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.

Hasselblad: Check-to-Spec Service Special

Hasselblad is offering a Check-to-Speck service special. Bring your camera, lens, viewfinder, digital or film magazine back to its original factory spec.

While Hasselblad cameras and accessories are built to the highest standards and use the finest materials available, regular service is an important maintenance precaution. Mechanical and electronic components can gradually drift out of tolerance through regular use affecting alignment, focus, shutter speed accuracy, and other vital functions.

The Hasselblad Check-to-Spec Special will ensure your camera system is functioning as well today as it did the first day you used it.

This service special includes diagnostic and functionality check of:

  • 1 H-System body or V-System camera body
  • 1 Hasselblad digital magazine or film magazine
  • 1 Lens
  • 1 Viewfinder
Checks and Services Performed
Camera Body (V System only)
  • Body length and alignment
  • Mirror alignment
  • Overall camera functionality
  • Inspect and clean exterior surfaces
For 503CX/CXi/CW Series
  • TLL/OTF meter (if applicable)
For EL Series cameras
  • Battery and motor function
Waist Level or Prism Viewfinder
  • For metered Prism Viewfinders: check for metering for unit accuracy
  • Inspect and clean exterior surfaces
  • Focus check on the Collimator
  • Shutter speed accuracy
  • Inspect and clean exterior surfaces
Roll Film Magazines
  • Film flatness
  • Frame spacing
  • Inspect and clean surfaces
Digital magazine services performed
  • Complete cosmetic inspection and functionality check
  • Firmware updates
  • Clean LCD display and protected glass areas
  • Check for dust, spots, and scratches on the IR Filter
Additional Services Available:
Note: These optional specials are only available at the time of Check-to-Spec service. 
  • Roll Film Magazine: Replace light trap and foils $82.50 per magazine.


A credit card is required before the Check-to-Spec service can begin. The $99.00 fee covers the inspection and evaluation of one of each of the following V System components: any 500, 200 or 900 series camera body; any Zeiss lens; any roll film magazine; any waist level or prism viewfinder or prism meter viewfinder. The $159.00 fee covers the inspection and evaluation of one of each of the following H System components: Any H Series camera body; any HC/HCD lens; H viewfinder; H film magazine or H digital magazine. Check-to-Spec is valid for complete system: body, lens, viewfinder and film/digital magazine. Additional V or H bodies lenses and magazines can be included under the Check-to-Spec special for an additional cost of $36.50 each. The above fees do not include applicable taxes and shipping charges, which will be added to the invoice. If during the course of the Check-to-Spec service, a problem is identified with one of the system components that is beyond the scope of this service inspection, a separate estimate will be provided for your review and approval. On repairs that are approved while the equipment is at Hasselblad Bron we will extend a 20% discount on the labor rate.
For more information, you may give Camera West Walnut Creek or Rancho Mirage a call directly at 925-935-1424 or 760-992-5422

Benro Introduces the KH Video Tripod Kits

Benro announced two new KH entry-level video tripod kits today as a replacement for their popular AD71FK5 model. Both KH kits are designed for more demanding, entry-level filmmakers and videographers – allowing for precise and smooth movements for panning and tilting.

Both the Benro KH25N Video Tripod Kit and the KH26NL Video Tripod Kit are ideal for compact digital video cameras, HDSLRs, and still cameras with long lenses weighing up to 11 lb (5 kg). These tripods feature an improved leg locking system as well as an improved fluid pan and fluid tilt head.

The KH25N and KH26NL are sturdy and lightweight. Both feature a 60mm bowl and head-mounted bubble level to ensure proper alignment for accurate camera placement and level planning. An interchangeable pan arm allows both right and left-handed use. The tripods feature twist-lock levers on the dual stage leg system allow you to make specific height adjustments rapidly and easily. A padded soft case is included with each kit at no extra cost.

The KH25N tripod extends from a minimum height of 28.9 in (73.4 cm) to a maximum height of 61.0 in (155 cm). The tripod can be folded to a length of 30.5 in (77.4 cm) making it easy to transport.The KH26NL tripod extends from a minimum height of 33.9 in (86.0 cm) to an impressive maximum height of 72.0 in (182 cm). The tripod can be folded to a length of 35.2 in (89.4 cm) making it easy to transport.

Kits include: KH25N or KH26NL tripod kit, QR11 sliding plate, BS07 pan arm, carrying case with strap and a 5-Year warranty.

The KH Video Tripods will replace the AD71FK5 model which is now discontinued. Please stop by or call us today to order!