Equipment Reviews
Olympus OM-D E-M1
The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the follower of the first OM-D, the proper and full name having been the “OM-D E-M5.” The E-M1 incorporates many of the E-M5 advantages, the famous five-axis image stabilizer being one of them. This image stabilizer is based on sensor-shift technology and allows the user to shoot a stabilized image with every lens system mounted to the camera.
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.
Techniques
Book Excerpt
A powerful portfolio involves so much more than just a strong grasp of the technical aspects of photography—it’s a complex mix of style, techniques, and intriguing ideas.
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.
News
Big Photo Show
Coming from as far away as Australia, many of the best, and best-known, photographers in the world will be in Los Angeles May 17-18.
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.
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David B. Brooks Feb 01, 2001 0 comments

Probably the one computer product most closely associated with photography is Adobe's Photoshop. Adobe releases a major upgrade of Photoshop every so often that incorporates improvements the company's programmers have developed since...

Features
Steve Bedell Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

First, let me state that I currently shoot the majority of my wedding photos with a Bronica SQ-Ai medium format 6x6 camera. I use Kodak Portra 400VC 220 film (I like the extra snap in the contrast). It's fast enough for 90 percent of the...

Joe Farace Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

It should come as no surprise to you to discover that there are few--maybe no--real secrets in photography. Instead, what you find are informed opinions based on experience blended with some stylistic preferences. The recipe for producing...

Pro Techniques
Peter K. Burian Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

A full 15 years have passed since the first commercially viable autofocus SLR was introduced (the Maxxum 7000) and the technology has been improved significantly since then. Even so, some photographers consider AF suitable only for snapshooting.

Portraiture
Monte Zucker Jan 01, 2001 2 comments

I arrived at the International Wedding Institute, Hasselblad's annual school for wedding photographers in Tucson, Arizona, a day early to get a feel for things and scout locations for outdoor portraiture. I didn't have to look far.

Pro Techniques
Barry Tanenbaum Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

It's an old antique store--okay, you can call it a junk shop--by the side of the road in Delaware, and photographer Tony Sweet drives by a lot on his way to the coast from his home in Baltimore. And it's a great place to take pictures simply because it...

Student Union
Jay McCabe Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson
New York

Currently
Mae is a freshman at Bard, planning a dual major, photography and medieval studies.

The Program
"The photography program is a four-year course, and it's very competitive...

David B. Brooks Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

In the last few years many of the companies offering consumer digital cameras have also marketed complementary digital snapshot print size thermal printers. Now that 3 plus megapixel prosumer digital cameras are becoming the norm, and...

David B. Brooks Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

In the last year I've had more e-mail inquiries about what scanner to buy if a photographer has medium and large format film to scan than any other single topic. Until now I've not had a good answer for anyone requiring professional...

Lenses, Test Reports
Robert E. Mayer Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

A long 10x zoom range is typically found on better movie cameras and camcorders--but rarely is offered for still photography. Available now from Sigma, the new Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO produces the kind of crisply detailed images you...