Camera West and Leica: Germany Factory Trip September 9-20th, 2017

Leica Travelers,

The following is the itinerary for our Germany Leica Factory Trip. The departure date is September 9th, you must arrive by the 10th at noon for pick up at the Frankfurt airport.

The trip includes as stated, everything except airfare, alcohol, lunches, and incidentals.

Hal’s Flight information:


United Flight #58 departs San Francisco (SFO) September 9th at 2:05p.m. It is a direct flight to Frankfurt (FRA) and arrives on September 10th at 9:55a.m.


United Flight #59 departs Frankfurt (FRA) on September 20th at 1:55p.m. and arrives in San Francisco (SFO) at 4:20p.m

You are not required to take these flights, just a suggestion from Hal.

The deadline to sign up is March 1, 2017

To sign up for this once in a lifetime trip please register:

Upon completion of registration and payment, please contact Hal at

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Event: An Evening with Robert Holmes on February 16, 2017

This event is now full. Thank you for your RSVP’s! 

Camera West Walnut Creek welcomes back National Geographic Travel photographer Robert Holmes Thursday, February 16 at 6:30-7:30p.m. He will be presenting his work and discussing the techniques that have made him one of the most prolific photojournalists over the last four decades.  He will discuss his recent travels to Cuba.

Please contact Camera West Walnut Creek at 925-935-1424 to RSVP or email

To check out more of Robert’s work, please visit his site:

New Sony Products: 85mm, 100mm, and Flash

We are now accepting pre-orders for Sony’s two new lenses for their popular line of E-mount interchangeable lens cameras. Sony’s new lenses include one of their flagship G Master Series – an FE 100mm F2.8mid- telephoto prime lens (model SEL100F28GM) with unbeatable bokeh with a unique STF™ (Smooth Trans Focus).

The new 85mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens offers an extremely versatile, lightweight and compact telephoto prime lens solution for a variety of Sony camera owners ranging from working professionals to emerging enthusiasts that have stepped up to full-frame or APS-C cameras for the first time.  With its wide F1.8 aperture, it can produce impressive, exceptionally sharp portraits with soft background defocus that take advantage of its 85mm focal length and wide F1.8 maximum aperture.

The new prime lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural-looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system to allow for fast, precise and quiet focusing.  It also has a focus hold button that can be customized and assigned together with functions in the camera body like the popular Eye AF feature.  There is a smooth, responsive focus ring and AF/MF switch as well, and the lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

Additionally, the new 100mm lens supports both contrast AF and focal-plane phase detection AF2, and has a high-precision, quiet direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Motor) system that ensures exceptionally fast and accurate AF performance.  The SEL100F28GM also offers up to 0.25x close-up capabilities with a built-in macro switching ring, built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, a customizable focus hold button, AF/MF switch, aperture ring and more.  It is dust and moisture resistant.
Sony’s new HVL-F45RM flash enhances the radio-controlled lighting system capabilities of their growing system, offering a compact professional shooting solution when combined with the currently available wireless remote controller FA-WRC1M and receiver FA-WRR1. The new flash, which is designed to complement the compact bodies of Sony’s E-mount camera line-up including full-frame α7 models.
If you are interested in pre-ordering these items, please stop by or call Camera West Walnut Creek at (925)935-1424 or Rancho Mirage at (760) 992-5422.

New PhaseOne XF Power Supply

Attention all Phase One owners, there is a new XF Power Supply! The XF Power Supply finally got the necessary approvals required for worldwide use (CCC, CB, GS, CE(EMC/LVD), cTUVus, RCM, PSE).

The XF Power Supply includes the standard four international outlet cables to ensure that it can be applied worldwide without any inconvenience.

If you would like more information call or stop by Camera West Walnut Creek at (925) 935-1424 or Racho Mirage at (760)992-5422.