Thursday, July 7, 2016

Canon compact cameras with reduced prices!

Get your hands on a Canon compact camera with a reduced price! QUICK - before we sell out!
Powershot N black/white - from €249 to €150
IXUS 170 silver/black - from €135 to €99.99
IXUS 275HS black/silver - from €230 to €170

Monday, June 27, 2016

Canon Innovation Award for Avantech’s ScanStation

Avantech were honoured to receive a Canon Innovation Award at the recent Canon Partner Conference in Vienna, presented by Canon Europe EMBU Managing Director Stefano Zenti.

The award acknowledges Avantech’s ScanStation network scanning solution, a powerful yet intuitive document scanning product that shares document scanners to create a central kiosk-like terminal for everyone to use. ScanStation includes character and handwriting recognition, document type recognition and splitting, multiple document destinations and almost unlimited ways to integrate into existing procedures and systems.

Canon have signed a cooperation agreement with Avantech to sell ScanStation in European countries and territories.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Canon imagePRESS C10000VP/C8000VP wins EDP award

We are proud to announce that our flagship digital press machine, the Canon imagePRESS C10000VP and the C8000VP both won European Digital Press Association (EDP) 2016 Award to “Best cut sheet colour A3+ Printer”.

Canon’s team at Drupa displaying their award. Well done!

If you are interested in our offer in digital press and production machines, please get in touch with our digital press representative Carmelo Establier at to arrange a meeting to discuss your needs.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The fantastic EOS 1300D!

Watch this video outlining the terrific features packed into the entry level DSLR EOS 1300D

This is available from Avantech for €445 including the 18-55mm lens.  There is also a €40 cashback on this model until the end of July!

  Visit our showroom in San Gwann or alternatively buy online with free delivery!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Is large format printing for you?

When we think of Large Format Printers, we think of machines that you would usually find in architects’ offices, engineering firms and other technical settings.
Despite of this being one of the largest uses for these sort of printers, the flexibility and quality of the most modern models of these machines allow for a lot more of usages, and will appeal to more exotic users.

Large Format Printers, specially those that print in colour, like the new iPF670 and iPF770 from Canon, allow to create posters for your business with their bundled software.

With Canon PosterArtist Lite users can create with easy professional looking poster for their businesses, decorate and display offer.

Other use for Large Format Printers include photography printing. Canon excels in this field with their imagePROGRAF PRO series, with machines that produce the most accurate colours, with the widest colour gamut in their class, using up to 12 inks in the case of the , using specialized media.
The new LUCIA EX inks allow for incredibly deep, rich and detailed colour and monochrome prints.
With the increase in resolution in modern cameras and smartphones, there is a better chance at printing at larger sizes than before.

Other uses include presentation of graphs and large amounts of data, that require a certain degree of legibility in the office setup, banners, marketing purposes, etc.

There’s more to our large format printer than it meets the eye.
Contact us for more information and arrange a meeting with one of our printing experts. Reach us on 2148 8800 or

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Supreme 40F case goes on safari

Being a photographer and professional guide I had a long debate as to which protective camera case I would like to join my kit.  I had to be completely happy that all my kit would safe on my safari to Gods Window and Kruger National Park in South Africa
In the end I decided to go with Vanguards Supreme 40F case as it would hold all of my valuable kit, it’s measurements looked as though they would pass as hand luggage and it offered a high level of protection, all for a great price.
With my new Vanguard Supreme 40F in hand - off I went.
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Supreme 40F at The Three Rondavels, South Africa
Vanguard’s Supreme Case passed the first test.  It safely fitted Canon Mk 2, Canon GX12, 17-40mm lens, 100mm F2.8 Macro lens, 70-200mm F2.8 Mk 2 lens, 2 x multipliers, 430EX flashgun, spare batteries and accessories.
The Supreme case also passed the second test and was accepted as hand luggage without any problem.  This meant my kit was always with me and therefore 100% secure. I didn't need to worry about my camera and lenses being lost in transit before I even arrived.
Immediately on arrival I started testing the level of protection.  Loading a vehicle in Africa is not for the faint hearted as equipment is rarely handled delicately. In addition 90% of the trip would be off-road on notoriously bad roads. Knowing this I asked for the camera gear to be packed carefully on top.  When I arrived at camp I found the trusty locals had not followed my directions at all and had packed my camera kit under almost a tonne of camping equipment, tools and bedding.  When I asked why, they explained that due to the high level of theft, packing it at the bottom meant the camera equipment would not get stolen or fall off the Land Cruiser.  Ultimately I couldn't argue with that line of thinking and it had survived (phew!) the third test.
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I then encountered a couple of other challenges I hadn’t expected.

