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35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Stan Trzoniec Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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According to a recent survey, there are still over 140 million film cameras in use within the boundaries of the US. No doubt that digital has taken the world by storm, but is there still a sizable market out there for the dedicated film shooter? Looking at the recent introduction of an improved version of the...

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

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Until recently, only Canon and Nikon offered interchangeable lenses with a camera shake compensating system called Image Stabilizer (IS) and Vibration Reduction (VR), respectively (see the discussion on IS and VR lens technology in our August 2004 issue, or on our website at: www.shutterbug.com).

Accessories, Test Reports
Jay Abend Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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Complete freedom is the dream of every photographer. We want to go where we want, when we want, with completely portable gear. Cameras have shrunk over the years, from huge Mathew Brady-era view cameras to teeny-tiny pocket digicams. Lighting has gotten portable as well, with in camera and on-camera...

George Schaub Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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After having spent a few weeks with the Nikon D70, and teaching at workshops where students arrived with the camera fresh out of the box, it's clear that Nikon has fashioned a camera that will appeal to both those new to digital SLR photography and those already converted eager to use their...

Jon Canfield Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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If you're anything like me, you have wasted time, paper, and ink, and pulled hair out trying to achieve the perfect print from your digital files--especially neutral black and white prints. There are many solutions available, some that are very specific in nature, and others that cover...

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

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When it was announced in 1995, the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM zoom was truly unique, as the world's first 35mm system lens with a built-in Image Stabilizer (IS). Versatile, compact, and great for low-light shooting without a tripod, that zoom has been very popular in spite of mixed...

Steve Bedell Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

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I bought a Fujifilm FinePix S1 Pro the minute it came out--ditto with the FinePix S2 Pro. A box containing the new FinePix S20 Pro digital camera arrived recently on my doorstep along with wide angle and telephoto...

David B. Brooks Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

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In the last year, the quality and performance levels of dye-based photo ink jet printers have made great strides. Now you can add Canon, with their new 13" wide i9900, as a manufacturer that has pushed the...

Jay Abend Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

Shooting with powerful studio style flash units has always meant dealing with the dreadful PC sync cord. That horrible little PC sync connection on your camera hasn't changed much in the past 60 years, and it remains the least reliable link in the world of most studio photographers.

Like most pros, I adopted a strictly...

Joe Farace Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

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OK, I'll be the first one to admit that I'm a klutz. I like to work with long lenses (an 85mm lens is short to me) and am constantly backing up into whatever boyfriend, husband, or hanger-on that models feel...

Jay Abend Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

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When it comes to heavy-duty pro lighting gear, Balcar has long been a name synonymous with high-end studio strobes. This French company has been at the forefront of a number of trends in photography. Started in 1952, Balcar...

Joe Farace Oct 01, 2004 3 comments

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Light, as they say, "is light." The most important characteristic of monolights, or any kind of lighting system, is the quality and the quantity of the light they produce. Other stuff like recycling time, power...

Howard Millard Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

Say the words "color management" and some digital photographers and printers break into a sweat. Others swear that what they don't know can't hurt them. But most believe that taking control of color management is essential to a...

Peter K. Burian Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

Until recently, all of Kodak's professional color print films were marketed under the Portra logo, understandable because portrait and wedding photographers make up the primary market for such products. That changed earlier this year, when the company...

Dave Howard Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

For readers who are unfamiliar with the Holga camera, a bit of background is in order, lest you wonder why I would bother to review a $100 enlarger, with its inevitable compromises.

The plastic-lensed Holga, and its glass-lensed sibling, the Woca, are...