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

Steve Bedell Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

If you'll allow me a little history, let me reminisce for a moment. The first article I did for Shutterbug was in the late '80s. It was about shooting Kodak VPH 400 film at weddings. The film was a big step forward in shooting candid type...

Lighting
Mike Matzkin Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

The modern automatic electronic flash system can be a mind trap. You focus, aim the flash at the ceiling or directly at the subject, press the shutter release, and it's virtually a cinch that you'll get reasonably well lit images--with no...

Accessories
Tom Fuller Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Contrary to popular belief, mediocre quality is not the only cause of unsharp pictures. Inaccurate focusing, sloppy depth of field control, and poor film flatness all contribute, but the most destructive is camera movement during exposure. While a sturdy...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

You don't have to have
your computer stolen to lose data. Sometimes hard disk crashes or other
hardware failures will destroy data.


The heart of the problem of lost data is two fold: Many people think...

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

This new column will attempt
to provide solutions to problems readers may have in getting into and
using digital cameras, scanning, and using digital photographic images
with a computer and different kinds of software.A...

Features
Monte Zucker Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

The one thing that you can count on when you see Richard Pahl's images is that you're not gonna believe what you're looking at. The reason is that he's so darned clever with what he's done/doing, you're just never sure...

Business Trends
Maria Piscopo Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

June is always a good time
to reevaluate the state of your business. What have you done for self-promotion
so far this year? What are your goals and plans for the new millennium?
A new look at your 1999 marketing planis...

Jay Abend Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

In the quest for the perfect digital image I have learned an awful lot. Besides learning more than I ever hoped to know about ROM, RAM, Cache, and SCSI, I have learned way too much about continuous lighting. Continuous lighting, as the name suggests, is...

Features
Barry Tanenbaum Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

An editor friend who helps
produce an annual calendar for a photography company has a stock response
for photographers who ask for guidelines about what kind of photos to
submit. "Send in pictures that people will...

Dave Howard Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

It doesn't take long to tell whether most photo-related equipment was designed by a "design team," or by a photographer. The "team" product usually looks slick, but five minutes into an in-depth examination you've most...