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Roger W. Hicks Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

The Chinese-built, American-designed Fotoman 617 justifies itself as soon as you see the first transparencies on the light table. The huge format is a knockout. It's gorgeous. That vast slab of film is 21/4x62/3". That's 56x168mm, or over 11 times the area of 35mm.

It's ideal for scanning, too. Even a very modest flat-bed film scanner giving...

David B. Brooks Dec 01, 2000 0 comments

The shirt-pocket sized FujiFilm FinePix 4700 digital camera has a very high 4.3 megapixel resolution that reproduces professional quality 8x10 prints. Besides being the first camera to feature Fuji's new Super CCD technology, the 4700's diminutive size...

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...

Jay Abend Nov 01, 2002 0 comments

I knew this would happen. I knew that just as digital cameras got really good and really inexpensive we'd see lots of great film stock. I'll admit that my own shooting, whether for clients or personal amusement, is mostly digital...

Peter K. Burian Jul 01, 2001 0 comments

Over the past two years, we have seen significant improvements in all ISO 400 and 800 color print films, but few advances in the "fast" color reversal products. This is understandable because color neg film outsells slide film by a vast...

David B. Brooks Mar 01, 2001 0 comments

It wasn't that long ago I reported on a fun camera from Fujifilm, the shirt-pocket sized FinePix 4700. The follow up for the photo enthusiast, the new FinePix 4900, brings the same serious digital picture qualities with added features...

Jack Neubart Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

Fujifilm FinePix S2Pro

I was standing in Times Square, the Fuji S2 Pro with 28-105mm f/2.8 lens in my hands, when I chanced to glance over my shoulder and noticed someone peering at me. The quizzical expression on my face was greeted by a...

David B. Brooks Jan 01, 1999 0 comments

Photography as an activity can be divided into three easily defined areas: the snapshot, with the purpose of recording events, people, and places in our lives; the professional, providing illustrative services from pictures for catalogs to portraits of...

George Schaub Feb 01, 2004 0 comments

Overexposure has always been the bane of photographers, be they the film or digital variety. If using negative film, moderate overexposure could be easily handled when printing. But overexpose a slide film and colors, details, and especially bright areas would become washed out, with subsequent...

Steve Bedell Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

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I bought a Fujifilm FinePix S1 Pro the minute it came out--ditto with the FinePix S2 Pro. A box containing the new FinePix S20 Pro digital camera arrived recently on my doorstep along with wide angle and telephoto...

Steve Bedell May 01, 2005 0 comments

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Like most photographers, before I try out new equipment on clients, I test it thoroughly. Yeah, right. It's digital so why bother? We can see the picture right off, so let's get shooting! And so it was with this camera. The day after I got it I was booked in the studio all day with sessions, so after a few...

Steve Bedell Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

Photos © 2004, Steve Bedell, All Rights Reserved

The rapidly changing world of professional photography has photographers scrambling to grasp all the new technology. Some photographers are film based, some use a mix of film and digital, and many (like me) are now 100 percent digital. But all photographers I talk to express the same concern--how can they increase...

George Schaub Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

Many moons ago I was granted a few test rolls of the then-new Fujichrome Velvia 50. I happened to be in Las Vegas at the time, and curious just how saturated this touted high-saturation film might be I hiked around red rock country and exposed a few rolls. Having been a dedicated slide shooter and film tester for another photo mag I was pretty familiar with slide films and how...

Lenses, Test Reports
George Schaub Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

Photographers have always been fascinated by super wide angle focal lengths. This focal length range, including 20mm, expands peripheral vision beyond the scope of human vision, and does so with a potential depth of field that makes...

George Schaub Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

Long the realm of commercial labs due to their cost and complexity, a new breed of large format printers are being aimed at photographers, both pro and advanced amateurs, who want to take control of their gallery, portrait, and wedding prints. New inks, simplified software, and vastly enhanced workflows make these printers attractive to photographers who make the commitment to...