Intoduction: The Profoto D4 Air

Introduction Profoto’s D-line of packs and mono heads sits in the middle of the company’s line up of studio strobe lighting, a bit less lofty than the company’s Pro line and more expensive and far more sophisticated than Profoto’s entry-level set of Acute packs.  “D” might well stand for “Digital” with D1 monoheads and D4 packs.  All use tenth-stop digital fine tuning and wide-ranging power.  “Air” equipped heads... Read More

Introduction: The Broncolor Senso A2

Introduction Broncolor, Swiss maker of fine lighting equipment, holds a long-established seat in the elite ranks of the industry’s finest.  Among the finest and also the priciest, Bron packs are known for scientific accuracy and a degree of control to satisfy the most laser-eyed among us.  Ranged around the Broncolor standard are several high end industry heavy weights from the inescapable line of giant Para reflectors to the mighty Scoro strobe packs. While other companies... Read More

Image Quality and the Mamiya RZ33 (aka: the DM33 and Leaf Aptus-II 7)

Introduction In two previous articles, I discussed both the features and market position of the Mamiya RZ33 (Introduction: The Mamiya RZ33) and the ergonomics of using the big camera in the field (On Location with the Mamiya RZ33).  As is often the case with big cameras and perhaps the most sophisticated gear of any discipline, it’s the results that make the added complexity worth the extra effort.  The Big Mamiya is no exception, with generous doses of both complexity... Read More

Preview: The Phase One IQ180 80MP Digital Back, and the new IQ line

Introduction With the introduction of the new Phase One IQ180 80 MP digital back, Phase One has unleashed an impressive new tool for professional photographers. The Phase One IQ line is scheduled to include three digital camera backs by this summer, the 80 MP IQ180, the 60.5 MP IQ160, and the 40MP IQ140.  The top two are both full-frame 645, the 40 MP version is a familiar crop (32.9×43.9 mm).  All three offer Phase One’s unique Sensor+ system, that cuts resolution... Read More

Introduction: The Mamiya RZ33

Editor’s Note: I’m grateful to several people for our Mamiya demo equipment: to Ray Olson of Mac Group for the RZ33 body and digital back as well as our demo 110mm f2.8 lens; to Pro Camera Rental & Supply for our demo 50mm f 4.5 and AE prism finder.  Mac Group is Mamiya’s exclusive U.S. distributor and Pro Camera is San Francisco’s finest rental shop for professional cameras and lighting gear.  Also, thank you to San Francisco photographer, Larry... Read More