In his list of methods to avoid mirror bounce, Bill Pierce (in Are you losing quality as you shoot?, September) has left out a method that I find very useful. When using the self-timer on my camera (Agfaflex), the mirror is released when the release button is pressed, while the shutter operates several seconds later, giving the camera time to settle.
Back in October of 1961. I wrote a piece for POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY that has become somewhat of a classic, for it was the first time anyone ever published, in a popular magazine, corrective data for reciprocity failure for almost all Kodak and Ansco films.
I always get a special kick on discovering, as I travel, some extra facility or service that has been devised to make vacation photography more pleasant or convenient. It's particularly pleasing when the special effort has been directed toward the casual amateur photographer, because most amateurs do a substantial portion of their picture-taking while on vacation, and anything that contributes to the success of their vacation pictures should help to upgrade and, in the long run, sophisticate their photography.
When the handle on your press or movie camera case or pro bag is worn and in danger of breaking off, replace it with a matching leather dog collar. If the buckle is kept on top, it will not cause any discomfort to the hands. The collar lasts for quite a while, and can be easily replaced when it too becomes worn.
BRUCE DOWNES ON BEING PHOTOGRAPHED BY PHILIPPE HALSMAN
BRUCE DOWNES ON BEING PHOTOGRAPHED BY PHILIPPE HALSMAN
Character is summarized
I waited 20 years to be photographed by my friend Philippe Halsman and learned when the sitting finally took place that all through those years of waiting he had wanted to photograph me but was restrained from doing so by a kind of half-conscious reluctance to photograph a critic.
Here is a small, solid, and compact battery-powered recorder with many of the features of a full-fledged model. Its quality is of a surprisingly professional level, making it a fine instrument for recording sound effects on location, interviewing, or just taking oral notes.
BELL & HOWELL/ CANON FX is a compact. lightweight, fully automatic 35-mm SLR with a 50-mm f/1.8 lens, retailing for under $250 ($337.50 with a 50-mm f/1.2 lens). CdS meter covers a film range of 10-800 ASA, can be switched off when not in use.
Today’s user of interchangeable lenses need not complain of a dearth. Before him lies a panoply of lenses that his forefathers would have sacrificed an arm to be able to work with. Gone are the days when an f/4.5 lens was considered “fast,” when an f/8 Rapid Rectilinear was a "common" piece of optical equipment.
EXA, EXAKTA, TOPCON, GM REFLEX, CARAFLEX and the Olden import MAMIYA PRISMAT have Exakta-type bayonet lens mounts. PRESET LENSES: Most preset, click-stop, and manual lenses with Exakta-type fitting can be used on the above named cameras with little or no trouble.
P 35 Vertical; takes film sizes from subminiature to 35-mm; condenser illumination system; accepts No. 211 75-watt lamp; line voltage, 110; convection-cooled; 2-in. Accura f/4.5 lens, stopping down to f/16, with click stops; 12X enlargement on baseboard with normal lens; rack-and-pinion focusing; metal film carrier; film advance without removing roll; lamphousing tilts for bigger enlargement; built-in focusing filter; control switch on line cord; wooden storage case acts as baseboard; two-piece pole; unit converts for copying.
CDS Cadmium-sulfide-type for still and movie cameras; measures reflected light; calibrated in ASA speeds from 10 to 3,200; reads direct from f/1 to f/22. LVS or EVS settings from I to 20. exposure times from 30 sec to 1/2,000 sec; one-hand dial; zero adjustment; high-low sensitivity switch yielding a ratio of 125 to 1 on single button-type switch, (releasing button opens circuit insuring long battery life); mounts in case, on camera accessory shoe, or may be hand-held.
NEW YORK — When will Rapid System cameras hit U.S. market? May is the month and IPEX —The International Photographic Exposition—is place said to have been chosen as ideal for introduction of Rapid System into U.S. As a reliable industry source told POP PHOTO: "There will be simultaneous and massive introduction of Rapid System cameras and cartridges on May 1 at IPEX."
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller were to announce their forthcoming marriage in a small Connecticut town. It was to be a simple affair. But for photographers the wedding was a complicated battle of wits. On the day of the announcement dozens of cars, some high-powered, were packed with photographers and writers ready to ambush, follow, report on (or what have you) the couple.
HALSMAN’S HALSMAN-A WOW! SCOTT HYDE: Alchemist with color MOVIE TREASURES IN 8-MM GREAT PICTURES BY W. EUGENE SMITH MOTHER-IN-LAW POSES A PICTURE GOOD PEOPLE-PICTURES—HOW? KEN HEYMAN TELLS YOU NORMAN ROTHSCHILD on Part II of the AGFA RAPID SYSTEM
SILVER PRICES ARE RISING. FILM COSTS MAY SOON FOLLOW. WILL PHOTOGRAPHY TURN TO NONSILVER EMULSIONS LIKE THE HERE IS AN UPDATED REPORT FROM NEW ORLEANS BY CONTRIBUTING EDITOR BILL PIERCE.
