New Firmware Update for the Sony A7, A7R, A7S, A7II & A6000

Sony has released camera firmware update 1.20 for Sony A7, A7R, A7S, A7II and a6000 cameras which provides improved function for the latest Sony FE lenses: FE 24-240mm F3.5-5.6, FE 35mm F1.4, FE 28mm F2 and FE 90mm F2.8 Macro.

• Improves the power-on time after downloading the Smart Remote Control application of the PlayMemories Camera Apps™.
• Provides support for the SEL70200G lens:
• Supports the “Fast Hybrid AF” function and future Fast Hybrid AF compatible E mount lenses
• Adds the “Focus hold button” function
• Reduces start-up time when the camera is switched on immediately after being switched off
• Improves image quality
• Provides support for additional PlayMemories Camera Apps and additional features for previously supported apps:
• Supports the “Liveview Grading” and “Smooth Reflection” applications
• Supports the smooth automatic exposure feature in the “Time-lapse” application ver. 2.00 and later

Fireworks with a Twist Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

Join Michael for a new twist (literally!) on shooting fireworks. The technique we will practice is a unique one. Rather than just letting the fireworks paint our image, we will change our focus during the exposure, getting the unusual effects you see in these photos. We will be shooting the fireworks show after the Oakland A’s game at the Coliseum. You will not need to buy a ticket for the game as we will not be in the stadium. The fireworks show happens after the game.

What to bring :

  • A digital camera that will allow you to shoot in bulb and manual focus mode
  • A manual focus lens – wide angle to 50mm range
  • A tripod
  • A remote release
  • A neutral density filter – 3 stops would be ideal. A polarizer can work in a pinch.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

8 – 10 pm

Oakland Coliseum

Cost : $50.

Participation will be limited to only 12 participants so sign up soon! Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.


Photo by Michael Maloney

Photo by Michael Maloney

Lenny Kravitz Designed Leica MP Unboxing

Watch as we unbox the Lenny Kravitz designed Leica MP – one of just 125 produced worldwide.

Leica in collaboration with musician, actor and designer Lenny Kravitz has produced a special edition camera the Leica MP Set “Correspondent” by Lenny Kravitz Design. This edition includes the digital rangefinder camera Leica MP and two classics among the Leica lenses – the Leica Summicron-M 1: 2/35 mm ASPH. and the Leica Summilux-M 1: 1.4 / 50mm ASPH. Delivered as you will see in a custom case.

If interested in purchasing this unique set, please contact us a Camera West.

Camera Obedience School with Gary Faye

Please join us at Camera West Rancho Mirage for a beginning photographer seminar dedicated to bringing a clear understanding of the digital cameras many options including menus, modes, lens choices, f stops, iso, histograms and assorted buttons that some avoid like the plague. Each topic is illustrated with pictures resulting in understanding craft and moving toward the pictures you intend. We will finish with a tamer camera. You will also be introduced to editing software. Remember, some of the most important photographs in history were made with just one button.

This casual presentation is especially appropriate for beginning photographers. There will be time for open conversation, questions and refreshments. Please RSVP early as each monthly session is limited to 12 participants.

Thursday, April 9th, 7-8:45 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

Please call or email Camera West Rancho Mirage for more info or to sign up.


AIR: San Francisco 7.2K


AIR is a creative project by photographer Vincent Laforet that started with a series of spectacular photographs above New York City. Next up was Las Vegas, and now San Francisco. Through unprecedented viral momentum, the project is expanding to other cities around the globe with the aim to show the world that it is connected and engage people from all around the world to connect with one another.

Regarding San Francisco, Laforet says “And you can’t help but remember the history of this city as a major commercial port and the fact that half of downtown is built up on what used to be docks. Notably, you can’t help but to remember how the entire city was rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1906 and the fire that leveled the city,”

The full set of Laforet’s photos of San Francisco can be seen on Storehouse. You can also sign up to preorder a book on the Air series, or sign up to be notified when Air comes to your city.

AIR: Gotham 7.5

AIR: Sin City 10.8