Africa's environment means temperatures of 45°C and the variety of wildlife means you always need to keep food safe.  After setting up the camp I took all camera kit out and made sure everything was in working order for the Safari.  I then discovered that by taking out the foam insert, the Supreme 40F case made for the perfect food storage container.  Having elephants, warthogs, ants, cockroaches and other animals around, the less your food's scent gets out, the less you have in camp over the day and night.  We had both warthogs and elephants wander through camp and not once did they sniff the case which was now a food storage container and makeshift table. To pass the elephant scent test was great and means that next year I can take some fruit and they won’t be able to smell it. Great case really did the job.
When we were leaving, a friend who lives in South Africa asked if he could test the case as he would like something similar but was undecided as to which brand.  I obliged and so my South African friend’s tests started.  We drove the Land Cruiser over it and it held out (though I wouldn’t recommend doing this as it did warp under the weight, but was back to normal after that).  We dropped it off a 30m cliff and it was still closed and intact when we collected it.  We also tested the waterproofing by tying a 40kg bag of sand to it and throwing it into a dam approximately 20-25m deep.  When we opened the case it dry inside. It therefore passed all the South African tests which were well beyond the declared spec.  At the end, my friend asked if I could leave the case with him. As I didn’t know when I would be back, I swapped his old camera bag for it and left it with him.
One regret is that as I was not actually planning to test and review the case, I didn’t bother to take pics, but will do in the near future!
Overall the Vanguard Supreme 40F case surprised me with its strength, price and quality.  In my eyes is second to none which is why I volunteered to write this article.  I would definitely recommend them.  Great product and I’m going to buy another one now.
Some other photos from the trip:
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Leopard at H4-1, Lower Sabi, Kruger National Park
Safari 3
View from Forever Resort over The Three Rondavels

About Jason Wharam

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Jason Wharam DPAGB, BSc, MSc, DSc is Zimbabwe¬born where he grew up on a farm, where the local elders taught him about the cultural backgrounds and traditions of Zimbabwe’s varied people. From them, he also learned about the landscape and became passionate about nature. His high school years were spent at an old, military-type boarding school – Plumtree - near the Botswana/Zimbabwe border. There, his love for the bush blossomed as he spent time bird watching, camping, fishing and exploring the surrounding wilderness. After completing his Cambridge studies, he became a trainee safari guide in the Gwayi Valley on the outer perimeters of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. He has worked with safari legend Lionel Reynolds and honed his white¬water rafting skills before becoming a professional guide in 1999, leading safaris throughout southern Africa's most remote and beautiful parks and reserves, from the Skeleton Coast in Namibia to Botswana and down the wild Zambezi. His second passion? Photography.  He have recently retired from guiding and is using his camera to create incisive, inspiring images that are designed to help protect wildlife and the parks in which they live

For more information on Jason visit:
Avantech Ltd. stock the Supreme 53F from the Supreme range.  With our 10% discount until the 17th of June, you can get this for €234 VAT included!
Available online with free delivery.  Discount will be automatically deducted after payment is submitted.
Visit us at Avantech in San Gwann to view this product and the full range of Vanguard. more information on the Vanguard Supreme 53F click here

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Big hitter: shooting boxing with the EOS-1D X Mark II

