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.
Latest Additions

Lighting, Portraiture
Ben Clay/Web Ph... Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

The basics of
portrait photography could fill many large books. We have decided to concentrate
on one application with a few variations on the theme for this lesson.

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Features
Joseph A. Dickerson Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

Maybe you've considered large format. Perhaps you'd like to experience photography as Ansel Adams, Morley Baer, Edward Weston, and other pioneers did. It's a slower, more introspective kind of photography, but if you'd...

John Rettie Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

For serious photographers the holy grail of digital SLR cameras will be the one that produces images as good as those obtained in a high-end camera using 35mm film. Currently, there's little dispute that digital images obtained...

Lenses, Test Reports
George Schaub Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

Photographers have always been fascinated by super wide angle focal lengths. This focal length range, including 20mm, expands peripheral vision beyond the scope of human vision, and does so with a potential depth of field that makes...

Lighting
The Editors Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

This year, 2001,
marks the 75th year that F.J. Westcott has been doing business. Known
today as a leader in manufacturing light modification equipment, the company
started out as an umbrella company, wholesaling to dry goodssto...

Accessories
Tom Fuller Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

I've been thinking about this month's project for years, but its complexity kept me from presenting it until now. The features of current AF SLR cameras allow the design to be greatly simplified and made practical for the home workshop...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

"The major difference
between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go
wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it
usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair."--Doug...

Business Trends
Maria Piscopo Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

The biggest
challenge to professional photographers today is the ability to create
images they enjoy making while earning money. By this, I mean profits,
not just sales. The need to get images of value to a client who will pay...

Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

Back in the
old days when I spent most of my life in a conventional darkroom, I used
to do a fair amount of dodging and burning-in. For some strange reason
almost every picture needed some slight adjustments. As long as I was...

George Schaub Sep 01, 2001 Published: Oct 01, 2001 0 comments

The long awaited and anticipated Nikon D1X arrived in our offices the other day, and we couldn't wait to get to work with it. To those who have worked with a Nikon D1 the camera offers similar handling and workflow, although there have...