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

David B. Brooks Jun 01, 2001 0 comments

A flat-bed scanner with the capability of scanning the smallest medium format (6x4.5cm) film frame for a 13x19" print has been largely unaffordable to me and many digital darkroom enthusiasts, until now. Epson's latest Expression model...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Jun 01, 2001 0 comments

FlashPix Farewell
Back in the last millennium--1996 to be exact--the FlashPix file format was hailed as the next great graphics file breakthrough. Back in these olden days FlashPix was touted as the new, open standard for digital...

Business Trends
Maria Piscopo Jun 01, 2001 0 comments

As a photo rep
and workshop instructor I have been collecting web sites that provide
me with information for both the business and the marketing of photography
services. In this column, I will share my current collection and att...

Portraiture
Monte Zucker May 01, 2001 0 comments

At a recent
class in Cleveland my sweet and gracious bride model, Avril, told me that
she wouldn't be able to come in the next day because she had no
one to take care of her children. I told her to bring them in. I'd...

Peter K. Burian May 01, 2001 0 comments

Whenever I judge photo contests including a travel category, one fact quickly becomes apparent: picture-taking during vacation and other trips is not always taken seriously. The photographer who might spend hours making an exceptional landscape...

Student Union
Jay McCabe May 01, 2001 0 comments

 


Lansing Community College
Lansing, Michigan

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Ingrid S. Krampe May 01, 2001 0 comments

The Ricoh RDC-7 is a compact, sleek, little 3.3 megapixel camera with very sophisticated professional features (it can shoot up to a 13.5MB still-image file), in a prosumer point-and-shoot body. We took the Ricoh RDC-7 on a recent working/vacation to...

Show Reports
George Schaub May 01, 2001 0 comments

What happens when you let
loose a team of crack photo and digital imaging reporters onto the floor
of America's biggest photo and digital imaging show? Read on.

Each year, the Photo Marketing...

Show Reports
Robert E. Mayer May 01, 2001 0 comments

After having attended nearly all of the PMA trade shows in the past 38 years I have seen thousands of interesting new products introduced for the photographic public. I wandered the five miles of aisles in this year's big show stopping by nearly all of the thousands of booths, large and...

Show Reports
Peter K. Burian May 01, 2001 0 comments

In this high tech era, I expected to find a half dozen brand-new 35mm SLRs packed with computerized capabilities at the PMA show. However, this year's show produced only a single pair of that type, since others were unveiled at last fall's photokina. Instead, I saw a surprising...