Bear Images Photographic, Inc.

Northern California Professional Photography and Digital Imaging Equipment Supplier

Located in San Francisco Bay Area Since 1982.

Phase One Platinum Dealer Since 1995   

Phase One Dealer of The Year:

2009 - Malmo Sweden

2000 - Photokina, Cologne Germany

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Who is Bear Images?

Why Buy at Bear?

  1. The Bay Area’s professional photographic solution provider since 1982.  Now Servicing the Entire Greater

  North Western Region and beyond

  1. Stocking dealer of all top professional products.

  2. Real-world experienced staff  “not sales- guys”

  3. Leading resource for training & workshops

  4. We’re not always the fastest, but we definitely try to be thorough!

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(And many More!)

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  1. Unparalleled support

• Competitive pricing

  1. Personalized service

  2. We know photography

• Because we care!

Palo Alto                San Francisco                Seattle

The Professional Choice in Imaging Software

Capture One Pro 8 is the world’s best raw converter, rendering precise colors and incredible detail with support for leading high-end cameras. It contains flexible, digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated solution.

Built on the world’s best raw processing engine, Capture One Pro 8  is the professional choice in imaging software. It gives photographers the highly responsive, precision tools they need to create stunning out-of-the-box images from leading high-end cameras. With a fast and intuitive workflow, it can be customized to fit unique project requirements.

Think of it as your digital assistant, allowing you to focus on capturing your vision. With its image quality, reliability and speed, it gives you peace of mind and provides you with an array of powerful tools allowing freedom to create.

Capture One Pro boasts a new image processing engine, new editing tools, improved live-view, additional local adjustments, enhanced catalog and even faster performance!

Call or email Bear Images to get started with Capture One Pro 7!


PLUS: buy Capture One Pro and register for our software training & save $50!

Palo Alto Retail Store - Public Business Hours are normally, Monday - Friday 10am to 6pm

                                                              Weekends and Special Events by Appointment during the Fall.


  1. -New Standards Established!

We have received our initial IQ260’s. We can demonstrate the amazing capabilities of this new digital back.  Amazing clean pictures after 30-minute exposures or more, at ISO 140 !  

Pictures shot at ISO up to +3200 looked clear, crisp and surprisingly excellent!  The direct iPad wireless communications is also a hit with many photographers... When mounted on the Alpa FPS camera, the Canon 17mm and 24mm TSE lenses were surprisingly sharp and utilized the entire IQ260 sensor. 

Please call Bear to discuss the many tests that we have performed and how this may impact your photography. 

Bear Images has a wonderful selection of pre-owned Phase One and Leaf Digital Backs for the majority of standard camera models..

Contact Bear Images to discuss you needs.   Excellent quality backs are available from as low as $5,500 and up...

Broncolor MOVE 1200 Portable Studio Lighting Kits.

Multiple configurations, all designed for quality lighting, yet extremely portable with fine tuning controls! 

Kits include New Lithium Battery, Charger, Twin-head portable packs with individual adjustments, LED Model-lamps, Outstanding system case, Light Shapers and Trigger.Take a look, you will like what you see....

Schneider 2X Converter for Phase One & Mamiya Camera Systems

Compatible exclusively with the Schneider Kreuznach 240mm leaf shutter and 150mm leaf shutter lenses as well as the Mamiya/Phase One 150mm AF lens, this 2x teleconverter effectively doubles the focal length of these lenses to 480mm and 300 mm respectively.

With the compatible lenses, the teleconverter offers photographers great optical compression that effectively eliminates the distance between objects in the captured scene. This is a great effect for shooting stunning landscape, product photographs and portraits of bears...

Broncolor’s portable lighting system for the photographer on the MOVE !

The 2X Converter is designed for use in manual focus mode only and will decrease the subject illumination by 2-stops effectively. 

Mac Pro -  The Power You Need - Now

...the future of the pro-desktop.

They are Now  Available...

Wait No MORE...

New Power Structure.

Up to 12 Cores.

Sets a standard in flexible, high performance expansion.

Thunderbolt 2.

Advanced wireless.

Designed and Assembled in the U.S.

Contact Bear Images to get yours in the configuration that meets your requirements.

