A Unique Electronic Display in the New ZEISS Batis

ZEISS now has two new lenses that use a unique electronic display to show the focus distance and depth of field. The Batis 25mm f2.0 and the Batis 85mm f1.8 autofocus lenses were developed especially for mirrorless full-frame system cameras by Sony.

With just a glance at the innovative OLED display on top of the lens, one can now see the focus distance and range of depth of field. (Depth of field describes the sharp focus range and depends on a range of factors including the focus distance, the set aperture and the image sensor of the camera type used.)

Depending on the focus distance, one of the following two display modes will be shown.

Close-up situations:

The display shows the focus distance on the left hand side, and the depth of field on the right hand side. The latter displays the sharp focus range relating to the focus distance.

Long distance situations:

The focus distance is shown in the upper part of the display. Depth of field values are shown in the display corners in the bottom left and right in absolute distance values relating to the distance from the camera system.

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.


Come see both of these uniques lenses on display at Camera West.

Light, Composition and Design with Gary Faye

Please join us at Camera West in Rancho Mirage for a motivating seminar of inspirational picture ideas.

This monthly workshop will explore how pictures are made with more impact, drama and expression. We will consider many successful image examples of people, still life and the great outdoors. You will unleash your creativity by becoming more aware of light, graphic design, perspective, tension, mood, color and controlling these various elements.

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

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

6:30-8:30 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

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


Camera Presentation at The Battery

Camera West Walnut Creek manager Dan Leto speaks with an audience member at The Battery

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for a special presentation of the latest camera gear at The Battery, an exclusive members only club in San Francisco.

Dan Leto, manager of Camera West Walnut Creek, Myles Kubasa, Leica Store SF operations manager and Leica specialist and instructor Wayne Serrano showed off a few of the new cameras we are most excited about. On hand for everyone to handle and shoot was the new Leica Q, the M240-P, the Monochrom, the D-Lux, the C, the Pentax 645Z, the Nikon D750, and the Fuji XT1.

Photos courtesy of Myles Kubasa/Leica Store SF

Event host Stephen McLaren

The Leica Q was a big hit with the attendees

Service Advisory for the Nikon D750

Nikon has issued another service advisory for users of the Nikon D750.

“It has come to our attention that the shutter in some Nikon D750 digital SLR cameras manufactured in October and November of 2014 does not function normally, sometimes resulting in shading of a portion of images. We have decided to take the following measures regarding this issue.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
Identifying affected products

To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, click Affected Product Serial Numbers below and enter your D750 serial number as instructed. Your camera’s serial number will be checked against those of applicable products. If your camera is one of those affected, instructions for requesting repairs will be displayed. If your camera is not affected by this issue, rest assured that repairs to your camera are not necessary and you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.”


In January of this year, Nikon issued a service advisory regarding flare issues in some Nikon D750 cameras. Details here :