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Tom Fuller Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

After 34 years in the large format arena, I've learned that there are really only two kinds of view cameras. The first, made of elegant hardwood and fitted with fine brass hardware, is the kind we carefully polish and prop up in the office as a conversation piece. The other, made of...

David B. Brooks Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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Microtek may not be the most familiar name in digital photography, but the company offers the widest selection of scanner models available. Microtek has also been in the business of making scanners for about as long as they have been available in the consumer market. The one reason you may not be as aware...

Jay Abend Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

I am a digital photographer. Whether I am using one of my digital cameras or shooting on film and scanning the images, everything I shoot has to become digital at some point to be printed. What started out as a career move to gain more work in my area has...

35mm Cameras, Test Reports
Robert E. Mayer Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Exceptionally small, light, and very solid are the descriptive attributes of this compact camera. It is an example of German precise engineering and design. A throwback to the fully manual operating camera era. The film speed ISO has to be set...

Jack Neubart Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

I 'm always looking for new solutions to light small things. Change that. I'm always looking for easier and faster solutions to light small things. Let's face it: lighting tabletops is never easy, although you'd think it should be. And sometimes, formulaic lighting is exactly what's needed. Then along comes the Gem eBox, from MK Digital Direct.

David B. Brooks Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

The era of beige boxes is over. The contour and coloring of a stealth fighter combined with the design of the outer shell of the new Microtek ArtixScan 4000t signifies a new generation of high-performance personal 35mm scanners. As the century has turned...

David B. Brooks Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Corel PHOTO-PAINT is an application with a long history and one that I have used off and on for as many years. This latest Version 9 is not all that different in outward appearance and the included feature set than the previous Version 8, or even 7 for...

David B. Brooks Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

Ever since color inkjet printers made for photographic printing were introduced a significant portion of the photo community has felt they were left out because color inkjets have not provided a good solution for black and white photography compared to color. Now, Epson has responded with their new Stylus Photo R2400 that is really three printers in one. First, it is an even...

David B. Brooks Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

It has been some time since Hewlett-packard first introduced the PhotoSmart printer, so this new generation of HP photo quality ink jet printers is quite distinct. There are essentially two different yet similar models: those that continue the PhotoSmart...

David B. Brooks Dec 01, 2003 0 comments

Sometimes it is a good thing to be proven wrong, and to also be happy to admit it. For the last few years I have been using 4000dpi dedicated film scanners and was convinced that other than the ability to make larger prints there was little to be gained...

David B. Brooks Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

If any one component is the keystone of an effective digital darkroom it is your computer's monitor. Everything that is accomplished in the adjustment of brightness, contrast, and color, and the work of cleaning defects or retouching a portrait, is...

David B. Brooks Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

To those familiar with the UMAX scanner line, the new Power-Look 1100 appears quite similar to the popular PowerLook III. It has many similarities, including the same configuration with film scanning standard; 1200x2400 hardware resolution; 3.4 dynamic...

Lenses, Test Reports
Stan Trzoniec Jul 01, 2004 0 comments

Like modern automobile engines, most digital cameras equipped with interchangeable lenses seem to have most of their power or torque at the high end of the focal length scale. In digital SLRs with smaller than full-frame sensors, your 300mm might be a...

Uwe Steinmueller Jul 01, 2004 0 comments

The Nikon D2H has replaced the Nikon D1H; it has also been targeted against the competition camera Canon EOS-1D. The Nikon D2H is capable of 8 fps which matches the Canon EOS-1D in terms of frames per second. There is no other camera in this league on the...

Tony Sweet Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

When Nikon announced the D2X last year at photokina there was a good deal of anticipation about it, and a good wait that followed until it finally arrived. In the meantime, Canon countered with their EOS-1Ds Mark II, which in many ways shaped the competitive landscape. With a street price of $4999.95, Nikon's flagship digital SLR is $3000 less than the $8000 (body only) Mark...