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Canon Photo5 Box Giveaway!

If you missed out on a Canon Photo5 competition box, no need to worry because now you have another chance!

We are giving away a strictly limited number of these coveted boxes, each with a unique serial number to qualify you for entry.

If you want the chance to grab one of these, simply email your name and mailing address to and we will notify you by return email if you've scored.

Hurry - your entry must be received by MIDNIGHT on Thursday, September 27th 2012 to be in the running. Good luck!


Bonus Manfrotto Gloves with Selected Manfrotto Apparel!

So, Manfrotto are known for their long line of butt-kicking professional tripods, but did you know they also make some of the most stylish apparel around, purpose-built for photographers?

These italian made jackets, ponchos, vests, hats and more offer high quality and features suited to a professional shooting lifestyle. 

For a strictly limited time, if you purchase a Manfrotto Lino Jacket, Pro Poncho or Pro Photo Vest you will receive a bonus pair of Manfrotto Pro Photo Gloves valued at $329.00. Click the banner above to check out the range and add some style to your kit!

Nikon D600 Launch Nights

We held launch nights for the D600 at our Canterbury and Northcote stores this past Wednesday evening, and they were rather successful if we do say so ourselves!

Joined by Nikon representatives, our customers were given a detailed presentation on this revolutionary new camera. We had a great turnout of keen people looking to find out as much as they could on the D600 and get hands on, with quite a few taking the plunge and upgrading to it on the night.

It is nice to see the big manufacturers developing a full frame camera in a more affordable pricing bracket, allowing many enthusiasts to step into the category and get that fantastic 35mm image quality. We could tell a lot of customers were chuffed with this addition to Nikon's lineup. 

                                     D600 Launch Night; Canterbury store in Sydney 19/09/2012                                                                                                     
As with any new release into quite an extensive and polarizing market, there has been some criticism of the price still being a little too high for the included features, or the features not quite having that 'wow' factor. Considering a full frame DSLR was upwards of $4500 just a few years ago with fewer 'bells and whistles' as they say, we'd have to pick the D600 and indeed Canon's 6D as vital elements to the market giving keen photographers a little more opportunity to take the next step in their chosen paths, whether from a creative or professional standpoint. 
We love having these experience nights at our stores, they're a great way to get to know our customer base and invite you to check us out on a more casual basis hopefully taking away a little more knowledge on something rather cool. 
We'll be sure to let you know about our next events, so come on down for a chat and tell us what you think. 

The Canon EOS 6D is Finally Unleashed!

If you have been paying attention to the constant stream of Photokina announcement popping up from all the major camera manufacturers, you may have been expecting this little gem from Canon, the Canon EOS-6D.

The latest in their enthusiast line-up, this one sports a 20.2 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor, incredible low light performance with an ISO range of 100-25600 (L: 50; H1:51200; H2:102400) and of course the coveted Full HD 1080p video so respected in modern Canon cameras. Add in features like built-in Wi-Fi and GPS and you have a seriously featured-filled little number.

Best of all, it is priced in a range many camera afficionados see as attainable, with quality output and of course the huge range of Canon compatible products at your disposal.

Naturally, it has been immediately pitted against the recently released Nikon D600. Brand loyalty aside, which one do you think you would go for?


Nikon D600 - The People's Full Frame!

Yesterday proved an exciting time for Nikonians and lovers of truly revolutionary cameras everywhere.

With the rumour mill churning weeks before anything official, Nikon finally brought the anticipated Nikon D600 to market on September 13.

Camera enthusiasts everywhere hailed it a winning price point for the amount of professional features crammed into it, including but not limited to: 24.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 3 imaging engine, Full HD 1080p video, 5.5 frames per second continuous shooting and uncompressed HDMI output for video. Insanity at this price!

To celebrate the launch of this powerhouse, we're holding events at our Sydney and Melbourne stores. If you want to meet the D600 in person and talk the ear off a Nikon rep, be sure to RSVP as spots are STRICTLY LIMITED:

Sydney: Canterbury store; 174 Canterbury Road CANTERBURY NSW 2193
September 19 2012
6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

Melbourne: Northcote store; 367 High Street NORTHCOTE VIC 3070
September 19 2012
6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

RSVP is essential. Contact DCW Marketing with your preferred location.

Nikon Unveils Three New COOLPIX Compact Cameras for 2012

Nikon has been among the first off the rank in unleashing their brand new compacts out into the wild for 2012, and it seems there is something of a revolution on the horizon.

You may have heard by now that the all-new Nikon COOLPIX S800c runs on the Android™ platform, making this a pioneer “smart camera” of sorts with the added functionality of effortless wireless transfer of your photos to smartphones and tablets, sharing to social networks and of course access to over 500,000 apps through Google Play direct to your camera. 

Not to mention the distractions of email, YouTube and Google Maps – we wonder if you will ever get time to take photos. Though, we eagerly await hands-on reviews of this product – the camera itself seems pretty darn decent, with a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, ten times (10x) optical zoom, built-in GPS tagging and access to the myPicturetown app, an online storage and sharing system for photos and full albums.

Perhaps the only immediate concerns might be the reduced battery life almost always associated with smart devices, and the lack of 3G compatibility. What do you think?

In addition to this, Nikon has released the latest in their “pro compact” sector, the COOLPIX P7700. Affording the user full manual control and DSLR-like image quality with exceptional performance in low light, it rivals the long-standing Canon G-series as a perfect compromise between compact and DSLR. The 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 7.1x optical zoom and improved lens shift vibration reduction help make it the best instalment yet.
Perhaps the outstanding feature of the COOLPIX P7700 is the amount of control on offer in video mode. Of course it is Full HD, 1080p with stereo sound, but you can also tinker with the shutter speed, ISO settings and aperture to achieve new heights in video performance and get the look you want.

The last one in this new gamut of COOLPIX goodness is the COOLPIX S6400, sounding off for the more entry level point-and-shooters.

The COOLPIX S6400 steps it up a little from the simplicity of the COOLPIX S01, providing a whopping twelve times (12x) optical zoom with lens shift vibration reduction and touch screen operation, including Target Finding Auto Focus – simply point and click and the camera automatically predicts the subject it should focus on resulting in an painless sharp image. 

We should start seeing these little beauties hit shelves around the end of September, and we will update the product links on this post with our own as soon as they're available for preorder.