Bear Images Photographic, Inc.

  West Coast 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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  1. Unparalleled support

• Competitive pricing

  1. Personalized service

  2. We know photography

• Because we care!

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 $4,500 and up...

XF Camera System – Ultimate high resolution performance

•   With 100MP of resolution IN THREE VERSIONS, a delicate balance and attention to operational detail is essential. The XF Camera System was built with optimal 100MP performance in mind. As such, features like the HAP-2 AF, Vibration Tracking, Vibration Detection and Electronic First Curtain Shutter technology were all build for this moment, to ensure the ultimate 100MP performance.

16 bit Color – The key to ultimate imaging perfection plus Unique Pixel Filtration

•   Phase One Camera Systems are famous for capturing smooth and subtle tonal transitions, replicating scenes with ultimate detail. This is in large part due to the unmatched 16-bit color depth, combined with decades of software development. The Phase One XF 100MP Camera System will be the industry leading 16-bit camera from day one.

“... 65,536 Extremely Distinct Values Per Color ...TriChromatic”

“... Simply Better Than Film ...”

Fast and fluid Live View providing the ultimate workflow

•   One of the main advantages of CMOS technology is the stunning sensor read-out speed. One benefit from this read-out speed is fast and fluid Live View enabling simple, clear and precise focus in real-time as well as immediate reference for dynamic composition. With Phase One XF Medium Format Camera Systems and high-resolution imaging, focus can be critical and Live View can ensure consistent success.

“... Stunning Live Focus and Composition ...”

“... Get Started Today with Bear Images ...”

XF 100MP Camera System. The Ultimate Image Quality

•   For more than 21 years we at Phase One have been pushing the limits of digital image quality to help our customers stand out. With the XF 100MP Camera Systems, everything we’ve been working on finally comes together in one system. Ultimate Image quality combined with the ultimate creative freedom to help our customers create new masterpieces.

“... You Asked For It - Now You Can Get It ...”

“... Some Closer Details ...”

101 MP Full Frame Medium Format CMOS Perfection

•   We’ve always strived to offer our customers the ultimate photographic flexibility. We were the first to offer Full Frame Medium Format CCD systems and now we’re proud to be the first to offer a Full Frame Medium Format CMOS solution. The Phase One XF 100MP Camera Systems offers the same great advantages of full frame usability with the added benefits of CMOS. No lens crop factors, no focus screen masks, just uncompromising image quality from edge to edge.



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Bear Images Photographic has been a Premier Phase One Partner for over 20 years !

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

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... 

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

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

Phase One 100MP Digital Back

Please Note:  Prices, Promotions, Upgrades, All and Any Offers Subject to Change and Limitations Without Notice.

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Phase One Industrial & Aerial Camera Systems

We are pleased to announce the Phase One new IXU-RS series of cameras with the flagship - the IXU-RS 1000 and, the 4-Band multi-spectral solution.

The new IXU-RS features a breakthrough central lens shutter design.  The new shutter technology is based on an innovative direct drive concept with electronic charging that enhances exposure speed to as fast as 1/2500s while guaranteeing half a million exposures-an unprecedented shutter life!  Exception Capture rate of 0.6 seconds per frame at 100 million pixels with ISO from 50 to 6400.

The 4-Band Multi-spectral Solution incorporates an innovative batch-processing tool that automates and thus simplifies the four band aerial image generation.  Using two ultra-high resolution camera (one with bayer-pattern, one selective spectrum for NIR, which produces ideal results for NDVIA and crop analysis.

Designed and optimized for the photogrammetric airborne imaging applications and specialized industrial applications.

The light weight and small footprint make the iXU cameras perfectly suited for small aircraft and UAV integration-with full HDMI out put and the ability to capture thousands of images per mission.


Since 1982

What if a printer was designed to exceed the expectations for image quality and color consistency of the photographer? 
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The new imagePROGRAF printers are designed to do exactly that - exceed expectations and make print making enjoyable.  The use of a new 1.28-inch wide, 12-channel integrated compact print head, LUCIA PRO ink set plus Chroma Optimizer, a high-precision mechanical platform and the L-COA PRO high-speed image processing engine achieves a balance between exceptional print quality and speed that you need to see to appreciate.

These unique Canon technologies and innovations establish the foundation for an ultra-high quality photography imaging solution that is available only from Canon. Powered by a Canon-to-Canon workflow that links images captured with an EOS Digital Camera and printed on an imagePROGRAF PRO Series printer, the result is a solution that delivers prints that capture the moment and emotion of the original image. The overwhelmingly high print quality produced by this input to output solution is called Crystal-fidelity.

The PRO-Series is designed to work seamlessly when changing media types. Matte black and Photo black inks have their own dedicated nozzles, so no manual switching between ink tanks is necessary. You can print on fine art paper then glossy paper with no worries, no changes, and no waste.

