Introduction: The Fujifilm X100

Introduction In a strange twist from the globalized world of digital imaging, Fujifilm, one-time maker of zesty film has launched one of photography’s most compelling successors to to history’s iconic Leica rangefinders of the 35mm film era.  How many of those German cameras at one time or another loaded with Fuji Velvia, Astia, or Provia?  No matter, Fuji is back in the game with a tough little rangefinder built around classic Fuji color philosophy and the camera... 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

On Location with The Leica S2

Introduction As a new player in photography’s highest bracket, the Leica S2 is a compelling option for high end and professional photographers.  It promises to take the spectacular image quality virtues of medium format digital photography and make it much more accessible in a wonderfully simple, intuitive, and travel-friendly package, not to mention a brand new line of lenses from one of the optical world’s finest.  Even compared to the pricey products of companies... Read More

High Speed Strobe Test: The Profoto Acute 2R 1200

Introduction While perusing the stats, photos from a number of my test shoots, and thinking through my review of the little Profoto pack sitting on my desk, I kept coming back to one number, “.09”.  It’s the number of seconds Profoto claims it takes the Acute 2R 1200 to recycle at minimum power.  That’s better than ten frames per second, better than 10 Hz from a strobe pack under $2,000 and smaller than a Mamiya RZ. I wanted to set up an informal studio... Read More

On Location with the Hasselblad H4D-40

The Hasselblad H4D-40, Medium Format DSLR, Part 2 My first encounter with medium format digital photography was during an MFA class, “Advanced Digital Capture”.  The camera, a Hasselblad H1 with a Leaf digital back, was a complex machine, capable of creating big image files, but only with patience, practice, and a bit of professional training.  The back operated tethered to a computer and operation was most comfortably a two-person job. Since those days, much has changed... Read More