Introducing the new digital rangefinder LEICA M-D (Typ 262)

Leica has officially launched its rangefinder, the M-D (Typ 262). All the traditional rangefinder qualities, but without an LCD display. Simple and intuitive control via the shutter speed and ISO dials, the only exposure controls on the camera body. An impressive 24 megapixel CMOS sensor and  ISO up to 6,400 will ensure excellent image quality. The top and bottom plate are brass with a classic Leica black paint finish. Made in Germany. 

The Leica M-D has nearly a silent shutter that is fantastic for street photography and enables a shutter release of two frames per second.  This is due to a shutter cocking system that is considerably quieter in single exposure mode than that of the M (Typ 240) and enables a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the M-D has the same sequential shooting speed as its sister model and shoots up to three frames per second.

We are now accepting pre-orders for May delivery. The price of the M-D body only is $5,995.00. Please stop by the store or call Walnut Creek (925) 935-1424 or Racho Mirage at (760) 992-5422.


Introducing the Nikon D500

Camera West is now accepting pre-orders for the new Nikon D500 body and kit! Some of the highlights of the new Nikon D500 include:

  • 20.9MP DX format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor
  • Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus sensor with 153/99 AF points
  • ISO range of 100-51,200 expandable to Lo 1 and Hi 5 (50 – 1,640,000 equivalent)
  • Share images instantly with built-in SnapBridge (Wi-Fi® + Bluetooth) capabilities
  • Shoot cinematic 4K UHD video
  • Dual card slots – XQD and SD media

The body will be priced at $1,999.95 and the body with the 16-80mm f2.8-4.0E is priced at $3,069.95 To place your pre-order call or stop by today. 

Last Minute Announcement: Lecture With Marco Breuer At Pier 24

Any of our readers local to the Bay Area should seriously consider visiting California College of The Arts this Thursday, April 21st at 7pm for a lecture by Marco Breuer, the inaugural Larry Sultan Photography Award recipient. His work has been shown widely across the United States and Europe, most recently at the De Young Museum and Minneapolis Institute Of Arts.

Marco Breuer

Breuer’s work eschews the use of traditional photographs, instead using photogrammic methods along with careful abrasion, folding, incising, drawing with light and heat, and other destructive methods of photo-sensitive media. His tool box has included sand paper, electronics, turntables, and famously a 12-gauge shotgun. The resulting work is a series of unique abstractions and explorations of the photographic method that pushes the materials’ physical limits into uncharted territory.

Seating is free and open to the public with no RSVP required. Just show up at Timken Lecture Hall at 1111 Eighth Street in San Francisco at 7pm on Thursday, April 21st for an amazing lecture by one of the most talented photographic artists currently working.

Introducing The New Zeiss 18mm Batis

Recently Zeiss announced the Batis 18mm f2.8 lens for Sony E-Mount. This is Zeiss’ widest E-Mount offering to date and gives Sony photographers an incredible perspective on the world with a 99° field of view, incredible edge-to-edge sharpness, splendid color rendition and the high level of build quality that Zeiss has always been known for. As a part of the Batis line, it features an OLED display distance scale, rubberized focus ring, dust and splash sealing and beautiful design. Optically, the classic Distagon formula has been updated for the shorter flange distance of Sony cameras and optimized for the cutting-edge sensors found in their newest cameras.

Check out the samples and technical information Zeiss has on their site or call our Walnut Creek location to order one today for delivery in May.

Sony Camera and Lens Firmware Updates

Sony has announced several lens firmware updates for the following cameras and lenses.

  • SEL2470GM
  • SEL85f14GM
  • SEL70200GM
  • SEL50F18F
  • SEL70300G
  • ILCE-5100
  • ILCE-6000
  • ILCE-7S
  • ILCE-7
  • ILCE-7M2
  • ILCE-7R
  • ILCE-7RM2
Note: ILCE-6300 and ILCE-73M2 do not requre an upate. 
What’s needed for Firmware Installation
1. 1.1x USB cable (micro)
2. Charged battery in the camera (80% or above is recommended.
3. PC with USB port.
4. The update takes about 15 minutes per camera for the firmware update.
Where to find Firmware Updates
1. Firmware updates are can be found here:
2. On the top left side of the page, click on Product Categories.
3. From the menu, click “Cameras, Photo & Video” and then click on “Alpha DSLR and NEX Cameras”.
4. A new web page will appear, “Alpha DSLR & NEX Product Support”. On the right side of this page, you will see a column that says “Get Model Specific Support”. Under #1, select type of support “Drivers & Software”. From there, use the drop down menu “Cameras- Alpha NEX & DSLR” select “ILCE” and select your model number.
5. Select your computer’s Operating System.
6. Click on “Firmware” listed at the lower part of the page.
7. Click download: Save it to a location on your computer where you will be able to find it again.
Firmware Installation Instructions
1. Make sure the camera has a charged battery.
2. Change the USB connection to “mass storage”.
4. Plug the USB into the camera and connect to the PC. 
5. Run the firmware. 
6. Follow the on-screen instructions. Never turn off the camera and the USB while updating. Also, do not let your computer go to sleep while updating your camera. This will brick your camera. Do not step away from your computer at this time. If necessary change your screen saver settings before all updates so it will not sleep. 
7. Confirm with the Firmware that installation was successful. Menu->, Step up ->, Version should be 3.10 as shown below.