Robert E. Mayer
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Lighting Equipment
Robert E. Mayer Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

Most devoted photographers will have several different types and sizes of light boxes for use in a variety of situations. Possibly the most common use for a smaller, basic light box is in the darkroom to evaluate a negative or transparency prior to...

Robert E. Mayer Feb 01, 2008 1 comments

There were two models of the versatile Mamiya Press medium format rangefinder cameras in the 1960s and '70s, the Universal Press and the Press Super 23. These cameras were designed to be more compact and in many respects more versatile than the bellows type 4x5 and 2x3 press cameras of that era, such as the Speed Graphic, Busch Pressman, and Linhof Technica. The main...

Lenses, Test Reports
Robert E. Mayer Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

A long 10x zoom range is typically found on better movie cameras and camcorders--but rarely is offered for still photography. Available now from Sigma, the new Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO produces the kind of crisply detailed images you...

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

Minolta Maxxum QTsi

Anybody seeking to graduate from simple compact cameras with their notoriously inaccurate viewfinders and limited close focusing capability and expand their photographic horizons usually accomplish this by...

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...

Accessories
Robert E. Mayer Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

Those of us who use a variety of formats of cameras typically have an extensive array of different brands or makes of lenses in our collection. Often, we might want to use one brand or format lens on another brand or size of camera body, but for...

Show Reports
Robert E. Mayer Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Ferrania USA now offers new, high color fidelity 400 and 800 speed color negative films called FG PLUS. They feature fine grain and excellent detail with superior color saturation coupled with reduced underexposure latitude.

Kodak introduced several improved films for...

Show Reports
Robert E. Mayer May 01, 2001 0 comments

After having attended nearly all of the PMA trade shows in the past 38 years I have seen thousands of interesting new products introduced for the photographic public. I wandered the five miles of aisles in this year's big show stopping by nearly all of the thousands of booths, large and...

Show Reports
Robert E. Mayer Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

After having attended the PMA trade show for 38 years I'm still surprised with the number of new, useful, and interesting photographic gadgets that keep showing up in various booths everywhere on the show floor. Somebody always thinks of a new gizmo or gadget that will assist in making some facet...

Accessories
Robert E. Mayer Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

Batteries keep all digital cameras functioning properly. Not all the major firms offering traditional, well-known brand names were exhibiting, but there was a proliferation of alkaline, lithium, and Ni-MH rechargeable batteries from firms that might not be as familiar.

DigiPower introduced the Endure Series1 line of Ni-MH rechargeable batteries that come...