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 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 Gallery: Fujifilm X100

All images were made using a production Fujifilm X100.  A variety of processing is represented, including JPG capture, in-camera RAW processing, and RAW processing using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  To see a larger version (sized to 1200 px in Lightroom) click on the thumbnails.  Read our full review of the Fujifilm X100 here. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1... Read More

Introduction: The Speedotron 1005 Strobe Pack

Introduction Speedotron, the Chicago-based American maker of tank-like studio lighting products, does not often roll out a new product.  For the faithful Speedo-users of the world, it’s an exciting occurrence, then, when a product is updated with new features.  What we have here, in the Speedotron 1005, is the company’s newest product and one that offers some welcome updates to Speedotron’s classic line of studio strobes. It is a compact box, smaller than... 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

Green Photo Printing from Hahnemuhle, Sugar Cane and Bamboo 290

Hahnemühle, maker of high-end photo paper, has a long history.  One brochure from the company reads “The Art of Expression Since 1584” and goes on to point out that the founding date is 10 years prior to the writing of Romeo and Juliet and 93 years before ice cream became popular (which, FYI, happened in 1677).  How has the company handled the modern era of the pigment ink jet printer?  By making very elegant, substantial-feeling papers, that tend towards a textured... 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

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