Issue: 20091101

Sunday, November 1, 2009
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SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA: SIGMA DP2
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PENTAX: PENTAX K-7
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DON'T MISS...
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EDITOR S LETTER
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The changes are hard to miss, starting at the moment you saw this issue in your mailbox or on the newsstand. From the logo to the captions, our septuagenarian magazine has a fresh new look. The redesign brings more clarity and visual organization to our pages, making it easier to find the information you want.
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Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc.
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WE WANT THIS
THE CLASSIC, REINVENTED
Surprise! Inside this little Leica is a DSLR-caliber sensor
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LEICA X1
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THE NEW LEICA X1 digital compact will have people thinking an M-series Leica rangefinder got shrunk in the wash. From its die-cast magnesium-alloy body with leather covering, to its dial controls, to its fixed 24mm f/2.8 Elmarit lens, the X1 practically oozes M-ness.
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RETRO ROCKET
Is this the Micro Four Thirds camera we’ve been waiting for?
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Panasonic DMC-GF1
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WHEN LAST YEAR we saw Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G1, the first Micro Four Thirds camera, we were wowed by its compactness and interchangeable lenses, but wished it were even smaller. Then Olympus raised the design stakes with its new E-P1 (tested, October 2009).
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FINGER PAINTING
Control Wacom’s new tablet with a pen or your pinky
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Wacom Bamboo
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SERIOUS Photoshoppers rely on Wacom’s tablets. With their pressure-sensitive pens, they allow for far more precise control than a mouse would. The Bamboo line is Wacom’s most affordable, but now it has something the pricier Intuos models don’t—touch.
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NEWS FEED
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Cameras once influenced cell phones-now It's vice versa. We love the touchscreen and extra LCD on the face of Samsung’s new DualView TL225 camera. > It’s fun to watch Flickr’s camera finder to see what’s hot. Whenever the iPhone is ahead, a DSLR soon beats it.
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INSIDE TECH The Tablet
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Wonder why Wacom’s pens need no battery? Electromagnetic response. In other words, radio signals. Plugged into a USB port, the tablet pulses a stimulating signal, sends out a frequency, then pauses and checks for response. When the pen touches the tablet, its circuit is stimulated, marking its presence on the screen.
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STABLE LENS
A wide zoom gets updated with Vibration Compensation
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Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Di-ll VC
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HOW COULD Tamron improve its popular 17-50mm f/2.8 digitalonly AF lens? By adding Vibration Compensation, Tamron lingo for image stabilization. One of the company’s flagship Super Performance (SP) lenses, this is also one of the industry’s widest zooms to offer IS.
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THE FASTEST CARD?
Mindblowing speed and capacity in Sandisk's new CFs
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Sandisk Extreme Pro CF Cards
$300-800
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NOT ONLY does Sandisk clock the new Extreme Pro cards at up to 90 MB/s, the cards also come in sizes up to 64 GB. That means more RAW files and HD video on a single card. While top DSLRs can’t yet write fast enough to take full advantage of all that speed, you’ll really be impressed when you offload your files using a FireWire 800 card reader.
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New Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8
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Ready to go in-depth with your editing? Start here. This update adds some great new features, and there’s finally a new version of Elements for Mac. A PC-only organizer sorts and previews photos or videos, Auto-Analyzer identifies high-quality images to quickly find what’s unmarred by technical issues, Photomerge Exposure works like a mini-HDR program, and face recognition can tag your friends.
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THE LOWDOWN
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MEGAPIXEL TRUCE More pixels don’t mean better image quality. So we’re glad Canon cut its new PowerShot G11 down to 10MP from the G1O’s 14.7MP. The reason, says Canon: “Bigger pixels.” Fewer-but-larger pixels reduce noise, particularly at higher ISOs.
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CLOSER LOOK
SONY’S BARGAIN TRIO
The least expensive full-framer ever, and two speedy shooters
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Philip Ryan
TALK ABOUT DSLR bang for the buck! With its latest round of upgrades and new cameras, Sony has introduced a fullframer, the Alpha 850, for $2,000 (street), about $700 less than the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D700, or Sony’s own A900. And, with the Alpha 550 and Alpha 500, Sony promises some of the fastest burst rates you can come by in a sub-$l,000 camera.
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STATE OF THE ART
FAST OPTICS
Compacts are shooting better than ever in dim light
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Canon PowerShot S90
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Ricoh GR Digital III
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Dan Richards
F/2.8 WAS ONCE the Holy Grail for compacts, but the lenses on three cameras have now surpassed it to reach f/2—the Canon PowerShot S90, Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3, and Ricoh GR Digital III. With an aperture a stop wider, f/2 gathers twice the light as f/2.8.
