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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Bear Images Photographic, Inc.  •  417 Lambert Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306  •  650-321-2327  •

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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!

...Some of the Brands We Feature...

(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

It’s Here.

Capture One Pro 7 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 7 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 7 boasts a groundbreaking new image processing engine. Phase One has developed a new Bayer Interpolation algorithm that drives significant improvements in noise reduction, HDR, clarity, and the opportunity to push images to a higher level of life-like appearance.

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 Spring.


  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 - They’re Here!

...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 
May 6th & 7th
Phase One Certification Training Program.
San Francisco
(Bear Images’
Learning Lab)
July 13th &14th
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Leica:    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.

IQ250 : the world’s first 50-million pixel medium format CMOS based 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...

Portland, April 11th


Software Overview Training

Seattle, April 13th

Open-Shoot at Pike’s Place

Software Overview Training

Bear Images and Phase One are again hosting a fun & informative hands-on test shoot with the latest Phase One Digital Backs (featuring the New IQ250), Cameras and Lenses at the Pike Place Market.  We will have available the New IQ250 Back, along with Achromatic+ Back, IQ2 series, Phase One DF+ Camera and a wide-range of Schneider and Phase One Lenses, plus Technical and View-Cameras to help illustrate the new features on the Phase One backs.

We will have hands on test-shoots in, and around the world-famous Pike Place Market, and also offer a seminar style training overview program on Capture One Pro workflow*.

The photographic experts from Bear Images and Phase One will be teaming-up and participating in this special hands-on 'test the camera-open-shoot'. Offering a real-world experience featuring the new features found on the world's first CMOS large-format digital system. Bring along a blank CF card so that you can take some pictures with you and be able to appreciate the image quality at your leisure.   For more information please call Bear Images at 877-567-2327

Based at Pike's Place Market, Sunday April 13th, we will make available some of the finest quality photographic equipment and put-it-to-the-test at one of the most dynamic environments available.  Plus, in addition to the hands-on shooting on both Saturday and Sunday, we will provide a special Capture One Software Training Overview session on *Sunday starting at 11:30am.

Join us in Portland, for a Phase One Best of Digital overview & open-studio, featuring the New IQ250 digital back. Throughout the day, in addition to having the opportunity to see how the latest Phase One medium format digital systems perform in a variety of scenarios, we will have systems available for hands-on shooting, so bring along a blank CF card, so you can take raw files with you, for a closer image examination and appreciation, at your leisure.

The Bear Images Photographic Specialists and Ken Clickenger of Phase One will provide an informative day focusing on the highest quality digital solutions available.


Buck Studio

3150 NW  31st Ave., Portland

When: 10am to 5pm, Friday.  Open-studio.

Capture One Pro Software Workflow and Training Overview starts at 12:30* 

Shoot with the New Phase One IQ250 CMOS digital system (in addition to the finest Technical and View Cameras available), a wide-range of Phase One IQ backs, the unique Achromatic+ back, Phase One DF+ Cameras and World-class Schneider and Phase One Optics. Friday 4/11, 10am to 5pm.

Bring a blank CF Memory Card to take your own sample RAW files!

Learn more about the Capture One Pro Raw Developer Software during our seminar based training overview starts at 12:30 (limited seating, so register early!)

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