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

Outdoor/Travel
Jay Abend Apr 01, 1999 1 comments

Over the past several months I've shared with you some of my experiences with getting my studio and location gear together. With new technology rapidly changing the way pro photographers make their living, it really has become a chore to keep up on...

David B. Brooks Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

I reported on the new Nikon Super CoolScan 2000 in the February issue with all of its exciting new features like ImageClean and Multiple Scan Sampling. My enthusiasm was dampened only slightly by my finding the Nikon software not quite equal to the rest of...

The Darkroom
Darryl C. Nicholas Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

Usually when you are traveling,
you can't take your entire darkroom with you. However, you still
might want to make a few, quick, color prints while you're away
from home. All you need to make great colorpri...

Pro Techniques
Bob Coates Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

For those times when you want to isolate an object with a pleasing non-competing background, here is a system that will give you lots of options. It worked especially well when a client asked me to photograph individual pieces of jewelry to illustrate...

Help
Robert E. Mayer Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

PLEASE READ THIS
BEFORE WRITING TO HELP!


The volume of letters to this column is increasing every month. To be
able to continue to offer this service...

Outdoor/Travel
Joe Farace Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

All of us have made solemn vows that someday we are going to put our travel photographs in an album or arrange the slides into a slide show for family and friends to enjoy, but somehow we never get around to it. For example, what happens when you get back...

35mm Cameras
Robert E. Mayer Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

When I first saw the Maxxum 9 at a private showing inside the Minolta display booth at the 1998 photokina I was impressed with this camera's capabilities and was anxious to obtain one for review--but they were not expected until sometime in the...

David B. Brooks Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

Less than a year ago I tested and wrote a report on Epson's Perfection 600 scanner. Before the report was set in type Epson sold out of every Perfection 600 scanner in stock, and the report was canceled. Let's hope Epson has produced enough of...

Sports/Action
Rick Sammon Apr 01, 1999 1 comments

Last year in Shutterbug, I offered 10 reasons why a topside photographer might want to dive into underwater photography. My reasons included: challenging yourself with one of the most rewarding photo specialties around; putting your photo skills to work...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

"Sometime you get
the bear and sometimes it gets you--old."--

Colorado Mountain Man expression

One of the many indisputable
ruleso...