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STATE OF THE ART
TOOLBOX A NEW OS
After the not-so-great Vista, Windows 7 wins us over
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WINDOWS 7, Microsoft's new operating system, has plenty to offer PC-using photographers. We particularly appreciated Libraries. These let you view, edit, or stream a bunch of files (including images) as a group, even if they live in different folders.
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THE GUTS
WHY IT'S FLAT
Inside a 1-inch-thick pancake lens from Olympus
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PANCAKE LENSES got their name for a reason: They’re super-flat. Skinny means light, too. The Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 weighs only 3.35 ounces. Why? Thank its dual-sided aspherical glass element. The Olympus Four Thirds sensor format makes this the equivalent of 50mm on a DSLR, Four Thirds, or Micro Four Thirds body.
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PHOTO CHALLENGE
SHARPER SHADOWS
The tight beam of a penlight illuminates a husk’s delicate detail
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Lori Fredrickson
FOR FIVE months, Rick Wetterau (www.rwetterauinfrared. com) tried to photograph a tomatillo husk. He'd positioned it a million different ways on his tabletop studio, under fluorescent lights and in available sunlight. Then came an inspiration: A penlight.
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MY PROJECT
Souvenir Shots
A photographer’s clever series turns kitsch into gold
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Lori Fredrickson
FOR MICHAEL HUGHES, inspiration came from a postcard. “I was on assignment for a newspaper 10 years ago in the Rhine Valley to photograph the Loreley rock,” an outcropping where, legendarily, a siren lured sailors to their deaths. When the day dawned gray and Hughes struggled to find an interesting shot, he reached into his pocket and found a postcard given to him by his daughter.
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Sony Electronics Inc.
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I, PHOTOGRAPHER
CSI Shooter
Crime scene photography isn’t pretty
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Kathleen Davis
WHAT THE JOB ENTAILS: We have nine crime scene techs in the department. We’re responsible for all physical evidence, including photography fingerprints, blood and body fluids, hair and fibers, and scene reconstruction. After photographing, we upload the images to our database and file a report, using CorelDraw for diagrams or maps.
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LETFERS
Child’s Play
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YOUR STORY and photo essay on kids (“Catching Kids,” September 2009) was informative, and all your technical information was spot on, but you missed out on the single biggest variable in shooting children: camera position and point of view.
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TECH SUPPORT
Raw Support
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Q I currently own Adobe Photoshop CS3 and just purchased a Canon EOS Rebel T1i. My problem: CS3's version of Camera Raw can't read the Rebel's RAW files. What are my options? Tom Boyd Spokane Valley, WA A When Adobe introduces a new version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, it no longer provides Camera Raw updates for the orphaned applications.
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Qflash TRIO
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YOUR BEST SHOT
Natural Wonders
From beetles to stars to crustaceans, this month’s winners all have an eye on the outdoors
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Lori Fredrickson
“In the yard one day I spotted these interesting, antlike red insects gathered on a leaf, and helped them ‘migrate’ to a different plant for a better shot. Then I noticed a ladybug and placed her in the frame. It’s a microcosm of life in my yard!” (www.gene hiltonphotography.com)
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Really Right Stuff
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HOW
CREATIVE THINKING
MOOD LIGHTING
Pro photographer Dave Black paints an eerie glow in a scary spot
Laurence Chen
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TO GET THE SHOT, sometimes you do crazy things. Like clinging to a wall of ice in the dark, wielding a 2-million-candlepower spotlight. Then doing it over endlessly until you get it right. That’s what sports shooter Dave Black did to make this incredible image.
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CREATIVE THINKING
Drama Dose
A bit more saturation and contrast do the trick
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Dan Richards
THE FIX IT TEAM usually errs on the side of subtlety, but in the case of Mark Wilcox’s brooding depiction of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, we felt that more impact was in order. What makes it compelling is the layering of colors—creating an almost abstract design— but the tones are a little weak.
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CREATIVE THINKING
DOES VIEWING A JPEG RUIN IT?
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MYTH: Every time you open and close a JPEG image, you degrade your file and lose detail. TRUTH: Look at JPEGs freely, but watch out when you resave them. WHY: JPEG files are compressed. When you Save As, even at a quality level of 10, the image will start to break up by the fifth resave.
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HOW
TIPS & TRICKS
QUICK TIP Wait for Rain
Good pictures follow bad weather
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Peter Kolonia
IN HOLLYWOOD, they call it “wet down.” That’s the technique of spraying water over streets and sidewalks just before shooting exterior scenes. (Ever noticed on Desperate Housewives how often it seems to have just stopped raining on Wisteria Lane?) Why wet down? Simple.
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LIGHTING
Swimming in Light
A high-tech set-up to freeze even the fastest motion
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Peter Kolonia
HOW DID L.A. advertising photographer Tim Tadder (www. timtadder.com) capture the water droplets flying off of Olympian Michael Phelps so sharply? By minimizing his strobes’ flash duration—the amount of time the xenon gas in a flash tube gives off light.
