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This month's newsletter ushers in exciting new offerings, some big and some small, from some of the industry's premier manufacturers.  Hasselblad,  Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Zeiss are all getting ready to ship some very, very good gear.  We will be happy to assist you with more information and preorders.
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Camera West


New! Zeiss Touit


New prime lenses for  the Sony NEX and Fujifilm X mirrorless system

Lens maker Carl Zeiss showed off two new prime lenses for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X mirrorless compact system cameras at a press event in New York City trecently. The 12mm f/2.8 and 32mm f/1.8 are the first models in a new line of autofocus CSC lenses that Zeiss has named after a small Brazilian parrot, the touit. Optimized to work with the Sony and Fuji APS-C-sensor-based CSCs, the two lenses offer fields of view that are roughly equivalent to those of 18mm and 49mm lenses on a 35mm or full-frame digital camera. Both optics feature the company's T* anti-reflective coating.

Both new Touit lenses will be available by early June. The 12mm f/2.8 will carry a list price of $1,250, while the 32mm f/1.8 will sell for $900. Zeiss also plans to add a 50mm f/2.8 macro lens to the Touit line in late 2013. 
New! Camera West Photo Walk 
Night Photography at Blackhawk Plaza 
                                                                                                                                                                                  Photos by Michael Maloney    


Join Michael on this photo walk to Blackhawk Plaza, one of the East Bay's premier shopping and dining destinations...and also a great shooting location. This plaza features an aquatic landscaped courtyard full of reflecting pools, waterfalls and whimsical sculptures, making it a fun photographer's playground which will certainly challenge your creativity.

We will start at dusk and learn how to make waterfalls and moving water look silky smooth. You will learn how shutter speed, aperture and ISO are all related and how to use all three effectively to improve your photos. Once it gets dark, we will continue to shoot under the lights of the courtyard, shooting long exposures with cameras on tripods.

This photo walk is tailor made for the novice shooter - although photographers of all abilities are invited to attend.

Thursday, June 27  
7:30 PM 
Cost : $25.00

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

New! Hasselblad H5D


The next step in the evolution of the world renowned Hasselblad H System, the Hasselblad H5D provides a powerful addition to any photographer's toolbox and provides you with the competitive edge you need in today's crowded marketplace.

The H5D features Hasselblad's legendary image quality, a new stylish and more compact design, an updated lens line, new electronics, improved AF precision and speed, increased stability and performance, and a range of other new camera functions and improved features, including: 
  • New HCD 4.8/24mm lens 
  • New Macro Converter 
  • More accurate focusing with True Focus II 
  • New Immediate Focus Confirm 
  • New print ready Jpeg files 
  • New compressed multi-shot RAW files for faster and smoother workflow 
  • Larger and more ergonomic buttons 
  • Larger, easier to read display style 
  • Updated Graphics User Interface 
  • More programmable buttons 
  • New and improved weather sealing 
  • New and faster processors implementing Hasselblad Image Processing Architecture 
Hasselblad is also offering a trade-in program for H4D owners. Check out the details here
New! Canon 200-400mm F4 IS


After much speculation, Canon has officially announced the new 200-400mm f/4 IS 1.4x. The lens was first introduced back in February 2011. It wasn't a launch, though, but rather an "in development" announcement in which Canon officially informs the world of a future product that's being developed.

Designed to satisfy the discriminating needs of sports and wildlife photographers, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X is a high-performance super telephoto zoom lens with an optically matched built-in 1.4x extender for maximum versatility. With a simple flick of a switch, the zoom range can be quickly increased to 280-560mm (f/5.6) on a full frame body. 


Features :  
  • Built-in 1.4x extender, for extra magnification when you need it
  • Shoot in low light with four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • High image quality using Fluorite lens elements
  • Fast AF with USM technology
  • Robust design for use in the toughest environments
The new Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x will be available towards the end of May, with a price tag of $11,799.

New! Olympus Mirrorless Pen E-P5


Olympus recently announced a retro looking addition to its PEN lineup.

Designed with a modern twist to the original PEN F, fans of the Olympus PEN family of cameras now have the PEN E-P5. The flagship PEN body that delivers a portable, premium quality experience. The E-P5 is packed with the latest innovations Olympus technology has to offer including 1/8000s Shutter Speed, 5-Axis Image Stabilization, "F.A.S.T" AF Speed, Built-In Wi-Fi capability, and more.

