Jay Abend
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Jay Abend Apr 01, 2004 0 comments

"Digital" is a word that has been thrown about a lot recently. MP3 players have given rise to "digital headphones," drugstore minilabs offer "digital prints," and now we're beginning to see the popularization of "digital lighting."
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Jay Abend Feb 01, 2000 0 comments

Last month we took a look at the anachronistic Kiev 88 medium format camera. A contemporary camera like the ancient Hasselblad 1000f, the Kiev 88 mostly is thought of as "cheap." If ultimate quality is your goal, look somewhere else. If the...

Jay Abend Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

This month we close the book on our three part Kiev camera series. If you read Parts 1 and 2, you know that Kiev cameras are made in the Arsenal Factory in Ukraine in the former Soviet Union. Rough-edged cameras reminiscent of old Hasselblad and Pentacon...

Jay Abend Jan 01, 1999 0 comments

The Kiev Chronicles

This is a story I had to do. Like you, I've been seeing those little ads in the back of Shutterbug touting cameras made in the ex-Soviet Union. A whole setup with normal lens, body, two film backs...

Jay Abend Sep 01, 2003 Published: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

For most of us digital types the clouds parted and the light was revealed to us with the advent of good, cheap photo quality ink jet printers in the
mid-1990s. The difference in image quality on the printed page from a four-color business printer on...

Pro Techniques
Jay Abend Aug 01, 2000 0 comments

I've always wanted really exotic lenses: super wide fisheyes, perspective control tilt and shift lenses, super fast rare earth element thoroughbreds, and super long telephotos. I've managed to buy, rent, or borrow just about everything out there in...

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...

Accessories, Test Reports
Jay Abend Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

As a working pro I'm pretty familiar with all of the pro lighting companies. My studio looks like a well stocked camera store, with virtually every diffuser, umbrella, and softbox known to man. When something new comes out, I usually wind up with...

Jay Abend Dec 01, 2002 Published: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

When Quantum, the well-known innovators and manufacturers of workhorse Turbo battery packs and robust Quantum Qflash portable strobe equipment, announced that they were introducing a wireless...

Pro Techniques
Jay Abend May 01, 2000 0 comments

The Simple Life

I love fancy photography equipment as much as the next guy, but there are times when I like to put away all of the expensive cameras, lighting gear, and softboxes and try and shoot with some basic gear.

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