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SOFTWARE WORKSHOP
Get Perfect Contrast
Photoshop CS4,s Curves tool makes it simple to achieve the ideal tone
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Debbie Grossman
CURVES WAS ONCE one of Adobe Photoshop’s most complicated tools, but CS4’s version of the dialogue makes it a snap. Now anyone can use this powerful tool to improve a photo. Simply put, Curves graphs the tones in your image. Control the darkest ones by adjusting the left side of the graph, the brightest by adjusting the right: Pull down the curve on the left, and your darker tones will darken.
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Invent a Landscape
How to create awesome night images using a handheld light and a long exposure
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Peter Kolonia
AFRAID OF the dark? Toby Keller isn’t. This web designer from Santa Barbara, CA, uses the night as a canvas for amazing pain ting-with-light projects (see more at www.burnblue.com). He draws patterns and shapes into the landscape using handheld lights—standard flashlights, LEDs, electroluminescent (EL) wire, even hot-shoe flashes, which he uses to open up broad areas of shadow.
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FEATURES
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Bring Nature into Live View
6 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BY USINGYOUR LCD IMAGE
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Ian Plant
AT FIRST dismissed by pundits as a bell-and-whistle gimmick, live-view mode on DSLRs has proven a powerful new tool for nature photographers. Using your LCD to set up your shots, not just review them after the fact, can help you optimize your focus, composition, depth of field, and even your exposure.
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Newegg Inc.: LCD Digital SIR Camera
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Newegg Inc.
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FEATURES
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The Explorer's Club
PHOTOGRAPHERS REVEAL THE MYSTERIES OF FORGOTTEN PLACES
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Lori Fredrickson
YOU’RE STANDING in the middle of a building in the middle of nowhere. It might be a roadside town off Route 66, an abandoned farm in the plains of North Dakota, or a factory long since shuttered. Paint flakes off walls, a discarded dress lies covered in dust, tom curtains move in the breeze.
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DOUBLE DUTY
THE RIGHT GEAR CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR PHOTO, BUT ASSEMBLING A FULL KIT CAN BE PRICEY. SO WHY NOT GET STUFF THAT DOES TWICE THE WORK?
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Debbie Grossman
For rich skies and intense colors, a polarizer is key. By taming the light headed toward your camera, it both deepens hues and controls and tones down reflections. Rotate it, and watch skies lighten and darken or surface reflections come and go.
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HANDS ON
CANON’S BIG POWER PLAY
We get an early look, and some experience in the field, with the new EOS 7D
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CANON EOS 7D
$1,700
Philip Ryan
TRYING CANON’S new EOS 7D ($1,700, street, body only; $1,900 with 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S IS lens) in a preproduction version, I could see that the DSLR wars are escalating again. Not that the conflict hasn’t been ongoing—Nikon has targeted Canon head-on with its innovative and powerful DSLRs, plus key reinforcements to its lens line.
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DSLR TEST NIKON D300s
Small Change
NIKON S TOPAPS-C DSLR GETS HD VIDEO AND FASTER BURSTS
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NIKON D300s
$2,650
Philip Ryan
WHEN NIKON’S D300 hit stores about two years ago, it wowed everyone with its high-resolution LCD, 14-bit RAW capture, and sophisticated AF and metering systems that combined to precisely track moving subjects. But now many DSLRs have big LCDs, 14-bit RAW, and video capture, too—-witness the new Canon EOS 7D previewed on page 71.
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DSLR TEST PENTAX K-7
Easy Does It
A DSLR THAT MAKES STEPPING UP SIMPLE
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PENTAX K-7
$1,260
Philip Ryan
HERE’S A ruggedly built, wellsealed DSLR that shoots HD video, processes high-dynamicrange (HDR) images in the camera, and has a high-end 100percent-accurate viewfinder. So why do we have mixed feelings about the Pentax K-7 ? Because this $1,260 (street, body only) camera is a bit of a mixed bag.
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LENS TEST PENTAX~DA* 60-250MM F/4 ED SDM AF
Pro Vision
ALL-AROUND TELE ZOOM FOR WILDLIFE, SPORTS, AND MORE
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PENTAX~DA* 60-250MM F/4 ED SDM AF
$1,300
Julia Silber
ONE OF Pentax’s top-grade lenses, this $1,300 (street) lens is the longest DA* zoom and also has the biggest zoom range (4.2X), a 92-383mm equivalent in full-frame terms. A constant-aperture f/4, digital-only optic, it has a solid build, pro-worthy weather resistance and special glass for controlling chromatic aberration.
