Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 – yes F1.8!

Sigma has just announced the world’s fastest zoom lens.The SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is the first zoom lens ever to achieve a maximum aperture of f1.8 throughout the zoom range. It is a wide aperture, standard zoom-lens for digital single lens reflex camera’s with APS-C size sensor’s. The lens has a focal range equivalent to 27mm – 52.5mm in a 35mm format.

No word yet on price an availability. More info on Sigma’s website.


New Telephoto Lens from FUJIFILM

FUJIFILM today announced the launch of the FUJINON XF55-200mm F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS, the first XF telephoto zoom lens for the X-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera System for the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1. The all new XF55mm-200mm gives photographers a fast aperture across the entire zoom range and outstanding image stabilization for sharp, high resolution images.

“We know that adding this newly designed, advanced telephoto zoom lens to our XF lens line-up will allow photographers who are using our premium X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras to gain even more shooting flexibility, and also have cutting edge optical technology at their fingertips that enhances the way they capture images,” said Go Miyazaki, president and chief operating officer, FUJIFILM North America Corporation.

Features :

  • An advanced optical design to cover the mid-telephoto (83mm) to telephoto (300mm)
  • Image stabilization for shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower
  • Two linear motors for high-speed AF and quiet operation
  • Two ED lens elements and one Super ED lens element for increased performance and effective control against chromatic aberrations
  • FUJINON’s proprietary HT-EBC coating on the entire lens surface to effectively prevent reflections, and control flare and ghosting
  • Minimum focal distance of 1.1m across the entire zoom range to enable telephoto close-ups
  • A 1/3EV step aperture ring for users to easily adjust the aperture while holding the camera up to their eye
  • High quality, metal construction focus ring and aperture ring

Cost of this new zoom is $699.95.



Just a Few Spots Left : M Monochrome Leica Akademie

Many of the world’s most memorable images were shot in black and white, and as any experienced black-and-white shooter can attest, there is still something unique, compelling, and beautiful about this traditional medium.

This one-of-a-kind workshop will let you explore this fascinating monochromatic world using the unique M Monochrom camera. This program combines a class lecture with real world shooting experience. Under the guidance of a seasoned Leica Akademie instructor you’ll gain a more profound understanding of the nuance of the M Monochrom and its ability to capture light, texture, contrast, and tonal gradation.  This workshop will focus on capturing images and getting the most out of the unique sensor used in the M Monochrom.

Topics covered include:
• Pros and Cons of shooting M Monochrom vs. M9 and converting.
• Test Shoot with the M Monochrom.
• Maximizing capture from the M Monochrom, resolution and tonal range.
• What makes a good B&W image?
• Developing a new way of seeing.


Who should attend this Workshop?
If you’ve always wanted to discover the amazing world of light and shadow and all the grays in between and walk away with a clear understanding of the M Monochrom, this is the workshop for you.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hotel Zoso

150 South Indian Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, California 92262

Cost is $249 and participants will receive a $150 voucher that can be used toward the purchase of a brand new serial numbered Leica M product.

Contact us here at Camera West for more info.

760-992-5422 (Rancho Mirage store)

925-935-1424 (Walnut Creek store)

Lightroom 5 Beta Release

Great news from Adobe with this new Lightroom 5 Beta release.

With this release, the folks at Adobe have added some highly-desired features that allow photographers to quickly process and enhance their images. They’ve added more robust healing options, the ability to create off-center vignettes, and a one-click auto perspective correction tool. Also added is the ability to edit photos when not connected to your original images.

Each of these improvements is a result of feedback provided by the Lightroom community.

Download the Lightroom 5 Beta Release Here

New Firmware Upgrade for the Canon 6D

Firmware Version 1.1.3 fixes a phenomenon in which the Date/Time/Zone settings screen appears on the LCD display, after the user has already configured these settings. The values for the Date/Time settings may reset if the backup functions which retain those values do not perform properly.
Canon recommends that even if the camera does not exhibit this phenomenon currently, it may in the future so a firmware upgrade is advised.


Download here.