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 piece is the first ultra wide optic to be fitted for the Leica M system and finds itself among some of the rarest and most desirable Leica lenses of...

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 most beautiful editions. In regards to the 50 year anniversary of the Leica M, former CEO of Leica Camera AG Hanns-Peter Cohn said it best "50 Years Leica M means...

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 black paint with a patina as beautiful as this one. On this Black Paint, M2 is a matching 5cm Rigid Summicron...

Elevated & Inovative: A Review of the 75mm APO Summicron-SL

Introduction   When Jim Sullivan called me up one evening and asked if I would be interested in assisting him to photograph Dominque Crenn in one of San Francisco most esteemed restaurants I was ecstatic! A few weeks earlier Jim purchased a Leica SL system, leaving his Canon 5D gear...

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 weddings/professional work. When it comes to everyday life, I don’t find my bulky DSLR to be that inspiring or fun...

Wetzlar Journal “Friends in High Places”

A Story of SF Food & Cocktails Shot on the Leica SL & 24-90mm Recently I made the rookie mistake of booking the first flight into SFO. I arrived early to the airport on a Saturday morning only to find out it’s been delayed due to fog....

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 that features both film and digital and two focal lengths that are going to cover a lot of photographic needs. Of course, this would not...

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 digital behind for my personal work.  Being limited to a couple rolls made me a more intentional photographer. Since I wasn...

The Leica CL: First Impressions

Introduction 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 the time I was regularly using the Fujifilm X-T1. That quickly changed as I fell in love with the Leica TL glass. I believe...

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...