August Table Of Contents

August 2009

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This month our focus is on lenses and pro Steve Bedell checks the specs and weighs in on why you may or may not want to keep using pro-quality lenses for your work. In addition, we have a Test Report on the latest Zeiss Planar T* 85mm and 50mm lenses. Aside from optics, we have an exclusive interview with master craftsman Joe McNally, plus the TIPA Awards, which feature the best imaging products of 2009 as voted on at the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) General Assembly. Finally, if you suffer from the “prints too dark” problem, you’ll be relieved to know that David Brooks has finally solved this bothersome issue.


24 Roundup
Covering The Photo Beat
by C.A. Boylan

52 Digital Innovations
Welcome To Summer
by Joe Farace

62 Buying Smart
by Jon Sienkiewicz

66 Digital Help
Q&A For Digital Photography
by David B. Brooks

68 Test Report: Nikon’s D5000 D-SLR
12.3MP DX Format With Video & Articulating Monitor
by George Schaub

88 Test Report: Canon’s PowerShot SX200 IS
A Compact 12.1MP Digicam With 12x Optical Zoom
by George Schaub

94 Test Report: Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 And Planar T* 50mm f/1.4
Lenses For Low-Light Photography And More…
by Joe Farace

106 TIPA Awards 2009

128 Test Report: Roller Camera Cases: Mobility And Utility Combined
A Back-Friendly Way To Carry Photo Gear
by Jack Neubart

132 Test Report: XOTOPRO’s QMM1
When A Ringlight Just Won’t Cut It
by Joe Farace

154 Why I Need Pro Lenses
(And Why You May Or May Not Need Them Yourself)
by Steve Bedell

176 Help!
Q&A For Traditional Photography
by Robert E. Mayer


42 Business Trends
What’s New In The Wedding Business?
by Maria Piscopo

122 Are Your Prints Too Dark?
The Cause, And The Cure
by David B. Brooks

167 The Leica Lens Saga
An Interview With Peter Karbe
by Jason Schneider


10 Picture This!
Monthly Photo Assignment
by The Editors

18 Talking Pictures
“Life Is Sweet!”
by Ann Hoagland

20 Student Union
Profiles Of The Up And Coming
by Jay McCabe

34 Passport
The See Cruise
by Jack Hollingsworth

58 Web Profiles
Great Photo Sites Reviewed
by Joe Farace

112 Interview With Joe McNally
The Life And Times Of A Master Craftsman
by Chris Maher and Larry Berman

118 The Waterfalls Of Ohio
Seeking Out Secluded Landscapes
by David FitzSimmons


8 Editor’s Notes
160 Trade Shows
160 Workshops