that lens with even better optics that were improved in the second version and then in this 3rd version more metal has been added to damp the focus even more. See some 9 thousand plus sample images here.Now available for Pre Order for Early November delivery $795 Order Here.

Voigtlander 10 & 15mm E mount lenses now taking Pre orders

We are now taking Pre Orders for delivery in April for the 15mm E mount $1295 and May for the 10mm E mount $1495 or  10mm M mount $1395. Both E mount lenses have a dedicated electronic E mount which allows them to use the functions listed below. And the 10mm in Leica M mount is going to make history as the widest M lens ever made!

We expect demand to be very high for these lenses so get your Pre Order in now to make sure you don’t miss out!

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The 10mm is available in both M mount $1395 and Sony E mount $1495

Function of Voigtländer E-Mount Lens
1. Exif
Pictures can store the Exif data of Lens.
2. Lens Correction Data
You can set Auto Lens Correction on camera bodies;
* Fall off ———————–> Auto / Off
* Chromatic Aberration —> Auto / Off
* Distortion ——————-> Auto / Off
3. Manual Focus Assist
Magnified Live View Image will be seen on camera body LCD screen when the Focus Ring
rotation is detected on the camera body.
4. Focus Distance Setting
Focus Distance Setting Indication will be seen (At which point you are focusing on now. For
instrance, 3.5m, or so.) on camera body LCD screen when the Focus Ring rotation is detected on
the camera body.
6. 5-Axis Image Stabilization
The 5-axis Image Stabilization works cooperatively with Voigtlander E-mount

New products NISI filters and Pixel One Batteries now available.

We have added to our range the NISI Square filter range and the Screw in Clear protection filters these are very high quality filters at very good prices. The holder kit represents excellent value coming with 4 adaptor rings a slim polariser and the all metal holder. They even do a super dupper huge stopper at an incredible 15 stops. Check the range out here.

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Also new to the Mainline range is the PIXEL ONE generic batteries, these are the best generic replacement batteries available today.

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They are the same as the highly rated Wasabi battery check out the reviews here. Now we have the most popular model instock ready to ship. You cannot have too many spare batteries stock up here.

The OMD-EM1 goes to the St Ives Medieval fair.

Took my OMD and the 45mm 1.8 off to the fair last weekend and had a great time, forgot my spare battery though….

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The king about to experience DBT ( death by tickling)

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The jousting was fantastic to watch… now that’s an extreme sport!

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We watched the finals of the 2015 World Broadsword championships… in the front row

Then my battery ran out and my phone was full oh well… so I just focused on having a good time!

See you there next year!

Friday Photo

Today’s image is from Mainline customer Julian Hurrell and was taken with the Voigtlander 40mm 2.8 Heliar lens on a Sony A7 camera. Great shot thanks for sharing it with us.

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 ” Dad at Home” Julian’s father outside the house he grew up in Comboyne NSW.

This ipad game seems to be custom made for me puzzles include a Leica M3 and Ferrets… Wow.

I love playing the games along similar lines to this one The Vengeance part of the  Grim tales series by Big Fish games. Check them out if you are an old skool adventure gamer, or anyone that likes puzzles these have great graphics and storylines plus the bonus you can play the first chapter free and then if you like it buy it.

This game came with a few suprises one puzzle with ferrets and then another with a Leica M3 camera that you have to find the parts for… got me thinking do they have a profile on me or what?

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I didn’t know ferrets could look so evil… but I knew what trick to do to get past them…

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Ha ha a Leica M3 IN A GAME cool… find some film and you are ready to shoot..

Some of my other favourite Big Fish games are:

Lockwood , Spirits , The Fall , Found , Devils Triangle , Haunted Past , Drawn 1 & 2 , Beyond and Ship of Bones check them out here at big fish they cover all platforms PC , Mac, ipad and Android. Have fun!

The tiny but awesome Nissin i40 flash is now available from Mainlinephoto

This little award winning flash caught our eye as so many of our customers are shooting with Olympus or Panasonic MFT or Sony A7 series cameras that we just had to start selling it.

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This little unit punches well above it’s size and it does everything you could ever want from a flash see the reviews at the links below.

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CT Digital Photo magazine

Available for purchase here.

Available now from Mainlinephoto HELIOPAN FILTERS from Germany…

Mainlinephoto is proud to announce that it is now the Official distributor for Heliopan filters. We are very excited to be able to finally bring this high quality range to the Australian market at a very competitive retail price said Rene Vogelzang Mainlinephoto Product Manager at the press launch on Friday.

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Heliopan Germany has been producing filters since 1949 and makes the worlds best clear and high transmission polarisers available. More info can be found in the pdf here.

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Even better filters than before.

Check out the range at our website here.

New SIRUI Travel tripod the T-024X this is going to be a winner!

We have just received our first stock of this fantastic new model from SIRUI drawing on design elements from the T-025X and the T-1204X it truly bridges the gap between these models. Perfect for a heavier camera lens combo than the T-025X.

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With a fully extended height of 1400mm and a weight of only 700grams.

Available for order on our website now.

Digital Black and White Photography Workshop by Len Metcalf

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Want to shoot jaw-dropping black and whites?  Spend a week with Len Metcalf, one of Australia’s master fine art photographers, and learn the trade secrets from someone who knows.  In November 2015 spend a week in the Snowy Mountains.  For those that want even more an extension of the tour is planned for the following week. Need a holiday? Take a photo break with this tour. More information here

Handy app for getting your tripod and head level, Pro Compass iphone app

This is a great little app that really works as promised not only does it look cool but it does the job of getting everything level quickly, especially in low light no torch needed. Those in camera levels can be very inaccurate so spend the dollar and get it today. Oh and works as a compass too!

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More info on this great tool can be found here at Hunter Instruments. Only available for the iphone.