May Table Of Contents

On The Cover
This month’s issue continues our report of the new products of 2012 based on our coverage of the annual CES/PMA trade show. In this issue we cover new tripods, bags, lenses, and lighting. We also have an in-depth report on new tech that is beginning to revolutionize how we capture images, as well as Image Tech reports on the Sony A65 and Fujifilm X10. Plus there are some new photo stamps coming, this set honoring aerial photography, that we trust all of you who still send letters will use!


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

44 Classic Cameras
It’s Instant—But It’s Not Polaroid
by John Wade

60 The Shape Of (Digital) Things To Come
What Today’s Cool New Tech Might Mean For Tomorrow’s Cameras
by Jason Schneider

76 New Products Of 2012
Lenses, Tripods, Bags, Lighting, And More
by Editor

76 Lenses, Filters, Viewfinders, And Accessories
Tools For The Camera’s Eye
by Jack Neubart

84 Tripods And Camera Supports
Lightweight Tripods Are The Standouts
by Jack Neubart

90 Camera Bags
Fashion, Daypacks, And Rollers
by Jack Neubart

98 Lighting: Studio And On Location
Portability And Compactness Are Key
by Jack Neubart

108 Test Report: Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto
A Nod To Video, Too
by Stan Trzoniec

110 Test Report: Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic
Tranche de Vie(w)
by George Schaub

Image Tech

52 Fuji X10
Lab Test Results & Comments
Edited by George Schaub

56 Sony A65
Lab Test Results & Comments
Edited by George Schaub


140 Test Report: Chimera Octa 2 Beauty Dish
The Beauty Dish Goes Portable
by Steve Bedell


118 Business Trends
Location Photography
by Maria Piscopo

122 Book Excerpt
Christopher Grey’s Advanced Lighting Techniques
by Christopher Grey


14 Picture This!
Monthly Photo Assignment
by The Editors

24 Talking Pictures
View From A Train
by Jackie Weisberg

26 Web Profiles
Great Photo Sites Reviewed
by Joe Farace

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

32 On The Road
Narrow Focus
by Maynard Switzer

116 Aerial Photography Honored
With USPS Earthscapes Stamp Release
by Lorin R. Robinson

160 Book Reviews
Latest Photo Books Reviewed
by C.A. Boylan


12 Editor’s Notes
146 Trade Shows
147 Workshops