Thursday, May 26, 2016

Phase One P65+ Demo/Rental SALE

In order to make room for newer digital back systems in our rental dept., we have decided to put our current models up for sale. Up for grabs here is a Phase One P65+ digital back. This is a 60 megapixel full-frame 645 digital back with extremely high image quality. It is mated to an autofocus Hasselblad H2 body and comes with an HC 80mm f/2.8 lens. All Hasselblad HC lenses have leaf shutters so you can sync your flashes at up to 1/800 of a second.

The package includes batteries, charger, Firewire tether cable and most standard accessories. In addition, a Hasselblad 120 film magazine for the H2 body is also included. The kit is cosmetically in good condition with only a few minor scuffs and scratches on the body.

The Hasselblad H-body, viewfinder, film magazine and 80mm lens have a 30 day warranty, just like any other used item we sell, but the P65+ digital back will come with an extra few months, a total warranty of 90 days.

The price for this package is $8,495.  SOLD!

As an added bonus, we will throw in a $300 rental coupon that you can use to rent or test out additional Hasselblad lenses, rent lighting or whatever else might interest you...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Reviewed! Fujifilm X-Pro2...

After using my new X-Pro2 for well over a month, I've finally managed to get my full review published on my own blog. I've included a fair bit of material, including details on the performance of most lenses after testing many different Fujifilm lenses, nine of which I actually own myself now. There are details of the operation of the Hybrid-Viewfinder, card write speed and buffer size tests, comments on ergonomics, user interface, focus performance and, of course, image quality. Link to the review is above.

To summarize, I really enjoy shooting with the X-Pro2. Not only does it have great image quality, but it also has quick and reliable AF as well as very snappy performance overall, with a very fast and responsive shutter mechanism (that also sounds great) and minimal EVF blackout between frames. It has a generous raw buffer, exhibits fast card write times (with UHS-II U3 cards) and is generally responsive enough that you never feel like you are waiting for the camera to catch up. With its enhanced Hybrid-Viewfinder, revised control ergonomics, a custom My Menu, a configurable Q menu as well as numerous customizable buttons, it is also one of the most fluid cameras I've used, one I've been able to configure so that it's perfectly suited to my style of photography.

As with any camera, it is not perfect and there are some quirks and annoyances detailed in the review as well, relatively poor battery life being one of them. That said, none of the issues are even remotely deal breakers for me, and I can still highly recommend the X-Pro2 for most types of photography.

If you just want to see a gallery of images taken with the X-Pro2, and deal with reading the text later, click on the image below, taken in the Nitobe Gardens at UBC. Speaking of images, there are also numerous full-resolution files you can download that are linked within the review. Enjoy!

Gallery (110 images): Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review Gallery 

Phase One IQ140 Demo/Rental SALE

Up for sales is our ex-rental Phase One IQ140 with a 645 DF body and 80mm leaf-shutter lens offering flash-sync speeds up to a very fast 1/1600 second. The body has been upgraded with a 10K Li-Ion battery pack and charger, giving you many thousands of frames between charges for the DF body. The IQ140 is a 40 megapixel digital back (1.3x crop-factor from 645) with an ISO range of 50-800, and in reduced resolution Sensor+ mode, up to ISO 3200. The IQ140 is one of the latest generation of Phase One backs with a "Retina" resolution touch screen and a truly well designed and intuitive touch interface.

The IQ140 digital back with 645DF is a Value-Added bundle with all standard accessories. Beau Photo will provide a 90 day warranty on the digital back. The 645DF body and 80mm lens will have a 30 day warranty. The original plastic screen protector is still on the LCD so that should be pristine, however the body and back do have a few small nicks and scuffs as you can tell on the photo.

The price for this package is $8,995.

As an added bonus, we will throw in a $300 rental coupon that you can use to rent or test out additional Phase One or Mamiya lenses, rent lighting or whatever else might interest you...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nikon Photowalk @ Reifel Bird Sanctuary


On Saturday, May 14, Beau Photo along with the kind folks at Nikon Canada will be hosting a photowalk at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Ladner starting at 9:30am. Nikon Canada will be bringing an assortment of lenses ranging from the new 300mm f4E VR, 200-500mm f5.6E, all the way up to the incredible 600mm f4E. Nikon Canada will also be bringing along a number of camera bodies including the recently released D5 & D500 (subject to availability). Beau Photo will also make available some of our rental Nikon gear. Please note that we will be keeping your drivers licenses for the duration any camera gear is loaned out. Call or e-mail Jason in the Rental Dept and book your spot, as there are only 20 spots available! 604-734-7771 or