Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Panasonic Firmware Updates: GX1 and 100-300mm

Panasonic has just released the first firmware update for the new GX1 camera as well as a new update for the excellent 100-300mm f/4-5.6 OIS zoom. For all the details, click on the image or the following URL and look for the updates that are dated 2012/01/25...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Rent Me! Drop it MODERN Swanky

Cool!  Haute!  Sassy!  Foppish!  Swanky!

All of the above words can be used to describe Drop it MODERN's Swanky backdrop.  Swanky features a eye-catching color scheme that is sure to turn heads. With a hint of sass and a twist of playfulness, the pop star pink and silvery gray couple together well to create a stunning backdrop. It’s the perfect statement for your business if you are looking to drum up some new clients, and turn some heads while doing it. We love Swanky because it gives the unique, vibrant, and modern edge photographers are looking for. It’s a backdrop filled with spunk, personality, and individuality.

Sorry, furniture and model not included!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Presentation Products

Photographic Presentation - Folios, Folders & CD / DVD Cases
Photography is all about presentation! BEAU Photo has a large selection of products for all levels of presentation from economical to deluxe.
BEAU Photo stocks a selection of presentation products from TAP Packaging Solutions and AGT Photomount. We stock the most popular lines at our store in Vancouver B.C. Canada. We are happy to special order any item for you.
To request a price list please contact us at Beau Photo. Please note all presentation products are sold for the purpose of re-sale.

Available Presentation Folios:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Eagles & Owls, Oh My!

Winter is a great time for photographing birds, and coincidentally, it also is a great time to rent a telephoto lens to take photos of those birds! We have a number of telephoto lenses ranging from the run of the mill Canon/Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 IS/VR to the super-telephoto class 500mm f4 lenses.  A longer lens allows you to "get closer" to an animal without disturbing it and disrupting its behaviour and will isolate the animal from the background so it's clearly visible in the frame.

* Special weekend rates: gear picked up on a Friday between 1pm ~ 5pm and returned the following Monday between 8:30am ~ 12pm are charged just a one day rate.

Rental rates below

NEW! Sennheiser EW122-p G3 Wireless Portable Microphone System

Introducing the Sennheiser EW122-p G3 Wireless Portable Microphone System, new in the Rentals Department!

This system is ideal for video recording in various environments, including studios and the outdoors. The clip-on microphone is virtually invisible. The included SKP 100 G3 plug-on transmitter conveniently transforms any wired microphone into a wireless one. 


Monday, January 16, 2012

First Thoughts: Fujifilm X-Pro1 System

As mentioned in my previous blog posting, I have not yet had a chance to handle the camera, which will hopefully happen in the next few weeks. However I have handled it "virtually", by carefully watching all the online preview videos that I could find. This blog posting will just be some of the thoughts I had after watching those videos, and considering that I have been an X100 owner and have used the camera extensively under many different conditions, I think I can draw some useful conclusion based on what I saw...

Friday, January 13, 2012

NEW: Fujifilm X-Pro1

At the CES/PMA trade-show this week, Fujifilm announced the very interesting new X-Pro1 camera system. Although the following description certainly doesn't do justice to all of its new features, in many ways, you can think of it as a new, improved interchangeable lens version of the highly regarded X100.

I was meaning to blog about this camera on Monday already, but I've been fighting a bad cold all week and just never felt up to it after coming home from work. I never found the time at work either. Anyway, watch for my detailed "first thoughts" on the X-Pro1 in the next day or two. They unfortunately won't be based on actually handling the camera yet in person (like I was able to with the Nikon D4), but since I have been an enthusiastic X100 user since getting mine earlier last year, and after seeing numerous detailed videos online that walk through many of the X-Pro1's new features and its user-interface, I think I am reasonably qualified to give some initial impressions.

In the meantime, here are some links of interest, if you haven't seen them yet...

Fujifilm Canada's Official Press Release
Fujifilm Canada's Product Page
Fujifilm Global's Product Page (lots of sample images too)
Fujifilm's dedicated X-Pro1 website
Announcement on dpreview

Hasselblad Promotion: Prepare to See More

Click on the image for more details. Fantastic promo if you are starting out and want to get a second lens right away!

If you want to see what an H4D system is like in person, we do have a demo/rental H4D-50 to look at, as well as numerous different lenses. Call ahead and make an appointment if you are interested in discussing how a Hasselblad medium format digital system could enhance your photographic vision!

