Paul Kitagaki Jr. – On assignment in Rio

Paul Kitagaki Jr. has been a senior photographer at The Sacramento Bee since 2003. During his career as a photojournalist and documentary photographer, he has covered local, national and international events from Vietnam to Iraq and six Olympic Games.

Throughout his career, Kitagaki has garnered numerous awards, including sharing in the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake while at the San Jose Mercury News in 1990.

He is associated with the news photo agency ZUMA Press in San Clemente, California and Corbis Images.

Paul’s work on the Japanese Internment camps has been on exhibit since April 2012 at the Tanforan BART Station, former site of the Japanese Assembly center during World War II. A Pain That Persists: Japanese Americans scarred by WWII internments Paul was recently featured on PBS American Masters speaking about his Tanforan exhibit.


Paul is currently in Rio in conjunction with Zuma Press and Corbis Images for the summer Olympic games. Camera West is honored to feature his exclusive photos over the course of the next two weeks.

Thank you, Paul! Check back in to the blog this week for more images out of Rio.

Leica SL 24-hour Test Drive

Thinking of checking out the Leica SL? Experience the power and performance of the Leica SL system by test driving the Leica SL (Typ 601) and 24-90mm Vairo-Emarit-L lens. We are excited to offer this limited time offer to our customers and hope that you take advantage of this. The test drive is limited to a 24-hour time period. This offer is going on now until September 30, 2016. 

For more information contact Camera West Walnut Creek at 925-935-1424 or Camera West Rancho Mirage at 760-992-5422.

Tamron and Adobe Collaboration!

Tamron and Adobe are collaborating on a fantastic deal for customers. On selected lenses, customers will receive a 20% discount off Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. This deal includes Lightroom and Photoshop!

Qualifying lenses include:

  • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016)
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012)
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009)
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 VC USD (Model F004)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 VC USD (Model F017)

Thank you Robert Holmes

A very special thank you, to award winning photographer, Robert Holmes and everyone who came out last Thursday to hear his lecture. It was a pleasure to have Bob talk about his travels for National Geographic. We look forward to having Bob return soon for a photo walk. Stay tuned to our blog for more information.

To check out Robert’s photos and more information: http://www.robertholmesphotography.com/

Introducing: Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm

Leica Camera expands its lens portfolio with the introduction of the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH, silver anodized finish. The APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH is an ultra high-performance lens, considered to be the reference lens among standard focal lengths, with exceptional imaging performance and sharpness that captures and resolves amazingly fine details.

The combination of its groundbreaking design, choice of materials and elaborate manufacturing make the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH a popular lens among customers demanding the highest levels of image quality Leica is known for.

The technical features of this lens are identical to the black version which was introduced in May 2012. The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH, silver anodized finish will be available for pre-orders now. If you are interested in pre-ordering, please stop by or call Camera West Walnut Creek at 925-935-1424 or Rancho Mirage at 760-992-5422.