Guest Blog: Two and a Half Years, 13 Countries, 1 Camera: The Leica M Review by Sebastiaan de With

It was early in 2014, long enough after the introduction of the Leica M (also known as the ‘Typ 240’, or ‘M10’) when I finally bit the bullet and decided to sell my trusty Leica M-E for this newest, rather different digital rangefinder camera from the German niche camera maker.


I always vowed I’d write a thorough review on it, much like I’d done for the Bessaflex TM. I do always feel, however, that a truly great review puts a product through its paces. It frustrates me when a journalist only gets to use a product for a short amount of time to deliver a rushed impression to an inquisitive reader. I didn’t want to be that guy. So, I ditched a few drafts in the last two and a half years.

Until now

To read from our guest blogger Sebastiaan de With check out the link below.

Two and a half years, 13 countries, 1 camera: The Leica M Review

Sebastiaan’s personal website can be found here and his Instagram page is . The website for the review and his ongoing project of world travel by motorcycle is Ride Earth -

Thank you Sebastiaan for the in-depth review of the Leica M.

The Creative Side of RAW: a non-geeky look at the Lightroom Develop Module

Join Camera West in Walnut Creek, CA, and Jason Bradley for a rare public event on Thursday, June 23 from 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. Jason Bradley, Author of the new book, Creative Workflow in Lightroom, published through Focal Press, will be leading a discussion on the creative side of raw file workflow.  Most digital photographers shoot raw and get the technical benefits to using the format, but less understood are the artistic benefits of raw.  Jason will talk about creative expression vs. photo manipulation, and will offer tips for developing your own work. Jason’s book will also be on hand for sale and signing. Don’t miss this chance to experience developing from a whole new perspective.

Jason Bradley has a unique set of skills.  He specializes in nature and wildlife photography both underwater and above; he’s the owner and operator of Bradley Photographic Print Services—a fine art print lab; he leads photographic expeditions around the world, and Jason is the author of the book Creative Workflow in Lightroom, published by Focal Press.  Visit Jason’s site to see more of his work, to learn about fine art printing, and find info on his upcoming workshops and expeditions. His website is

We kindly request that you make your reservation as early as possible, call 925-935-1424

2016 Point Reyes National Seashore Workshop

Join Camera West and regional fine art photographer Michael Phaling, as they lead four days of hands-on instruction at Point Reyes National Sea Shore. Explore the area’s many features and focus on photographing the landscape in black and white, capturing subjects using light, texture, and form. 

Attendees will relax in local restaurants after days filled with instruction, assignments, editing sessions, and critique/review. Accommodations on Tomales Bay in Inverness provide ample opportunity to leave everyday life behind while immersing oneself in the learning process. 

Photographers of all skill levels will have a great time during the workshop. All attendees should be familiar the functions of their camera, including manual control of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. 

For more information and registration please contact Camera West Walnut Creek at 925-935-1424

Canon announces three new products: EF-M 28mm lens, Speedlite 600 EX-II Flash, and PowerShot SX620!

Canon has announced three new products, coming soon to Camera West. First off, the very anticipated EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens with a built-in macro light. This lens will allow photographers to illuminate close-up subjects, helping to freeze movement, enhance color accuracy, and provide a better sense of depth and dimension. The Hybrid IS, which is found also in Canon’s high-end EF 100mm 2.8L macro IS USM will help provide a smooth and quiet focusing during shooting and near-silence when shooting videos. Arrival of this lens is slated for next month. 

Next up is the new Speedlite 600 EX-II Flash. The Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash is compatible with most EOS cameras. It replaces Canon’s top-of-the-line Speedlite 600EX-RT and improves continuous flash firing by approximately 1.1 to 1.5 times when using AA batteries and up to two times when adding the new optional Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N. A few of the new improvements are a zoom flash head covers wide focal length range of 20–200mm; maximum guide number is 197 ft./60m at ISO 100, making the Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash the most powerful flash unit in the EOS system. A dust and water-resistant body for all types of weather shooting environments.Wireless flash shooting support is available for both radio and optical transmission with compatible Canon Speedlites, offering users greater functional range when using flash. Just to name a few! A shipping date will be updated in the next few weeks.

Last but not least, Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera – ideal for individuals looking for a convenient, easy-to-carry compact digital camera capable of producing high-quality photos and videos. This new camera boasts a 20.2 Megapixel* CMOS imaging sensor and a powerful 25X Optical Zoom lens (25-625mm equivalent) in a form factor that will easily fit in a pocket or purse, making it an ideal camera for those passionate about photography to capture gorgeous imagery no matter where they are. Built-in Wi-Fi®** and Near Field Communication (NFC™)*** to allow for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos to a personal computer or other compatible devices such as the Canon Connect Station CS 100. This camera is slated to be released mid-June. 

If you are interested in pre-ordering any of these items, please stop by or call Camera West Walnut Creek at 925-935-1424 or Rancho Mirage at 760-992-5422.