New Super Telephoto from Olympus

Olympus has announced the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO, a compact supertelephoto lens that expands the capability of the M.ZUIKO PRO series of professional, splashproof and dustproof lenses and delivers outstanding image quality under any circumstance.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO is the first Olympus interchangeable lens with a built-in image stabilization mechanism, and when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 or E-M5 Mark II, in-body and in-lens image stabilization work in perfect harmony, resulting in the new 5-Axis Sync IS technology to produce the world’s most powerful image stabilization performance of up to six stops of compensation.

With a length of 8.9 inches and weight of a mere 2.8 pounds it is one third of the size and weight of most DSLR 600mm equivalents. Despite its compact size, the lens is hermetically sealed in 17 places and features freezeproof performance down to 14⁰ F. Together with the same splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof performance as the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II, this ensures you can capture high-quality images in the harshest environments.

The lens is available now for around $2500.

New DX DSLR from Nikon, the D500

Nikon has just unveiled the new D500, part of its Nikon DX series of APS-C digital cameras, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today. The camera blends some of the power of the newly announced pro-grade flagship D5, with the same auto-focus system and Expeed 5 processor, but with the ease-of-use and accessibility of the more entry-level, lighter Nikon D5500.

Features :

  • 20.9MP DX sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • Continuous shooting at 10 fps with a 200 shot buffer for raw images
  • 4K video recording at up to 30fps
  • 153-Point AF System
  • Flip up/down 3.2″ touchscreen LCD
  • Illuminated buttons for low-light shooting

$1,999.95 for body only. $3,069.65 with the kit lens, a AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR.

Free Profoto Flash Demo

Learn all about off-camera flash with the Profoto system at Camera West in Walnut Creek. We will provide the models, gear and teachers to make the experience both informative and fun. This will be your opportunity for a hands-on demonstration with both the B1 and B2 off-camera flash system and light shaping tools.

Off-camera flashes are not speedlights and they are not monolights. They are a new kind of flash, combining the best of both worlds. Profoto’s off-camera flashes are distinguished by their revolutionizing TTL technology, cordless convenience and powerful light. Put together, these features to bring you a whole new way of shooting.

Camera West Walnut Creek
January 14, 2016
6:30 – 9:00 PM

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Camera Obedience School with Gary Faye

Please join us at Camera West Rancho Mirage for a beginning photographer seminar dedicated to bringing a clear understanding of the digital cameras many options including menus, modes, lens choices, f stops, iso, histograms and assorted buttons that some avoid like a plague. Each topic is illustrated with pictures resulting in understanding craft and moving toward the pictures you intend. We will finish with a tamer camera. You will also be introduced to editing software. Remember, many important photographs in history were made with no menus 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.

Thursday, January 7th, 6:30-8:30 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

Please call or email Camera West Rancho Mirage for more info or to sign up.


Leica Firmware Available for the Q Typ 116

Leica Camera has released firmware update version 1.1 for the Q Typ 116 camera,improving the image quality in lower ISO settings along with a few bug fixes.

Bug Fixes:

  • Exposure has been corrected in digiscoping mode after switching off and on again.
  • Improvement of the Live View in monochrome mode in combination with AF tracking. After installation of the new firmware the Live View now shows a monochrome image. For proper focusing the camera switches to color when pressing the shutter button half way.