Experiencing the Leica M System

Photojournalist David Butow presents a slideshow of his work with the Leica

Thank you to Leica Akademie instructor Tom Brichta, photojournalist David Butow and all the participants who joined us yesterday for the Leica M Experience Day at Camera West Walnut Creek.

The Leica Akademie provided our participants with a suitcase full of M gear to try out including the M240, the M240 P, and even the new Monochrom 246.

With a small group setting and expert instruction from pros Tom Brichta and David Butow, participants had the opportunity to experience all the advantages of the Leica M system.

Photojournalist David Butow showed us why the Leica M is such an important tool for his work


Leica Akademie instructor Tom Brichta (left) and Dan H go over the M240


David Butow (right ) and Michael C compare images

As always, check out our events link on the Camera West website for upcoming events and don’t miss out on the next one!


Sigma Announces World’s First F2.0 Zoom Lens for Full Frame Cameras

The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens is the first full-frame zoom lens offering a wide-open, constant aperture of F2 throughout the zoom range.

Sigma was determined to develop a zoom for 35mm full-frame sensor cameras that enables the same sharpness and resolution as a fixed focal length lens. To do this, the company’s engineers built upon the concept of Sigma’s ground-breaking 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, which is designed for APS-C cameras and is the first zoom to offer a fast F1.8 aperture value throughout the zoom range. The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art allows photographers to carry one lens that can do the work of three popular fixed focal length lenses – the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm — with F2 brightness and top optical performance comparable to Sigma’s 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art and 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art.

The new 24-35mm lens incorporates the latest Sigma technology, including an optimized autofocus (AF) algorithm for smooth, fast, and accurate focusing, as well as manual focus (MF) override functionality. As with many Sigma Global Vision lenses, Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) compound material is used, which has a high affinity to metal parts, consistently performs well at extreme temperatures, and reduces the size and weight of the lens. In addition, its Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, and provides sharp and high-contrast images, even in backlit conditions. It’s ideal for close-up shooting, portraits and deep-focus landscape photography.

Pricing and availability are pending.


  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to 16
  • FLD & Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

New ZEISS Glass for Mirrorless Cameras


The ZEISS Batis autofocus lenses were developed especially for mirrorless full-frame system cameras by Sony. The lenses are fully compatible with all E-mount cameras and offer protection against dust and splashing water in addition to fast and easy autofocus. For creative work, the distance and depth of field can be read from the innovative OLED display. With the completely new lens design, the high-speed ZEISS Batis family offers perfect imaging performance.

ZEISS Batis 25mm f2.0 With a close focusing distance of just 7.9 inches and a fast maximum aperture of f2.0, the ZEISS Batis 25mm wide-angle lens is the perfect companion for shooting landscapes, architecture, street scenes and photojournalism.


ZEISS Batis 85mm f1.8 With a focal length of 85 mm, and a fast f1.8 maximum aperture, this lens is the perfect companion for portrait, event, and wedding photography. The built in optical image stabilization also allows for successful hand-held shooting even in poor light conditions.



New Backpacks from Think Tank


Think Tank is proud to announce the first side access backpack made for pro gear and the growing range of pro mirrorless gear.

Introducing the Trifecta 8 & 10 - Three ways to access the most import trilogy of lenses.

Both of the Trifecta(s) are designed for quick sling access off the right and left shoulder with over-sized openings. The 10 accommodates a DSLR with 70-200 2.8 mounted and the 8 is designed for Pro mirrorless gear or smaller DSLRs. You can also access all your gear through the rear panel opening to choose a wide, medium, or long, pro sized zoom lens.

We will have these in stock soon at Camera West!