Manny Crisostomo and the Festival of Pacific Arts Guam 2016

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Manny Crisostomo has been selected as a Guam Delegate and Documentary Photographer for The Festival of Pacific Arts Guam 2016. The Festival of Pacific Arts (FESTPAC) is a traveling festival hosted every four years by a different country in Oceania. It was conceived as a means to stem the erosion of traditional cultural practices by sharing and exchanging culture at each festival. The major theme of the festival hosted by Guam this year is “What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the PACIFIC.”

A delegation of 2,500 performers, artists, and cultural practitioners are in attendance, in addition to thousands of visitors from Asia and festival followers who see to it that they are part of the festival every four years.

The 27 Pacific Island Countries and Territories expected at the festival are: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Guam (2016 Host), Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.

Camera West Walnut Creek and Leica USA and have teamed up to sponsor Manny and you may view Manny’s engaging images on his website  Thank you, Manny, for sharing your adventure with us!

Novoflex Announces Adapter For Canon EOS Lenses On The Leica SL

Today Novoflex announced an adapter to mount Canon EOS lenses on the Leica SL with full electronic control as well as transmission of lens metadata. Now a range of Canon lenses can be used on the SL body, notably tilt shift type lenses.

Being manually focused, tilt shift lenses present a special challenge for focus screens designed to work best in auto focus modes. The Leica SL sports an incredibly sharp, clear viewfinder that can be zoomed in to fine tune focus, making it an amazing tool for people interested in perspective correction. Similar benefits can also be had with super fast lenses like Canon’s 85mm f1.2 L lens, where critical focus can be tricky even with autofocus.

Please come by our Walnut Creek location and test drive the SL, or call in to get your adaptor on order.

Guest Blog: Two and a Half Years, 13 Countries, 1 Camera: The Leica M Review by Sebastiaan de With

It was early in 2014, long enough after the introduction of the Leica M (also known as the ‘Typ 240’, or ‘M10’) when I finally bit the bullet and decided to sell my trusty Leica M-E for this newest, rather different digital rangefinder camera from the German niche camera maker.


I always vowed I’d write a thorough review on it, much like I’d done for the Bessaflex TM. I do always feel, however, that a truly great review puts a product through its paces. It frustrates me when a journalist only gets to use a product for a short amount of time to deliver a rushed impression to an inquisitive reader. I didn’t want to be that guy. So, I ditched a few drafts in the last two and a half years.

Until now

To read from our guest blogger Sebastiaan de With check out the link below.

Two and a half years, 13 countries, 1 camera: The Leica M Review

Sebastiaan’s personal website can be found here and his Instagram page is . The website for the review and his ongoing project of world travel by motorcycle is Ride Earth -

Thank you Sebastiaan for the in-depth review of the Leica M.

2016 Point Reyes National Seashore Workshop

Join Camera West and regional fine art photographer Michael Phaling, as they lead four days of hands-on instruction at Point Reyes National Sea Shore. Explore the area’s many features and focus on photographing the landscape in black and white, capturing subjects using light, texture, and form. 

Attendees will relax in local restaurants after days filled with instruction, assignments, editing sessions, and critique/review. Accommodations on Tomales Bay in Inverness provide ample opportunity to leave everyday life behind while immersing oneself in the learning process. 

Photographers of all skill levels will have a great time during the workshop. All attendees should be familiar the functions of their camera, including manual control of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. 

For more information and registration please contact Camera West Walnut Creek at 925-935-1424

Updated firmware for Leica M/M-P Type 240, Leica M Typ 262, and Monochrom Typ 245

Leica has updated firmware for the Leica M/M-P Type 240, Leica M Typ 262, and Monochrom Typ 245. The new updates have major improvement and bug fixes.

To update the firmware of your camera, please following these instructions:

  1. Insert a fully charged battery into your M camera.
  2. Insert an SD memory card into your M camera that you can erase.
  3. Format the SD memory card in the camera (this will erase all photos and videos on the card!).
  4. Turn off the camera and remove the SD card.
  5. Insert the SD memory card into a card reader on your computer.
  6. Download the firmware for your camera model using the links above.
  7. Copy that firmware file (do not try to open it) onto the SD memory card. You don’t want to put it inside any of the folders on the card, but on the card’s “root directory.” You can drag the firmware file directly onto the SD card icon on your desktop.
  8. Eject the SD memory card properly from your computer.
  9. Insert the SD memory card into your camera (with the camera still turned off).
  10. Hold down the INFO button on the back of the camera, and then turn the camera on (while holding down the INFO button).
  11. The firmware update process will begin. It can take between 2-5 minutes. Do not touch any buttons on the camera or turn it off during this process.
  12. When the update is done, a message will indicate as such and you are ready to shoot!
  13. Below are the following direct firmware downloads from Leica’s site for each camera listed.