Announcing New Nikon 105mm f/1.4 Lens

Nikon has announced the world’s first full-frame 105mm f/1.4 ED lens. This short telephoto lens is geared towards portraiture or indoor sports. This interchangeable lens is also ideal for videos. Some sample images below showcase the fantastic bokeh this lens produces. 

An excellent performer for available light, the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED also excels when using Nikon Speedlights—indoors or out. Create beautiful portraits with minimal depth of field as well as using Advanced Wireless Lighting with Auto FP High-Speed Sync. Its f/1.4 maximum aperture and nine-blade diaphragm produce a superior bokeh effect with large, smooth spheres with gradual alteration. The focal length (105mm on FX cameras, 158mm on DX cameras) creates an ideal working distance that’s close enough to interact with the subject.

We are now accepting pre-orders for this lens, please stop by or call Camera West Walnut Creek at 925-935-1424 or Rancho Mirage at 760-992-5422.

Tamron and Adobe Collaboration!

Tamron and Adobe are collaborating on a fantastic deal for customers. On selected lenses, customers will receive a 20% discount off Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. This deal includes Lightroom and Photoshop!

Qualifying lenses include:

  • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016)
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012)
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 VC USD (Model F004)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 VC USD (Model F017)

Leica Q Firmware 2.0 Update


Leica Camera is pleased to inform you that new firmware, version 2.0 is available for the Leica Q. The new firmware includes new features and further improvements. The firmware is available for downloading by registered customers in the Leica Owners Area.

  • Firmware 2.0 boasts the following updated and new features:
  • DNG is now available as a separate mode.  
  • EVF extended mode is available and allows the user to switch to the monitor image for menu control and image review immediately by pressing the Menu or Play button.
  • The low shutter speed range has been extended, now capable of up to 120s.
  • The user Profile menu item is directly accessible with the FN button. It makes it easy to access any specific mode stored in the user profiles.
  • The level gauge display remains visible when the Shutter is pressed.
  • By pressing the delete button in 1 Point AF mode, the size of the AF field can be changed selected by using the thumbwheel. There are three selectable sizes: small, standard, large. When using the focal lengths 35 mm and 50 mm in Digital Zoom mode, the 1 Point AF field movement is limited to within the frames of the crop lines.
  • The Face Detection AF mode function is improved. The camera switches automatically to Multipoint AF if no face can be detected.
  • An additional information display screen has been added, with the option to display the lower bar separately.
  • The image playback touch-zoom function has changed.
  • Double-tapping calls up the maximum enlargement / reduces back to original size.
  • Long exposure / noise reduction countdown added.
  • Three modes, Off/Auto/Exp. Comp. available for the thumbwheel.
  • Mode Lock for the video button is now available, giving the user the option to deactivate the video recording button.
  • WiFi password setting is changed and all characters entered for the password remain visible during the process.
  • Leica flash units SF 40 and SF 64 are now supported. 
How to update the Leica Q Firmware:
  • It is important to have the battery fully charged when updating the firmware.
  • Download the new firmware file to your computer.
  • Format an SD card which has at least 60 MB of free space inside the camera.
  • Copy the firmware file to the root directory of the SD card.
  • Insert the SD card into the camera and switch it on while pressing the movie button.
  • Press ‘YES’ to start the update process.
  • Once the update is complete, restart the camera.
  • Update process is completed. After the update, all previous user profile settings will be deleted. All user profile settings must be reentered.
  • During the firmware update, do NOT do the following: Turn off the camera. Remove the battery or remove the memory card Failure to follow these instructions could damage your camera!

Thank you Robert Holmes

A very special thank you, to award winning photographer, Robert Holmes and everyone who came out last Thursday to hear his lecture. It was a pleasure to have Bob talk about his travels for National Geographic. We look forward to having Bob return soon for a photo walk. Stay tuned to our blog for more information.

To check out Robert’s photos and more information:

Introducing: Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm

Leica Camera expands its lens portfolio with the introduction of the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH, silver anodized finish. The APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH is an ultra high-performance lens, considered to be the reference lens among standard focal lengths, with exceptional imaging performance and sharpness that captures and resolves amazingly fine details.

The combination of its groundbreaking design, choice of materials and elaborate manufacturing make the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH a popular lens among customers demanding the highest levels of image quality Leica is known for.

The technical features of this lens are identical to the black version which was introduced in May 2012. The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH, silver anodized finish will be available for pre-orders now. If you are interested in pre-ordering, please stop by or call Camera West Walnut Creek at 925-935-1424 or Rancho Mirage at 760-992-5422.