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At Camera West, we do our very best for our customers and we enjoy the long lasting relationships we have.  Thank you.  A fine example of one such relationship is featured on our blog and linked below : A 35 Year Leica Friendship.  


Also included in this newsletter are important Nikon and Adobe updates, new product announcements, and fun photography events.  If you are interested in attending our Joshua Tree event, we suggest that you call promptly! 


You can follow all of our events here: Upcoming Events   and our new and used equipment updates here: Equipment Updates.   Thank you for your continued support.





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The M Monochrom Leica Akademie

Leica Akademie 


Join us for a full day of black and white photography in Palm Springs, CA with the unique M Monochrom. 
Many of the world's most memorable images were shot in black and white, and as any experienced black-and-white shooter can attest, there is still something unique, compelling, and beautiful about this traditional medium. This one-of-a-kind workshop will let you explore this fascinating monochromatic world using the unique M Monochrom camera. This program combines a class lecture with real world shooting experience. Under the guidance of a seasoned Leica Akademie instructor you'll gain a more profound understanding of the nuance of the M Monochrom and its ability to capture light, texture, contrast, and tonal gradation.  This workshop will focus on capturing images and getting the most out of the unique sensor used in the M Monochrom.

Topics covered include:
  • Pros and Cons of shooting M Monochrom vs. M9 and converting.
  • Test Shoot with the M Monochrom.
  • Maximizing capture from the M Monochrom, resolution and tonal range.
  • What makes a good B&W image?
  • Developing a new way of seeing. 
Cost is $249 and participants will receive a $150 voucher that can be used toward the purchase of a brand new serial numbered Leica M product. 
Saturday, April 27, 2013  
9am to 6pm 
Palm Springs, CA
Contact us at Camera West in Rancho Mirage for more info and to sign up.


Last Chance to Sign Up!
Join professional nature photographer Jason Bradley and the staff of Camera West for a 3.5 day workshop photographing the stunning landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park. Learn how to produce beautiful images not only during the day, but also at night where you will learn all about proper exposure at night and the fine art of light painting. 

April 18 thru the 21st, 2013

Cost : $995.

Please contact Michael for more info and to sign up    
New! Camera West Photo Walk 
Shooting Lacrosse   
                                                                                                                           Photo by Michael Maloney 


Join Michael as we shoot America's first sport : lacrosse.

For this photo walk, we will visit the campus of Acalanes High School in Lafayette where we will have sideline access to shoot a girl's varsity game against Dougherty Valley.

Lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. A real challenge to photograph! Shooting soccer is easy compared to this sport! The athletes sprint up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, while making precision passes with the crosse. It's a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey, and one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States.

Michael will be on hand to help you set up your camera and give you valuable info to help you come up with some great action shots. What you learn in this photo walk, can be applied to any other action sport or just to capture images of your kids running through the park.

Although we will have sideline access, a long telephoto lens is highly recommended.

Tuesday, April 30th 
6:30 PM 
Cost : $25.00

Please contact Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek to sign up.   

New!  Leica  X2 à la Carte

                                                                                Photo by Michael Maloney 

We all aspire to own something in sync with our own personal taste, something unique, something that evokes that question - 'Where did you get that from?'

Leica has recognized this desire in many of us and has expanded its a la carte program. From vibrant and fashion forward to understated and discreet, Leica offers a selection of styling options for the Leica X2 compact camera.

In addition to black and silver, the X2 is now also available in an exclusive, titanium-colored, anodized finish. The color and texture of the camera's leather covering can also be selected to further personalize your X2. This includes ten different leather trim options, with a diverse choice of colors. In addition, cameras can be personalised with engraving on the flash cover or the top plate. These options ensure that each Leica X2 à la carte model is absolutely unique.

The camera by the way, features an impressive APS-C format, professional CMOS image sensor with 16.5 megapixels. Combined with a Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, you have not only a stylish, colorful camera, but a high performance image maker.

Come see these unique image makers here at Camera West.

New!  World's Smallest DSLR
Canon SL1

Canon has just added a new camera to their EOS Rebel entry-level digital SLR line. The 18-megapixel Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is now the world's smallest DSLR. With easy to use touchscreen controls and full HD video, Canon says the SL1 is, "perfect for users looking for the ideal camera to bring sightseeing on vacation or to capture the everyday."

The SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera.

Key Features and Specs :

  • New 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 processing
  • New Hybrid CMOS AF II system with nine-point center cross-type auto focus array and expanded area in Live View
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-12,800, expandable to ISO 25,600 for stills; ISO 100-6400, expandable to ISO 12,800 for video
  • 4 FPS max burst speed
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD display
  • 1080p full HD video
  • Movie Servo AF continuous subject tracking
  • Manual exposure control in movie mode
  • Pop-up flash

$799.99 with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. 


New!  New Audio Devices from RØDE

Rode iXy, SmartLav and VideoMic 

The RØDE iXY is the ultimate recording microphone for iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch. With up to 24-bit/96k* recording and on-board high-fidelity A/D conversion, your iXY recordings are rich, smooth and accurate.

The smartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of film, television and broadcast scenarios, or wherever professional quality audio is required in a discreet, portable format without the complication and expense of additional wireless equipment. With the smartLav the user simply mounts the microphone on the talent, connects it to a smartphone or tablet headset jack and records via the RØDE Rec app for iOS, or any other audio app of their choice.

The RØDE VideoMic is a professional grade 1/2 inch condenser shotgun microphone designed for use with consumer video cameras and personal audio recorders. The integrated shock mounting system isolates the VideoMic capsule and electronics from its all-metal cold shoe mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone.

We will soon have in stock these exciting new audio devices from

New!  From FujiFilm

FinePix XP200
The rugged Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is an ultra-resilient waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof colorful compact Available with red, purple, yellow, green, blue and orange glossy finishes, this rugged camera packs a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with image stabilization, a 28-140mm lens, 3-inch, 920k-dot LCD, a 10-frames-per-second continuous shooting mode, 1080/60i video and built-in WiFi for pushing pics to a companion app. It's waterproof to 50 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10°C) and shockproof to 6.6-foot drops. The XP200 will ship in May, priced at $300.
FinePix S8400W
The FinePix S8400W has a 24-1,056mm, 44x zoom lens with a maximum aperture range of f/2.9 to f/6.5. There's also optical image stabilization and a Super Macro mode that lets you shoot subjects that are just 0.39 inch from the lens. There's a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, sensitivity through ISO 12,800, 1080/60i video capture, a 10 fps continuous shooting mode and WiFi. You can preview images on the 3-inch, 460k-dot LCD or the 201k-dot electronic viewfinder. Comes in black and ships in May for $350.



New!  Special Offer from Hasselblad


Recent Updates

Nikon has released firmware updates C:1.01 for the D600 and A:1.01 / B:1.02  for the D800 DSLR cameras.

The new D600 C:1.01 firmware update offers support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR and and other improvements and fixes including improved subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder. The frame output size has been changed from 95% to 100% when movie live view display is changed to "Information off" and an HDMI-compatible device is connected.  

The new D800 A:1.01 / B:1.02 firmware update offers support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR and other improvements and fixes including  improved subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder.

Nikon also released new firmware for the D4, D3S, D3X, D3, D7000 and D3200 DSLR cameras. All versions include support for the 800mm f/5.6 lens, the D4 and D3200 firmware contain several additional fixes.

Adobe has announced the release of Lightroom 4.4 and DNG converter 7.4 software updates. The updates add support for new lenses and over 20 new cameras, including the Nikon D7100 and Coolpix A, Sony Alpha SLT-A58, Fujifilm X100s and X20, Canon EOS Rebel T5i (700D) and SL1 (100D), and the new Leica M rangefinder. They've also improved RAW image conversions for Fujifilm X-Trans and EXR sensor cameras.

Photo by Michael Maloney

A 35 Year Leica Friendship
Hal Kam of Camera West in Walnut Creek presented long time customer Bruce Garner with the new Leica M Typ 240.

What makes this moment extra special is that Hal has known Bruce for over 35 years, selling him many, many Leicas over those years and in the process, the two have become great friends.

Read more about this special friendship and see more photos on our Camera West Blog.
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