A must have for the travelling outdoor photographer. The Walkstool.

This great little product caught our attention sometime ago and we have now managed to get supply of the Swedish made Walkstools.

Once you have used one of these you will be going why didn’t I think of this. Not only is it really well made and very comfortable ( and we mean all day comfy) it packs up small and is lightweight. Perfect to simply be left in the car as a go to seat, or use it when shooting with a tripod not only is this more relaxing but as you lower the tripod you are more stable. More uses than a ferret and less smelly everyone deserves one. Tip the 55cm suits most folks.

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Everybum needs one of these available now at Mainlinephoto.

Cosina Announces Full Frame Close Focus Adapter

On Monday, Cosina announced a new close focus adapter.

The VM-E Close Focus Adapter enables the minimum focus distance of M mount lenses to be shorter.

The adapter fits the Sony E mount and will have Full Frame capability and will work on the up coming Sony A7.

VM-E Close Focus Adapter

 

This adapter is now available to pre-order on our website.

Get your order in to be one of the first to use this  fantastic gadget from Voigtländer.

X100 Firmware Update Announced and X100 Ramble

Fuji really have outdone themselves here.

If any of you are still using a vintage X100 camera then like me, you will be thrilled to hear that Fuji has just come out with another firmware update that promises faster startup time, quicker AF speed and focus peaking. This seems like a kind gesture from Fuji as they understand that without the fantastic sales figures from the X100, they wouldn’t be doing nearly so well today in late 2013.

Fuji X100 with standard issue Red ACAM-103 Strap and Red bug

Fuji X100 with standard issue Red ACAM-103 Strap and Red bug

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Mainline Taronga Zoo Expedition 2013

Work experience student Mao was given the taxing task of photographing animals at the Taronga Zoo last Friday. With David Jenkins as her experienced guide, she set off on a photographic mission.

Here are some fantastic photographs that Mao brought back from the day.

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Profile: Kodak Retina IIc 020

The Kodak Retina IIc.

Folding camera!

Produced between 1954 and 1957 (depending on who you ask…) the IIc listed for $135 which was a lot of money at the time.

But for your buck, the camera boasts a bunch of quite sophisticated features.

1:2.8/50 lens (seriously sharp Schneider optics)

1s – 1/500th shutter speed range

F 2.8 – F 22

Focus scale + rangefinder focusing

36 exposure counter

Manual advance and rewind, obviously.

The IIc even features a couple of clever fail safe stops e.g. the lens won’t fold back in unless you set it to infinity (a feature which the famous Bessa III lacks sorely. I’ve seen one too many IIIs with a ruined lens from it not being at infinity when stored back in the body of the camera).

All real metal and tough leatherette. The IIc on my desk has been churning out photos for almost 60 years and is showing no sign of breaking down. The leatherette is pretty much as it would have been on the day it left the factory, albeit a bit dustier. I’ll bet you can drop this from 3 meters onto concrete pavement and still have a working camera for your sunset photographs this afternoon.

Brilliant. They don’t make them like this anymore.

FLM Germany Ball Heads Available

We are excited to bring to you a new range of high quality ball heads for serious photography applications.

FLM GmbH, a family business, was founded in 1993 and is based in Emmendingen, Germany. FLM specialise in high quality CNC machined quick release plates, ball/level heads and photographic tripods.

We are now carrying a selection of their F/FT series of ball heads. The FT series features friction control, minimum friction lock adjustment, pan friction, pan click stops and tilt lock controls.

These ball heads are powerful tools for precise and careful work. Browse our FLM range here.

48 FT Ball Head with PRS click stops CNC Perfection!

“Innovation is our driving force”

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Rare Matched Pair of Voigtlander Nokton Lenses For Sale!

Our first shipment of the beautiful Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.5 lenses has sold out!

Our Matched Pair of Voigtlander Noktons

All orders will be placed on back order with another shipment expected at the end of July.

The new Nokton 50mm 1.5 takes inspiration from classic Voigtlander screw mount lenses and you know which German manufacturer.

No need to harp on about it, Steve Huff has already written an in depth review of these great performers.

Mainline Customers now have the opportunity to buy a very special matched pair of Voigtlander Noktons. The two lenses share the serial number ” 8330007.” Perfect as an Anniversary gift or for an avid collector. Contact us before this rare pair disappears! Now sold.

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