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David B. Brooks Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

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Early in 2004 Epson announced a new digital camera body based on a classic 35mm rangefinder model with a Leica lens mount. This back-to-the-future concept caused a stir among members of the photo press, and I wrote as much as was known then about it in a First Look in the July 2004 issue. My chief concern then was...

George Schaub Mar 22, 2005 Published: Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

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If you enjoy exploring the fascinating world of close-up photography you should consider a ring flash as an essential part of your creative kit. A ring flash mounts around your taking lens and eliminates problems associated with standard shoe-mount flash and even off-camera flash, mainly the inability to down-angle the...

Joe Farace Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

Riddle me this: What's the hardest thing to find on any location shoot? If you said, "clients who were on time," that would be partially true, but the correct answer is--an AC power outlet. They're even more difficult to find if you're at the beach, in a park, or as I often find myself, on a racetrack somewhere. One of the niftiest solutions...

Peter K. Burian Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

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Although Konica Minolta was the last major manufacturer to enter the digital SLR market, the Maxxum 7D was well worth the wait. This is an incredibly versatile camera with advanced technology, including a significant bonus. The Maxxum 7D is the first SLR camera in the world to boast a built-in Anti-Shake mechanism to...

Roger W. Hicks ... Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

The name may not be catchy, but it is a fine piece of truth in advertising. Kaiser's Studio Out of the Box comes in a box and it's a sort of mini-studio for making small product shots for catalogs, insurance purposes, documenting collections, posting on websites, and many other applications. It's usable even by non-photographers: all you need is a light or two...

Jon Canfield Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

What happens when you go back to the drawing board and redesign a successful product? If you were to base your answer on some of the movie sequels that have come out, the results would not be good. Thankfully, Pantone ColorVision has avoided the Hollywood syndrome and come out with a real winner. The recently introduced new version of the popular Spyder hardware calibration system...

David B. Brooks Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

If anything over the years characterizes doing photography digitally, it is Adobe's Photoshop--now the standard mainstay application at the heart of a digital darkroom. I can't remember now just how many years ago I was introduced to Adobe's yet-to-be-released PhotoDeluxe 1.0 at a Comdex computer show. I was impressed with PhotoDeluxe at its beginning...

Joe Farace Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

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One of the few problems with digital image capture is you tend to shoot more photographs than if you had to pay for processing them. (You really have to pay for all these extra images--there is no free digital lunch--but that's a topic for another story.) If you're gonna shoot lots of pictures...

Howard Millard Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

Does it seem that your hard drive is filling up with digital image files faster than the speed of light? Where in the world is that shot you took last summer of Steve water-skiing, and whatever happened to those great photos from the trip to Death Valley that you want to e-mail to a friend? Whether your digital pictures are from a digital camera, scans from prints, negatives, or...

Peter K. Burian Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

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Although most digital cameras produce clean images at low ISO settings, digital noise often degrades images made at higher ISO levels. Resembling colored specks that are visible especially in shadow areas, noise can be prominent in ISO 800 and higher images made with a digital SLR. It's even more problematic...

George Schaub Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

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One of the main benefits of SLR photography is that it allows you to make quick decisions and respond to what's happening in front of you with your heart, mind, and guts without fumbling around. It allows you to apply what you've learned about making pictures immediately, and is an instinctive response to...

Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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The first interchangeable-lens autofocus SLR produced by Olympus, the E-1 was also the first digital camera to employ a "Four Thirds" CCD sensor. The smallest imager in any digital SLR camera, this one is roughly half the size of the 35mm film frame standard. Consequently, the effective focal...

Joe Farace Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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The Quantum Qflash T4d Digital is a serious flash unit that combines the form factor and user interface of the kind of high-end flash units that camera manufacturers charge big bucks for with the kind of power normally found in small monobloc studio strobes. Then there's that removable reflector that...

David B. Brooks Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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Microtek may not be the most familiar name in digital photography, but the company offers the widest selection of scanner models available. Microtek has also been in the business of making scanners for about as long as they have been available in the consumer market. The one reason you may not be as aware...

35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Roger W. Hicks Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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The Leica MP is the greatest Leica for years--maybe decades. If you want a classic all-mechanical Leica, and you can afford a new one, this is the one to buy. That's all there is to it.

So much for the short review: how about a longer one? Well, it is best summed up in three words:...