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LAB
SOFTWARE CORBEL DIGITAL STUDIO 2010
Share More
A FAST AND EASY WAY TO FIX AND POST YOUR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
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CORBEL DIGITAL STUDIO 2010
$100
Debbie Grossman
IT MAY SURPRISE you that one of the best new imaging programs offers fewer tools than most. But Corel’s Digital Studio 2010 ($100, direct) will prove more useful to many photographers for just that reason. With a streamlined, clean interface, it lets PC users easily and quickly edit photos and videos, and share them via e-mail, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube.
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THE GUIDE
OUR OPINIONATED TAKE ON THE DSLRS AND LENSES WE'VE TESTED
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EOS-1D MARK III
$3,700
$3,700, street, body only The emphasis is on speed over megapixels in the ID Mark III, whose dual processors make it an ideal tool for photojournalists, sports, and wildlife shooters. But heavy! STANDOUT SPEC Demonic speed in autofocusing, subject tracking, and, notably, burst rate: 10 fps for full-res JPEGs. SENSOR 10.IMP CMOS, 14-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 3-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
EOS 50D
$3,700
$3,700, street, body only The emphasis is on speed over megapixels in the ID Mark III, whose dual processors make it an ideal tool for photojournalists, sports, and wildlife shooters. But heavy! STANDOUT SPEC Demonic speed in autofocusing, subject tracking, and, notably, burst rate: 10 fps for full-res JPEGs. SENSOR 10.IMP CMOS, 14-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 3-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
EOS REBEL XSI
$1,070
$1,070, street, body only Current flagship of Canon APS-C models offers class-leading Image quality, a great build, and very speedy shooting—but no video. For that, you'll need the new EOS 7D profiled in this issue. STANDOUT SPEC 6.3-fps burst rate beats all the competition In this class—but others are catching up fast. SENSOR 15.IMP CMOS, 14-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 3-in., 920,000-dot
CANON
D60
$625
$625, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-S IS lens. While It lacks video, the XSi’s well-designed package of fine imaging, fast-forany-class AF, and excellent viewfinder make it a hit in its class. If you don't need video, this may be your Reb. STANDOUT SPEC Relentless consistency of image quality throughout the ISO range. SENSOR 10MP CMOS, 14-blt RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 3-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
EOS-1Ds MARK III
$620
$620, street, body only Soon-to-be-gone basic DSLR offers simple operation, but sophistication, too, converting RAW files to JPEGs in the camera and offering stop-motion animation. Still, we'd wait for its replacement, the D3000. STANDOUT SPEC 10.2MP resolution. It was one of the early entry-level cameras to go past 6.IMP—no longer a rarity. SENSOR 10.2MP CCD, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 2.5-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
EOS REBEL T1i
$6,100
$6,100, street, body only Once Canon's megapixel king, it now shares that throne with the newer EOS 5D Mark II. Awesome image quality in a bulletproof body—at a high cost in both weight and dollars. A favorite of nature and studio shooters both. STANDOUT SPEC Medium-format imaging from a (sort of) 35mm body. SENSOR 21.1MP CMOS, 14-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 3-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
D3
$900
$900, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-S IS lens As far from a “starter" camera as any Rebel has ever come, the Til has the same sensor and nearly the same processing power as pricier big brother EOS 50D. STANDOUT SPEC Sheer imaging power—both still and video—ranks best for this price. SENSOR 15MP CMOS, 14-blt RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO RES/FRAME RATE 1080Í/20 fps, 720p/30 fps LCD 3-In., 920,000-dot
CANON
D90
$5,000
$5,000, street, body only Large pixels for soaking up low light, tanklike body for absorbing punishment, state-of-the-art AF and metering—plus a pricetag and weight to match, but then, who's counting? STANDOUT SPEC Everything, but usable Image quality at ISO 25,600 Is still a wow. SENSOR 12.IMP CMOS, 14-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 3-In., 920,000-dot
CANON
EOS 5D MARK II
$890
$890, street, body only The first DSLR with video, it remains Nikon’s main midlevel model, with great resolution, HD movie-making, and near-perfect layout. Unlike lesser Nikons, it accepts lenses without AF motors. STANDOUT SPEC The pop-up flash that supports wireless flash control. You won't find that on the D5000. SENSOR 12.3MP CMOS, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO RES/FRAME RATE 720p/24 fps LCD 3-In., 920,000-dot
