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

Nikon’s New Proline, The D4 and D800

Two Cameras to Rule The World A somewhat dry, but eerie story ran today on businessweek.com.  The story, Nikon Gains After Raising Forecast on Cameras, relates the company’s intention to up profits by a huge margin.  It appears the company plans to earn $939 million before March 2013.  The story continues, emphasizing the new line of mirrorless cameras.  Nikon is on the move, with new products up and down the cost scale.  That includes, for the first time in a long... Read More

Fujifilm introduces a little brother to the X100, the new X10

The Fujifilm X10 Fujifilm announced today a new little brother to the excellent Fujifilm X100 (reviewed here).  The camera is smaller, but bears a certain family resemblance, including old school metal parts and a real ring on the lens barrel.  Missing, when compared to the larger X100, are that camera’s Leica-inspired manual exposure controls, cool hybrid viewfinder, and larger sensor.  Exposure can, however, be manually controlled via the X10’s rear control... Read More

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

Review: The Broncolor Litos Strobe Head

Introduction Infrequently in professional photography are the serious tools of our trade to be called “cute”.  In the world of sand bags, grip heads, gaff tape, and C-stands, there is little room for snuggly little objects designed for smiles.  This newest flash in the mighty Broncolor family is capable, practical, and tough.  But, people might say, it is also “cute”. If we look past cuteness, though, the Broncolor Litos is an exciting new product from... 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

Full Throttle 645, The Hasselblad H4D-40

The Hasselblad H4D-40, Medium Format DSLR Hasselblad’s “H” series is very arguably the finest family of cameras in the world, offering a robust line of camera bodies, lenses, digital and film backs, viewfinders, and accessories.  The Swedish company has hurdled into the digital age with a full line of lenses, cameras, and software that work in harmony to produce stunningly large and clear image files.  Through 5 generations of camera bodies, the H series has... Read More

On Location with the Hasselblad H3DII-31

Update, July 2011: Since our review of the Hasselblad H3DII-31, Hasselblad has updated the camera by bundling its digital back with the new Hasselblad H4D camera body.  The combination, the H4D-31 sells for around $13k.  Check it out here, a link to one of our sponsors, Samy’s Camera.  The digital back is unchanged, though the H4D camera body adds Hasselblad’s excellent True Focus system. It would be fair to consider this beast of a digital camera most at home... Read More

Entry-Level Digital Medium Format and the $10k Hasselblad H3DII-31

The Mighty Hassleblad H3DII-31 Update, July 2011: Since the time of this writing, Hasselblad has replaced the H3DII-31 with the updated H4D-31.  The new camera uses the same digital back bundled to the H4D camera body, which adds Hasselblad’s True Focus system.  The new camera can be found at Samy’s Camera here.  Readers may also be interested in our review of the H4D-40 here. [I want to offer a Huge thanks to Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto and Hasselblad genius... Read More