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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Paper & Ink, Test Reports
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

The final step in the digital darkroom process is outputting your photographs on an ink jet printer and having the "right" paper can have as much impact on the quality of that output as choosing the correct paper and developer combination in a...

35mm Cameras
Peter K. Burian Dec 01, 2000 1 comments

Once every two years, the world's largest photographic trade show--photokina--is held in Cologne, Germany, in September. In those years (including 2000) we always find that camera manufacturers announce SLR models with entirely new technology. This year was no exception, with four major cameras announced...

Features, Personal Projects
Steve Bedell Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

This article is aimed mostly at professional photographers but if you don't count yourself among them, please continue reading anyway because I think you'll find some very useful information. Having said that, let's consider one of the most common yet...

Passport
Jack Hollingsworth Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

I call it "total coverage"-bringing back the photos that tell the story of a place, an event, a personality. The concept comes from the days, over 15 years ago, when I shot film and video and worked through what was practically a check list of shots that...

Show Reports
Peter K. Burian Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

Since the compact lens/shutter cameras still outsell SLR models by a vast margin, we found numerous new models at photokina. Most manufacturers offer both formats: 35mm and Advanced Photo System (APS or 24mm). Because general features tend to be very similar in both types of cameras, I am including both...

Pro Techniques
Jay Abend Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

You're all familiar with Murphy's Law--Anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong. Certainly being a working photographer is a great way to see Murphy's Law in action on nearly a daily basis. While I pride myself on being prepared for every...

The Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

While conventional photography
(as opposed to digital) continues to be the main stream of the industry,
conventional darkroom activity has declined over the past few years. Today,
most conventional darkroom activity seems to be in the area of fine art...

David B. Brooks Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

The shirt-pocket sized FujiFilm FinePix 4700 digital camera has a very high 4.3 megapixel resolution that reproduces professional quality 8x10 prints. Besides being the first camera to feature Fuji's new Super CCD technology, the 4700's diminutive size...

Show Reports
Peter K. Burian Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

As camera manufacturers introduce new SLRs, they also tend to announce new flash units. As well, several independent brand flash manufacturers showed new models at photokina with additional functions. Most of the products that we found were upgrades to existing models as were the new battery types. Some...

Show Reports
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

Photokina 2000 is a combination trade show and circus, where all of the photographic--digital and otherwise--manufacturers parade their wares on the biggest midway this side of the Rhine. This was my first trip back in 22 years, and my have things changed!