CANON
EOS REBEL XS
$2,700
$2,700, street, body only Long-awaited update of the original full-frame workhorse, the Mark II impressed us with stellar image quality, HD video, rugged construction—but not the older AF system recycled from the Mark I. Film students have taken to its video big time. STANDOUT SPEC Excellent image quality to ISO 3200—nuff said. SENSOR 21.1MP CMOS, 14-blt RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO RES/FRAME RATE 1080p/30 fps, 720p/30 fps LCD 3-in., 920,000-dot
CANON
D3X
$525
$525, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-S IS lens Inheriting the sensor of the former “top Rebel” XTI, the XS adds live view to round out Canon's most economical DSLR. And it comes with an IS kit lens, standard. STANDOUT SPEC The XS, for an "entry-level" model, autofocuses faster than many a pricier camera. SENSOR 10MP CMOS, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 2.5-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
D300
$8,000
$8,000, street, body only Without question, the overall image quality champ of current DSLRs—and should be for a while. Built like a tank, it's heavy and expensive, but those who love it don’t care. Has the fastest AF In low light. STANDOUT SPEC The absolute, breathtaking state-of-the-artness of it. SENSOR 24.5MP CMOS, 14-blt RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 3-in., 920,000-dot
CANON
D300S
$1,650
$1,650, street, body only A bit long in the tooth, the D300 still has Its allure with a sharp 3-inch LCD (with live view), and, from the D3, fast, accurate 51-zone autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II, which work In tandem. STANDOUT SPEC Low-light performance—Extremely High Image Quality and Low noise levels all the way down to ISO 3200. SENSOR 12.3MP CMOS, 14-blt RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 3-in.,920,000-dot
CANON
E-3
$1,800
$1,800, street, body only Thoughtful major tweak of the well-regarded D300 adds video (though we wish it did 1080p at 30 fps) and increases native burst rate to 7 fps. Is it competitive with the current state of the midrange art? Read our test report in this issue. STANDOUT SPEC Color-and-shape-senslng autofocus tracking still a standout shooting tool. SENSOR 12.3MP CMOS, 14-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO RES/FRAME RATE 720p/24 fps LCD 3-in., 920,000-dot
CANON
E-620
$1,200
$1,200, street, body only Pros cotton to Olympus’ flagship for its super-rugged construction and its superior lens line. Also nice: Fast AF, a small but swiveling LCD, and built-in image stabilization. STANDOUT SPEC Alloy chassis fully encases the Innards—including the back, a weak area on many DSLRs—and allows you to fold the LCD Inward to protect it from scratches—or worse. SENSOR 10.IMP LiveMOS, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2.5-3 stops VIDEO None LCD 2.5-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
K2000
$800
$800, street, with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital lens For arty amateurs, the E-620 offers the still-new seeming Art Filters, special effects that Invite experimentation. Plus: small, light build, and body-based, sensor-shift IS. STANDOUT SPEC The super-articulated swiveling/ tilting LCD that the E-520 lacks. SENSOR 12.3MP LiveMOS, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2 stops VIDEO None LCD 2.7-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
ALPHA 380
$440
$440, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Pentax DA lens Nice-handling beginner's DSLR, with image quality and AF speed that can't keep up with more expensive cameras. Still way ahead of any compact, though. STANDOUT SPEC With adapters, this camera can use any lens Pentax has ever made. SENSOR 10.2MP CCD, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2.5 stops VIDEO None LCD 2.7-in, 230,000-dot
CANON
D700
$800
$800, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony DT SAM lens With its made-for-beginners display interface and great live view, the Alpha 380 would be perfect for those new to DSLRs. STANDOUT SPEC One of the best live-view systems yet, works without delay in AF or firing. But we do wish it showed 100% of the scene. SENSOR 14.2MP CCD, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2-3 stops VIDEO None LCD 2.7-in., 230,400-dot
CANON
E-30
$2,700
$2,700, street, body only For the enthusiast craving pro-grade features, the D700 offers a full-frame sensor borrowed from the D3 supercamera, sensitivity to ISO 25,600, 51-zone AF, and a pop-up flash with wireless flash control. STANDOUT SPEC That big, juicy full-frame sensor in an enthusiast’s $2,700 body, for great low-noise shooting from ISO 100 through 6400. SENSOR 12.3MP CMOS, 14-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 3-in., 920,000-dot
CANON
K-7
$900