The new LUCIA PRO ink set adopts newly formulated 11-color pigment inks and a Chroma Optimizer. Designed specifically to meet the demands of even the most critical photographer, the LUCIA PRO ink formulation includes microencapsulated colorants that enable smooth gradients, an expanded color gamut, and deeper color expression. This system helps you achieve stunning color reproduction, image clarity, and enhanced darker areas. A first for the Canon large format printers is the addition of a Chroma Optimizer. Used when printing on glossy and semi-glossy paper, this acts as a clear coat, improving color performance and gloss characteristics enriching the dark areas of a print.

This new ink set helps:

  1. Enhance gloss uniformity

  2. Improve scratch resistance

  3. Enhance dark area reproduction

  4. Reduce graininess

The PF-10, a 1.28”-wide print head with 18,432 nozzles equipped with anti-clogging FINE technology, generates fast print speeds while reducing the possibility of clogging. Ink ejection conditions are precisely checked by 27 sensors, and if a clog is detected, another nozzle will automatically provide back-up.

This new print head is wider than previous imagePROGRAF print heads requiring models to only have one instead of two. Having only one print head means a more compact printer that achieves faster print speeds while maintaining high print quality.

The color calibration function is designed to produce consistent color reproduction. This new printer includes an upgraded, built-in color densitometer that offers precise calibration and color matching. Using a three-color LED and newly developed condenser lens the sensor enables accurate recalibration of the device, allowing you to maintain a low average printer-to-printer color difference. The color calibration is finished quickly after a few simple steps on the printer’s operation panel. A single color calibration performed with one type of media can be applied to media in all printing modes.

Device Management Console

The Device Management Console software, ideal for fleet management, lets you perform color calibrations remotely. This software lets you monitor the printer status of up to 50 units from any location in the world, be notified via email when an error has occurred, or check the amount of ink left in the printers without ever having to leave the comfort of your desk.

The optional Multifunction Roll System is a versatile media handling solution system that enables either a second roll of media to be loaded on the printer, or the unit can be configured as a bi-directional media Take-up unit.

  1. Dual –Roll Feeding: The dual-roll feeding mechanism enables users to load a second roll of a different media type and size so that users can simultaneously switch from printing on matte to gloss paper without pausing their work to reload. Additionally, the second roll can be used to support high-volume printing be enabling two rolls of the same media to be fed to the printer

  2. Bi-Directional Rewinding: The Multifunction Roll System may also be configured by the operator as a take-up unit to rewind longer printouts. The user can choose to rewind media with the printed surface on the outside or the inside of the roll, thereby supporting “bi-directional rewinding”.

Loading media on a Canon larger format printer has never been easier. Simply set the roll holder in the printer, rotate the roll holder handles and let the media automatically feed into the printer. No need to touch the paper; decreasing the risk of creasing and blemishes.

Creating large format prints is now easier with the introduction of Print Studio Pro for imagePROGRAF large format printers. This software offers features that streamline your printing workflow. Compatible with Canon Digital Photo Professional® software, Adobe Photoshop® software, and Adobe Lightroom® software, Print Studio Pro offers versatility never before seen with Canon Large Format printing.

Features include:

  1. 16-bit Printing Workflow

  2. Roll Paper Preview Mode

  3. Contrast Reproduction

  4. Import multiple images and make batch edits that apply to all

  5. Create “Favorites” settings

  6. Ability to print multiple-up images

There is much more, but you may be tired of reading and ready to look at Prints - Lets makes some prints together, make an appoint with bear Images to see the New Canon Pro-2000 and Pro-4000 first hand...

Pick up your Canon Printer today in San Francisco

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your Photograph in Canon Color !

Blackmagic Pro Video

Super 35 Digital Camera with 15 Stops of Dynamic Range plus powerful broadcast camera features and Controls.  Resolution beyond 4.6K in a super compact body.  Lens mounts range from EF, PL and Optional B4 for maximum flexibility.

Non-Stop Recording with a wide choice of media types.

Highly Customizable.

Super Wide Color Gamut

Ideally suited for DaVinci Resolve Studio

New DaVinci Resolve Panels

DaVinci Resolve Micro and the DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel puts everything you need at your fingertips so you can work faster without having to hunt through menus or palettes to change a setting. The panels allow you to be more creative because you can adjust multiple settings simultaneously and explore different creative styles that are simply impossible with a mouse and keyboard! The durable, high quality design features professional balanced trackballs that move smoothly, plus precision engineered knobs and buttons, integrated transport controls and more.

Apple MAC

There is so much new and improved.

If you have not looked a the new Macs we would love to bring you up-to-date.

Enhancements and increased Power to get the job done.  The performance of the Mac has never been greater.

We can help provide the information to select the best Mac Upgrade.

MacBook-full size experience in the Lightest and most compact Mac ever!

MacBook Air-incredible life between charges- to 12 hours & connectivity.

MacBook Pro-Fastest, yet remarkably thin, yet portable, packed with full performance.

iMac-Ultimate desktop experience paired with high-performance.

Mac Pro- Ultimate processing tool with massive flexibility to get any job done-Well!

