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Your Mark Story: Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson is a photographer best known for his mesmerizing photographs of abstract reality and the female form. In additio...

Your Mark Story: Paul Fusco

Paul Fusco, a distinguished Magnum Photographer, created incredibly moving images of social conflict and issues from around t...

Your Mark Story: Jim Marshall

From the words of photographer Jim Marshall's longtime assistant and head of his estate, Amelia Davis: Jim’s first Camera was...

The Leica C-LUX | The Perfect Compact Companion

I will admit, I have a bit of an infatuation with smaller cameras. I have owned almost every Fujifilm X100 series camera they...

“Zagato” Edition M10

During the Leitz Park opening a new special edition M10 was announced in a partnership we have loved before. The Zagato M10 i...

Leitz Park Recap 2018

Over the years I have had the opportunity and pleasure to visit Leitz Park, Wetzlar, on several occasions since its grand ope...

The Beginning of Leica M Ultra-Wide Optics

A unique and rare piece of Leica history is currently available at Leica Store San Francisco and Camera West Stores. This pie...

M7 TI & Half a Century of M

The Leica '50 Jahre' Titanium M7 camera with matching 50mm f1.4 Summilux M ASPH lens certainly stands out as one of Leica's m...

Some Leica's Are Better with Age & Use

It is not every day you get to handle a beautiful black paint M2, on the other hand, it is even more of a rarity to see an M2...

Elevated & Innovative: A Review of the 75MM APO Summicron-SL

When Jim Sullivan called me up one evening and asked if I would be interested in assisting him to photograph Dominque Crenn i...

4700 Miles with the Leica TL2

I’m not much an of a digital shooter, in fact, I almost exclusively shoot film. When I do shoot digital, it’s mostly for wedd...

Wetzlar Journal “Friends in High Places”

Recently I made the rookie mistake of booking the first flight into SFO. I arrived early to the airport on a Saturday morning...

Analog & Digital Simple Setup

Sometimes it is hard to keep things simple with all of the great gear on the market today. This is a simple yet elegant setup...

The River Lens: A Story of A 50MM Summilux, M3 and the Yosemite Landscape

For years Yosemite was my home—three years to be exact. It was in Yosemite where my love for film began. I pretty much left d...

The Leica CL: First Impressions

I began using the Leica TL lenses and initial "Leica T" the day it arrived at our store in Rancho Mirage three years ago. At ...

Introducing the “Leica Store SF” Edition Leica Q

Camera West opened their doors to the photographic community in Monterey California in 2000. Sean and Diana Cranor brought Ca...

The Oberwerth Richard & Casual Line of Bags

Ok, I admit it, I'm a camera bag extremest. I probably have a dozen different camera bags that are in my closet that I have c...

The Leica Q Now in Silver!

Announcing the new Leica Q in Silver Anodized finish! The Q in Silver finish is a new addition to the available finishes for ...

Introducing the Leica 90MM F2.2 Thambar-M

Introducing the 90mm F2.2 Thambar-M. This is a special reintroduction for Leica. The Thambar was originally introduced in the...

Cuba Workshop | January 15-21, 2018 with Tom Brichta & Christopher P. Baker

Join Camera West, along with Tom Brichta, travel photographer, and Christopher P. Baker, National Geographic’s expert on Cuba...

Exclusive Made in Wetzlar Strap from Harry Benz

We are excited to announce for the first time Made in Wetzlar will be launching an exclusive strap for the Leica M, TL, and Q...

Introducing the Leica TL2

Three years ago Leica gave us the Leica "T" which would later become the TL. The TL camera was Leica's initial foray into the...

Leica M10 Firmware Version 1.7.4.0

Leica has released a new Firmware for the Leica M10 that provides a bug fix for SD card compatibility. We had several M10 use...

Review: Leica M-P Titan

Following in the tradition of Leica special edition cameras, the Leica M-P (typ 240) Titanium set is the third titanium set t...

Germany Factory Trip September 9-20th, 2017

The following is the itinerary for our Germany Leica Factory Trip. The departure date is September 9th, you must arrive by th...

On Vacation with the Leica SL Summilux 50MM F/1.4

I received the new SL Summilux 50mm f/1.4 in late December, right before I left for a two week vacation in the Philippines. I...

Photography Wide Open Workshops

Fine art photographer and director Mark de Paola presents an exclusive one day workshop at Camera West in Walnut Creek on Thu...

Announcing the New 28MM F5.6 Summaron M

Leica has announced a new lens in their M lens line up. With this new lens, Leica takes a more classic approach. The new 28mm...

Leica Gallery SF and Fred Lyon Exhibit Makes the News

Our Leica gallery in our San Francisco Leica Store has been able to exhibit Fred Lyon's times work of 1940-50s San Francisco....

The “0.95 Edition” Noctilux

The Noctilux 0.95 Edition is one of the most unique noctilux lenses ever to roll off Leica's production lines in Wetzlar. Bui...

One Day Noctilux Workshop with Mark de Paola

We are excited to announce a exciting workshop at Leica Store San Francisco coming July 30th, 2016. Fine art photographer and...

Wildlife Photography with the Leica SL by Tim Floyd

The new Leica SL is poised to be a perfect instrument for wildlife photography. This full-frame, 24 mp camera will accept all...