$900, street, body only Olympus’s less-expensive companion to the prograde E-3 boasts more megapixels, an impressive for its class 5-fps burst rate, comparable handling, and an assortment of fun filters—pop art, anyone? STANDOUT SPEC The fully-articulating LCD screen makes live view much more useful while also protecting the screen from harm if you turn it Inward. SENSOR 12.3MP LiveMOS, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2.5-3 stops VIDEO None LCD 2.7-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
SD14
$1,240
$1,240, street, body only Built like a tank, Pentax's flagship DSLR has a well-designed body and records pleasing video, but its image quality and AF speed fall short of similarly-priced competitors. STANDOUT SPEC 77 weather seals let you shoot in 14°F temperatures. SENSOR 14.6MP CMOS, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2.5-3 stops VIDEO RES/FRAME RATE 1536xl024/30fps, 720p/30fps LCD 3-in., 921,000-dot
CANON
ALPHA 700
$725
$725, street, body only Unique 3-layer RGB sensor distinguishes the cultish SD14, an aging design that has fallen well behind the current state of the art in imaging, AF, and shooting speed. STANDOUT SPEC Imaging with a creamy, subtle, almost filmlike quality. SENSOR 4.7MPx3-layer Foveon X3 sensor, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO None LCD 2.5-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
D5000
$900
$900, street, body only The camera that put Sony on the map as a maker of enthusiast DSLRs may be an oldie, but It’s still a goodie for its rugged build, fine imaging, and thoughtful design. We strongly suspect Sony will bring out a replacement soon. STANDOUT SPEC One of the most Intuitive control and menu Interfaces yet. SENSOR 12.2MP CMOS, 14-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2.5-3 stops VIDEO None LCD 3-in., 920,000-dot
CANON
E-520
$850
$850, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DX Nikkor VR lens For Nlkonians who want a hinged and tilting LCD, the D5000 is the only option. Plus you get video, 4-fps burst shooting, speedy AF, and sensitivity out to ISO 6400. STANDOUT SPEC The price—it offers (almost) everything the D90 has but costs $160 less. SENSOR 12.3MP CMOS, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION Lens-based VIDEO RES/FRAME RATE 720p/24fps LCD 2.7-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
K200D
$450
$450, street, with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital lens Its live view previews exposure settings (albeit on a non-swiveling LCD), and overall ergonomics are very user-friendly—all for $450, with a lens. Paired with its housing, you'll have a diving rig for under $1,200. STANDOUT SPEC The built-in image stabilization fared extremely well In our field tests and can be used with any lens you put on the camera. SENSOR 10MP LiveMOS, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2-3 stops VIDEO None LCD 2.7-in., 230,000-dot
CANON
ALPHA 330
$680
$680, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Pentax DA lens Soon-to-be replaced, the K200D was a whiz-kid when first introduced, but its performance and specs are now so-so for its class. We'd say wait to see the new K-x. STANDOUT SPEC Usability. Ergonomics are great, the viewfinder is swell, and controls are simple. SENSOR 10.2MP CCD, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 1-2.5 stops VIDEO None LCD 2.7-in, 230,000-dot
CANON
ALPHA 900
$600
$600, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony DT SAM lens An entry-level DSLR with a flexible LCD, the Alpha 330 has speedy autofocus, the best live view in town, and a price fit for the thriftiest photographers. STANDOUT SPEC The live view uses the conventional (and fast) AF system, fires with no delay. SENSOR 10.2MP CCD, 12-bit RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2.5 stops VIDEO None LCD 2.7-in, 230,400-dot
CANON
EF-S
$2,700
$2,700, street, body only Sony's blockbuster full-framer puts up top resolution numbers at ISO 100 but has some catchup to do in noise and color accuracy. Speedy AF and great ergonomics almost make us forget that it doesn't have live view or pop-up flash. STANDOUT SPEC That big, bright viewfinder makes you realize why you prefer SLRs. SENSOR 24.6MP CMOS, 14-blt RAW capture IMAGE STABILIZATION 2-2.5 stops VIDEO None LCD 3-In., 921,600-dot
CANON
AF-S DX VR
$255
$255, street For Canon soccer moms and vacationistas wanting image stabilization. It's got light weight, satisfying magnification (1:2.85), and the right price. Not the most rugged build with a plastic lensmount and scaleless barrel, but quite sharp. STANDOUT SPEC That price. With IS and excellent optics, It’s a lot of lens for a little cash. MOUNTS Canon EF-S WEIGHT 0.8 pounds LENGTH 4.2-5.84 inches FILTER SIZE 58mm STABILIZATION 2-2.5 stops
CANON
Zuiko Digital ED
$225
$225, street, with hood and case For Nikon newbies wanting a taste of Vibration Reduction, this 82-300mm equivalent utility zoom is sharp, light, and relatively distortion free. Its plastic lensmount and more-than-usual corner vignetting are minor flaws. STANDOUT SPEC Value-very useful glass, hard-to-say-no price. MOUNTS Nikon AF-S WEIGHT 0.78 pounds LENGTH 3.9-5.32 inches FILTER SIZE 52mm STABILIZATION Not tested
