Watch this awesome Voigtländer Web Series by Downtown Camera

During a recent short tour across Canada, our great friends from Downtown Camera sat us down for a quick chat about Voigtländer. Our conversation covered everything from Voigtländer's history all the way through lens design formulas, coatings, naming, down to the specifics of certain lens categories. They then split it into an 8-piece web series of short, 1 minute videos. If you have some spare time, check it out and don't forget to pay the guys from Downtown Camera a visit for all the awesome things that  Voigtländer has to offer.

New Gordy’s Camera Strap styles and colors!

Hello everyone! Summer has finally arrived in Canada and we are releasing new styles and colors for our beloved Gordy's Camera Straps. Check them out at your nearest authorized dealer! NEW COLOR LUG-MOUNT WRIST STRAP Russet Leather / Red Cord NEW STRING-MOUNT WRIST STRAP Black Leather / Red Cord Read more about how strong and well designed this string wrist strap actually is here! NEW NECK STRAPS Russet Leather / BLack Cord Black Leather / Black Cord For more information on the straps available, please visit our page for Gordy's Camera Straps.

New ONA / Leica collaboration bag announced!

Leica afficionados, you now have one more reason (of many) to love ONA Bags. Please welcome The Berlin! Created to celebrate 100 years of Leica photography, the Berlin is a limited-edition ONA bag designed for the Leica M-System. The Berlin is handcrafted with full-grain leather that will develop a rich patina over time. The signature Leica red interior is fully customizable, padded with premium closed-cell foam, and can accommodate one Leica M-System camera, two to three lenses, an iPad and small personal items. The Berlin also features a zipped organizer pocket, a convenient removable top-grab handle, antique brass buckles, red rivet accents and a streamlined back pocket. Limited edition Handcrafted with full-grain leather Designed for Leica M-System Removable top-grab handle Exterior dimensions: 12.5"L x 10" H x 4.5" D Interior dimensions: 11" L x 8.5" H x 3.5"D Weight: 3.1 lbs Availability: Spring 2014.

First announcement of 2014: Hello ONA Bags!

How is your search for the perfect camera bag going? Not that great, huh? We thought so. While we might not have the answer to ALL of life's questions, you might want to cross this one off your list soon, because as you read this post, ONA Bags are making their way to Canada. If you haven't heard of ONA, they have it all: functional designs hand made with the highest quality canvas and leather materials available. Not only that, but you'll never have to carry your camera gear inside a bag that both screams "look everyone, camera here!" and completely cramps your style again. And yes, we're talking to you too, ladies. Unlike other brands, ONA has not forgotten the enormous quantity of talented female photographers out there that have to suffer with the restrictions of unpractical and awful-looking bags. So take a look at the ONA catalog here or visit their official website at ONA Bags, and please watch out for pedestrians while you race to your nearest camera store!

Giotto’s YTL Tripod featured in Photolife Magazine!

Howdy folks! We're pleased to share with you that the Giotto's YTL 8384 tripod from the Silk Road series is featured in the December/January edition of Photolife Magazine's Imaging Products Review section. Thanks Photolife team, you rock! In case you haven't picked up your copy, run to the nearest newsstand now! What are you still doing here reading this? I said RUN! Ok, you can stay, but only because Photolife also has an online version of their magazine. Until next time, folks!

Voigtländer develops a VM-E Mount Close Focus Adapter

Shortly after the announcement of Sony's new line of full frame E-Mount cameras - the Sony A7 and A7r - Voigtländer announces an amazing new adapter for all those professionals looking to bring their VM lenses into the digital world. The new Voigtländer VM-E Close Focus adapter follows the line of Voigtländer's previous adapters, with an all-metal, precisely-machined construction as well as a new infinity lock button and a helicoid extension of only 4mm! Stock is estimated to be available mid-December, but you can pre-order your VM-E Close Focus adapter at any authorized Voigtländer dealer in Canada.

Gordy’s Camera Straps are here!

Let's be honest, straps suck. Actually, I take that back. MOST straps suck. They're not comfortable, they chafe your neck, they get in the way, and I don't know if anyone's ever told you, but they kind of cramp your style too. However, there's a strap out there that does none of that, while still providing quality, function, and a discrete elegance like no other. They're called Gordy's Camera Straps. Simply put, Gordy makes the cream of the crop of straps known to man, and now you can have them too! Here's a little background on Gordy's Camera Straps: Gordy’s Camera Straps is a small family business that began in 2005 and has since achieved worldwide recognition for its quality, craftsmanship, style and functionality that are simply unmatched by any other brand. Each strap is hand made from Latigo belt leather that is tough and pliable with a natural luster that improves with age and softens with use. Gordy’s Straps have been tested to hold up to 25 pounds of weight and is served with a 1mm diameter heavy duty polyester cord that is waxed for durability. Gordy's Camera Straps. The original, accept no substitutes.

YTL Silk Road Tripod Series now available!

Say Hello to innovation: introducing to Canada the all new YTL Silk Road Series from Giotto's Industrial Inc. This ingenious tripod series was awarded Best Design at the XXIII TIPA Awards for 2013. Its patented Y-Tube Column saves 30% of space when tripod is closed compared to standard round center columns and prevents unwanted column twisting at any position, providing stability and precision. Other features include: - 3-way center column allows 180° of vertical and 360° of horizontal movement. - 8 layer 100% high density carbon fiber tubes. - Giotto's patented Quick Easy Lock (QEL) flip-locking system provides stability and security. - 3-angle leg positions allow for setting up on uneven terrain and for low angle shooting. - 5-year limited warranty. Go to your local camera store to check out the new and innovative YTL Silk Road Series as well as much more from Giotto's Industrial Inc. and happy shooting! Photographs taken with the stunning Voigtländer 17.5mm F0,95 Nokton for Micro Four Thirds. Photographer - Vitor Munhoz | Model - Ellen Bird | Assistant - Eduardo Mottin

Voigtländer has returned to Canada!

Rangefinder shooters, film enthusiasts, videographers, and basically all lovers of exceptional quality brands, rejoice! After a long hiatus from our Great North, JCL is proud to announce that Voigtländer has returned to Canada, and with that all the classic names we've grown to love and respect. Names like Ultra-Wide Heliars, Color-Skopars, Ultrons, and Noktons are again at arms reach at exclusive Canadian dealers.   Canada will be receiving the full line of Voigtländer products, from the classic Bessa film bodies all the way to the Micro Four Third Nokton series, and every special, new release in between - yes, we are talking about you Mr. VM 50mm F1,5 Limited Edition Chrome! So keep your eyes peeled for any new releases and visit your local specialty camera store for any and all Voigtländer goodies. Happy shooting! Photographer - Vitor Munhoz | Model - Eduardo Mottin | Assistant - Marcel Bosio

Hello world!

This first blog post title might be standard, bland, and overused, but it is exactly the opposite of who we are! JCL Sales Group is proud to represent worldwide brands with unique visions, styles, and functionalities. We work hard to bring to the Canadian consumer products that will change the way they think, look, and create their photography. So stay tuned, because we'll keep updating this News board with every and all content, news, and media that we believe will inspire and excite you! Until next time!