Cambo 8x10" Camera w/ 480mm f/9 Lens & Film Holders (#4427/4428)

Cambo 8x10" Camera Kit with Rodenstock Apo-Ronar 480mm f/9 Lens and 4 Fidelity 8x10" Film Holders



Quantum Turbo Battery Pack

Used Quantum Turbo battery pack w/ AC Charger

$200.00 SOLD


Quantum gives you the choice. Turbo is so light you don't realize it's there.
  • Get fast and consistent recycling, faster than with any other power source
  • Turbos connect directly to high voltage flash circuits
  • Generate power needed for repeated flash much faster than the flash unit themselves
  • Turbos have "fuel gauges" to tell you the remaining battery power at all times
  • Rechargeable cells are "no memory" types

Horseman Lens Shade Bellows

Horseman Lens Shade Bellows 

Clearance Price: $350.00 (regular price $699.50)


For 4x5 cameras.

Linhof Super Technika 4x5 Camera Kit (#4538/4539/4540)

Linhof Super Technika 4x5 Field Camera Kit w/ Kreuznach 150mm f/5.6 Lens & Linhof 6x7 Roll Film Back (#4538/4539/4540)

$1600.00    SOLD


  • Incredible precision European craftsmanship
  • Top mounted combined Rangefinder/Viewfinder
  • VF for 53,  interchangeable front masks down to 180mm
  • Manually corrected finder  parallax on back of viewfinder eyepiece
  • Takes 47mm to 360 mm lenses
  • Focus scale on back near VF
  • Front:   Rise 50mm or back front tilt 15 Degrees, no swings
  • Front drop  Bed 15 Degrees
  • Triple Extension bellows
  • Back: Swings, Tilts, or combinations of
  • Rotating Back
  • Takes 4x5 Linhof Anatomical Grip
  • Ground glass focusing
  • Roll film or film holder backs available, easily interchangeable within seconds  
  • Anatomical grip and lens stops interchangeable with 4x5 Technika
  • Lens board size is not compatible with larger 4x5 Techs, but adapter boards allow the mounting of 6x9 boards on 4x5 Techs

Toyo 4x5 Rail Camera w/ 210 f/6.3 lens (#4541/4542)

Toyo 4x5 Rail Camera w/ Computar Symmetrigon 210 f/6.3 lens (#4541/4542)



The most economical Toyo view camera offering exceptional value in a full featured, portable and modular system 4x5 camera. Successful photographers strive for new creative challenges, and rely upon large format cameras for ultimate image quality. Toyo cameras are designed to meet the most demanding practical and creative needs of the working photographer.

Bronica ETRsi w/ 75mm f/2.8 Lens & 220 Film Back (#4534/4535/4536/4537)

Bronica ETRsi Camera w/ 75mm f/2.8 Lens & 220 Film Back & Prism Finder (#4534/4535/4536/4537)

$299.00 SOLD

4.5 x 6cm format lens shutter single lens reflex camera, w/ interchangeable lens, film back, finder and focusing screen systems.

Mamiya RB67 Pro S kit (#4511/4512/4513/4514/4515/4516)

Mamiya RB67 Pro S kit with 90mm f/3.8, two 120mm film backs, 45mm extension tube, and Prism Finder. (#4511/4512/4513/4514/4515/4516)

$350.00  SOLD


The RB67 PRO S is a versatile camera, ideally suited for many photographic applications, including commercial, portrait, fashion, industrial, nature and scientific photography.

More information: http://www.photosig.com/articles/1407/article

Nikon D200 w/ 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (#4460/4461)

Nikon D200 w/ 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (#4460/4461)

$699.00  SOLD


The powerful, feature-packed D200 digital SLR camera delivers a high-precision, high-performance package and creates a new class of camera between entry-level and professional digital SLRs.

The Nikon D200 combines the solid look and feel and advanced camera operation of Nikon's D2 professional series with the approved user-friendliness and stunning image quality that are the hallmarks of all Nikon digital SLRs.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nikon D4: First Thoughts...

Our former rental manager Kathy, happy to have handled the awesome D4!

Sorry for the delay regarding my first thoughts on the brief time I had with the new D4 prototype. I am currently feeling really under the weather, having gotten sick with a bad cold, and since the weekend, I have just not felt up to writing much. So, what I'll do is just mention a few tidbits that jumped out at me while playing with the D4...

Welcome to Renaissance Albums

BEAU Photo is a proud Canadian distributor of Renaissance Album products.

Renaissance Albums are world leaders in Professional Digital albums, featuring the first one-stop Professional Album shop offering design, printing and binding services. Renaissance products can be found in leading professional photography studios worldwide.

Renaissance albums are separated into 3 main product lines.

