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

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

When the outside temperature hit 100 yesterday, I knew it must be time to write my annual "stocking stuffer" column. The best stocking stuffers are relatively inexpensive, useful to the recipient, and small enough to fit in a stocking, but some of...

Digital Help
David B. Brooks Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

This column will attempt
to provide solutions to problems readers may have getting into and using
digital cameras, scanning, and using digital photographic images with
a computer and different kinds of software. All questions sent to me will
be...

Features
David B. Brooks Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

Not long ago, while visiting a colleague's studio I was shown a new Palm Digital Assistant (PDA) that takes pictures. There was a small attachment on the front of this hand-sized computer with a lens in the front. When activated the 3.5" screen displayed an image of whatever the PDA was pointed toward.

Book Reviews
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

General Digital Reading.
The Art of Digital Photography
by Tom Ang. Published by Amphoto Books, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036; 160 pages; $29.95; softbound, with flaps. (ISBN 0-8174-3794-0)

The big...

35mm Cameras
Robert E. Mayer Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

There have been relatively few new compact 35 or APS cameras introduced in the past year, and those that have arrived generally don't have any unusual uniqueness or pizzazz.

One camera does stand...

35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

The third generation of EOS Elan cameras, the new Elan 7 and 7E promise to be even more successful than their predecessors. Incorporating all of the Elan II series' best features the new models include several significant upgrades. Employing some...

Business Trends
Maria Piscopo Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

Your reality check for next
year is "in the mail" and to make sure it doesn't bounce come January
1, 2001, let's review some of the important topics we discussed this year.
They are: stock photography, new media clients, digital technology, and...

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

As in most photokina years, the vast majority of SLR cameras to be shown in Cologne were announced previously. Hence there were few surprises and most models were already previewed in earlier issues of Shutterbug; they are also covered in our SLR...

35mm Cameras
Robert E. Mayer Dec 01, 2000 Published: Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Introductions of new models of compact 35mm cameras have slow-ed down considerably in the past year, but to make up for this deficit, there have been many interesting second and third generation new models in the 24mm wide APS format which is about three...

Accessories
Robert E. Mayer Nov 01, 2000 0 comments

Lighting small reflective products, without the usual harsh shadows and distracting reflections produced by raw lights of any type, has always been a challenge even for experienced photographers. A new diffusion device makes it so simple and easy to light...