Liz Kreutz is a photographer with a big reputation for capturing the essence of her subjects. CPN writer Mark Alexander finds out how the latest Canon technology is helping the documentary sports photographer develop her unique style...
Liz Kreutz loves the sport of boxing. The emotional accessibility of it and the action inside the ring gives her a buzz. Throw in some frenetic action and tricky lighting and the US-based photographer is in her element.
“My heart is in my throat the entire time,” says Liz. “It’s an experience unlike any other. That’s why I like it. You’re anticipating that moment. You’re waiting; you’re ready for it. That’s the kind of photography I like to do. I love the unpredictability of that. I have a knot in my stomach the whole time.”
© Elizabeth Kreutz
© Elizabeth Kreutz
Boxer Tim Bradley under fire from his opponent Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA, 9 April, 2016. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens at 70mm; the exposure was 1/1250sec at f/4, ISO 8000.
When it comes to the cut and thrust of boxing, split-second timing can mean the difference between a good and a great shot. “I need the speed,” she says. “I have to be ready and I have to be fast because nobody is waiting for me. And I know that. There are moments when a second before is so different from a second after. When I am editing, I see that split-second difference in my athlete’s expression or action, that’s why I need such a fast burst rate.”
These days Kreutz gets her shutter-speed fix from her EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II, but she began her hunt for hustle by borrowing her dad’s EOS 650 film camera and using it throughout her college years. When she started her photography business in 2001, she graduated to an EOS D30, which featured a three megapixel APS sized CMOS sensor delivering a whopping 3fps.
The Canon D30 was a slow start, but as her career gathered pace so did her kit. Today, her EOS-1D X cameras (she typically carries two bodies) work at blistering speeds – the Mark II shoots at up to 14 frames-per-second with full AF/AE tracking and can reach 16fps in Live View. “I don’t want to miss anything,” says Kreutz. “I take a lot of images with the 1DXs, especially with the lighter boxers who are very fast so there can be a lot of action. I love all of it. I shoot like crazy.”
© Elizabeth Kreutz
© Elizabeth Kreutz
Boxer Manny Pacquiao caught training in the mirror at the at the Top Rank boxing gym, Las Vegas, USA, 5 April, 2016. Look carefully and you can spot Liz Kreutz on the left. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens at 160mm; the exposure was 1/320sec at f/2.8, ISO 8000.
Her appetite for photography and determination to freeze the fight is palpable. Kreutz is one of those photographers who wants it all; speed, accuracy, colour and reliability all wrapped up in images that deliver a knock-out punch. All are important, but her 1DXs also provide her with another benefit that comes to light in her documentary images where she relies on her ability to build lasting relationships with her subjects.
“When the EOS-1D X first came out, it was a real game changer - the speed, the beautiful high ISO. It was so nice,” she says. “I’ve been doing this for 16 years and I still worry about going over ISO 1600. But now I’m shooting at ISO 8000 with no worries. I do it with confidence.”
She continues: “I like to shoot without flash. I like available light. When I am back in the dressing rooms working with what I’ve got, I need to know that if I am wide open on my lens I can push the ISO to get a shutter speed where I’m not going to get motion blur. That’s what I want and that’s how I tell my stories.”
© Elizabeth Kreutz
© Elizabeth Kreutz
Boxer Manny Pacquiao at his official weigh-in at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA, 8 April, 2016. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF14mm f/2.8L II USM lens; the exposure was 1/1250sec at f/3.2, ISO 6400.
The tense and heated environment of a boxer’s dressing room just before he steps into the ring must be one of the most charged photographic assignments you could find. The line between capturing an intimate moment and overstaying your welcome can be very fine indeed, and repeatedly firing a flashgun may not placate the situation. “My athletes don’t like being flashed in the face. It’s not only me and my style, but the athletes don’t like it. The least distracting I can be, the more access, trust and natural images I’m going to get.”
When the EOS-1D X was first introduced it had an expanded ISO range that reached 204,800. The latest incarnation pushes this envelope to 409,600. “There are some moments when I do shoot with flash when it is called for and needed, but I would rather not. Ninety percent of the time I shoot without flash.”
She says it’s all part of building up a close, unquestioning bond with her subjects. “It’s not just a professional relationship, there is also a caring, human side that allows for your work to be better,” she explains. “This is especially true in a sport like boxing which is so brutal that anything can happen. The highs are high and the lows are low, and you are right there with them telling their story. You’re not there just getting pictures; you actually care – that’s what makes the difference.”