( Custom ) - Soho Book, Fine Art Album, Mercer Book, Galleria Album (More info)

( Mix and Match ) - Custom Ambiance, Custom Library Album, Custom Ventura Album, Custom Roma Album (More info)

( Stock ) - Ambiance Book, Library Album, Milano Album, Handmade Folios, Seville Album, Elan Album, The Park Album, Ventura Album, Roma Book (More info)

Please note all StudioSamples are 50% off and duplicate custom albums are available and discounted at 35%off.

We highly recommend all studios purchase at least one Studio sample. Showing your potential clients your work in the end product helps secure that important wedding booking as many clients will only buy what they see.
If you require a copy of the Renaissance album catalog and price list please send us an e-mail to albums@beauphoto.com Please remember to include your company name and a link to your business website as we can only send pricing to registered businesses.

If you have any questions or just fancy a chat please get in touch.
Simon Burford
Toll Free: 1-800-994-2328

Renaissance Albums - Custom Albums - How to Order

Welcome to Renaissance Custom Albums. Renaissance Albums are a world leader in album manufacturing. Every album is hand crafted using the finest materials, every product is guaranteed against all manufacturing defects. BEAU Photo is an official Canadian distributor of Renaissance products. Please find your options below:

SOHO BOOK (Flush Book) - A contemporary coffee table album designed for showcasing full panoramic prints. Unique and unrivaled in presentation, the award winning SoHo Book uses seamless page craftsmanship to generate its distinctive style. The Soho Book is available in a selection of Silk, Leather, Non Leather, Acrylic, Brushed Aluminum and printed Leather covers.

FINE ART BOOK (Flush Book)- A traditional flush-mounted album designed for individual page-size prints. The Fine Art Album offers a blend of today's high-end fashion and yesterday's old-world artisan crafts. prints are mounted onto black pages with an ultra thin break in between. The Fine Art album is available in selections of Silk, Leather, Non Leather, Acrylic, Brushed Aluminum and printed Leather covers.

Renaissance Albums - Stock Albums

Welcome to Renaissance Stock Albums - Please find below our selection of stock albums available from BEAU Photo, We stock the popular lines at our store in Vancouver B.C. Canada.  We are happy to special order any item for you.
To request a price list please contact us at Beau Photo. Please note we sell Renaissance albums for the purpose of re-sale.

MATTED albums:
AMBIANCE BOOK - A matted album featuring a sophisticated and contemporary look with clean lines. Ambiance mats are linen textured and self-adhesive.

- Create your own Ambiance Book (order form)
- Assorted Mats with White core (order form)
- Swatch Samples: (view)

What's on hand at BEAU Photo:

(Ambiance 10x10 Black, 10 page with square)
(Ambiance 10x10 Black, 10 page with square)
(Ambiance 10x10 Black, 10 page with square) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Contest Draw Completed!

Just a quick note that we have drawn the names for the Blog Registration Contest and we will be contacting the five lucky winners today. The contest was introduced in our Dec/Jan newsletter and ran from December 23rd until January 6th. We will be posting the winners' names here once we have heard back from all of them! To those who won, congratulations!

For those who signed up but didn't win, hopefully you will continue to find our blogs a valuable resource for product announcements and previews, sale items, used equipment and more!

Phase One Big Truck Photo Shoot

Phase One and Profoto team up for this fantastic photo shoot for Volvo.

Go behind the scenes on photographer Tim Bjørn's 6 hour photoshoot of the new Power Edition Volvo FH truck, and see how he used Capture One Pro 6 to control both the complex photoshoot and the postproduction to create the perfect image:

"We've chosen Profoto, Capture One and Phase One because it is giving us a perfect workflow. And it's time-saving, time-saving, time-saving..."

Check out the video and see how the image was created with the help of Capture One >>

Monday, January 9, 2012

Gossen Labosix Enlarger Exposure Meter (#4549)

Gossen Labosix Enlarger Exposure Meter



The Gossen Labosix is an exposure meter to be used in the darkroom for enlarging purposes. The sensor contains a CdS light sensitive device with a small hole and is very useful for spot measurement. On the left side you will find the on/off switch and also the scale illumination control. With the meter comes a special test negative used for calibrating the meter. The test negative is a step wedge, devided into six squares with different density and about 0.15 D step. On top of the meter is a knob which can be turned and also a scale. This scale functions as a film speed index.

Nikon D200 w/ 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (#4458/4459)

Nikon D200 w/ 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (#4458/4459)



The powerful, feature-packed D200 digital SLR camera delivers a high-precision, high-performance package and creates a new class of camera between entry-level and professional digital SLRs.

