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Gitzo goes green

Bundles from Benro Lots of support kit from accessory expert Benro Benro has announced two new tripod ranges, Bat and Tortoise, a monopod series called SupaDupa, as well as the lightweight VX and GX ball heads. The Tortoise range comprises seven models, ranging from the 03C+GX25 that costs £220, up to the 35C+GX35 head at £320. The range exudes selling points, but the big one is the lack of a central column. That makes these carbon-fibre tripods light with a thin profile when folded, although optional centre columns are available. The Bat range contains six models: two alloy and four carbon fibre. They’re incredibly versatile, enabling five preset leg angles. These establish stable camera positions in the most challenging positions. Prices start from £190 for the 05A+VX20 head. In the SupaDupa monopod range, three models are on offer, all made of carbon fibre. The MSD36C is the smallest and costs £110. Finally, there are three options in the GX and VX ball head series. The GX prices begin at £110 and the VX ranges from £80 to £110.

CamRanger 2 updated

Purveyors of fine gear, Gitzo’s latest kit partners craftsmanship with sustainability and toughness

The CamRanger 2 allows you to control your camera wirelessly up to 150m away via Wi-Fi, using free apps for iPad, iPhone and Android handsets, as well as Mac and Window computers. The device adjusts focus and exposure, captures stills or video, and uploads content to social media – and all remotely with its own Wi-Fi network. It offers great potential for numerous photographic genres. The updated CamRanger 2 is compatible with the Sony ZV-1 and even operates the zoom lens remotely. It’s available for £430.

The Gitzo Légende tripod and backpack are designed and engineered to last a lifetime and exert a low environmental impact. “We set out to create a product that was repairable forever, could withstand any adventure and would never be thrown away,” says Gitzo CEO, Marco Pezzana. “After months of design and development, we’re excited to bring Légende to the globe’s photographers.” Pre-orders for the tripod and bag can be placed on

the website below, with shipping beginning in June. There are a couple of kit options and the prices below are for a limited period. A super early bird kit costs £503 and includes a Légende tripod, backpack and Gitzo Mini Traveler. Otherwise, a standard early bird kit is £489. It contains the Légende tripod and backpack only. Finally, the backpack and tripod on their own cost £129 and £374, respectively.

Welcome boost to Silver service High-performance storage cards at competitive prices from Lexar

Storage giant Lexar has expanded its wide range of options, with its Professional 1066x SDXC UHS-I Card adding to its Silver Series. The SD cards speed up the workflow of photographers and videographers to a professional level. Each Class 10 card offers read speeds up to 160MB/s, UHS-1 speed Class 3 (U3) and video Class 30 (V30). They also deliver write speeds up to 120MB/s, save for the smallest

capacity option, which caps at 70MB/s. Designed to function in tough conditions, each member of the Silver Series family is protected from moisture, shocks and vibrations as well as X-rays. The Silver SD cards come in four sizes: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. They’re priced at £26.99, £45.99, £84.99 and £155.99 respectively, and are available now.

Laowa expands choice Laowa has broadened the appeal of its lenses by offering them in different mounts Laowa has been busy working hard to expand its lens range. But instead of introducing new lenses, it’s making existing products available for additional camera fittings. The latest introductions are the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye (£249), 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D (£499), 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro (£399) and 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe (£1599), each now available in L-Mount. Its 11mm f/4.5 FF RL is now on offer in Canon RF fitting (£769), while the 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro now comes in a Nikon Z fitting (£409).

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