Think Tank Releases Six Perception Premier Daypacks

Think Tank Photo introduced its smallest, lightest backpacks, the Perception™ series. Designed specifically for mirrorless systems, the Perception series will become the “go-to” pack for photographers looking to add flexibility to their workflow while using a smaller system along with a laptop and tablet. It’s an all-new and advantageous way to carry smaller camera systems and is ideal for travel and city walk-arounds.

The Perception series comes in two colors, black and taupe, and three sizes. The smallest size, The Perception Tablet™, accommodates a mirrorless system and an iPad Mini. The largest size, the Perception Pro™, holds a 15″ laptop and a 10″ tablet, plus one mirrorless body or small DSLR with a small to medium zoom attached (lens hood reversed). Plus, the largest size fits four to five more lenses or a large GoPro® kit.

“Our designers took inspiration from Think Tank’s award-wining and popular Shape Shifter backpack, which includes protective features to enclose and secure camera gear, but with the Perceptions it is scaled to a smaller form factor,” said Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “For the first time mirrorless system users have a backpack designed specifically for them that has Think Tank’s commitment to innovation, workflow, and quality. The fitted backpack straps accommodate either male or female body types.”

Prices are from $130-$180 in black or tan and ship next month.

Yours for Only $41,395.

Have extra cash with you and don’t know what to do with it? This gold Nikon Df may be for you. Priced at $41,395. the Lux Nikon DF Kit will include a gold plated Nikon Df body, a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens including a gold plated lens cap and lens hood, together with the usual charger, cables and software, and will come in a custom made 24K gold plated Zero Haliburton hard case.

Only 77 of these kits are going to be produced, according to Brikk. Each camera body and lens is disassembled and the parts are hand polished before being plated with two layers of certified 24K gold. Parts that are not plated are covered in stingray leather. This includes body grip, prism and the focus and zoom rings of the lens. The Nikon logo is removed and replaced with a plate that bears the Brikk logo.

Sony Imaging PRO Support

Sony has launched a pro support program with the aim of offering professional photographers similar levels of support available from Nikon and Canon. The program, called Sony Imaging PRO Support provides members access to dedicated phone and email support, expedited repair turnaround time, no out-of-pocket shipping expenses, product evaluation and repair loans, discounts on out-of-warranty repairs and more.

To join the program – members must own a minimum of two Sony Alpha full-frame interchangeable lens cameras and at least three Sony Zeiss or G series lenses. Members must also show that they are an active professional photographer by providing work samples. Additionally, a special invitation from Sony Electronics is required, as is an annual $100 a year membership fee.

Peter Turnley : Moments of the Human Condition

Photo by Dan Leto

There was a capacity crowd of over 200 guests who attended Peter Turnley’s talk “Moments of the Human Condition” at the Leica Store and Gallery in San Francisco last week.

Turnley, known mostly for his photography revealing the realities of the human condition had the audience captivated as he talked about his career and showed his work. He has traveled to over 90 countries and has witnessed major stories of international geo-political and historic significance during the last thirty years. His photographs have been featured in the world’s most prestigious publications.

Since 1975, Turnley has also photographed life in Paris, his adopted home. His tender, humorous, and sensual view of Paris, offers a distinct contrast to the stark realities depicted in his photojournalism. The Leica Gallery San Francisco featured his photos of Paris and after his talk, Turnley signed his book “French Kiss-A Love Letter to Paris” for the guests.

We want to thank Peter and all the guests who attended. It was an inspiring evening, not soon forgotten.

The next exhibition at the Leica Gallery SF will feature Renato D’Agostin’s black & white photographs. The Beautiful Cliché opens November 5th and there will be a reception with the artist on November 20th. More information on the Leica Store and Gallery SF website.

Moonrise over Alcatraz Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

We are pleased to announce that Michael from our Camera West Walnut Creek staff will again start up his series of popular monthly photo walks.  Each month, he picks a different theme, subject or location in the bay area. Photographers of all abilities are always welcome.

The January photo walk will take us to San Francisco where we will photograph the rising full moon over Alcatraz and the east bay hills.

On Sunday, January 4th, conditions should be perfect as the moon rises near the same time as the sun sets. This gives us the ability to capture detail in both the full moon and the landscape. Michael will be on hand to help with proper exposure and offer tips to help you get a photo you will be proud of.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Sign up early, as participation will be limited to just 20 photographers.

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Cost : $25.00

Call or email Michael at Camera West Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.