Phase One Certification Training Program.
San Francisco
(Bear Images’
Learning Lab)
Dec. 9th & 10th
PLUS optional
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Leica S:   Medium Format Image Quality, Reliability and Portability...  the system with adaptation options for lens from:Phase One, Hasselblad and Contax.

Cambo Compact Technical Travel Camera.

Vertical or Horizontal Shift, in a super compact camera.  Select the

ability to tilt for enhanced focus control with a wide range of lenses

(starting at the 28mm Rodenstock). An integrated tilt and swing

mechanism which can be operated with two precise gear-driven

knobs up to 5 degrees Tilt up and down and 5 degrees Swing left

and right, while both swing and tilt can be set independently,

separately but also in combination.  This is really a great camera

solution for any of the high quality digital backs.  The Camera body

weighs only 1.1 pounds and measures 4.7” x 5.7” & offers a both

detachable tripod mounts and would hand grip.

Phase One IQ250 : Ultra-Performance Medium Format Digital Back

The first Medium Format CMOS Digital Back, the Phase One IQ250 offers new capabilities to discriminating photographers.

14 F/stop Dynamic Range.

High Speed capturing at sustainable 72 frames per minute (1.2 frames per second).

150 Megabyte Files for stunning picture quality.

Outstanding Live-Video display.

Best High ISO performance of any Medium Format System.

ISO 100 up to ISO 3200.

New Geo Data Sync Capability.

Built-in WiFi communicates directly to iPads, including Live View streaming to Capture Pilot.

Long Exposure Capabilities.

The IQ250 camera is the best suited Phase One system to meet the needs of high-end portrait, social and wedding photography.  Versatility and Simplicity. The ultimate system for the Generalist Photographer desiring uncompromising large-format picture quality.  High Speed flash-sync up to 1/1,600 second.  Amazing quality color and tonality.  Supports lenses by Schneider, Mamiya, and Carl Zeiss.  Choice of data storage and interfaces (Professional CF Cards or choice of FireWire or USB3.0 for tethered photography.  Upgrade options for owners of Phase One, Hasselblad, Leaf and Sinar systems.  Bear Images is pleased to arrange in-depth demonstration starting shortly after Groundhog Day...

Phase One 40-80mm Schneider Leaf-Shutter Zoom

This short focal length zoom produces outstanding image quality!  40-80mm is an extremely practical focal length range for wide to normal perspective photography and makes an excellent companion to the 75-150mm Schneider zoom.  Supplied with an extremely high quality metal lens-hood for optimal contrast.   Although this lens is one of the physically larger lenses for the Phase One DF & DF+ cameras, and has a maximum aperture of  f4-5.6, the convenience of having one lens attached to the camera that provides the exact perspective and angle of view can not be overstated. 

The image quality can be summed-up as truly excellent.  Built-in leaf shutter offers support of high-speed flash syncing.   The built-in focal length locking capability is a wonderful feature making focus stacking a breeze and matching a look for product and fashion photography is now available with a zoom.   This lens is an exciting addition to the Phase One camera system and should be considered

Leica’s 30-90mm Zoom and 100mm f/2 Portrait Lens.

100mm F/2.0 Leica Summicron-S ASPH lens for the Leica S-series camera incorporates a very elaborate construction design to maximize optical contrast performance (three glass elements with anomalous partial dispersion, one element of high-refraction extra low dispersion glass for chromatic aberration correction, one double aspherical element to minimize monochromatic aberrations and a floating element for close focus performance).  This sophisticated lens is engineered to optimize skin tones in portraiture while also maintaining the highest level of optical brilliance.  

Maximizing the quality of Medium-Format digital with the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90mm for the S-Series cameras.  This lens combines a versatile range of focal lengths with a compact construction and reasonably low weight.  Designed for demanding photographers with expectations for image quality throughout the focal length range of this auto-focus zoom. 

