Nearly as exciting
as fireworks on Independence Day is
potentially game-changing, on-chip phase detection AF
new 70D. This
technology has been used on other cameras prior to the
the Nikon 1 system for example) yet many of
us are unaware of it despite its "wow factor".
think it would be a shame if Canon's new and improved
version of this technology were to go under-appreciated,
so here is a brief
70D's AF system employs a "Dual Pixel CMOS AF'' design.
Each pixel is actually two separate photo diodes
and the system works on 80% percent of the sensor's area
- This is a tremendous improvement to prior sensors of
this type. Phase AF is possible in 0 EV situations
and stopped down to f11! What does this mean to
us in practical terms? Canon promises faster
focusing in still mode and the fastest,
most accurate live view AF to date. It
could very well change the way we use our D-SLR systems
buy, sell and trade fine photographic equipment daily.
equipment inventory updates can be found
here: Equipment Updates.
Thank you for your continued
Canon EOS 70D
Canon has unveiled the 20.2 Megapixel EOS 70D APS-C format DSLR
- the first
ever camera to incorporate Canon's new Dual Pixel CMOS
AF technology, which offers stunningly fast autofocus
capabilities when using Live View and smooth focus
tracking when recording Full HD movies.
Other highlights of the EOS 70D include up to 7
frames per second (fps) shooting, a wide 19-point, all
cross-type, AF system and a Vari-angle Clear View II LCD
Touch screen that makes it easy to capture and review
images and movie footage in stunning
- 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with ISO 100 - 12,800
- 7 fps full resolution continuous shooting
- Swift and accurate focus in Live View and Full HD
movies with Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
- 19-point wide area, all cross-type AF points.
- DIGIC 5+ image processor - 14-bit processing for
high quality images.
- Large 3" capacitive touch panel Vari-angle Clear
View II LCD 1040k dot, 3:2 ratio.
- Intelligent viewfinder with 98% frame
- Full HD movies with external mic port, stereo
microphone, timecode, selectable frame rates, and a
range of compression options.
- Built-in WiFi capability for instant sharing and
- In-camera HDR mode, Multiple exposure
- iFCL metering system with 63-zone Dual-Layer
- Electronic level, exposure compensation +/- 5
- Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.
be available at the end of August for $1199. body only,
$1349 with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, and
$1549 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
D-Lux 6 "Edition G-STAR RAW"
Leica Camera proudly presents the Leica D-Lux 6 "Edition G-STAR RAW"
special edition created in collaboration with G-STAR
RAW, an innovative fashion brand, popular worldwide.
This is Leica's first D-LUX edition designed by a
G-STAR RAW, a Dutch designer label known for urban
clothing, specializing in raw, unwashed and untreated
denim approached the design concept for this limited
edition based on their slogan, "Just the product".
G-STAR RAW has a straight design philosophy where the
product is always the focus of the communication and
maintains its authenticity. This allows the product to
stand out in a crowd. Innovative while remaining
authentic, an approach which led to the Leica and G-STAR
RAW collaboration. The D-Lux 6 "Edition G-STAR RAW" has
painted surfaces in the typical G-Star grey, a nice
handmade cladding for a better grip and one-of-a-kind
accessories, the dedicated leather case, a carrying
strap and a wrist strap complete the set.
The Leica D-Lux 6 "Edition G-STAR RAW" offers
outstanding quality and reliability synonymous with
Leica and can be yours for
New! Fujifilm X-M1
FujiFilm has announced the X-M1
, a lightweight compact camera that
includes the same 16.3-megapixel sensor as both the
X-Pro1 and X-E1.
The X-M1 tips the scale at 11.6 ounces, including
the battery and memory card, but without a lens
attached. The kit lens is a new f/3.5-5.6 16-50mm
(24-76mm equivalent) lens with optical image
stabilization, and will be compatible with the existing
XF and XC lineup, including a variety of prime and zoom
options. There's a 3-inch 920k-dot tilting LCD (but no
EVF), a built-in flash, and on-board WiFi, letting you
transfer images and movies to Android and iOS devices
via a dedicated app.