The Nikon D200 combines the solid look and feel and advanced camera operation of Nikon's D2 professional series with the approved user-friendliness and stunning image quality that are the hallmarks of all Nikon digital SLRs.

Mamiya RZ AE Prism (#4497)

Mamiya RZ AE Prism for RZ67 System 

$100.00     SOLD


This aperture-priority AE finder offers both spot and average metering choices, as well as its own special auto-selection function that switches between spot and averaged automatically to suit the shooting conditions.

Provision to accept diopter correction lenses and Variable Diopter Flip-up Magnifier. For all RZ cameras.

Mamiya 250mm F/4.5 Lens (#4496)

Mamiya 250mm F/4.5 Lens for RZ67 System



The standard Mamiya 250mm f/4.5 lens yields exceptional image quality and sharpness, in a compact and affordable telephoto design.

Applications include available light photography for reportage, wildlife, sports, fashion and beauty.

Equivalent to 121mm in 35mm format.

Mamiya 65mm f/4 Lens (#4495)

Mamiya 65mm f/4 Lens w/ Lens Shade for RZ67 System



The 65mm f/4 is a wide angle lens with a 68° angle of view. It is the most popular wide angle focal length in 6x7cm format. It renders natural perspective with increased depth of field and angular coverage and provides the least amount of distortion of the wide angle range for subjects at the edges of the frame. 
Applications include group portraits, wedding photography, and general purpose wide angle photography.

Equivalent to 32mm in 35mm format.

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II (#4492/4493/4494)

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II camera body with 120mm back and Mamiya 100mm f/2.8 Lens


The Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID is the natural evolution of the legendary RZ Pro II, the industry standard used by many of today’s most renowned photographers and artists because of its large 6x7cm ideal format negative size, over four and a half times larger than 35mm. The use of digital backs, such as the Mamiya ZD Back or others, is easy through direct, digital communication with the camera body.

Also notable are the RZ’s ultra-high performance lenses, and multi-format versatility. Distinctive features include a convenient revolving back, bellows focusing, large, bright viewfinder, and extensive system of accessories.

The 110mm f/2.8 is an excellent, all purpose normal lens. With an f/2.8 maximum aperture, it is the fastest lens in the RZ line, ideal for existing light photography.  Equivalent to 53mm in 35mm format.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Nikon D4: Hands on!

Several Nikon reps were kind enough to drop by our store late Friday and look what they brought: a brand new Nikon D4 body for me to look at! Well okay, okay... not just me.

Watch for a "first-impressions" article in the next day or so, but suffice to say for now, well... wow! What an impressive new camera!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January SALE! Fujifilm X10 & Accessories

Did you get the camera you wanted for Christmas? No? Well have we got a deal for you! Until January 23rd, we have decided to put the wonderful little Fujifilm X10 on sale, as well as its accessories, all in stock too. Call it a pre-CES/PMA show sale!

Fujifilm X10 with 28-112mm f/2.0-2.8 Zoom - SALE $565.00  (reg. $589.00)

Fujifilm Lens Hood and Filter Adapter for X10 - SALE $49.95  (reg. $59.95)

Fujifilm Premium Leather Case for X10 - SALE $79.95  (reg. $89.95)

Fujifilm NP-50 Battery for X10 - SALE $34.95  (reg. $39.95)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Deadline extended to the end of this week!

Sign up to follow our Beau Photo blog before January 6th and you will be automatically entered into a draw to win one of these great prizes contributed by each department at Beau:

RENTALS - $100 Rental Certificate
DIGITAL - Lexar 16gb 400x Compact Flash Memory Card
PROSALES - Kata 702 Elements Cover
FILM - Holga 135mm camera
ALBUMS - Renaissance - White Ventura 8x8 20 page Album

However, we don’t want to you sign up just to win stuff.  We believe the blog is a great resource for photographers, from the high end medium format fashion photographer to the creative soul who still wants to manipulate instant film, and everyone in between.
Each department at Beau uses the blog as a quick way to notify clients of upcoming sales, new product announcements, technical reviews, events and more.  You may not always have to time to read our newsletter but hopefully you can spare a minute to see if that day’s posting is of interest to you – chances are very good something in it will!

To sign up go to the right hand side of this page under “ SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL” type in your email address, hit submit and you are done!  If for some reason the blog isn't what you were hoping for, you can easily unsubscribe, or more importantly, let us know what kind of info you’re looking for.  The bottom line is that our staff is here to help you!