CANON
APO 70-200mm f/2.8
$2,050
$2,050, street, with hood, tripod collar, case For Olympians who want the optical best, this 70-200mm equivalent, with rubber gaskets to seal out moisture and dust, is extraordinarily sharp and distortion free. But, ouch, the weight! STANDOUT SPEC That bright f/2 aperture, the fastest in its class. MOUNTS Four Thirds WEIGHT 4.04 pounds LENGTH 8.46 inches FILTER SIZE 77mm STABILIZATION In the camera
CANON
SP AF 70-200mm
$800
$800, street, with hood, case, tripod collar Well-suited to wildlife, sports, and portraits, it scales up to 105-300mm on most DSLRs. Autofocus is fast and quiet, and the build robust. Sorry, though—no extra moisture or dust resistance. STANDOUT SPEC Compatibility with Sigma teleconverters for up to twice the reach. MOUNTS Canon, Nikon, Four Thirds, Pentax, Sigma, Sony WEIGHT 3.07 pounds LENGTH 7.25 inches FILTER SIZE 77mm STABILIZATION No
CANON
AF Nikkor 85mm
$680
$680, street, with hood and tripod collar For photographers on budgets who crave the benefits of a super bright aperture, this SP (Super Performance) lens is sharp with very well-controlled distortion, and among the least expensive In its class. STANDOUT SPEC Macro. The 1:2.85 maximum magnification is among the best in this range. MOUNTS Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony WEIGHT 2.91 pounds LENGTH 7.79 inches FILTER SIZE 77mm STABILIZATION No
CANON
EF 70-200mm f/4L
$450
$450, street, with hood Does almost everything Nikon’s legendary 85mm f/1.4 does, but at half the price and a third less weight. Its Achilles’ heel? So-so (1:9) maximum magnification. STANDOUT SPEC Small size. This short tele/portrait lens comes In a package just a bit larger than a 50mm f/1.8. MOUNTS Nikon AF WEIGHT 0.8 pounds LENGTH 2.31 inches FILTER SIZE 62mm STABILIZATION No
CANON
AF-S DX
$1,235
$1,235, street, with hood and case Excellent introduction to pro-grade glass, and much lighter and less expensive than the brighter Canon f/2.8. You still get L-series construction, optics, and handling, however. Tripod collar (A-2) is a separate purchase ($150, street). feature and capability is worthy of its lofty L-serles status. MOUNTS Canon EF WEIGHT 1.71 pounds LENGTH 6.73 Inches FILTER SIZE 67mm STABILIZATION 1.5-3.5 stops
CANON
60-250mm f/4
$185
$185, street, with hood and case This price-is-right nonstabilized zoom has quiet, if it's the shortest 200mm here. somewhat slow, AF. Its lensmount is plastic and there’s Very Visible pincushioning (1.01%) at 105mm. STANDOUT SPEC Contracted, MOUNTS Nikon AF-S WEIGHT 0.6 pounds LENGTH 3.09-4.5 inches FILTER SIZE 52mm STABILIZATION No
CANON
DT 55-200mm
$1,300
$1,300, street, with hood, tripod collar, and case The superlative performance and solid build quality of this newest Pentax zoom are detailed in this issue (see page 86). But it’s f/2.8-heavy, and f/2.8-pricey—considering that it’s an f/4. STANDOUT SPEC Freedom from flaws, as in virtually no distortion or light falloff. MOUNTS Pentax KAF2 WEIGHT 2.35 pounds LENGTH 6.7 Inches FILTER SIZE 67mm STABILIZATION In the camera
CANON
EF 85mm
$230
$230, street, with hood A step-up tele zoom for budget-bound Alpha shooters, this 82.5-300mm equivalent has somewhat lethargic AF, but provides excellent sharpness and contrast even at 200mm. STANDOUT SPEC ED glass for controlling chromatic aberration, unusual In a sub-$250 lens. MOUNTS Konica Minolta, Sony WEIGHT 0.71 pounds LENGTH 3.32-5.31 inches FILTER SIZE 55mm STABILIZATION In the camera
CANON
AF DC Nikkor
$440
$440, street The favorite portrait lens for many a wedding pro, it’s unusually sharp and well built, and handles flawlessly, with near-silent AF. Only magnification (1:8) leaves something to be desired. STANDOUT SPEC Speed. Its maximum aperture and focal length make this lens a natural for available-light portraits. MOUNTS Canon EF WEIGHT 1.2 pounds LENGTH 2.81 inches FILTER SIZE 58mm STABILIZATION No
CANON
EF 70-200mm
$1,300
$1,300, street, with hood A 200mm equivalent on most Nikons, It’s for portraitists wanting bokeh control. Defocus Control lets you fine-tune softness in defocused areas. Yikes, who knew bokeh could be so expensive? STANDOUT SPEC Defocus control ring lets you adjust foreor background softness. MOUNTS Nikon AF WEIGHT 1.75 pounds LENGTH 4.82 inches FILTER SIZE 72mm STABILIZATION No
CANON
AF-S VR
$1,950
$1,950, street, with hood, tripod collar, case Almost a must for serious Canon shooters. Sharp, fast, and very well built with quick, accurate and quiet autofocus. Well-sealed against dust and moisture. Very Visible barrel distortion at 70mm (1.28%). STANDOUT SPEC Speed. Its f/2.8 aperture and IS make handheld, low-light shots doable. MOUNTS Canon EF WEIGHT 3.9 pounds LENGTH 7.81 inches FILTER SIZE 77mm STABILIZATION Not tested.
