Leica Expands SL Functionality With New Adapters

Recently, Leica introduced two new adapters to expand the functionality of their SL camera system. With this most recent audio and optical expansion, Video and studio shooters now have even more reason to consider the SL system.

The new S to T adapter enables the use of S System lenses on the SL body, allowing for a range of autofocus prime lenses to be used. Not only does the S line include some of the finest optics in the world, but several of the lenses feature a leaf shutter. Anyone experienced with the use of off camera flash will immediately recognize the importance of a nice high shutter sync speed in overcoming ambient light, which leaf shutters enable. The combination of a leaf shutter and amazing optics turns the SL into an incredible tool for balancing ambient light with flash.

For the video crowd, a combination microphone/headphone adapter is also available. This all-in-one adapter provides a microphone and headphone jack, eliminating the need for an external audio recorder or reliance on built-in microphones and enabling close monitoring of audio levels.

For more information or to place an order, please call into our Walnut Creek location.

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 http://manny.viewbook.com/.  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 www.dewith.com and his Instagram page is www.instagram.com/sdw . The website for the review and his ongoing project of world travel by motorcycle is Ride Earth - www.rideearth.net.

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