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!

...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

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!

Next Gen IQ

  1. -New Standards Established!

Phase One IQ350 and IQ360 and IQ380. We can demonstrate the amazing capabilities of this new digital back.  Amazing clean pictures after +30-minute exposures or more, at ISO 140 on the IQ260 and Now on the IQ380 as well!

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 IQ full-frame sensor.  (used FPS cameras are now available).

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.

Bear Images’
Phase One Certified Professional Training Programs:

Nov. 3rd, 4th

San Francisco:
Dec. 8th, 9th, 

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.

Featuring Vertical or Horizontal Shift, in a super compact camera.

Select the ability to tilt AND swing for enhanced focus control with

a wide range of lenses ( tilt/shifts start at the 28mm Rodenstock ).

The integrated tilt and swing mechanism which can be easily 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.  This Camera

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

detachable tripod mounts and option wood hand grip.  Flexibility in an

extremely precise and well built portable camera with over 30 different

lens choices, for future growth and interfacing with a number of

other camera bodies.   You need to see this camera in person to fully

appreciate the beautiful design and precision of the entire system...

Phase One IQ350 : Ultra-Performance Medium Format Digital Back

The Medium Format CMOS Digital Back, Phase One’s IQ350 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. And Power Sharing with the XF System.

The IQ350 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 USB 3.0 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.

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. 31.8” 4K Calibrated Display is now available!

Alpa TC Camera and the Phase One “A Camera”- When you want just the basics.  

The “A” Camera  brings you back to the basics: Set The Focus, Select the Aperture and Choose the Shutter Speed!  thats it...  Conceived with the option for three focal lengths and available with variety of Phase One backs.

Canon 1DX

This camera offers the most advanced focusing, exposure and low light performance of any Canon DSLR. With up to 12 frames per second continuous RAW shooting and a magnesium alloy body, you can capture superior quality images at high speeds in any condition. It's the ultimate in speed, ruggedness and precision.   Reliable integration with Capture One software for fast and easy direct tethered photography.  Wonderful range of lenses including some of the finest wide-angle tilt-shift, a full-selection of professional grade zooms and super performance  high speed optics in the full range of focal lengths.

Canon-the dSLRs used by more professionals.


On the Micro Gear version leveling head, segments have been mounted crosswise resulting in two precise geared controls for tilt and lateral leveling thus avoiding the migration of the image when pivoting. Two rubber-coated turning knobs allow smooth micro movements of up to 12 degrees side to side as well as front and rear.

Above the movement axis an additional panoramic plate has been added to allow accurate panoramic shots. All adjustments can be controlled and repeated with precise scales. The 3D Micro is equipped with either the Linhof Quickfix I mounting plate or with an “Arca-Swiss type” dovetail-track.

The 3D Rapid head allows an instant tilt of more than 180° even with heavier cameras. Due to the panoramic top plate above the movement axis, individual pictures destined for panoramic photography can be set very accurately. All 3D movements can be controlled through three spirit levels. The position of the camera axis is defined by an additional base panoramic rotation.

The clamping levers can be fixed in any desired position. Constructed to carry professional cameras with a weight up to 11 pounds. Also available in two versions: with classic Linhof Quickfix I adapter or dovetail-track which gives the possibility to use quick-change plates from Arca, Novoflex and others. Check these precision heads out at Bear Images.

In-depth personalized Digital Back demonstrations and discussions available by appointment.

Compact Technical Camera with extreme versatility and precise geared adjustments controls

Broncolor SIROS Pro Kits

Broncolor SIROS is advanced self-contained flash system for Pros who want more:

New compact device combines unbeatable flash-and super-fast charging times with reliable and intuitive handling.  400 and 800 Watt-Second versions with a action freezing S version designed to produce the sharpest pictures.  Kits are complete with Wireless Transmitter, light weight location Stands, rolling system case, Umbrella, Speedring and Softbox.

SIROS offers iOS device (iPhone/iPad) individual flash control for maximum control and flexibility.  When you have AC available, you want maximum flexibility in your high quality lighting, the SIROS should be a top consideration and if you have never experienced the Quality of light from Broncolor then this is likely the system to start with.  Bear Images is happy to give a demonstration and address your questions...  

