Walnut Creek Open House Video

Thank you, to everyone, that came out last Friday for our Open House. Many thanks to all of our reps from Leica, Hasselblad, Fujifilm, Phase One, Peak Design and, Hoodman/Billingham that made a special trip out with all their latest gear.

Stay tuned to our blog and our Facebook page for upcoming special events.

 

Introducing Emily Kiyomi, Operations Manager Camera West Walnut Creek

We are happy to announce, that Camera West Walnut Creek has a new Operations Manager. She’s a familiar face around the store, starting with the company in June 2016. Congratulations Emily we are proud to have you on the team! Enhanced by light and shadow, irreplaceable moments are a gift to observe and a phenomenon to document. I chose to pursue photography because it enriches my life and gives me opportunities to see the world and meet individuals from all walks of life.

I discovered my love for photography at sixteen, when I became photography club president in my junior and senior years at Alameda High School.  This is where I discovered my love for teaching photography to others.   I majored in photography at Sacramento State University and later became president of SacState’s photography club on campus during my senior year.

Over the last decade, I’ve delved into learning more by assisting a variety of photographers, including corporate, commercial, fine art, wedding, and event photographers. I have formally studied photography, exploring both mediums of digital and film, specifically 4×5 large format film and drawing inspiration from the Modernist Photographers and Group f/64, all of which has enabled me to strengthen my skills in studio lighting, portraiture and street photography.   In the process of developing my appreciation of photography for its history, purpose and the power that visuals convey, I am reminded that photography is more than just a profession or an identity.  It is a vehicle that guides me to be the human being I want to be.

I appreciate being a part of Camera West because, the company, at its core, values human connection. It’s a place where customers can share their seasoned stories and for others, a place to come to begin their own creative journey. Photography has strengthened my ability to express this valuable human connection visually.  Being a member of Camera West has opened a door which allows me to help clients find the tools to explore their own photographic paths.

I love expanding my knowledge, teaching what I know and collaborating with my teams at Camera West Walnut Creek, Rancho Mirage, and Leica Store San Francisco to build and establish long-term relationships by creating the best experience for our new and dedicated customers.-Emily Kiyomi

Leica M trade up program!

This program is now extended until November 30! 

Celebrating a decade of digital M photography and Trade-up to a new M camera*

Leica Camera celebrates a decade of digital M photography with a trade up program to a new M camera* from today, June 17 2016, through September 30, 2015. Additionally, the customer will receive $750 from Leica Camera Inc. after the new camera is registered with Leica Camera Inc. Leica cameras are built on more than a century of continuous innovation and evolution. The M system looks back on 62 years of experience. An icon, that has captured many of the world’s most memorable images, documenting history and inspiring generations of visual storytellers. It is fitting that this milestone is marked with a customer promotion for M cameras*.

With the trade up program, customers can trade up from any camera at Camera West to a new Leica M camera* except the Leica M (Typ 262) and Leica M-D (Typ 262).

How the trade-in program works:

1. Customer brings his or her camera to Leica Store, boutique or dealer for trade up.

2. The dealer will determine the value of the trade-in camera. This value would be put towards the cost of the new M camera*.

3. A dealer’s sales invoice must show the following: SP of the M camera, an itemized line of the trade-in credit amount and serial number of the new M camera*. Additionally, the sales invoice must show the customer’s name, address, and telephone number.

4. The trade-in credit amount cannot be stated as a discount on the sales invoice.

5. Customer submits the attached form, copy of sales invoice and warranty card to Leica Camera Inc.

6. Once registration is complete, the customer will receive a check for US $750. All registrations and check requests will take eight weeks to process and will be mailed to addresses in Canada and USA.

This promotion is only valid for M cameras* imported by Leica Camera Inc. and it reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of this promotion. This promotion is only valid in Canada and USA.

* All Leica M cameras excluding the Leica M (Typ 262) & Leica M-D (Typ 262).

For any questions please stop by Camera West or give us a call.

 

Olympus News: OM-D E-M1 Mark II, PEN E-PL8, M.ZUIKO ED 12-100MM F4.0 and more!

Introducing the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, an advanced system of innovative technology and features designed to forever change your photography. Up to 18 frames per second sequential shooting with precision C-AF Tracking. 121 Cross-Type On-Chip Phase Detection AF points. Up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation with powerful in-body image stabilization. Plus a 50MP High-Res Shot Mode. It’s all enclosed in a magnesium alloy weatherproof body that weighs a mere 600 grams. Paired with the superior resolution of M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the E-M1 Mark II will deliver brilliant imagery that’s coveted by professionals everywhere. Stay tuned for an official release date.

 

When you see the Olympus PEN E-PL8, you can’t resist the urge to pick it up and hold it. With its sleek contemporary design, it looks more like a beautiful accessory and less like a traditional camera. Premium materials and finishes add to the luxurious appearance and feel. The compact PEN E-PL8 fits into a handbag and is ready anytime you need spectacular photos or videos – you’ll be an instant hit on your social newsfeeds. The flip touchscreen monitor provides easy operation, and the powerful in-camera creativity tools let you express your individual style. It doesn’t just take great pictures. It makes an impression. We are now accepting pre-orders for the PEN E-PL8. 

The M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO lens is in a class by itself. It’s the only professional high magnification zoom to cover a 35mm equivalent 24-200mm focal range all on its own. This Micro Four Thirds lens features premium construction and superior glass to provide spectacular optical performance. Capture images with razor sharpness thanks to 5-Axis Sync IS, the world’s most powerful image stabilization system. Every inch of this lens is PRO: weatherproof construction, fast auto focusing and effortless control. Its broad focal length lets you shoot portraits, wide-angle, landscapes, and macro. One lens. Unprecedented versatility.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f1.2 PRO is one of the most versatile high-performing prime lenses ever manufactured. With its superior optical design, you’ll take stunning portraits, richly-detailed landscape shots, and high-quality everyday photography. It’s an ideal lens for creating images with beautifully defocused backgrounds and bokeh. You’ll also find professional features like Olympus’ most advanced lens coating, lightning fast high-precision AF, and convenient controls to ensure every shot is an amazing shot.

Start shooting from a new perspective. With the M. Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro lens, you’ll have the imaging power to capture exquisite detail with exceptional clarity. Thanks to the best-in-class maximum magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent) both novice and pro photographers can easily capture the details of a delicate flower or the ornate metalwork on a piece of jewelry — anything that’s small— and create distinctive, impactful images. It’s compact to fit in your pocket and lightweight so you can travel anywhere. Best of all, the M.Zuiko 30mm Macro gives you the versatility to shoot portraits or even everyday snapshots. It’s the one lens that belongs in everyone’s camera bag.

The high-intensity FL-900R boasts a guide number of 58 meters (at ISO 100) and covers a wide range of focal lengths with an electronic zoom head. A built-in wide panel enables you to use wider focal length lenses and have perfect coverage, and a catchlight panel illuminates your portrait subjects’ eyes effortlessly. This new flash will be shipping next month, to pre-order give us a call.

We are now accepting pre-orders for all of these new fantastic Olympus products. Please stop by or call us at the Walnut Creek store at (925) 935-1424 or Rancho Mirage at (760) 992-5422.