New from Leica : a Mini M

Leica is teasing us with a new Leica they are calling the Mini M. On their website they show a photo of a black box with the red Leica logo and a question mark.

Leica says it’ll be unveiling “the new Leica family member” on June 11, 2013. If you want to be the first to know about the camera, you can sign up for Leica’s newsletter on the Leica Mini M product page.

Another teaser photo from Leica shows a lineup of Leica digital cameras in order from most “pro” to most portable. In between the M and the X2 is a mysterious black box with the label “? MINI M.”

We anxiously await for June 11th!

New Look to Flickr

Big changes to Flickr today. A new look and increased storage space – a terabyte to be exact . Users can now upload as many photos and videos as they’d like to their 1TB of storage, including photos of up to 200MB and videos of up to 1GB (and 3 minutes in length). Photographs can be stored at full resolution and in their original quality.

If you’re a Flickr user, check out the new design of your page. You can even choose a  customized banner photo. If you’re not a Flickr user, check out our Camera West Flickr site and see how we look.

June Photo Walk : Night Photography at Blackhawk Plaza

Join Michael on this photo walk to Blackhawk Plaza, the East Bay’s premier shopping and dining destination…and also a great shooting location. This plaza features an aquatic landscaped courtyard full of reflecting pools, waterfalls and whimsical sculptures, making it a fun photographer’s playground which will certainly challenge your creativity.

We will start at dusk and learn how to make waterfalls and moving water look silky smooth. You will learn how shutter speed, aperture and ISO are all related and how to use all three effectively to improve your photos. Once it gets dark, we will continue to shoot under the lights of the courtyard, shooting long exposures with cameras on tripods. This photo walk is tailor made for the novice shooter – although photographers of all abilities are invited to attend.

This photo walk will be limited to no more than 12 photographers so be sure to sign up early before it fills.

Thursday, June 27 & Tuesday July 2

7:30 PM

Cost : $25.00

Please note that this photo walk has filled. Please contact Michael to be put on the wait list.

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.



New Zeiss Touit Lenses

Lens maker Carl Zeiss showed off two new prime lenses for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X mirrorless compact system cameras at a press event in New York City trecently. The 12mm f/2.8 and 32mm f/1.8 are the first models in a new line of autofocus CSC lenses that Zeiss has named after a small Brazilian parrot, the touit. Optimized to work with the Sony and Fuji APS-C-sensor-based CSCs, the two lenses offer fields of view that are roughly equivalent to those of 18mm and 49mm lenses on a 35mm or full-frame digital camera. Both optics feature the company’s T* antireflective coating.

Both new Touit lenses will be available by early June. The 12mm f/2.8 will carry a list price of $1,250, while the 32mm f/1.8 will sell for $900. Zeiss also plans to add a 50mm f/2.8 macro lens to the Touit line in late 2013.