Equipment Reviews
Fujifilm X-M1
The Fujifilm X-M1 is an extremely compact system camera that uses Fujifilm’s 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor. The camera offers very high image quality due to its special RGB filter array which differs from the standard Bayer RGB pattern. The pattern on the APS-C-sized X-Trans sensor resembles the random pattern of grain of analog film and reduces image noise. The interpretation of this RGB pattern isn’t very easy, but the most current versions of Adobe’s Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in and Adobe’s Lightroom are able to convert this pattern correctly.
Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM Lens
Sigma’s 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is part of their DC series of lenses designed for APS-C-sized sensors so the imaging circle is matched to the size of the sensor. For this assignment, I used a Canon EOS 60D with a 22.3x14.9mm sensor, producing an equivalent angle of view of a 28-56mm lens. Shooters of Nikon, Pentax, Sigma, and Sony cameras, the other mounts for which the lens is available, will achieve an angle of view equivalent to 27-52mm. Unlike other lens manufacturers, Sigma priced the different mounts the same ($799) so don’t feel you’re going to be paying a premium for your camera choice. Bucking a trend with camera manufacturers’ lenses, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM includes a lens hood at no extra charge.
Elinchrom D-Lite RX ONE To Go Kit
First impressions: the D-Lite RX ONE To Go Kit includes a pair of Elinchrom monolights so you know it’s going to contain quality products. Then you discover that the maximum output of each light is 100 watt seconds and you start to think you’ll need more power. That’s until you’re reminded that this fully loaded two-monolight Elinchrom kit sells for less than $700.
Digital Innovations
The paradigm shift in imaging that digital capture kicked off continues to roll on with ever capable smartphones and wearable tech such as Google Glass, and it all shows no sign of letting up and has me wondering where it will end. Cameras such as the UK-based OMG Life Autographer has a form factor not much different than the original Minox subminiature film camera, which measured 3.1x1x0.62” and weighed 4.5 oz.
Techniques
Business Trends
While it might seem that much of this is peripheral to your honed photo skills, you won’t be working weekends unless you can book the job.
Landscapes
As primarily a landscape photographer Iam often in a situation where I am struggling to give a feeling of scale to big dramatic views.
Personal Project
It is probably true that a photographer, through almost single-minded devotion to a place, can help make it known, understood, and appreciated.
Personal Project
The idea for Phil Pantano’s photographic series, “The American Worker,” walked into his office at a local steel mill in Lackawanna, New York, where Pantano holds a day job as a computer analyst. Others have photographed workers at similar job sites.
News
Obscura ILFORD
The original kit continues to be available and comes complete with starter packs of black and white film and paper, together with a simple Exposure Calculator and Instruction Book.
Olympus SP-100
Olympus introduced a breakthrough in its Ultra Zoom camera line-up with the new STYLUS SP-100, the world’s first-ever camera with a built-in dot-sight.
iON Video Camera
The Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi is a wearable, high-definition video camera features compact size, light weight and fully-waterproof design.
Slinger BigBag
Adorama recently enhanced its Slinger camera bag collection with nine new BigBag camera bags, available exclusively at Adorama and designed for a wide range of photo and video accessories.
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Portraiture
Steve Bedell Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

A few short years ago, many writers and photographers, myself included, were of the opinion that in a few short years film would be history, with the exception of a few "niche" areas of photography, like, say, infrared. Now that I've been...

Lighting, Portraiture
Monte Zucker Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

Black On Black Is Easy
Still under cover, I photographed the church's Father Frank. I photographed him in black robes against a black background. My aim was to show detail throughout the portrait and separation between his robe and the background.

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

The Sigma engineers never seem to take a break, coming up with new lenses with surprising frequency. Late last year, they released two short zooms that certainly attracted a lot of attention. Their AF 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG Aspherical boasts the...

Passport
Jack Hollingsworth Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

I hadn't planned on writing about travel portraiture; after all, we've discussed it directly or peripherally a few times before. I was leaning toward some how-to, application-type things--photography at resorts and on cruise ships, or maybe how to tackle...

Jay Abend Apr 01, 2002 1 comments

While it's clear to every serious photographer that digital cameras will eventually replace film as we know it, there's still cause for concern with the skin tone of digital portraits.

Unless...

Lighting, Portraiture
Jay McCabe Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

As any portrait photographer knows, taking pictures of children can be a lot of fun, but also very difficult. Usually, most kids don't want to smile or sit still for the camera, particularly in front of people they don't know. Capturing a genuine...

David B. Brooks Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

Most photographers want to use the best tools available and hope they can afford the best. When it comes to film scanners, Minolta's latest DiMAGE Scan Multi PRO sets the standard for a reasonably affordable scanner. This new Minolta scanner...

Ingrid S. Krampe Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

As the sun finished its long descent down the horizon, the lights of Innsbruck sparkled over the Inn River. Looking down on the swirling mass of blue-gray water, I supported Epson's new PhotoPC 3100Z digital camera against the railing, adjusting...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

"Different
strokes for different folks."
--Sylvester Stewart from "Everyday People"

Occasionally I get e-mail from
readers who think I'm biased toward Macintosh computers...

Lenses, Test Reports
Stan Trzoniec Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

Ever since I started in photography I was enthralled with the virtues of good, clean available light photographs. After high school my graduation present was a Heiland Pentax complete with an f/2 lens. Combining that with Tri-X film--then rated...