Peter K. Burian
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Accessories, Test Reports
Peter K. Burian Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

As the manufacturer of numerous tripods, the Velbon name has been well known in the US for many years, particularly for very affordable and ultralight models. Recently however, some important changes have occurred. The Velbon Tripod Co. of Japan expanded...

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

The single most prolific lens manufacturer these days, Sigma announced a full 10 new lenses this spring, ranging from an 8mm circular fisheye to the new APO 800mm f/5.6EX HSM. This group included the two zooms tested here, both in the affordable category.

Wildlife
Peter K. Burian Sep 01, 1999 1 comments

It's a long way from
an elementary school in New York City to the pristine bird habitats
of south Florida. Though less than a thousand miles as the crow flies,
the two locations are worlds apart when consideredfig...

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...

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.

Accessories, Pro Techniques
Peter K. Burian Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

Although we tend to take them for granted, batteries are an integral part of photography. Virtually every camera developed in the last 10 years becomes merely a paperweight without voltage to keep its mechanisms ticking. Unlike the previous generation which required power for little more than...

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...

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

Until recently, most photographers considered a 19mm or 20mm focal length as the ultimate in ultra-wide, but this is rapidly changing. Thanks to the new technologies for making more affordable aspherical elements, much shorter lenses are becoming readily...