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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Outdoor Tips
Lynne Eodice Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about scenic photography is the notion that the beauty of a scene will automatically be captured by a camera—all you need to do is simply point and shoot at random. After all, spectacular mountains or azure seas are awe-inspiring to...

Features
Joe Farace Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

What would it be like to be invisible? --H.G. Wells' "The Invisible Man"

Unlike the character from H.G. Wells' novel or James Whale's classic 1933 horror movie...

Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

Renowned for its line of award-winning broad range zoom lenses, Tamron also offers several single focal length models. Perhaps the least well-known of this line is model No. 360: the SP 300mm f/2.8 LD IF, available in autofocus and manual...

Student Union
Jay McCabe Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

Lorena Tarrés
Paier College Of Art
Hamden, Connecticut

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Features
Dave Howard Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

Growing up in the 1950s, I remember envying a friend who lived down the block, because his dad took their vacation pictures on slide film and projected them. I marveled at the 6' wide Kodachrome majesty of faraway places like Yellowstone...

Accessories
Robert E. Mayer Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

Who says there's nothing new these days? We just learned of an interesting line of small camera bags designed specifically for the active outdoor photographer. These bags are for those individuals who are more concerned about protection from the elements than instant access to a...

Outdoor/Travel
Susan & Rick Sammon Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

Most people know us as professional travel photographers--lugging around "tons" of 35mm cameras and accessories. We use this gear to document different cultures and customs around the world for our books and magazine articles, as well as for Rick's photo series on the...

David B. Brooks Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

LaserSoft SilverFast Ai 5 Scanning Software. In a simultaneous release, LaserSoft Imaging is now offering a Version 5 with new features added to their SilverFast Ai scanning software, as well as support for the Microtek ArtixScan 4000t and Polaroid...

Lighting
Jay Abend Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

I have always considered myself a pack and head guy. You know what I mean--big powerful studio flash generators, long cables, and fan-cooled light heads. Growing up I always thought of a pro photographer as the guy with the view camera...

Lighting
Ben Clay Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

The following step by step procedures and instructions are intended to assist you in obtaining the best possible film scans based on one basic principle: Every film image is unique. Therefore, the specific parameters of adjustment for...