F-Stop   The Backpacks for Photographers

For the active shooter desiring simple and light, F-Stop has engineered the ultra-lightweight carry solutions for their needs.   Various sizes to fit a wide variety of systems and adventures-we have the full range in-stock at Bear Images.  Select the perfect ICUs (Internal Camera Units).  The ICUs let photographers select the ideal sized padded insert for their gear, allowing for flexible load balancing.  ICUs are also perfect for gear storage when not in use.

XF Camera System

Designed around a new modular camera body, the Phase One XF Camera System is destined to be the new standard in professional grade medium format photography.  This new modern camera system offers a full re-design of all core elements, including optics, mechanics, imaging sensors, electronics, autofocus system, user controls, software, functionality and reliability. 

The feature list is extraordinary; New Vibration Sensors, Removable Prism-Waist Level Finder, Power-Sharing between components, OneTouch UI (via either intuitive touch-screens), Zonal Mapping, Next-Step Exposure feedback, ‘Honeybee’ AutoFocus System-via CMOS Sensor, Incredible New Schneider Optics, Extended Exposure Times to 1 Hour on all IQ3 backs, Rugged Construction, Selective Shutter Control, Continuous Mirror-up Lock, Interactive Live-view with Direct Shoot Mode, Customized Controls in Capture One for XF camera system, 30% faster tethered shooting speed, Upgradeable Feature Set... 

Bear Images has had the extensive opportunity to work with the New XF System and will be happy to discuss our opinions and conclusions with you.  We are also happy to schedule an appointment with you so you may also experience this new system for yourself.   

Photographic Large Format Printers

The drops of ink, when arranged algorithmically by the millions into patterns on media, can compose breathtaking photorealistic images, intricately detailed schematics and spectacular works of art.

  1. Produce museum quality high resolution prints and giclée reproductions up to 60” wide.

  2. A set of 12, durable, scratch resistant, wide color gamut Canon LUCIA EX inks reduce bronzing and deliver a spectacular tonal range for both color and monochrome images.

  3. Reduce finishing costs while saving time and labor. The iPF9400 is the only printer in its’ class with the ability to output borderless images up to 60” wide.

  4. Canon’s unique sub-ink tank system means you can replace ink tanks on “on the fly” for less down time and fewer print interruptions.

  5. A new built-in Multi-Sensor simplifies calibration of the printer and helps maintain consistent and accurate color reproduction.

Now Available for Demonstration, New Purchases and Upgrades from Bear Images

Phase One XF System Introduction Overview video at PhotoAesthetics - Click Here

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

                                                              Weekends and Special Events by Appointment during the Fall.

Rebates of up to $1,200 available with Bear Images!

Blackmagic URSA Mini

4.6k with15-Stops of Dynamic Range

The URSA Mini features a 4.6K native resolution image sensor it can capture much higher resolution than Ultra HD. This means when you’re working in Ultra HD you have a lot of extra resolution that can be used through the de-bayering image processing so you can recover full color for incredible images. The wide dynamic range blows away high end broadcast cameras to give you dramatically better images that can be color corrected for a truly cinematic look. For faster post production, quickly switch settings to use regular video dynamic range, so you can shoot great looking video without the need for color correction.

URSA Mini operates at a resolution & dynamic range that goes well beyond traditional motion picture film!

Professional non-linear editing with
Hollywoods most powerful color corrector!


The following products qualify for these Broncolor trade-in discounts:

Studio Power Packs:

- Any broncolor pack
- Mobil A2R
- Mobil A2L
- Speedotron Pack
- Profoto Pro 6
- Profoto Pro 7
- Profoto Pro 8A
- Profoto ProB / B2 / B3 / B4
- Profoto AcuteB6 600 / B2-600

- Lampheads must be compatible and matched to the Power Pack that is being traded-in.

NOTE: All Power Packs and Lampheads must be fully functional with glass components intact.
This trade-in program cannot be combined with any other discount pricing or special offers.
Offer ends on October 31st, 2015

Steady Shots are

Sharp Shots!

Bear Images Stocks the finest of the Gitzo Tripods.