Keeping you updated on Progear and Apix acquisition details


In Issue No. 207 of The Photographer’s Mail we revealed that Apix Photographic Supplies had been purchased by the shareholders of Progear Ltd. This took place on July 1, with Progear saying that the purchase was made in order to alleviate any anxiety that customers may have had through the conflict of interest between retail and wholesale.

Progear has since announced that changes in the group are being undertaken which will lead to logistical improvements, including more timely and transparent information, better presentation of the range of products, and more emphasis on the company’s web-based initiatives.

Progear emphasizes that there will be no changes in the terms of trade for a customer of either entity, and the pricelist for both companies will remain in unison.

Apix retail customers will now be handled by Progear, while tertiary institutions and resellers will be handled by Apix. The brands of Voigtlander, B+W, Lee, Elinchrom, Benro, Gary Fong, Visible Dust, and Rogue will still be available to wholesalers via Apix.

Amateur Photography comp prize pool tops $7000

This year’s D-Photo Nikon Amateur Photographer of the Year competition has expanded its prize pool even further, with over $7000 in prizes now up for grabs.

The competition, which opened earlier this month, has now finalised the prizes to be awarded to each of the six category champions, in addition to a grand prize worth over $3700 for the 2012 Amateur Photographer of the Year.

This year’s Amateur Photographer of the Year will take away a D7000 kit with AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR lens, new Nikon SB-910 Speedlight, Manfrotto 190XB aluminium tripod, Manfrotto 496RC2 ball head and the new Lowepro Urban Photo Sling.

The competition comprises six categories, SanDisk Travel, B+W Monochrome, Nikon People, Manfrotto Landscape, Lowepro Creative and a special Nikon Motion themed category, which entrants are free to interpret as they will – each category also includes a prize.

Winner of the SanDisk Travel category takes away a SanDisk 16GB Memory Vault, SanDisk Imagemate Multi Card Reader USB 3.0, SanDisk Cruzer Fit 16GB USB Flashdrive and a SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC 95MB/sec Memory Card, with a total value over $530. Read the rest of this entry »

Correction: Wimberley Head Version II

The current issue of D-Photo contains an error in regards to the pricing of the Wimberley Head Version II tripod head.

Our article in the Buyers Guide: New Products section on page 72 incorrectly states the model has a price of $99.

Auckland professional photographic supplier Progear currently stocks the high precision specialised tripod head at $999.

Ideally suited for lenses 300mm f/2.8 or bigger, the Wimberley Head Version II will work with any telephoto lens with a rotation collar attached. There are a few lenses such as the Nikon 600mm and 400mm that require an A-652 or A-452 replacement foot plate for better handling.

It will fit virtually any tripod or monopod with a 2-inch (5cm) or larger, flat mounting platform with 3/8-inch-16 mounting stud.

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