The X-M1 will be
available next month with black and silver finishes for
$700, or $800 with the lens. A brown version (body only)
will also be available in August for
Fujifilm X-M1 specification highlights:
- 16MP X-Trans CMOS APS-C sensor, EXR Processor
- ISO 200-6400; L (100), H (12800) and H (ISO
- Up to 5.6 fps continuous shooting
- 1920 x 1080 FullHD movie recording at 30 fps;
built-in stereo microphones
- Twin control dials, top and rear
- Focus 'peaking' display
- Face detection and subject-tracking AF modes
- 920k dot 3" 3:2 LCD display - tilts 120° upwards
and 80° downwards
- Built-in Wi-Fi for image transfer to smartphone,
by Gary Copeland
Photo by Gary
join us for an evening with Leica shooter Gary Copeland. Gary
is a hard working professional photographer based in Los
Angeles, CA. You've probably already seen some of his
photos, as he has worked with iconic companies like
Oakley, Converse, and Arnette Sunglases, just to name a
also covers the contemporary music scene, often times
documenting events like the South by Southwest Music
Festival, among others. Many of his images, all with
Leicas are shot for various recording
companies. Lately however, Gary has turned to a
more personal project : documenting the backstage life
of his friends in the metal band Valient Thorr.
will share his photos with us and talk about how Leica
fits in so well with his style of shooting.
Saturday, July 27,
West in Walnut Creek
contact Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek to to
assure your spot.
Jason Bradley Seminar
On Printing Workflow
staff of Camera West in Walnut Creek and digital
photography expert Jason Bradley for a unique seminar.
Move beyond computer photo sharing, get off of Facebook
and Flickr and do what photographers are meant to do -
make prints. Topics include raw processing, developing
tips and techniques, color management, using ICC
profiles, choosing the right paper and how to make a
final print . During this seminar, you will get the
opportunity to make a print that you can frame and take
Friday and Saturday, August 23 & 24,
We must limit this to
just 14 participants so sign up soon!
or email Michael at Camera West Walnut Creek for more
info or to sign up.
Camera West Photo Walk
at the Oakland Zoo
August photo walk, we will visit the Oakland Zoo. No
need to fly to Africa to go on a photo safari! We go on
our own mini safari right here in the bay area. Michael
will lead us on a photo walk thru the Oakland Zoo where
we will photograph all kinds of interesting,
walk is ideal for the novice photographer, or for those
who want to brush up on their photography techniques.
With Michael's guidance, you'll get a chance to sharpen
your skills, get very comfortable with your equipment,
and work with a variety of composition, lighting and
outdoor conditions...all while enjoying the company of
some amazing animals.
want to prepare for an African safari or an Alaskan
adventure...or just photograph your pets, this photo
walk will give you the techniques and confidence to make
photos you'll be proud of.
Saturday, August 31
: $25.00 + Zoo admission
We must limit this to just 12
participants so sign up soon!
Call or email
Michael at Camera West Walnut Creek for more info or to
Sony Updates RX Series
Sony has introduced the new Cyber-shot RX1R
full-frame compact camera. The RX1R is identical to the
RX1, except it has no anti-aliasing filter for
even better resolution than the original RX1, with the
trade-off of increased moiré. Everything else remains
the same as before.
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II builds on the original
RX100 but makes a number of key changes, including an
updated sensor, the addition of wireless connectivity,
the ability to use more accessories, and a tilting LCD
The 1-inch-type CMOS sensor still comes
in at 20.2 megapixels, but with higher ISO capability
due to a new Exmor R sensor.
Also the new Multi
Interface Shoe on the RX100 II means that it is
compatible with a range of optional accessories
including an electronic viewfinder, external flashes and
a stereo microphone.
