Camera West Moon Walk

Photos by Michael Maloney

A big thank you to everyone who participated in last night’s Camera West Photo Walk along the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco. We had an enthusiastic group of shooters and the weather cooperated with no fog, no wind and mild temperatures.

We wait patiently for the sun to set and the moon to rise over the Oakland Hills and the Bay Bridge.

We met near the Ferry Building (seen in background) at 5pm giving us plenty of time to get our cameras set up and socialize before the 6:20 moonrise.

After the sun set, we continued shooting well into the night, concentrating this time on the lights of the Bay Bridge and the reflections on the water.

If you missed this photo walk there will be others. Check out the Events link on the Camera West website for the latest photo walks and workshops. Be sure to sign up early as they fill up quickly.

New from Nikon : AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

Nikon’s new AF-S 70-200mm f/4 VR zoom is smaller, lighter, and more affordable. The 70-200mm f/4 is only 7-inches in length (down from 8.5in), 850g in weight (down from 1470g), and $1,400 in price (down from $2,400).

The lens features a new Vibration Reduction (VR) system that offers up to a claimed 5 stops of image stabilization.

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR primary features :

  • A 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens compatible with the FX format that offers consistently superior rendering with focusing from infinity to close-up.
  • Built-in vibration reduction (VR) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a five-step increase in shutter speed for effective hand-held shooting in a variety of situations.
  • Nano Crystal Coat, which effectively prevents the internal reflections that cause ghost and flare.
  • A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing.
  • Equipped with two focus modes: A/M (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual focus).
  • Macro photography possible with a closest focusing distance of 1 m.
  • Smaller and lighter than Nikon’s previous 70-200mm lens, yet still capable of the superior image quality, performance, and overall quality expected of a NIKKOR lens.
  • Autofocus supported when a teleconverter offering 2x magnification is used with the lens on a D4, D800, D800E, or D600 offering f/8 support.

The Redesigned Nikon 1 V2

The second generation of the Nikon 1 compact system camera is here with a new look, resembling a stripped down DSLR except without, of course, the mirror box inside the camera.

The new Nikon 1 V2 incorporates some significant new features and performance upgrades, including better ergonomics, better external controls, a built-in pop-up flash, a new 14-megapixel sensor and improved EXPEED 3A processing.

The V1 and V2 side by side

Nikon 1 V2 Key Features & Specs:

  • 14.2 megapixel High-Speed AF CX-format CMOS sensor
  • New EXPEED 3A image processing
  • 1080p full HD video with 30/60/400 and 1200 FPS options and built-in stereo sound
  • Super-quick hybrid auto focus (phase detect + contrast detect)
  • 1.4-million dot EVF (same as V1)
  • 3-inch 921k-dot LCD display
  • ISO 160-6400
  • Built-in flash
  • 15 FPS continuous AF burst and 60 FPS with focus locked
  • Simultaneous still and video capture
  • Motion Snapshot mode
  • New Direct Setting Control
  • New Best Moment Capture Mode

The Nikon 1 V2 compact system camera should be available around the end of November. The price will be $899.95, with the standard 10-30mm Nikon 1 kit lens. It will also be available in a kit with both the 10mm f/2.8 prime and 30-110mm zoom lens for $1149.95. The price for the body alone will be $899.95.

Nikon also has a new flash to go with the V2, the SB-N7 speedlight. The SB-N7 will be available for $159.95. The new 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens and WP-N1 underwater housing should also be available for $189.95 and $749.95, respectively.

Nikon 1 V2 with new SB-N7 Speedlight

New Firmware for Canon 5D Mark III Coming Not So Soon


Canon has announced today that the EOS 5D Mark III will receive a firmware update giving it a clean HDMI output to rival its main competitor – the Nikon D800. The output will be 4:2:2 8bit and should work with many popular external HDMI recorders.

Only problem is…you’ll have to wait until April to get it!

Here is the Canon press release :

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.

Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.

Improved AF Functionality
Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.

The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.

Hasselblad H4D to H5D Trade-In Program

Purchase a brand new H4D camera between October 10, 2012 and December 31, 2012 and you will be eligible to upgrade to the new H5D for the difference in MRSP between January 1, 2013 and June 30th, 2013 *.

 All upgrades are on a like for like model basis. The H4D may not be purchased under any other current or previous upgrades, demo or promotional pricing programs.

See us at Camera West for details. To upgrade to an H5D from a camera purchased prior to October 10, 2012 , please contact us at Camera West.

*H4D-31 not eligible

Hasselblad Trade-in Details