Lunar Eclipse Photo Walk

December 11, 2011 Lunar Eclipse (also known as a "Blood Moon") 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. These low key photo walks are your opportunity to learn more about your camera and how to more comfortably shoot various subjects. Photographers of all abilities are welcome.

This month’s photo walk will take us to Marin County where we will photograph an extra special show in the night sky – a rare supermoon lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth into its shadow. This only occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are perfectly aligned. From our location, we will photograph the moon as it rises over the Golden Gate Bridge during the peak of the eclipse.

On Sunday, September 27th, conditions should be perfect as the eclipsing supermoon 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! The next supermoon lunar eclipse won’t come around until 2033. Sign up early, as participation will be limited to just 12 photographers.

Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Cost : $50.00
Call or email Michael at Camera West Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.

Lunar Eclipse and the Golden Gate Bridge, April 4, 2014 Photo by Michael Maloney

Leica Ultravid 8×32 Edition Zagto

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents in collaboration with Zagato, the Italian automotive Atelier and Total Design Center, a special limited edition: the Leica Ultravid 8×32 ‘Edition Zagato’. Uniting the values shared by both classical companies – premium quality, craftsmanship and tradition – the Leica Ultravid 8×32 ‘Edition Zagato’ combines unique design with cutting-edge technologies.

The outer shell of the ‘Edition Zagato’ is manufactured from aluminium and its front lenses feature two red anodised rings inscribed with ‘Zagato’. In an elaborate process, hundreds of fine grooves have been milled into the surface of the aluminium shell to give the binoculars a unique finish.

The $3500. Leica Ultravid 8×32 ‘Edition Zagato’ is imited to only 1,000 sets for the entire global market. In addition to the binoculars, the edition also includes a case designed by Zagato and a matching carrying strap and hand strap in genuine Italian leather. The Leica Ultravid 8×32 ‘Edition Zagato’ will be available starting in September 2015 at selected Leica Stores and Boutiques.


New, Improved Canon EF 35mm f1.4

Canon has announced the EF 35mm F1.4L II USM, the second generation 35mm using a newly-designed Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, which they claim corrects chromatic aberration better than any other existing technology.

The 35mm F1.4L II includes a total of 14 elements, including two aspherical elements. It offers 9 aperture blades and a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches. It also claims to be more durable than its predecessor, with dust and water-resistant construction.

The Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM will be available in October for $1,799.

More from Canon on the Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics:

“The new Canon-developed BR optical element offers characteristics that significantly refract blue light, which lies within the short-wavelength range, to achieve impressive levels of chromatic aberration correction for outstanding imaging performance. The BR optical element, positioned between two glass lens elements to create a BR lens, will make its debut in the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM wide-angle fixed-focal-length lens, which is scheduled to go on sale in October 2015.
Natural light, or white light, comprises a spectrum of wavelengths, or colors, each of which realizes a unique refractive index when passing through a lens. As all colors do not converge on the same point, this disparity causes chromatic aberrations, or color fringing, to occur in an image.”

New EOS M from Canon

Canon is bringing its third generation compact mirrorless camera into the US market. The EOS M3 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera uses the same 24.3 megapixel image sensor as the T6 and T6i. It also uses the same CMOS III AF system, which will be a welcomed step up from the earlier models.

The EOS M3 builds on the original M’s design with a more pronounced grip, two control dials, a hot shoe that supports an optional electronic viewfinder, and a built-in pop-up flash.

Retail price for the Canon EOS M3 is $679.99 for the body only, $799.99 with the 18-55mm IS STM and $1049 as a two lens kit with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm.

Three EF-M lenses will also be available in October. They include the EF-M 11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM ($399), EF-M 22mm F2 STM ($249), and EF-M 55-200mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM ($349).

Features :

  • 24.3 megapixel APS-C sensor
  • CMOS III AF system
  • Tilting 3-inch touchscreen display
  • NFC & WiFi
  • Electronic viewfinder (not included)
  • Built in pop up flash
  • Compatible with EF lenses using an optional adapter

Hands On Review of the New Leica S Typ 007

Alex Ramos, Leica Store San Francisco Gallery Director shoots in a SF tailor store.

We were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to test an advanced copy of the 007, prior to its release.  Here at Camera West and Leica Store San Francisco, we have a lot of in house photography talent.  While we were very tempted to take the camera out to make some fine landscape images, I felt that some images, which focused on the 007’s enhancements, were in order.  We were able to get this into the hands of three of our photographers for an initial review and here are their impressions.

- Sean Cranor – President/CEO Camera West Inc. Leica Store San Francisco