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Robert E. Mayer Oct 01, 2002 0 comments

When you have lots of small items to photograph in minute detail, a ringlight is the easiest method of producing consistent results with soft, gentle lighting that shows the item most advantageously. Instead of having distracting shadows such as...

David B. Brooks Oct 01, 2002 0 comments

Canon Bubble Jet has been a mainstay of personal computer color ink jet printing from the beginning. After what seemed like periods of mercurial enthusiasm supporting digital photography in the past, Canon has made a major commitment with new six-color...

Chris Maher and... Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

Anytime Adobe releases a new version of Photoshop there are a host of opinions expressed about this universal graphics and photo image-editing and manipulation program. Since Photoshop affects so many personal and professional lives, we asked the opinion of seven acknowledged Photoshop experts on a...

David B. Brooks Sep 01, 2002 Published: Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

The Microtek Scanmaker 8700 Pro flat-bed, dual-bed scanner provides the typical 8.5x14" reflective print scanning of a flat-bed plus Emulsion-Direct film scanning via a film drawer that accommodates all film sizes from 35mm through 8x10". For a...

Joe Farace Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

Produced in cooperation with Panasonic, Leica's 4-megapixel Digilux 1 digital camera has a die-cast magnesium body and a form factor that echoes their traditional rangefinder cameras. When I first heard the Leica Digilux 1 would take styling cues...

Lenses, Test Reports
Roger W. Hicks Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Nikon's brief reintroduction of the rangefinder S3 in a "millennium commemorative" edition prompted the issue of three Voigtlander lenses in Nikon fit: the 21mm f/4, 25mm f/4, and 35mm f/2.5.

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Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Ask any group of professional sports or wildlife photographers to name their favorite lens, and most will mention a "fast" 500mm f/4 model with internal focusing and low dispersion glass elements. Ideal in many respects, such lenses offer several advantages.

Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Like many manufacturers, Pentax is constantly striving to upgrade their SLR cameras. At this year's PMA show, Pentax released the new ZX-L, called MZ-6 in other countries. This mid-range model benefits from some of the technology developed for the...

35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Although Nikon is best known for professional SLR cameras like the F5 and F100, they sell far more of the entry-level and mid-range models. That's understandable, because such cameras are more compact, simpler to operate, and priced to suit the...

George Schaub Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Although we don't ordinarily review point-and-shoot 35s in Shutterbug, we were tempted to check out the new Minolta Freedom Zoom because of its autofocusing system. Minolta, as you might know, was a pioneer of AF technology with the Maxxum SLRs.

David B. Brooks Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

If any one component is the keystone of an effective digital darkroom it is your computer's monitor. Everything that is accomplished in the adjustment of brightness, contrast, and color, and the work of cleaning defects or retouching a portrait, is...

David B. Brooks Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

When I read the general description of what was new in Photoshop 7.0, my expectations were high that what I would experience would justify a full upgrade number from 6.0 to 7.0. After whining to the Photoshop team about poor retouching tools for the...

Joe Farace Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

If you're a location photographer who needs a lighting kit that's lightweight, rugged, and can handle whatever kind of assignment that gets thrown at it, Calumet's Travelite 750 One-Head Umbrella Kit may be just what you need. With a price tag under $550...

Chris Maher and... Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

In December 2001, Nikon released their first prosumer 5 megapixel digital camera, the CoolPix 5000. Originally announced in September, this camera is a worthy successor to the immensely popular CoolPix line that includes Nikon's CoolPix 950, 990, and 995.

Jay Abend Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

In case you haven't heard, there's a new sheriff in town who just rode in from Rochester. This new sheriff has 16 megapixels, pro-oriented software, gorgeous color, and fits virtually any medium format camera--what's not to like?

When Kodak introduced...