Introducing the new digital rangefinder LEICA M-D (Typ 262)

Leica has officially launched its rangefinder, the M-D (Typ 262). All the traditional rangefinder qualities, but without an LCD display. Simple and intuitive control via the shutter speed and ISO dials, the only exposure controls on the camera body. An impressive 24 megapixel CMOS sensor and  ISO up to 6,400 will ensure excellent image quality. The top and bottom plate are brass with a classic Leica black paint finish. Made in Germany. 

The Leica M-D has nearly a silent shutter that is fantastic for street photography and enables a shutter release of two frames per second.  This is due to a shutter cocking system that is considerably quieter in single exposure mode than that of the M (Typ 240) and enables a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the M-D has the same sequential shooting speed as its sister model and shoots up to three frames per second.

We are now accepting pre-orders for May delivery. The price of the M-D body only is $5,995.00. Please stop by the store or call Walnut Creek (925) 935-1424 or Racho Mirage at (760) 992-5422.


Pier 24: Collected May 2, 2016-February 28, 2017

Pier 24 in San Francisco presents: Collected, debuting May 2 through February 28, 2017. Pier 24 is located at The Embarcadero in San Francisco. Admission is free and open by appointment Monday through Friday 9:00-5:15p.m. For more information

Collected—the eighth exhibition at Pier 24 Photography—brings together photographs from the Pilara Foundation and other Bay Area collections. Nine collectors were invited to select works from their holdings that reflect their interests in the medium. The exhibition thus offers a lens on various collecting approaches, with some collectors focusing on the work of particular artists or on specific art historical movements or themes, and others developing their own criteria, whether deliberately or unconsciously. Spanning the last hundred years of the medium, the selections on view here reflect each collector’s strong understanding of photography while also highlighting the singular sensibilities guiding the deeply personal act of collecting. Yet for all their variety, the assembled photographs also reveal the shared traits that unite all passionate collectors: curiosity and discipline paired with rigorous study and close looking.

Introducing the Nikon D500

Camera West is now accepting pre-orders for the new Nikon D500 body and kit! Some of the highlights of the new Nikon D500 include:

  • 20.9MP DX format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor
  • Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus sensor with 153/99 AF points
  • ISO range of 100-51,200 expandable to Lo 1 and Hi 5 (50 – 1,640,000 equivalent)
  • Share images instantly with built-in SnapBridge (Wi-Fi® + Bluetooth) capabilities
  • Shoot cinematic 4K UHD video
  • Dual card slots – XQD and SD media

The body will be priced at $1,999.95 and the body with the 16-80mm f2.8-4.0E is priced at $3,069.95 To place your pre-order call or stop by today. 

Leica T Firmware Update 1.5

Attention all Leica T owners. There is a new firmware update now available. Perks included in the new update include increased data speeds with external hotspots as well as being able to make your own personal hotspot. You can now directly link your Leica T to with your Leica T App installed on your smartphone or tablet. Data transfer and remote control of your Leica T even when internet connectivity is unavailable. Autofocus is now twice as fast and a faster startup time with this new update.  For more information and the new firmware download:


Last Minute Announcement: Lecture With Marco Breuer At Pier 24

Any of our readers local to the Bay Area should seriously consider visiting California College of The Arts this Thursday, April 21st at 7pm for a lecture by Marco Breuer, the inaugural Larry Sultan Photography Award recipient. His work has been shown widely across the United States and Europe, most recently at the De Young Museum and Minneapolis Institute Of Arts.

Marco Breuer

Breuer’s work eschews the use of traditional photographs, instead using photogrammic methods along with careful abrasion, folding, incising, drawing with light and heat, and other destructive methods of photo-sensitive media. His tool box has included sand paper, electronics, turntables, and famously a 12-gauge shotgun. The resulting work is a series of unique abstractions and explorations of the photographic method that pushes the materials’ physical limits into uncharted territory.

Seating is free and open to the public with no RSVP required. Just show up at Timken Lecture Hall at 1111 Eighth Street in San Francisco at 7pm on Thursday, April 21st for an amazing lecture by one of the most talented photographic artists currently working.