July 2013 Table Of Contents

On The Cover
In this issue we focus on optics, with a roundup of some of the most intriguing new lenses introduced in 2013 and tests on a very fast lens from Sigma and a special effects 8mm super-wide. We also feature some optical how-to’s, including using graduated neutral density filters and working some macro magic. And we’ve got lab tests on the Fujifilm X-E1, Nikon D5200, and Panasonic GH3. Coming attractions: next month is our Top Products of the Year issue, where we feature the best in class in 40 imaging categories!


38 Roundup
Covering The Photo Beat
by C.A. Boylan

42 Digital Innovations
It’s Pixel Independence Day
by Joe Farace

58 Intriguing Optics
A Sampler Of New Lenses For 2013
by Jack Neubart

70 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM “A” Lens
A Fast & Sharp “Street” Lens
by George Schaub

80 Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Aspherical Fisheye
Affordable Fisheye Photography
by Jack Neubart

88 A Long Lens Primer
Tools & Techniques For Reaching Out
by Stan Trzoniec

136 Classic Cameras
The Twin Lens Contaflex
by John Wade

144 Digital Help
Q&A For Digital Photography
by David B. Brooks

Image Tech

48 Fujifilm X-E1
Lab Test Results & Comments
Edited by George Schaub

50 Nikon D5200
Lab Test Results & Comments
Edited by George Schaub

54 Panasonic GH3
Lab Test Results & Comments
Edited by George Schaub


98 Nissin MF18 Digital TTL Macro Flash
An LED Ringlight
by Jack Neubart


104 Micro And Macro Photography, Handheld
A Tiny World Made Large
by Huub de Waard

110 Graduated Neutral Density Filters
Are They Relevant In The Digital Age?
by Josh Miller


14 Picture This!
Monthly Photo Assignment
by The Editors

26 Talking Pictures
“Morning Fog”
by Steven B. Waite

28 Web Profiles
Great Photo Sites Reviewed
by Joe Farace

34 On The Road
Ethiopian Journey
by Maynard Switzer


12 Editor’s Notes