The Leica T is designed to be easy to use while producing photographs that meet or exceed the expectations of the photographer.  Interchangeable Leica lenses include the 18-56mm zoom (effectively similar to a 28mm to 85mm on a 35mm camera), and a 23mm prime lens (effectively a 35mm focal length effect on a 35mm camera), plus the optional M-Adapter allows more than 20 M-System lenses to also be used on this camera.  Available in a beautiful hand polished aluminum (or a classic black). Bear Images offers the full range of Leica cameras form the Medium format S-Series, to the Classic M along with the T and compact cameras.

Leica T   Aluminum for the Body. Pictures for the Heart

StorNext  Pro SAN Storage Solutions

Bear Images offers full system configuration and integration of Quantum StorNext SAN systems, automatic archiving, LTFS and LTO libraries.  4k media workflows and production solutions for post and broadcast.  Lattus systems for utmost performance and data protection.  Refreshing of existing Xsan systems and new high-volume data workflows integration with Mac, Linux, Windows with full multi-user production support-Call to discuss your application and requirements.

A complete integrated workflow storage solutions, ready to deploy in your new or existing Fibre Channel and IP network. Each StorNext Pro Solution is designed to match the workflow needs of broadcast and post-production users.  Also an ideal solution to enhance existing Xsan storage deployments.

Scalable solutions for SAN applications starting at 48TB.  Highest Performance, Reliability and Protection of Data is available from Quantum Solutions.

Bear Images and Phase One are pleased to present the Phase One Certified Professional Program.

The POCP training will be offered on December 9th & 10th in San Francisco (Advanced optional Training Day on the 11th of December - must be currently certified or be attending this current POCP to participate)

The cost of the Certification Training is $499 (all participants will receive a license-key for Capture One 8 Pro, documentation to support the workshop, on-line training and participants that pass the Certification exam will receive a listing on Phase One's website for Certified Professionals.


All workshop/training days run from 9am to 5pm, are held at Bear Images Learning Lab in San Francisco, and includes lunch.  This is an outstanding opportunity to learn about both the Hardware and the Software that makes Phase One the industry leader for the professional.

Extensive hands-on exposure to the latest Phase One Digital Backs and Camera.  Advanced work-flow techniques, solutions and techniques to keep things running properly when the unplanned potential issues pop-up...

For Participants of POCP Training and also Existing Certified Individuals Only, POCP Advanced Training, Only in San Francisco.   December 11th.   This Advanced Program day includes additional technics and concepts involving topics such as Technical Cameras, Repro Technics, Color Management, Enhanced Workflows, with additional special hardware available further learning.                        This program, runs from 9 to 5.    Call for any questions you may have...

Special Rates for Recertification, which is required every Two Years...

The training program includes:

- On-line Training Tool
- A full license of Capture One Pro Software
- A special Trouble Shooting Guide
- Get listed on Phase One's website as a "Phase One Certified Digital Tech" 
- Extensive shooting time on the Phase One 645DF+ camera
- Extensive shooting time on the Phase One digital backs


Phase One Certified Training Program Dec. 9th &10th, San Francisco

Become a Certified Professional at our Next POCP training

ALSO, Advanced Training Day for POCP’s Dec. 11th - San Francisco

Specular LED Adjustable Beam

We have been extremely pleased with the quality of the Fiilex LED lampheads.  

The Fiilex Q500 continues this commitment to quality and performance. The spectacular specular light of the Q500, produces an amazing 750W equivalent output, of flicker free illumination, while only using 185W.  Adjustable form 100% to 5% in a smooth transition dimmer, while also offering an adjustable beam angle of 27 to 50 degrees  supplied Fresnel Lens.  Ambient Light Matching with the Q500's tunable color between 2800-6500K, plus Hue Control of +/-.25 Magenta/Green for quick and correct control of your light.  Give us a call at Bear Images, to set-up a demo of the Fiilex Q500 (and also the super portable P360).

The new Eizo CS240, is a 24.1” Wide Screen (TFT IPS LCD) display performing at 1920x1080 offering 100% of sRGB coverage, Digital Uniformity Equalizer and built-in 16-bit color processing while maintaining a price of less than $860 with the built-in hardware calibration features.
The high performance CG247 offers 99% of Adobe1998 color space, very wide viewing angles and built-in Self-Correction Sensor.

EIZO's New Lineup of ColorEdge Monitors makes the new MAC PROs look even more wonderful.