© Elizabeth Kreutz
© Elizabeth Kreutz
Boxer Manny Pacquiao prays before the match at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA, 9 April, 2016. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 16mm; the exposure was 1/400sec at f/5.0, ISO 10,000.
It’s not just her subjects that Kreutz cares deeply about. The EOS-1D X had a profound effect on her during her first outing with the high-spec camera. “I had the EOS-1D Mark IV, which I loved, but when I shot my first fight in Madison Square Garden - it was a huge fight, 20,000 people - I used two bodies; the Mark IV and the 1DX for the first time. After the fight, I could tell immediately during editing which images were shot with the 1DX because of the colour quality and the more vibrant colours at high ISO. Every fight since then, I’ve only shot with 1DXs.”
She continues: “At that time I had never shot full-frame. All my bodies had been cropped sensors. When I went full frame, I knew I would never go back. I like to shoot wide with that documentary feel, and at full frame; it’s just awesome.”
Kreutz began her documentary style photography around athletic tracks in the US. Ironman competitions followed and then cycling races. That’s where she met Lance Armstrong who she exclusively photographs on many occasions. Armstrong introduced her to Todd DuBoef, president of boxing promotions company Top Rank, and the rest they say, is history.
© Elizabeth Kreutz
© Elizabeth Kreutz
Boxer Tim Bradley with trainer Teddy Atlas in the ring before the fight at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA, 9 April, 2016. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 24mm; the exposure was 1/125sec at f/2.8, ISO 6400.
To capture the spectacle of the ring, Kreutz carries a pair of EOS-1D Xs and three main lenses; an ultra-wide EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, a fast EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and a workhorse telephoto EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. During the fight, she sticks with one lens for each round rather than changing mid-bout. The resulting images are upfront, forceful and full of drama.
Her workflow is dictated by her clients who are often event promoters keen to document not just the action, but also the build-up and aftermath of the fight. This means Kreutz has a slightly different approach to post-processing compared to many traditional sports photographers who find themselves racing to get their shots across the wires first. Kreutz’s intimate behind-the-scenes imagery and her unique perspective on the fight itself find their way to social media and on to promotions after the final bell has wrung.
She applied this methodology during the recent head-to-head clash between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. “My assignment for this fight was to shoot primarily behind the scenes in the locker-rooms,” she explains. “I wasn’t required to provide images on the fly.”
© Elizabeth Kreutz
© Elizabeth Kreutz
Shooting low and wide for impact as boxers Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA, 9 April, 2016. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens at 16mm; the exposure was 1/2500sec at f/4, ISO 8000.
She did however send real-time photos of the undercards, resizing the images on her laptop and sending them to the social media team at Top Rank. When the headliners arrived at the venue, all of Kreutz’s attention shifted towards Pacquiao and Bradley and the job of capturing every moment of an eventful night. “When Manny and Tim arrived, I just focussed on them,” she explains. “I got a couple of behind-the-scenes images in real-time before the fight started, but once the fight was on, I just focussed on them rather than sending my images immediately. There was another photographer doing that.”
Her arrangement with the promoters meant she was able to cover the fight and everything that happened around it, and then process her RAW images in the comfort of her hotel room. That process took five hours to complete.
“I’m kind of old school - I don’t batch process. I’m sure it would make my life a lot easier, but I do it individually,” she says. "First I pick my favourites and colour code them, and then resize all of those to web size. I bring in Photoshop if anything needs to be colour-corrected. I either send them directly to my client or send them to my phone and edit them on my phone and send them that way.”
The Pacquiao and Bradley fight was the first time Kreutz had used the EOS-1D X Mark II, and like her first outing with the EOS-1D X, it left its mark. “I’m excited to see what I can do with it, especially with my documentary style,” she says. “I’m looking forward to pushing the ISO even further and getting even better quality images at even higher ISOs. I would like to play with that. I shoot in low-light situations in dressing rooms, but I don’t want to worry about motion blur or using flash. That’s huge for me being a documentary style photographer.”


