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, October 22nd, 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.

New Fast, Close Focusing Primes from Tamron

Tamron has announced two new lenses for its high-end SP (“Super Performance”) lineup: the SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD. Both are fast lenses that offer image stabilization and extremely close minimum focusing distances – 7.9 inches for the 35mm and 11.4 inches for the 45mm.

The new lenses are powered by an ultra-sonic silent drive for quiet and fast autofocus and have a moisture-resistant design. The nine-blade diaphragm maintains its circular shape to deliver beautiful background blur.

Available in October in Nikon and Canon mounts for $599. A Sony mount is also in the works.

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.”