There certainly has been no shortage of exciting
equipment announcements in recent weeks. Canon's
game-changing 70D (now in stock), Olympus's E-M1,
Zeiss's bar-raising 55mm f1.4 Otus lens, and Nikon's
D610 are all very, very press-worthy indeed. As
exciting as these new items are, however, we thought we
would spend some time this month focusing on the hard
working and humble hero of every photographer's kit, the
stock many heroic and well-appointed bags from
Billingham, Clik Elite, Crumpler, Domke, Lowe Pro, Ona,
Optech, Pelican, Tamrac, Tenba, and Think Tank and we
are always looking for new additions. We like
to have a broad selection of styles on hand
and display everything from form-fitting neoprene cases
to heavy duty, waterproof rollers. We
will be happy to help you find just what you
have featured a selection of new offerings from some of
our favorite makers below for your review and we look
forward to seeing you
in for visit? Ponder bringing in the gear that you
are not using these days and turn it into a generous
trade credit or cash. We buy, sell and
trade fine photographic equipment daily! Our
equipment inventory updates can be found
here: Equipment Updates.
you for your continued
Jason Bradley Seminar
On Printing Workflow
staff of Camera West in Walnut Creek and digital
photography expert Jason Bradley for a unique seminar
this weekend. 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 home.
This Friday and Saturday, October
11th & 12th, 2013
Sign up right away as
there are just a few spots left!
email Michael at Camera West Walnut Creek for more info
or to sign up.
International Leica Society 45th Annual
This is an
event you won't want to miss! We certainly won't so join
us and the International Leica Society (LHSA) as they
return to a favorite destination, San Francisco, for the
45th Annual Meeting. This year's Program Director, Jim
Vestal, has planned a variety of photo ops and
activities for members and guests. With the support of
Leica Camera, they will again have the Leica on Loan
program, access to a Monochrom workshop in the
headquarters hotel, and the opportunity to attend a
Leica Akademie Destination Event in Yosemite National
Park. We hope you will make plans to attend this very
special meeting and celebration! We look forward
to seeing you there!
October 30 - November 3, 2013
Click on this link
for more info.
Camera West Photo Walk
Photo by Michael
Michael on another of his photo walks, this one
exploring the historic Fort Point underneath the iconic
Golden Gate Bridge.
Fort Point is a
photographer's playground. The brick architecture and
symmetry throughout the historic fort offers a great
lesson in composition and the study of light. Spiral
staircases, long dark hallways, moss covered bricks,
weather worn iron and spectacular views of the Golden
Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay are just a few of
the subjects to get your creative mind thinking about
light and shadow and composition.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
must limit this to just 12 participants so sign up
Call or email Michael at Camera West
Walnut Creek for more info or to sign
Stylish Bags from Ona
We are proud to announce that we now carry Ona's
fine line of camera bags and accessories.
vision is simple: to offer style-conscious photographers
and photography enthusiasts camera bags and accessories
that complement their life and style. All of their
products are handcrafted from premium materials and
designed to blend the functionality of traditional
camera bags with contemporary styling.
the word ona (pronounced ō'na) means, "to feel," "to
believe," and "to experience with the eyes." This is the
essence of photography and style.
Check out these
unique bags and camera straps at Camera West.
| New! My
2nd Brain from Think Tank
Always coming up with something new, Think Tank
Photo has now expanded their reach to the computer case
market with the release of an exciting new series
focused on supporting Apple brand laptops and
The "My 2nd Brain" series offers great protection
for a PowerBook or iPad as well as outstanding
organization for all the little accessories needed to
support our on the go digital lifestyle. Included are
pockets and pouches specially designed for Apple
chargers and cables as well as personal items. There are
even special pockets for your iPhone and earbuds. All of
this is in a slim case not much thicker than most
The PowerBook and iPad bags come in black, harbor
blue, and mist green, and are priced from $74.75 for the
iPad size to $99.75 for the 15 inch MacBook
In stock now at Camera West.
TurnStyle Sling from Think Tank
The TurnStyle sling is a lightweight bag with easy
access. Ideal for standard DSLRs or Mirrorless systems;
they carry smaller camera systems with accessories and
include room for an iPad or iPad mini. The sling strap
can be converted and worn as a belt pack for added
The fully customizable interior can
be arranged for a DSLR with a 70-200 2.8 on the largest
bag or a small Mirrorless system for casual photography.
These bags hold real appeal for urbanite and traveling
photographers who are upgrading their systems and need a
great bag to carry an extra lens or two. Women will love
the lightweight and large carrying capacity of the small
and medium sizes.
Delivering the perfect balance
of form and function, TurnStyle bags have it all:
comfort, versatility, style and rapid
Prices from $74.75 to
Photo Sport Bag from Lowepro
Lowepro has announced the Photo Sport Shoulder bag
, in two sizes
for both DSLR and mirrorless cameras. The Photo Sport
Shoulder 18L is designed to fit a pro DSLR without a
grip and a standard zoom lens, with room for a second
small lens and accessories, including a 10" tablet
computer. The smaller Photo Sport Shoulder 12L is
designed for an interchangeable lens camera with two
lenses, and also room for accessories - including a 10"
tablet. Both bags are available now for $84.99 and
| New! The
Haven Bag from Crumpler
Love photography but loathe lugging around a
dedicated camera bag? Keep your gear in the Haven. A
colorful, portable padded protector for all things
photographic. It instantly turns any bag into a camera
bag - and back again - with pick up, plonk down
Three sizes are available, with the $50.
medium Haven designed to hold a DSLR twin lens
Rotation 180° from Mindshift Gear
The Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe Backpack
features a unique integrated waist pack that allows
instant access to your camera gear. It can be released
and rotated in seconds, letting you easily change
lenses, filters, or other accessories.
The deluxe model includes a range of accessories
including the padded photo insert, top pocket,
attachment straps and tripod suspension kit that provide
further configuration and storage options.
$389.99. $499.99 for the deluxe model.
Photo by Mindshift
has released firmware updates for the EOS 1D Mark III,
1Ds Mark III and the 1D Mark IV. The new firmware update
resolves power consumption issues and fixes an Error 70
message. To download the firmware updates, go to Canon's
Service and Support Center website.
Fujifilm recently announced
X-Series camera firmware updates giving the X-Pro1 and
X-E1 improved auto focus performance along with other
improvements. The firmware update can be accessed on the
Fujifilm support website.
has released a newCamera RAW compatibility
update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto 11 users. Update v.4.08 adds RAW support to
many new cameras including the Leica M, Fujifilm
X-M1, and the Canon EOS 70D.
new OM-D E-M1 interchangeable lens camera is now the
flagship of Olympus's Micro Four Thirds lineup. Rather
than calling it the follow-up to the very successful
E-M5, Olympus says that the E-M1 is actually the
'successor' to the E-5, a four thirds DSLR introduced
back in 2010.