Brian Yarvin , May 17, 2001; 06:58 p.m.
The equipment used by fashion photographers is often dertimined by...um...well...fashion. When the blurred, hand-held look was fashionable, Pentax 67's were big, and there was a time when 35MM was what everybody shot with.
Well everything that goes around comes around in the fashion world and many of the big fashion magazines are currently publishing images that appear to be either shot from low angles (indicating a waist-level camera) or with large format.
A year ago, everything looked like it was shot on 4x5 dupe film, but now colors are becoming much brighter.
The looks of the hottest designers, models, and photographers are tightly intertwined and often difficult to seperate.
As for Ellen using the point and shoot for a party; that's just a fun favor - not the work she's built her career on.