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Anthony L. Celeste Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

Plugin Galaxy is a collection of 20 photography and graphic effects plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop. Plugin Galaxy is also compatible with many non-Adobe photo editors. The selection of filters range from variations on traditional effects such as "Bluuur" and "Noiseee," to the unusual, such as "Zoom" (which zooms in on portions of a photo) and...

Jack Neubart Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

I 'm always looking for new solutions to light small things. Change that. I'm always looking for easier and faster solutions to light small things. Let's face it: lighting tabletops is never easy, although you'd think it should be. And sometimes, formulaic lighting is exactly what's needed. Then along comes the Gem eBox, from MK Digital Direct.

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Roger W. Hicks Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

What do you want from a 75mm f/2 lens? Whatever it is, the new APO-Summicron-M Aspheric almost certainly delivers it--except, it must be said, low cost. Perfection, or as close as modern lens design can come to it, doesn't come cheap.

For reportage, it is superb: fast, compact, and convenient. Of course, you don't normally need or expect ultimate...

George Schaub Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

Many moons ago I was granted a few test rolls of the then-new Fujichrome Velvia 50. I happened to be in Las Vegas at the time, and curious just how saturated this touted high-saturation film might be I hiked around red rock country and exposed a few rolls. Having been a dedicated slide shooter and film tester for another photo mag I was pretty familiar with slide films and how...

George Schaub Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

Long the realm of commercial labs due to their cost and complexity, a new breed of large format printers are being aimed at photographers, both pro and advanced amateurs, who want to take control of their gallery, portrait, and wedding prints. New inks, simplified software, and vastly enhanced workflows make these printers attractive to photographers who make the commitment to...

David B. Brooks Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

Epson has been a very active company over the last few years, offering an abundance of new printer models that I am sure has been both confusing and a welcome support for photographers doing digital darkroom work. One of the great benefits for many has been the introduction and refinement of pigment inks, which provided much greater print longevity than dye inks. This was...

Jon Canfield Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Wacom has a long history of providing quality tools for graphic professionals with their graphic tablets. If you've never used a pen and tablet for photo editing you are missing out on a level of control that a mouse just can't provide. Lesser known were the Cintiq line of LCD displays that feature tablet functionality directly on the screen. Expensive and with fewer...

Stan Trzoniec Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Now doesn't it seem ironic that just as we're in the midst of the digital revolution that slide films are at the peak of performance and quality? While all sounds like doom and gloom when it comes to silver-based products, around my circle of friends I find that most are still shooting film at a rate close to or even sometimes more than they were shooting before. Sure...

Peter K. Burian Sep 01, 2005 1 comments

The smallest digital SLR on the market when it was first released, the Pentax *ist D received accolades for its diminutive size. Surprisingly, the newer *ist Ds is even smaller and lighter yet it boasts a larger 2" (vs. 1.8") LCD monitor. It's also priced at $300 less but, as we'll see, it's not just a stripped-down version of the earlier model. In...

Roger W. Hicks Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

The Chinese-built, American-designed Fotoman 617 justifies itself as soon as you see the first transparencies on the light table. The huge format is a knockout. It's gorgeous. That vast slab of film is 21/4x62/3". That's 56x168mm, or over 11 times the area of 35mm.

It's ideal for scanning, too. Even a very modest flat-bed film scanner giving...

George Schaub Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

If your current computer lacks a built-in DVD burner, and your hard drive is getting clogged with image files, or you just want to plain start getting all those CDs onto DVD's higher capacity storage discs, then the Iomega Super DVD Writer might be for you. This latest model handles all sorts of CD and DVD media and formats, although you should check to ensure that whatever...

David B. Brooks Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

For quite a few years now digital photography enthusiasts have looked to flat-bed scanners as a way to serve all of their scanning needs in one device. Technology improvements and the "natural" drop in cost relative to performance has resulted in substantial consumer enthusiasm, which fuels ever more research and development. The latest result of that progress is...

Jon Canfield Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

Monaco has long been known for their color management solutions. Their EZcolor product is often bundled with, or offered at a reduced price with products such as printers and scanners and it has a reputation for being easy to use, accurate, and affordable.

Monaco is now owned by X-Rite, and while the name may have changed, the ease of use and quality certainly...

Tony Sweet Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

When Nikon announced the D2X last year at photokina there was a good deal of anticipation about it, and a good wait that followed until it finally arrived. In the meantime, Canon countered with their EOS-1Ds Mark II, which in many ways shaped the competitive landscape. With a street price of $4999.95, Nikon's flagship digital SLR is $3000 less than the $8000 (body only) Mark...

Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

Flat-bed scanners are remarkably popular and they outsell dedicated film scanners by a wide margin. That's understandable because flat-beds are affordable, simple to operate, and can produce excellent scans of photographic prints, art work, and even small objects. Many of the latest models are even more versatile, capable of scanning frames of film as well, using a...