Celebrating 20 Years at Leica

Tom Brichta with his S2 at Bodie State Historical Park

This year, Tom Brichta, Leica’s Northern California Representative, celebrates his 20th anniversary of  working at Leica Camera.

Tom not only is a great landscape and nature photographer, but a really nice guy, and a bit of a prankster. Read about it in this two part Q&A on the Leica Camera Blog.

Part One

Part Two

Tom was also recently appointed as an instructor for the North American Leica Akademie and this upcoming April he’ll be leading a Leica Destination workshop in Monterey and Big Sur.

You can see Tom’s work on Flickr and on his website, thomasbrichta.com. If you’d like to learn more about the Leica Destination workshop that Tom is leading, visit leicaakademie.com.

Join Us on the Camera West Flickr Site

Our Camera West Flickr Photo Group is for friends of Camera West to share their photos. We invite you to post pictures taken with equipment or supplies you have bought from either the Walnut Creek or Rancho Mirage stores.

Please tag the pictures with “Camera West” so they can be enjoyed by others.

We look forward to seeing your work!


Shoot and Share, Wirelessly

Canon has introduced 2 new point and shoots with on-board Wi-Fi capability.
The Elph 530 HS and Elph 320 HS both have built-in Wi-Fi  that can connect to your home network, a hotspot, or an app on your iOS or Android device. You’ll soon be able to wirelessly transmit photos and videos from the cameras to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other photo sharing sites. 
The Elph 530 HS (pictured above) is a 10-megapixel camera with a CMOS sensor, 12x optical zoom lens, and a 3.2-inch LCD touch screen. It will be available in black and white finishes and is set to hit the streets in April for $349.99. The second Wi-Fi camera, the Elph 320 HS, is a 16-megapixel CMOS shooter with a 5x (24-120mm) zoom lens and a 3.2-inch touch screen LCD. Available in black, silver, red, and blue, you’ll be able to buy it in March for $279.99.

Canon’s Delayed Super Telephoto Lenses to Ship in May 2012

Canon’s long-awaited super telephoto lenses — the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM — will finally start shipping in May 2012, nearly a year after they were originally scheduled to ship – this due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM will cost $10,499 and the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM will sell for $11,999.