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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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...

Features
Monte Zucker Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Have you ever wished for better vision? That is, not just to see more clearly, but at the same time to see things that you've missed seeing--or remembering--because there was just too much to take in at one time.

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Help
Robert E. Mayer Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

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David B. Brooks Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Yes, when you can't find that file, and you forget the file name, don't just get angry, and voice an expletive, put the latest computer acronym in your vocabulary. DAM stands for Digital Asset Management, and is one of the hottest software...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

This year, more and more people will be doing shopping for that perfect holiday gift by using the Internet. Why not? It's the best place available to find a state of the art gift for your favorite digital imager--or maybe even yourself. A web search...

Digital Help
David B. Brooks Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

This column will attempt
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Digital Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

I've spent the better part of the past 20 years teaching folks how to do things in their traditional color darkrooms. But, I've got to tell you, since digital imaging has become a reality, there are some things I just can't do in a wet...

Book Reviews
Joe Farace Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Books about digital imaging can be a source of information and inspiration. They have the space to provide an in-depth look at programs, plug-ins, or techniques and many of them include CD-ROMs loaded with demo or "tryout" versions of commercial software, shareware, or files of the...