December Table Of Contents

December 2009

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This month we are touting books as excellent gift items for the photographer(s) in your life. That said, we’ve provided you with the top photo and digital imaging books of 2009 to help with the selection process. We also have a vast array of optical options to expand your photographic view of the world. We have in-depth reports on the new Nikon 10-24mm, Sigma 18-250mm, and Tamron 60mm, plus a trio of Leica lenses. In addition, we explore iPhoto ’09’s “Places” feature, which enables you to identify when and where an image is taken.


46 Buying Smart
UV Haze And Skylight Filters
by Jon Sienkiewicz

48 Digital Innovations
Holiday Stocking Stuffers
by Joe Farace

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

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

112 Test Report: Leica’s Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH & Summilux-M 24mm f/1.4 ASPH
Super Fast For Low Light And More
by Joe Farace

116 Test Report: The Ultra-Fast Advantage
Case In Point: Leica’s Summilux-M 21mm f/1.4 & 24mm f/1.4 Lenses
by Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz

120 Test Report: Sigma’s 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens
The Whole Nine Yards
by George Schaub

124 Test Report: Nikon’s AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens
Wide Angle When You Want It
by George Schaub

126 Test Report: Tamron’s SP AF60mm F/2 Di II
A 1:1 “True” Macro For APS-C D-SLRs
by George Schaub

148 Test Report: Now Where Did I Photograph That Cactus Flower?
iPhoto ’09’s “Places” Gets You Maps And More
by George Schaub

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


36 Business Trends
Market Your Portrait Photography!
by Maria Piscopo


10 Picture This!
Monthly Photo Assignment
by The Editors

18 Talking Pictures
by Chuck O’Donnell

22 Locations
Carrizo Plain National Monument
by Chuck Graham

32 Web Profiles
Great Photo Sites Reviewed
by Joe Farace

70 Photo Books: 2009
Great Images & Layouts Make For Great Gifts, Too
by C.A. Boylan

94 Digital Imaging Books: 2009
New Books That Belong On Your Bookshelf
by Joe Farace


8 Editor’s Notes
152 Trade Shows
153 Workshops