CANON
55-200mm
$1,950
$1,950, street, with hood, tripod collar, and case A pro’s bread-and-butter lens, this speedster provides sharpness, excellent handling, and relatively distortion-free shooting. Fleavy! STANDOUT SPEC Cosmetics. A true beauty, this massive lens’ matte-black finish and contrasting gold accents announce that You Flave Arrived. MOUNTS Nikon AF WEIGHT 3.27 pounds LENGTH 8.51 inches FILTER SIZE 77mm STABILIZATION 2-3 stops
CANON
AF 55-200mm
$150
$150, street, with hood For beginners yearning for reach, this should do the trick: It scales up to 85.25-310mm (equivalent) on most DSLRs. But distortion at 105mm was high (0.83% pincushion). STANDOUT SPEC That price. It should lure many telephlles. MOUNTS Canon, Nikon, Sigma, and Sony WEIGHT 1.09 pounds LENGTH 3.42-4.66 inches FILTER SIZE 55mm STABILIZATION No
CANON
EF 135mm
$175
$175, street, with hood An excellent tele step-up zoom (85-310mm equivalent) with light weight and good magnification at a very attractive price. The hitch: Somewhat sluggish, whiny autofocus. STANDOUT SPEC: Unusual metal/plastic hybrid lens mount keeps it from getting too heavy. MOUNTS Canon, Nikon, Sony WEIGHT 0.69 pounds LENGTH 3.33-4.67 inches FILTER SIZE 52mm STABILIZATION No
CANON
SMC DA* 200mm
$1,070
$1,070, street, with hood and case Perfect for tight headshots. Very sharp and fast, with a focal length well-suited to portraits and close-ups (1:5.3 max. magnification). Expensive, but endlessly useful and reliable. STANDOUT SPEC At f/2, it delivers beautifully defocused backgrounds and allows for fast shutter speeds. MOUNTS Canon EF WEIGHT 1.65 pounds LENGTH 4.44 Inches FILTER SIZE 72mm STABILIZATION No
CANON
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$960, street, with hood and case For wildlife, sports, and more, this 300mm equivalent provides high-grade moisture and dust resistance, plus a hood with window for adjusting rotating filters. The hitch? None! STANDOUT SPEC Distortion. There was none—we measured 0.01% pincushioning. No light falloff, either. MOUNTS Pentax KAF2 WEIGHT 1.85 pounds LENGTH 5.31 inches FILTER SIZE 77mm STABILIZATION In the camera
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In these three pages, we rate all of the current DSLRs, plus all of the current lenses within a given focal length range, that we've tested. The star ratings reflect: CAMERAS •lmage quality: Includes resolution, noise, and color accnracy
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DON’T MISS...
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TIME EXPOSURE * NOVEMBER 1959
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Harold Martin
Douglas Kirkland made the cover photo during a test of the new Agfacolor CN 17 Negative color film, with a Hasselblad 500C with a 150mm Zeiss Sonnar f/4 lens. Exposure was 1/5 sec at f/4 using a 3200 K (tungsten) light placed to create the halo around the model’s profile.
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B&H Foto & Electronics Corp.
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B&H Foto & Electronics Corp.
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PopularPhotography_20091101_0073_011_0091.xml
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PopularPhotography_20091101_0073_011_0092.xml
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Bulb Direct, Inc.
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Bulb Direct, Inc.
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PopularPhotography_20091101_0073_011_0093.xml
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116
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LARK PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS
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LARK PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS
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PopularPhotography_20091101_0073_011_0094.xml
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117
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beachcamera
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beachcamera
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PopularPhotography_20091101_0073_011_0096.xml
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ABE'S OF MAINE
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ABE'S OF MAINE
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SAMYSCAMERA
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SAMYSCAMERA
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onecall
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onecall
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PopularPhotography_20091101_0073_011_0099.xml
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PRODUCT SERVICES DIRECTORY
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PopularPhotography_20091101_0073_011_0100.xml
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CAMBRIDGE WORLD
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CAMBRIDGE WORLD
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SmileTrain
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SmileTrain
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BACKSTORY
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Fans at Home
Photographer Steve Schofield depicts reenactors in their own space
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Steve Schofield
MY INSPIRATION was how Western films have affected sci-fi fan culture abroad. I was also fascinated by the idea of people reenacting this in their own homes—the juxtaposition of the fantasy of the characters they’re emulating and the reality of where they live.
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SanDisk Corporation.
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SanDisk Corporation.
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