Paul Kitagaki- On Assignment Rio

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 of the summer games. Thank you, Paul for sharing your photos and Olympic experience with us.

Kohei Uchimura (Japan) competes on the rings on his way to a gold medal in the Men’s All-Around Finals at Rio Olympics Arena during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics games.

Kohei Uchimura (Japan) competes on the high bars on his way to a gold medal in the Men’All-Around Finals at Rio Olympics Arena.

Michael Phelps (USA) swims the Men’s 200m Individual Medley semifinals at Olympics Aquatics Stadium.

Allison Schmitt, Maya Dirado,  Leah Smith,  congratulate Katie Ledecky (USA) as they win the gold medal in Women’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay.

EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Sony

Hi-Sync is the exclusive Elinchrom technology that goes beyond the X-Sync of your Sony camera. With this technology, you can now sync your camera with many EL-Skyport compatible Elinchrom units up to 1/8000s shutter speed. Consumers will be able to freeze action, darken backgrounds, overpower the sun, and achieve shallow depth-of-field without having the threat of over exposure.

Optimal Exposure at High Shutter Speeds
The new OverDrive Sync (ODS) feature enables users to fine tune the Skyport Plus HS Transmitter’s signal to optimize exposure at high shutter speeds while gaining up to 2 more stops of light. In addition to this, Elinchrom’s most advanced Skyport transmitter encompasses a large LCD display, features two-way control that lets you see the exact power of every light in your setup right on the transmitter. Users can control each light’s power level and modeling lamp setting directly from the transmitter, which instantly shows the updated power settings.

Visual Interface

Boasting a range of up to 656 ft (200 m) outdoors, and up to 196 ft (60 m) indoors, the new Skyport HS features a large back-lit LCD that will glow green or red for the sync mode it is set to. The easy-to-use navigation menu also makes this revolutionary transmitter intuitive and informative, which will be certain to speed up studio and on-location lighting workflows. The EL-Skyport HS Transmitter has a total of 20 frequency channels that can be organized into 4 groups in either Normal or Speed Sync mode and includes an integrated AF Illuminator for faster focusing in low light situations. Powered by two AA Batteries, the transmitter attaches easily and securely to a camera’s hot shoe via the one-touch quick-lock mechanism and is firmware updatable via its integrated mini-USB port.

Features
• Hi-Sync Technology: Enables synchronization beyond the normal X-Sync of your DSLR, up to a 1/8000s.
• ODS (OverDrive Sync): Fine tune Hi-Sync for optimized exposure at high shutter speeds. Optimize in 0.1ms increments from 0.1ms to 5.0ms.
• Visual Control: Enables control of your lighting setup of up to 10 Elinchrom units.
• Large LCD Display: With unique, real-time display of remote flash power settings, allows easy navigation of functions, frequency channels, and head settings.
• Secure Hotshoe: High build quality with sure-lock mounting foot.
• Improved Range: Up to 656 ft (200 m) outdoors and 196 ft (60 m) indoors.
• Full EL Compatibility: Hi-Sync and setting control available on all Elinchrom heads with EL-Skyport capability.
• Two Shooting Modes: “Normal” or “Speed”, with each mode.

Indicated by a different screen color:
• Two Sync Modes: “Standard” and “Hi-Sync”.
• 20 Channels & 4 Groups: Available in both Normal mode and
Speed mode (40 channels combined).
• AF Illuminator
• Firmware Updates: Via USB port to ensure compatibility with future cameras.

We are now accepting pre-orders. For more information, stop by or call the Walnut Creek store at 925-935-1424 or Rancho Mirage 760-992-5422.

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.