2x EOS-1D X
1x EOS-1D X Mark II (pre-production body for testing)
EF14mm f/2.8L II USM
EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How to improve your company's performance through efficient document management

All companies need to put measures in place in order to have some headroom for growth. IT challenges are one of the most crucial ones, as the infrastructure of the company depends on them. These challenge includes the fact that the company needs to remain competitive, increase the customer base and allow for further growth. The integration and automation of processes is key to increase the employees’ performance and efficiency.

The use of MFPs (Multifunction Printers) and scanners these days has changed, allowing for more functionality than in previous device iterations, with the devices now connecting to the cloud and allowing for documents to be uploaded or printed directly from it. This doesn’t come without difficulties to the users and the implementation of the system.


Since the whole point of these systems is to improve efficiency, the learning curve of these systems and the time it takes for their implementation are one of the most important factors to take into consideration when applying these technologies to the current workflow for your company. You might want to also consider how all that information is going to be managed and stores, and more importantly, how the users will access that information.


There are many solutions in the market that allow you to do this, but only one is fully integrated from hardware to software, passing allowing customers to seamlessly archive their documents without any interference and decision taking. We are talking of the combination of ScanStation and Therefore with Avantech and Canon.

Scanstation allows users to scan documents, index them and reduce the usage of paper and the indexing and search time, at the same time if saves the documents in a safe, robust database that can be access by anyone in your company.

More and more companies are joining this revolution, would like to know more?
Please contact any of our sales representative about our solutions and we will find the right one for you.

Call us on 21488800, or send us an email;

Friday, April 29, 2016

How cloud printing improves your business efficiency

In the recent year, technologies on the cloud have experience an explosion on their availability and capability and this also includes printing. Companies have been implementing cloud printing solutions to improve their business’ efficiency and to allow to their employees to focus on their work, without the the constraints of hardware.

The benefits that Cloud Printing can bring to your business are ample:
Companies can cut down their printing costs by avoiding unwanted prints to be produced. Since these printers allow for users to send their printing jobs to the cloud and then to retrieve them from a printer using their code or their ID card.
The system allows for administrators to limit the amount of jobs an user can sent to the printing queue in one go.
This reduces the amount of abandoned prints and waste of ink, toner and paper. 

The general efficiency of the workers will be increased as well as they don’t have to wait for a printer to become free, as the system allows to pull any job from any printer, reducing the time needed per print, allowing the person to go back to their duties as soon as possible.

Cloud printing has never been more convenient than with uniFLOW.
uniFLOW allows users and administrators to make sense of their printing, allowing both parties to work more efficiently with the help of tools that include:

  • Full accounting and reporting
  • Follow me printing, and device authentication
  • Secure mobile printing
  • Print room management
  • Job routing
  • Scanning workflows (Scan to Mail, Scan to folder, Scan to MS SharePoint, and advanced business processes)
  • And more…

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Buy an entry level Canon DSLR and get a FREE Canon bag worth over €35

FREE with all the following DSLRs: EOS 1200D, EOS 700D, EOS 750D & EOS 760D - all configurations.

Offer valid until the end of June or whilst stocks last.
Terms & Conditions apply.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Vacancy for Part-Timer at Avantech Ltd

Avantech Ltd require the services of a part-timer for four hours per day, five days per week, to help out in the administrative requirements within the Sales Department.
The ideal candidate would be highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications and especially Excel, be internet savvy and a team player. Knowledge of Maltese and English are also a definite requirement.
Interested candidates are to send in a CV together with a covering letter by the 6th of May on; title in subject - Part-Time Admin Vacancy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

More value when buying a semi-pro Canon DSLR!

