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

Paper & Ink, Test Reports
Tom Fuller Feb 01, 2000 0 comments

As French-made Bergger black and white film and paper meet virtually every requirement of the exacting large format worker, "Fine Materials for Fine Photography" would also be a suitable title. Bergger BPF 200 film, available in a wide range of...

Accessories
Robert E. Mayer Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Individuals who hike, climb, bike, or are involved in any similar type of outdoor activity often like to have a camera along to record the event. Carrying a camera on a conventional neck strap is not practical because the weight of the camera causes it to...

Web Profiles
Joe Farace Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Serendipity: Sometimes you accidentally find something wonderful. That's the case with this Web Site of the Month. While researching astrophotography sites, I found Pete's Page, which includes astronomical photography--digital and film--along...

Accessories, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

As the manufacturer of numerous tripods, the Velbon name has been well known in the US for many years, particularly for very affordable and ultralight models. Recently however, some important changes have occurred. The Velbon Tripod Co. of Japan expanded...

Pro Techniques
Barry Tanenbaum Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Lindsay Silverman
Marketing Manager, SLR Program Development
Nikon Inc.

Flexible Flyer. "Don't be married to one method of shooting. Even though the cameras I use can be customized, I...

Student Union
Barry Tanenbaum Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Nick Briggs
East Union High School
Manteca, California

Goal. "I think photography will continue to be the family business."

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35mm Cameras
Peter K. Burian Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

As the economy improved in 1998, the market was ready for new and improved SLR cameras in 1999. And the manufacturers delivered, with emphasis on two categories: "Pro" models packed with every capability imaginable and entry-level cameras that are simpler to operate than previous...

Lenses, Test Reports
Jay Abend Dec 01, 1999 1 comments

When Bob Shell asked me to take a look at Schneider's new line of digital lenses, I said "sure." After all, I'm a fully modern digital photographer, and anything aimed at the digital professional is of great interest to me. When I...

Digital Darkroom
Rick Sammon Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Want to add some pizzazz to your existing photos? One way to accomplish this goal is to create the feeling or impression that a still subject is moving. With Adobe Photoshop, it's relatively easy. Here's how to do it.

Software & Computers
Joe Farace Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

What does the Internet have to do with the invention of graphics plug-ins? More than you might think and you don't have to be a fan of James Burke's TV series Connections to make the necessary connections. It starts in the mind of computer...