Olympus E-M1 Mark II Demo Day at Camera West Rancho Mirage: March 8, 2017

This coming Wednesday, March 8 Camera West Rancho Mirage will be hosting an Olympus E-M1 Mark II demo day, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. There will be several “shooting stations” with macro setups, high-resolution imaging, Pro Capture and more.

We will have Olympus cameras and lenses on display for testing throughout the day. Ray Acevedo, the Olympus Tech Support rep will be on hand to answer any questions.

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

Fuji GFX Demo Day at Camera West Walnut Creek on Tuesday 2/21

Camera West Walnut Creek will be hosting a first-look demo of the Fuji GFX 50S medium format camera on, February, 21th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our Fuji Rep, Barney Tong will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about this.
Customers will have the opportunity to pre-order the GFX 50S and lenses, which will begin to ship at the end of the month. This is a free event, so stop on by!

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 hal@camerawest.com

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