Photographic 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.

Why aren’t You printing your own gallery quality prints?

We can show you that it is much lower cost than you may think... 

plus Much Faster and Easier... We Will Be Happy to Show You...

and why the Canon is the superior choice.

New Canon PRO-1000, PRO-2000, PRO-4000, PRO-4000s, PRO-6000s, Pro-6000

See all of the Beauty combining the finest image quality of the IQ3 100MP and the Canon PRO-4000 Printer.   We are happy to set-up and demonstration so that you can see first hand image quality at its best!

Schedule a Demonstration of the Phase One and Canon Pro Fine-Art Printers at Bear Images Photographic.

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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...

Compact Technical Camera with extreme versatility and precise geared adjustments controls

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.

Please contact Bear Images for a meet-up, 650-321-2327 or,

Bear Images is expanding in San Francisco, which will be our new Lair.

New 60” Pro-6000 is now available, featuring the same outstanding performance and image quality of the entire 12-Ink Canon Pro Series Printers

Free paper

And Promotional Rebate...

The Art of expression. The Science of Color and Tonality.

Worlds Finest Tools for the Worlds Finest Photographers.

IQ3 100 Trichromatic and IQ3 100 Achromatic Digital Backs.

IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, based on a new CMOS sensor designed to capture color as perceived by the human eye. The new sensor technology in the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is the brainchild of a longstanding collaboration between Sony and Phase One. The result is astonishing color definitionwith which champions of photography are able to create and express their artistic visions more accurately than ever before.

IQ3 100MP Achromatic Digital Back, based on a unique B&W sensor designed to capture tonality as envisioned by the photographer.  The new sensor technology in the IQ3 100MP Achromatic Digital Back is the next generation of Bear Images’ Achromatic+, a collaboration of Bear Images and Phase One. The result is astonishing B&W capabilities with definitionand selective spectral imaging for fine-art and scientific imaging specialists to create and share their artistic visions far more accurately than ever before.

Experience the Trichromatic and Achromatic backs at Bear Images in San Francisco

-contact us to set-up a meet-up time!

Special Upgrade Programs Available.

Many Pre-Owned Phase One Systems also Available

If you have not experienced Medium Format Digital - we will show you what you are missing...

Sinaron Digital - Sublime Focus and Contrast

For studio, landscape or architectural photography – Sinar Digital lenses let you create digital images that meet the highest quality standards. Our lenses are designed specifically for digital photography, allowing you to capture with maximum definition, high contrast and outstanding color accuracy. Depending on the model, these lenses have line pairs of 50 to 60/mm over the entire image circle and as many as 200 line pairs/mm in the center. So the highest resolution is guaranteed. Thanks to various shutter options you customize the lens you need. Sinar also offers conversions of existing lenses, very popular are conversions into Sinar eShutter.

Set-up a Meet-up at Bear Images to see for yourself.


Phase One and ALPA have been working for decades to provide fine art photographers with the ultimate camera systems.

The A-series combines the finest components across lenses, mirrorless body, digital backs and software. It is the first in its class to introduce exclusive workflow features based on lens factory calibrations and new software processing.

A-series not only the highest quality system, but also much easier and more fun to use when capturing medium format images.

Cambo's NEW tripod head with amazing flexibility.

It can tilt, swing, rotate as if it were a ball head, and it has precision gears for fine-tuned tilt and swing. The geared movements are self-locking and available in any position of the head. The bottom as well as the top can rotate 360*. After leveling, the top rotation can be used for panoramic shooting.

The PCH features a quick release top and includes a 1/4" plate. Cambo's QR plate includes a safety lock that prevents your camera to turn loose on the mount.

If you have a camera with an ARCA style mount, you can use it directly on the PCH. This includes the Cambo ACTUS and Cambo WRS-series.

We have these in-stock...

Canon 12-Ink PRO 6000 Printer

The 60” version, of Canon’s amazing Fine-Art 12 Ink Printers is now in-stock and ready for delivery!

Print up to 60” wide media (and as small as 8” widths).

Stunning Quality, Extreme Ease of Use and Non-of-Hassles... just reliable, fast and trustworthy printing on the widest range of papers, canvas and other medias.

We are happy to provide you with a Demo and Print a Sample for you to compare with any other printer on the market!  You will love the Canon Pro Printers.

Starting with sizes ranging from 17”, 24”, 44” and now the new 60” maximum widths.

Say goodbye to the ‘Clogged-heads of yesterday”!

Schedule a time to Make a Print and Compare to Any Other Printer!

Sony has packs an amazing amount of

performance and quality in the α7RIII compact camera.  Combine with Sony’s G-Master optics to maximize your photographic quality.  Full frame, 42 million pixels, with 4K motion photography and plus quality at ISOs high enough for extremely low light photography - make this one of the most exciting compact cameras available.

Support with Capture One Software just enhances the performance and makes this a recommendation for photographers who desire to travel light and fast! 

Bear Images offers the full range of Sony cameras.