Features : 
  • 16MP MOS Four Thirds sensor
  • Dual top plate control dials  
  • 1/8000 sec top shutter speed (first in a mirrorless body) and 1/320 sec flash sync
  • 5-axis image stabilization with automatic panning detection
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Up to 9 fps shooting (5.0 fps with continuous AF)
  • Focus 'peaking' display for manual focus lenses
  • Intervalometer and Time Lapse movie creation
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting and image transfer to smartphone or tablet
The Olympus PEN E-P5 will be available later this month in the following configurations : Body only, available in Black, Silver or White, $999.99 Black or Silver body with black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 lens and VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder lens, $1449.99.

New! Mirrorless Movers


Think Tank bags for the Mirrorless Systems
Scaled to fit today's compact, mirrorless cameras, this collection of bags offers the same top quality materials and craftsmanship that Think Tank is known for.

Unlike many other competitors' bags in this class, Think Tank's collection does not cut corners in materials or craftsmanship. Using metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure, the Mirrorless Mover offers quality and value.

Key Features:
  • Designed specifically for mirrorless equipment
  • High quality YKK zippers and metal hardware
  • Multipurpose divider with smart phone slot and two SD card slots (not featured with the Mirrorless Mover 5)  
  • Belt loop attachment
  • Mirrorless Mover 30i features a dedicated iPad pocket
Four sizes are available to custom fit your system : Mirrorless Mover 5, 10, 20 and the 30i from $34.75 to $69.75

New! Giottos Y Tube Tripods
Giottos has announced a range of tripods that use a unique 'Y'-shaped center column profile to offer a more compact folded package. The 'Silk Road YTL  
series replaces the existing MTL range, and according to Giottos offers a 30% space saving without any sacifice in stability or weight capacity. The range includes 12 models offering 3- or 4-section legs, conventional 2-way or tilting center columns, and weight capacities from 11 to 22 lbs.

Key Features:
  • Brand new patented 'Y-Tube' center column - enabling a 30% space saving
  • 12 models in aluminum and carbon fiber3 or 4 section tripod legs
  • Brand new Quick Easy Leg Lock (QEL) and graduated leg markings
  • Fully compatible tripod thread - works with any Giotto's head or other standard thread tripod heads
  • Range of height settings - and optional extras including short center column and spiked tripod feet 
New! The 1 Nikkor 32mm f1.2

Nikon is introducing a new 32mm f/1.2 prime lens for the Nikon 1 system. The  1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens is equivalent to 86mm in a full-frame format. The 85mm lens is traditional for portrait photography and the large f/1.2 aperture paired with the telephoto focal length will make the new 32mm lens great for shallow depth-of-field people photos. It will also be a good choice for low light sports and other situations where you would benefit from a medium telephoto prime.

The new 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 is the third and fastest prime lens made for the Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras. It's the ninth lens total in the 1 Nikkor lens lineup and the first to include Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) motor for fast, silent auto focus. It also has a manual focus ring with manual override and Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat to help minimize flare and ghosting. 
The new Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 prime lens will come in black or silver and sell for $899.95. It's scheduled to be available in June, 2013.

Recent Updates

Canon has released a firmware update for the full frame EOS 6D. Firmware Version 1.1.3   fixes a phenomenon in which the Date/Time/Zone settings screen appears on the LCD display, after the user has already configured these settings.

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III with significant benefits for both stills and video shooters. Firmware version 1.2.1 allows uncompressed video output over the HDMI port as well as cross-type autofocus when working with a maximum aperture of F8.

Fujifilm has announced a new firmware for its X100S fixed-lens compact camera. Firmware version 1.02 corrects an issue where the frameline brightness in the camera's viewfinder did not automatically adjust at ISO sensitivity settings of 1600 and higher. Fujifilm has also issued firmware updates for its Z2000EXR, HS50EXR, F820EXR and F900EXR compacts, which can be found via the 'download drivers and software' section of Fujifilm's support pages.

Nikon has posted a firmware update for its Coolpix P7700 compact camera. Firmware 1.1 increases the accuracy of the P7700's virtual horizon, decreases delay between captures in auto exposure bracketing mode and addresses an issue that prevented shutter speeds slower than one second for the second and subsequent shots when shooting with Auto bracketing set to Exposure bracketing. 

Nikon has released version 1.18.1 of their NEF Codec which now supports D600 images captured with the latest firmware update. Nikon NEF Codec makes Nikon RAW (.NEF) files easily accessible in a Windows environment.

 The Camera West Blog

Big Changes at Adobe
Adobe just announced several major changes to their software. To take advantage however, you need to subscribe to their Creative Cloud.

In Adobe's transition from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud, subscribers get a slate of extra services for their $50 monthly subscription. Access to Sync services, 20GB of online storage, automatic cross-platform downloading and updates to all programs in the suite, and training are some of the benefits built into subscriptions.

Read more about the Adobe Creative Cloud and how it will affect Abobe users on our  Camera West Blog.

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