Quick positives or negatives
Where do we go?
How does Kalvar film work?
WHO IS KALVAR?
About six years ago a revolutionary new film came on the market—one that could be developed simply by running a hot iron over it. This was Beseler Slide-O-Film, a Kalvar emulsion designed to produce rapid copies of color slides and transparency materials.
If yon see a photographer carrying a camera with a long lens, wandering around the streets of New York City with a distant look in his eyes, try not to bump into him; it might be me. Lately I've become very intrigued with shooting with long lenses, and I've found it takes a very special kind of seeing.
Let's throw down the gauntlet and challenge all comers: If there’s a better film for general photographic work in black-and-white than Kodak's Tri-X. let the challengers arise. What film can claim the following? High speed Relatively fine grain High resolution Excellent gradation Variable contrast (yes, you've read it correctly) Extreme versatility in exposure and/or processing Thin, tough emulsion A new (though yet unpublicized) jam-and-scratch-proof cassette.
The new Duplex Super is the first big development in safelights since their origin. To appreciate the new light, you should look first at conventional safelights and see what they are trying to do and how. Safelights up to now have come in many shapes and sizes —round, square, oblong, etc.—but they all work the same way.
In February, 1959, Marilyn Silverstone went to India for four months. “Even that,” she says, “was going to be a long time for me, since I'd never stayed anywhere for longer than five or six weeks.” She wanted to remain “long enough” to become familiar with the country which, with its geographic position and its population of more than 440,000,000 (since gone up to 475,000,000), “was a kind of fulcrum, or balance, between east and west.”
DEDICATED TO THE PROMOTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY AS A FINE ART
Denver, Colo., dynamic hub of the new West, is the focal point for an innovation in photographic organizations. The Colorado Photographic Arts Center has evolved from the basic idea that photography is and should be a vital part of our culture.
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CATEGORY A: EXCELLENT
CATEGORY B: GOOD
CATEGORY C: FAIR
CATEGORY D: PASSABLE
When I decided to write about enlarging papers, I found I was ignorant about them, even though I knew what I wanted from a paper. The one way to learn was to get the papers and make prints. After 80 darkroom days and 879 prints, the end of my tests, while not near, is dimly in sight.
Nobody talks much about one special aspect of CdS-cell meter care. Yet it's time to take a fresh look, since now a number of highly sensitive CdS meters let us range from moonlight and available darkness to bright sunlight. And in the ever-expanding realm of built-in CdS (cadmium-sulfide) meters, it's not unusual to find units that permit readings down to around sec at f/2 with ASA 400 film.
Here’s real news in the 35-mm world. Canon has come up with the lightest and most compact single-lens reflex 35 they’ve ever made: the Canon FX. On the front of the camera, you see the unusually fine, new, interchangeable 50-mm Canon FL f/1.8 lens.
Here’s a neat little gadget that should be welcomed by many photographers who do their own processing. Kodak has introduced a special opener that lets you open their "staked cap" 35-mm cartridges with ease. This doesn’t make the cartridges reusable, but it simplifies extracting the film for processing, and allows you to reserve your bottle opener for kitchen use.
The Gitzo line of quality tripods (and innumerable other small camera accessories) is comparatively new to this country but has been widely sold throughout Europe since 1917. This head, along with a formidable professional view-camera tripod, is currently being imported by Thomas Instrument Co., and may presage importation of the complete line.
The irony of it all: the moon is now well within photographic range, but a simple, dependable clean splice is still beyond our reach. This is one problem peculiar to the amateur. Professionals splice, but they do not really find out how well their joints hold.
The Royal Borough of Kensington, London—late 1963. Hundreds of dedicated movie makers fill the Civic Hall. This is the inaugural meeting of the British Nine-Five Association. The faithful are watching a color film made by one of their members.
The brightest film surprises of the last few months and certainly one of the farthest-out movies is A Hard Day's Night, the first feature film starring the Beatles. It combines the "direct film," hand-held techniques of such film-makers as the Maysles brothers and Richard Leacock with an approach to comedy that is a weird conglomeration of Rene Clair, Olsen and Johnson, and the Marx Brothers.
The second New York Film Festival—26 features and 24 short subjects—moved another step toward becoming an important international showcase for films. The editors of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY spent 55 hours in the dark searching for the best films— those they could recommend to readers for photographic as well as dramatic value.
Can film be used effectively in combination with live performers? The idea has intrigued numerous artists in recent years. A 1060 Ford Foundation grant to a designer-architect team provided funds for planning a theater to house this kind of performance.