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 Camera West to the central California coast because they saw a need for a knowledgeable and well-rounded camera store in one of the most popular photography destinations in the world. Camera West'...

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 collected over the past several years. I have Thinktank, ONA, Billingham, Peak Design, and now Oberwerth bags. All different sizes, all different purposes, and...

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 the Leica Q. We will begin to ship these from our Leica Store SF, and Camera West stores beginning in December.  The specifications and features...

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 1930s and was only made in a limited production of 3000 units.  The Thambar-M holds true to the original counterpart. It will render dreamy bokeh and soft highlights giving images an...

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

Workshop Description Join Camera West, along with Tom Brichta, travel photographer, and Christopher P. Baker, National Geographic’s expert on Cuba, as we travel to Cuba January 15th-21st. During our week's adventure, we will discover the people and land of Cuba.  Our person to person tour...

Exclusive Made In Wetzlar Stap 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 cameras crafted by the master designer Harry Benz.  The MIW-M strap will resemble the SL Brogue strap in many ways. The materials used will...

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 crop sensor mirrorless interchangeable lens game. I remember the first time the T camera came out I got it in my bag with the  2...

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 users bring to our attention that the M10 had some issues with certain SD cards. Leica has now fixed this issue with the most current firmware...

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 that is made almost completely out of titanium. A successor of the highly sought after M7 and M9 titanium sets the M-P is poised to become one of the most...

GERMANY FACTORY TRIP SEPTEMBER 9-20TH, 2017

Leica Travelers, The following is the itinerary for our Germany Leica Factory Trip. The departure date is September 9th, you must arrive by the 10th at noon for pick up at the Frankfurt airport. The trip includes as stated, everything except airfare, alcohol, lunches, and incidentals. Hal’s...

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’ve used the SL system for the past year to document travel and moments with family, and I was eager to observe how the new 5...

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 Thursday, January 26th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Leica Store San Francisco Saturday, January 28th, 2017 from 9 am – 4 pm.  Focused on “Photography Wide Open...

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 Summaron-M models itself after the old 28mm Summaron screw mount lens from the mid-1950s. Known for its extreme compactness and large depth of field...

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.  We were honored to be mentioned on the evening news on ABC 7 with Fred Lyon. Read more here, and be sure to check out...

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.  Built to resolve past the capabilities that are known in any other fast primes or even the faculties of human vision, the Noctilux is a legendary benchmark of...

Focusing on the Essential: New Products from Leica

Focusing on the Essential Leica has released several exciting new products, and there are more on the way! Here at Made in Wetzlar we are keeping you up to date with all the new products from Leica, and providing you with the latest information on how you can order these...

Wedding Photography with the Leica M Typ 246 Monochrom

Let me just preface this post by thanking Matthew David Studio for bringing me to enjoy their work alongside them. I thoroughly enjoy shooting weddings, and without you, I would be missing out on something that I truly enjoy.  In all honesty, I am not as busy with photography...

WW Week 1: The Fusco 35cron

Welcome to Wallpaper Wednesday here at Made in Weztlar! Every Wednesday we hope to refresh that boring desktop, phone, tablet or other speical content spewing, light emitting screen in your life. Maybe we'll only provide you with a unique piece of Leica for your view pleasure. Never the less...

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 director Mark de Paola presents an exclusive one day workshop at Leica Store San Francisco Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 9 am - 5 pm. Cost for this workshop is $199, and all are...

Save on a Leica M!

In commemoration of a decade of Leica digital M photography, Leica has decided to make the Leica M more accessible than ever. Beginning with the Leica M8 back in 2006 the Leica digital M was born out of a tradition that began over half a century ago. Since then the Leica...

Filming with the Leica SL & Summicron-C Lenses

A few weeks ago CW Sonderoptic sent me a couple of their infamous, and exquisite Summicron-C lenses to take out for a spin on the new Leica SL. But wait, Cine Lenses on the Leica SL? Yes, you read that right. Sonderoptic has done an excellent job at engineering a...

Leica Frankfurt Edition Cameras

These special edition camera kits from Leica were built exclusively for the Leica Flagship store in Frankfurt Germany. The Leica M and T Frankfurt edition cameras come in a historically unique grey finish. Both of these cameras come with special edition handmade Oberwerth bags that have the "Galerie Frankfurt" logo...

New Firmware for Leica M Cameras

Today Leica released a new firmware for the current line up of Leica M cameras. This firmware brings many new performance upgrades and bug fixes to the Leica M. Improvements Optimization that prevents camera lock up after excessive continuous shooting. User profiles no longer save exposure compensation. SD Memory Cards...

A Review of the Leica T and 35mm Summilux-TL

As a most-of-my-life Leica M Rangefinder user, the Leica T Camera is a major shift for me in terms of form, function, process and procedure. With this camera system, however, Leica has managed to maintain “purity” of experience by focusing on “Das Wesentliche” (the essentials). Generally...

A Step Back to the Future | Announcing the Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Leica continues to think outside of the box when it comes to digital photography with the recently released Leica M-D (Typ 262). The biggest differentiating feature (or lack thereof) on the Leica M-D (Typ 262) is the lack of digital screen on the back of camera. The screen has been replaced with...

Leica SL Firmware 2.0

Leica Camera has released a new firmware update today for the Leica SL. After using the Leica SL since it released several months ago I have taken note of many of the items that have been addressed in this update. All of us here at Camera West and Leica Store...

Axel Breutigam: “SOLITUDE - In the Desert and Beyond”

I’m a German born Canadian, living in Vancouver, BC, but spending the winter months in Palm Springs, CA - my name is Axel Breutigam. I’ve been working as a German lawyer and CPA for almost 30 years but was fortunate enough to sell my office at a...

Leica M-P Panda Edition

The Leica M-P "Panda Edition" was created to celebrate China's greatest national treasure, the Panda.  The "Panda Edition" is a blend of Leica's fine craftsmanship and unprecedented engineering with the Chinese and oriental values of peace concepts, and environmental protection. The Leica M-P "Panda Edition" came in...

Leica M6 Jaguar XK

As one of the rarest Leica limited edition M6 cameras made, the Leica M6 "Jaguar XK" edition is a very uniqe pieces.  The "Jaguar XK" camera was made in an edition of only 50 units, to commemorate 50 years of production of the XK automobile. The camera is covered in British...

April 9th Leica M Owners Workshop with Wayne Serrano

Details at a Glance Event: Leica M Workshop Location: Leica Store SF, 463 Bush St. 94108 Date/Time: Saturday, April 9th, 2016 10am-4pm Contact: myles@leicastoresf.com Cost: $299 per person (Includes Lunch) Available Seats: 20 To Regester A $299 registration fee is required to reserve your seat. To register please contact myles@leicastoresf.com...