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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Portraiture
Steve Bedell May 01, 2000 0 comments

Traditional Portraiture And Beyond

It doesn't matter if your interest lies in women, men, or children, I'm going to tell you right now that not having a "big" camera is no longer an excuse for not getting...

Pro Techniques
Jay Abend May 01, 2000 0 comments

The Simple Life

I love fancy photography equipment as much as the next guy, but there are times when I like to put away all of the expensive cameras, lighting gear, and softboxes and try and shoot with some basic gear.

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Show Reports
Dave Howard May 01, 2000 0 comments

Rangefinder, Panoramic, And Large Format Cameras, Plus The Darkroom

Rangefinder Cameras. If the only thing keeping you from becoming a proud owner of a Contax G2 was the lack of a zoom lens, then wait no longer; Contax has announced the Carl Zeiss 35-70mm Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens.

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

Sigma AF 70-300mm & APO Macro Super

Sigma's two most successful zooms--70-300mm models with extreme close focusing ability--were recently upgraded and labeled with the "Super" designation. Both...

35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Tom Fuller May 01, 2000 0 comments

Phoenix P1 And P2 35mm SLR Cameras

Despite the profusion of autofocus, auto-everything SLRs that offer some significant technological innovations, there still remains a demand for good bare-bones camera designs. This is to some...

Show Reports
Joe Farace May 01, 2000 0 comments

A Personal Look At Digital Imaging

While the annual PMA show is rooted in traditional photography, digital technology is becoming more and more a part of the event. So much so that it was a challenge to see everything that might be considered digital at the show, but I tried. Any...

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

New Photographic Film

Ferrania. The name Ferrania Imaging Technologies may not be familiar to everyone, but this company has been making store brand films for over 30 years now. Formerly part of Imation Corp. (and affiliated with 3M), this company is now solely owned by a...

35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Robert E. Mayer May 01, 2000 0 comments

Minolta Maxxum QTsi

Anybody seeking to graduate from simple compact cameras with their notoriously inaccurate viewfinders and limited close focusing capability and expand their photographic horizons usually accomplish this by...

Lighting
Ben Clay May 01, 2000 0 comments

Lesson Of The Month

The amount of money required for a single day in a commercial car photo shoot is staggering. It is a major production that requires a good location, very large light sources, and a large team of skilled people.

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

Lenses For 35mm Cameras

Next to new SLR cameras, lenses always attract the most attention among those attending the annual PMA show. Although we did not see as many new models this year as last, this was not surprising. Because 2000 is a photokina year, most manufacturers will...