Thank you, Geir Jordahl

Thank you to Geir Jordahl and everyone who came out for his exhibition opening last Thursday evening. We hope you enjoyed his chat about his work Searching for True North is a selection of images from 30 years of Jordahl’s photographic work.

His work will be on display for the next few months. His book Searching for True North is available for purchase at our Walnut Creek store.

To check out Jordahl’s body of work:

Camera Obedience School with Gary Faye


Please join us at Camera West for a beginning photographer seminar devoted to bringing a clear understanding of the digital cameras many options including menus, modes, lens choices, f stops, iso, histograms, and assorted intimidating buttons. Each topic is illustrated with pictures resulting in understanding craft and moving toward pictures under your control. We will finish with a more tame camera. We will also look at editing software. Remembered… many historical photographs were made with no menus, one lever, and one button.

This casual presentation is especially appropriate for beginning photographers. There will be time for open conversation, questions, and refreshments. Please RSVP early as each monthly session is limited to 12 participants.

Next Session Thursday. October 27th 6:30-8:30 P.M.
Cost: $50 per person
Location: Camera West Rancho Mirage, 70-177 Hwy 111 Suite 100, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


New! Peak Design Bags and accessories

The long awaited Peak Design bags are officially here! We are also carrying several styles of straps as well. The Everyday Messenger bag comes in two different sizes, the 13 and 15 as well as colors, heritage tan and charcoal. We also have the smaller The Field Pouch available, perfect for accessory storage.

  • The Everyday Messenger 15 exterior dimensions are 43cm (17″) x 30cm (12″) x 18cm (7″) and weighs 2.5lbs.
  • The Everyday Messenger 13 exterior dimentions are 38cm (15″) x 27cm (11″) x 12cm (5″) and weighs in at 2.2lbs.
  • The Field Pouch is 10.25 in (26 cm) x 5.4 in (14 cm) x .5 in (1 cm) and is 5.5 oz.

We are carrying various Peak Design straps as well. If you are interested in any of these items, please stop by or call us at the Walnut Creek store at (925) 935-1424 or Rancho Mirage at (760) 992-5422.

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.