Canon Firmware Updates for the EOS 1D

Canon has released firmware updates for the EOS 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark IV.

The firmware updates incorporate the following fixes:

Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual, causing premature battery drain.
Resolves a phenomenon in which “Err 70″ may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.
You can download the updates from Canon’s website at the following links for the respective cameras.

EOS 1D Mark III 

EOS 1D S Mark III

EOS 1D Mark IV

Seeing Buddha

By David Butow

From Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, to Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Japan, the United States and other countries, “Seeing Buddha” takes the viewer on a photographic exploration of Buddhism as practiced by various cultures.

Using various cameras, formats and techniques, Camera West customer David Butow’s photographs made throughout 2012 reflects his vision of the 2500-year-old religion in rituals, architecture and design.

Photo by David Butow

Check out David’s quiet, inspiring images on his website and learn more about David and his project in this piece in the New York Times Lens blog.

San Rafael Twilights Photo Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined me Saturday evening to photograph the San Rafael Twilights bicycle race in downtown San Rafael. I hope you all had a good time, and learned something new in the process.

We had a good group of shooters and ample opportunity for action photos as the peloton sped around the 1 mile downtown race course multiple times at speeds up to 45 mph.

For those of you who missed out on this photo walk, we will hold it again next year. To keep up to date on the all the photo walks and events Camera West offers, check out the Events link on our website. Sign up early as they all fill up.

As evening sets, the peloton races down a small hill in front of the Mission San Raphael Church.

Some of the Camera West photo walkers waiting for the peloton

George shares his images with Amanda during a break in the action.

We practiced a favorite technique of mine for shooting action sports called panning. Using a slow shutter speed and trying to follow the movement.

As darkness fell, shooting became more of a challenge. Here I used a slow shutter speed on a stationary camera to expose the church, while firing a flash on rear curtain sync.

Firmware Updates and News from Fujifilm

Fujifilm recently announced X-Series camera firmware updates giving the X-Pro1 and X-E1 improved auto focus performance along with other improvements including a “Focus Peak Highlight” function, as featured on the FUJIFILM X100S and X20 cameras. It assists in accurate and sensitive manual focusing by enhancing the outline of your subject in high contrast.. The firmware updates are available for most of the existing XF lenses. The updates can be accessed on the Fujifilm support website.

Fujifilm has also updated their lens roadmap (click on photo above) showing current and planned lenses for the X-Series mirrorless system. To go with the X-M1, Fujifilm announced the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom, the first lens in a new, more affordable, “compact and casual” XC lens line. The new lens roadmap includes the XC 16-50mm zoom, an upcoming XC 50-230mm telephoto zoom and the new Touit prime lenses from Zeiss. Also in the works are an XF 23mm f/1.4, XF 56mm f/1.2, XF 10-24mm f/4 OIS zoom, and a Zeiss 50mm f/2.8.

New Leica D-Lux 6 “Edition G-STAR RAW”

Leica Camera proudly presents the Leica D-Lux 6 “Edition G-STAR RAW”, a special edition created in collaboration with G-STAR RAW, an innovative fashion brand, popular worldwide. This is Leica’s first D-LUX edition designed by a fashion brand.

G-STAR RAW, a Dutch designer label known for urban clothing, specializing in raw, unwashed and untreated denim approached the design concept for this limited edition based on their slogan, “Just the product”. G-STAR RAW has a straight design philosophy where the product is always the focus of the communication and maintains its authenticity. This allows the product to stand out in a crowd. Innovative while remaining authentic, an approach which led to the Leica and G-STAR RAW collaboration. The D-Lux 6 “Edition G-STAR RAW” has painted surfaces in the typical G-Star grey, a nice handmade cladding for a better grip and one-of-a-kind accessories, the dedicated leather case, a carrying strap and a wrist strap complete the set.

The Leica D-Lux 6 “Edition G-STAR RAW” offers outstanding quality and reliability synonymous with Leica and can be yours for $1190.00. In stock at Camera West.