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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Steve Bedell May 01, 1999 0 comments

The call typically goes like this. "Hi, my name is Sandy. My friends keep telling me that I should be a model. I don't know about that, but I need some portfolio pictures so I can show them to people. Do you do that? Can you tell me how much...

35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Robert E. Mayer May 01, 1999 0 comments

The Minolta AF SLR cameras are aimed toward the entry photographer just purchasing their first SLR as well as more experienced individuals already owning some Maxxum equipment who need an additional camera body. Actually there are two practically identical...

Show Reports
Dave Howard May 01, 1999 0 comments

The "new" medium format cameras shown at PMA '99 were, by and large, the same ones previewed late last year at photokina and Photo Plus East. The good news is that those early teasers are now beginning to arrive at your local dealers as...

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Show Reports
Joe Farace May 01, 1999 0 comments

Although not all of the filter manufacturers had something new to announce, I was able to get a sense of each product line and the directions they're headed in.

Lee Filters introduced their new Gel Snap Polyester filter holder. The...

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

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

I've worked in a conventional,
wet darkroom almost all of my life. I can remember see-sawing black
and white film back and forth through open trays to develop it when
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Portraiture
Monte Zucker Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

Teaching photography to Carnival Cruise Line photographers has given me an opportunity that few people have in their lifetime. I spend weeks at a time cruising on the world's greatest fleet of ships to some of the world's most incredibly...

Web Profiles
Rosalind Smith Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

Just in time for our travel issue we caught up with New Jersey photographer Paul Eric Johnson on his fall foliage journey through New England. Johnson, returning from Jefferson Notch on the flanks of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, was completing his...