New Firmware for the Leica SL Typ 601

Leica has announced a firmware update for its new SL (Typ 601) mirrorless camera. Firmware v1.2 improves low ISO performance, the quality of the image on the electronic viewfinder, and makes the process of entering Wi-FI passwords easier. It also adds an image magnification tool for use with Leica M and R lenses, which is activated by the AE Lock button.

The update is now available for download or can be installed for you at Camera West.

George Hurrell’s Jean Harlow Print

Photo of Jean Harlow by George Hurrell

A big thank you to Camera West customer Peter DaSilva. When Peter learned that our current Camera West Walnut Creek Gallery was going to feature the work of famed Hollywood stars photographer George Hurrell, he happened to mention that he has an original Hurrell of Jean Harlow, taken in 1934. This beautiful 16 1/8 x 20 inches gelatin silver print is #100 of 250 limited prints and now proudly displayed at our gallery in Walnut Creek.

Stop by to check it out along with the other Hurrell’s, including photos by Irving Penn, Tom Chambers, Nando Esparza, Michelle Magdalena and Melvin Sokolsky.

Peter DaSilva is an independent photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been photographing local and regional events, along with prominent people throughout the West Coast for more than two decades. He has worked for the Associated Press, as staff photographer for the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle and currently shoots for the New York Times. Peter has been published in periodicals from around the world, including the Los Angeles Times, Business Week, International Herald Tribune, News Week, the Chicago Tribune, NYT Up Front, Der Spiegel as well as the Washington Post.

New Camera West Walnut Creek Gallery Opening

Camera West in Walnut Creek is pleased to announce our new gallery featuring the Hollywood glamor portraits of George Hurrell and fashion work prints of Irving Penn, along with work by Tom Chambers, Nando Esparza, Michelle Magdalena and Melvin Sokolsky.

These mostly black & white and not-to-be missed photos are generously on loan to us from Willem Photographic, a photo gallery located in Monterey and owned by Brooke Gabrielsson.

Clark Gable, Tyronne Power & Loretta Young by George Hurrell

Leica in the Landscape 2016

Under the tutelage of western landscape photographer Michael Phaling and Leica Akademie instructor Tom Brichta, Leica Akademie has scheduled a series of 4 California workshops covering some of California’s most beautiful and rugged landscapes.

Photographers of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Learn along with experienced landscape photographers that will work to inspire you and your creativity. Learn what it takes to produce your best work and enjoy the demands of photographing the landscape.

In 2017, a traveling exhibit of the participants work will go on display at the Leica Store SF, Leica Store LA, and Camera West in Walnut Creek and Rancho Mirage.

Sign up for any or all of the workshops listed below.


New Firmware for the Nikon D4S and D750

Nikon has released firmware updates for its D750 and D4S DSLRs, providing both with a new external recording control option for use with external recorders using Atomos Open Protocol. Also, the D750′s firmware version 1.10 introduces ‘optimal vibration reduction’ with vibration reduction lenses.

Additional firmware updates for both cameras relate to bug fixes in movie live view, and the D750′s update addresses some minor problems with HDR mode and in-camera Raw processing among other things.