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David B. Brooks Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Epson seems to have an uncanny sense for putting together product specifications that make their offerings ideal choices for the digital darkroom. The Epson Expression 800 is a prime example. Its combination of reasonably high optical resolution...

Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Tokina is not a manufacturer that seeks a lot of publicity, refusing to get involved in the old "sell the sizzle, not the steak" approach. And yet, they deserve greater recognition after producing lenses for over 40 years. Under the trademarks...

Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

As a manufacturer of a wide range of lenses from 8-800mm, Sigma's line also includes true macro lenses for extreme close-up photography. Both of the current models will produce a full life-size rendition of the subject without accessories: the AF...

David B. Brooks Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Epson has consistently led the way in popularity among photo-realistic ink jet printers, and is staying ahead with this new model Stylus Photo 750. The shape is the same as the original Stylus Photo, but now it's in charcoal and black. Under the...

Lenses, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Although most autofocus Nikkor lenses employ a focus motor in the camera body, Nikon was actually the first manufacturer to build a motor into the lens barrel. In 1983, they unveiled two such AF lenses--the 80mm f/2.8 and 200mm f/3.5ED, both for the F3AF.

Robert E. Mayer Jul 01, 1999 Published: Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Evolution is inevitable in all camera formats. The past two or three decades have witnessed a vast degree in sophistication, automation, and electronicization of all types of photo equipment. The Pentax 645N was the first medium format SLR to incorporate...

David B. Brooks Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

When it was first introduced the Hewlett-Packard Photo-Smart scanner was an unprecedented bargain for the photo enthusiast. It was capable of scanning prints up to 5x7" as well as film, and it was a compact, convenient to use design. Now after...

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 Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

There is a very real difference still between professional scans and what the individual user can achieve even with the latest and best personal scanners. To a large extent this professional level of scanning remains the realm of drum scanners and their...

David B. Brooks Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

If you have ever used a darkroom to make photographic prints it is likely you have also used a test strip to determine the ideal exposure to make your final exposure. That method, of making a sequence of increasing overlapped exposures on a strip of...

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...

Accessories, Test Reports
Robert E. Mayer Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

The large, fast telephoto lenses that are so popular these days for sports and action photography are long and heavy, making them unwieldy and impractical for handheld use, so they require steady tripod support to produce sharply-detailed pictures. While...

Peter K. Burian Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Although the slide films of early 1998 were already excellent, the "big three" manufacturers continue to enhance their emulsions. Agfa for example had a winner with its Agfachrome RSX 100 Professional, which won the prestigious European Photo...

Peter K. Burian Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Although the current Ekta-chrome Elite Chrome 100 and the E100 series films are the best emulsions Kodak has ever produced, some photographers had been hoping for an even more highly saturated chrome. Well, Kodak has responded with two films, intended for...

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...