Other nice touches include
the addition of a step zoom function, allowing you to
quickly switch between popular focal lengths.
new Cyber-shot RX100 II and RX1R models will both be
available next month for about $750 and $2800
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Sigma USA has announced its 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art
lens for APS-C DSLRs - the world's first constant F1.8
zoom - will be available in July at a price of around
$799. The company has also said the lens will be
available for Pentax and Sony mounts, as well as the
Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts originally announced.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens for Nikon
- Aperture Range: f/1.8-16
- Fast Constant Maximum Aperture
- Designed for APS-C-Sized Sensors
- 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 27-52.5mm
- Hyper Sonic AF Motor
- Internal Focusing and Zoom Design
- One Aspherical Element and SLD Glass
- Super Multi-Layer
LED Light Panel
Here is an LED light that can do a lot more than
just fill-in light. The new DLC DV320C, with variable
light output and variable color temperature allows the
HDSLR and camcorder user to produce a maximum light
output equal to approximately 200 watts incandescent
light and adjust the color temperature to match the
ambient light's color temperature, all with a unit that
can be attached to the camera's shoe and powered by a
rechargeable battery . Two or more lights can also be
stacked together and can be operated directly from AC
outlet. In stock at Camera West for $279.
* 320 LEDs
* Adjustable light output - Full,
3/4, 1/2, & 1/4
* Adjustable color temperature -
2800°K to 6500°K
* Dimensions: 10" x 3.5" x 1.8"
* Accessory foot with tripod socket
shoe on top of unit
* Diffusion Filter included
Rechargeable Li-Ion Sony style NP-F750 battery
Charger for battery
* AC 110-240v Adapter with
* Ball head with locking foot
Quick Release from Manfrotto
Manfrotto has just announced the Top Lock Quick
Release, a new quick release system for their heads,
making them compatible with other arca style
Key Benefits and Features of Top Lock
Quick Release System :
- Easier to use with fail-safe support
- Top Lock's clamp element allows the camera to be
dropped in from above - easier than trying to align
and slide it in from the side. It has a safety pin
that stops the plate and camera from slipping out of
the head, even if the QR lock is inadvertently left
- Helps achieve straighter images and more accurate
- Three independent bubbles help level the camera
against all axes of rotation, ensuring the full frame
is usable and also reducing time spent in
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Made from light aluminum and stainless steel
offering weight savings without any performance
Soon to be available as a plate, an
adapter or in complete pro ball heads such as the
Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head, with Q6 Top Lock
has released firmware updates for their 1 J1, 1 V1, 1
J2, 1 V2, 1 J3 and 1 S1 cameras. These updates
offer support for the AF-C focus mode when the Mount
Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses. Also support for
the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring,
has been added.
has released a firmware update for the D7100. Firmware version C: 1.01 fixes the issue
with the flash output level that was shown on the
display when viewing photos, and with the images that
didn't change while Live View was active when on certain
camera settings. Also, with movie recording at 1920 ×
1080/24p in M exposure mode, subject brightness did not
change, even when shutter speed was adjusted. This
issue has been resolved along with a number of other
has released a firmware update for the Rebel T4i.
Firmware Version 1.0.4
fixes some freezing and focusing issues when the camera
is used in combination with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
IS STM and the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Also
makes the camera capatible with more SD card
Canon has released a
product advisory for two of their pro model cameras. If
you own a EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera or a EOS-1D C
Cinema EOS Camera, you'll want to check your serial
number to see if your camera is part of an autofocus
recall. In some units, there is a possibility of
autofocus errors due to wear caused by insufficient
lubrication within the camera's driving mechanism. More
info on Canon's
Fujifilm has announced a set of firmware updates
for its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras. Versions 2.05 for the X-Pro1
and 1.06 for the X-E1
with lenses that don't have aperture rings, and allow
easier focus area selection when shooting with the
Fujifilm also promises to improve autofocus speed
with existing XF lenses, and add the much-requested
'focus peaking' function to aid manual focus in an
upcoming firmware update due to be available in late
PocketWizard has announced a
new ControlTL firmware which provides compatibility
for several new Canon and Nikon cameras, greatly
improving the performance of PocketWizard's exclusive
HyperSync feature and resolves bugs in previous
Granz is a Bay Area photographer, who happens to chase
storms. The bigger, the better. Matt has been roaming
the US with his Nikons on assignment for Yahoo! - part
of their Project Weather tour. His images are