Get a €50 voucher redeemable on any Canon accessory or lens when buying an EOS 70D, 80D, 6D, or 7DII!


Offer valid until the 30th June or whilst stocks last!
Terms & conditions apply.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tip time! EOS 6D: WiFi and image size

Sending images over WiFi is not usually that quick. As such, even though the files are only JPEGs, it is best to keep them to a small file size to make transfer as efficient as possible.

Previously, the advice for sending images over WiFi was to select a small JEPG file in the file size options. However, with the EOS 6D, it is possible to resize images in the WiFi transfer settings menu. This way you can shoot in RAW and Large JPEG if you need to, but then resize the images you wish to send, in-camera, so they transfer faster.

Blog Post: Document Management made easy

The transition between from paper to digital can be a problem depending on the volume of documents that you need to scan, and organising that information for its easy access.
Our ScanStation allows to create a custom solution for each client, that recognizes what is on each document, using our state of the art Canon high speed document scanners and our  advanced image recognition software.
Do you want to learn more? Watch this video:

Interested in our solutions?
Contact us and we will gladly help with your needs.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Printing Etiquette in the office

No workplace is free of printers nowadays. Printing is part of everyone’s workflow, particularly in an office. We all have printing pet peeves, and we understand how they these can affect our daily workflow.

Today, we are going to focus on how to avoid these situations and what the etiquette for printing in an office is.

  1. Queueing
    Let people with fewer documents print first. The same as you would let someone skip the queue in a supermarket when they only have one item and you have a full cart, let your colleagues with smaller documents go first. It is not only the polite thing to do, but it increases the productivity and people’s time is not wasted waiting. Solutions like Uniflow allow for this sort of situations to be sorted, since you can print from any printer in the network, and skip the queue, need be.
  2. Not yours? Don’t touch it.
    The same way that you wouldn’t like someone to touch your car, you shouldn’t remove people’s documents from the printer. It is not only rude to do so, but it can increase the costs of your company if your colleague doesn’t find his documents at hand, as they might just hit reprint.
    Our printers are able to help with this, by indicating which document is printing. Uniflow allows the user to only print the document once the card is swiped, preventing people from messing with your documents.
  3. Confidential documents
    Never leave confidential documents unattended in your printer. We all have at some point forgotten that we had sent something to the printer and then leave them unattended. No building security in the world guarantees that there wouldn’t be a visitor or unauthorised person in your area that could access yours or your customers information. We can help with this using Uniflow, and printing the document on demand. No more important documents waiting in the printing tray. Your documents will be stored in the server, and they can be pulled out just by swiping your card and selecting it. Simple. Safe. Efficient.
  4. Fill the paper trays and toner
    This is one of the biggest issues when sharing a printer: There is nothing more annoying that running out of paper or toner in the middle of a print job.  No one wants to be the one changing toners and topping up the paper trays, and we understand that, but our printers offer high capacity toner cartridges and paper trays to reduce the need of intervention from the user.
  5. Don’t be wasteful
    When having to print documents with more than one page, make sure that you print them in duplex (double sided). This will cut in half the amount of paper that you are using, giving your document a much desired lower volume and weight and it will make it easier to read when binded.
    At the same time, select the quality of the print accordingly to the job. If it is not a final document that is going to be discarded soon after being printed, it’s much better to print in draft quality.
    Our printers deal with both of these issues with their duplex solutions, finer toner and printing consistency, so you don’t have to print the same job twice!

Following the etiquette was never as easy as it is today with our imageRUNNER printers and UniFlow.

They provide excellent printing quality, at high speeds and with excellent cost per print, improving your documents, workflow and costs!
Drop us an email or call us on 21488800 and we will provide you with our best quote for your needs. 

For more information you can visit our website