While we are pleased that you mentioned Nikon in your I Want to Buy column (April issue), I regret to advise that there is no half-frame Nikon F as you informed E. R. Williams of Lexington, N.C. No half-frame Nikon F was ever available (not even on special order) and, to the best of my knowledge, such a camera is not contemplated.
One of the big complaints of manufacturers of photographic equipment and materials is that photographers never read the directions. In fact one manufacturer told me that, if people would read the instruction sheets that came with his product, he'd be able to reassign a couple of fellows who do nothing but answer mail to more useful tasks.
Recently I bought a bottle of Kodak Lens Cleaner. But some friends warned me against using it. They said the liquid would get between the elements and ruin the lens. Is there any truth in this?—Seymour Siller, New York, N.Y. Not if you follow directions given.
IPEX, NEW YORK—As this is being written, IPEX, the biggest photographic show in the U.S.A. since IPEX in Washington, D.C., is in progress. Even though I am far from through digging up new and thrilling items, one thing is quite evident. This show will introduce many new developments that will make picture-taking easier in many areas.
A library of useful information is available to photographers free, thanks to the instructional literature many manufacturers offer. There are, no doubt, several booklets described here that will interest you. Just enclose 10c in coin or stamps to cover handling and you can circle as many choices as you wish on the coupon below.
THE U.S. NAVAL INSTITUTE, Annapolis, Md., is sponsoring a contest for pictures pertaining to the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, or any other maritime activity, or the sea itself. Pictures must have been taken during 1964 or 1965.
Did you know that brown glass is chemically neutral, and that many forms of white glass are not? Some white glass bottles can increase the alkalinity of developers and significantly decrease the useful life of the solution. This fact was news to me, and it's one of many useful facts contained in the first edition of Darkroom Review, a newsletter published by the Baumann Photo-Chemical Corporation (manufacturers of Acufine and Diafine), 439-447 E. Illinois St., Chicago II, Ill.
A couple of the best-looking, self-contained, one-piece electronic flash units we have seen are the Monojet BL and Rocket II by Ultrablitz. They are compact, lightweight units. Both may be operated either from standard C cells for complete portability or from 110 volts a.c.
LISBON—Sonny Fox and I were wandering through the streets of the Alfama the other night, and. . . . But before I go on, let me explain a couple of things. Sonny Fox is the host and star of “Wonderama,” a four-hour-long weekly television program that’s watched by more than 3-million youngsters from New York to Los Angeles, inclusive.
This is to celebrate a point of view in teaching photography. To put it briefly: “If you have something to say, you will find a way to say it, when you are ready to say it." It is the essence of Dr. Albert Freed’s Creative Workshop in Photography at the Educational Alliance, a New York organization dedicated to helping people realize their potentials as creatively productive individuals.
I am more than a little disturbed by the thinking and writing that today seem to dominate certain influential areas of photographic esthetics. It is the kind of thinking that wallows in esotericism of the sort that tends to alienate sensible people from the art of photography; and it was brought forcibly to mind by the recent Aaron Siskind exhibition at George Eastman House in Rochester and the impressive monograph that was published at the same time.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—About $20 is expected price of new Polaroid Land Camera : It may be introduced in July, and is sure to cause stir among Polaroid fans. (Note: word that Polaroid would market under-$20 model camera first appeared in Newsfront in July, 1964.)
A STILL PHOTOGRAPHER MAKES THE TRANSITION FROM 35-mm TO ELECTRONIC FILMING IN A WEEK END
Is the television-tape equivalent of the home movie a possibility? Eight years ago, Marvin Camras, the inventor of modern magnetic recording, penned this comment for POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY: “There is nothing today which is simple enough or portable enough for an amateur, and it doesn't seem likely that it will be achieved simply by refining or cheapening present techniques.”
How many times have you peered at the dim, dark frames of a 35-mm strip, trying to fathom which one is worth printing, which one shows the best expression, has the best detail, is the sharpest? Here is where TV can come to the rescue: it beats contact-printing any day.
The images of Gene Smith are distinctive and distinguished in many ways: for the impact of their human communication, for the compelling force of their visual organization, for the unmatched and almost unbelievable strength of print quality.
UNHAPPY WITH YOUR GROUNDGLASS? Maybe you can change it!
CORA WRIGHT KENNEDY
Here's the road to freedom for many SLR 35 owners. The focusing screen that comes with your camera may not be the best one for your particular eye, or for every photographic circumstance, If so, you may be able to do something about it: many models allow the user to switch screens quickly to suit the need of the moment.
THEY TAUGHT ME 35-MM UNDERWATER AND THEN I SOLOED WITH A SHARK
I’ve been shooting 35-mm for years, but it was only recently that I had a chance to take my camera out of the everyday world and into a strange and very beautiful one—the world that lies underwater. My chance came when I went to Santa Barbara, Calif., to the Brooks Institute of Photography to take an accelerated course in underwater photography.
Typically, photographers go out shooting at night as if prepared to light the lack of light. They use slow shutter speeds, fast lenses, super-speed films, and hot developers. Instead, they might well recognize night as offering a distinctly different kind of shooting experience.
Since the early days of 35-mm photography, one of the so-called marks of quality was a nearly grainless appearance in the print. But what photographers really meant was grain that was not overly prominent or obtrusive. Obviously, without grain there could be no picture, so it should be removed from the list of photographic dirty words.
Can you imagine a senior editor on the staff of Look, well into his ’30’s, with virtually no professional experience in photography, quitting his job to become a free-lance photographer? It sounds ridiculous no matter how you look at it; and you’d have to predict the direst consequence for anyone foolish enough to make such a move.
In critical analyses the word “seeing” and the term “ability to see are commonly used, often incorrectly. A horse sees, a dog sees, a fly sees, and so does a human being. That Alan Blynd sees is a foregone conclusion. But what is more important is that Alan Blynd’s abstractions are the result of his “perception”; his ability to fuse with the common act of seeing the ability to exercise artistic judgment and to add the spices of originality and emotional content.
CREDO: When I make a photograph I want it to be an altogether new object, complete and self-contained, whose basic condition is order (unlike the world of events and actions whose permanent condition is change and disorder) . The business of making a photograph may be said in simple terms to consist of three elements: the objective world (whose permanent condition is change and disorder), the sheet of paper on which the picture will be realized, and the experience which brings them together.
DUST, SCRATCHES, DIRT, FINGERPRINTS, RETICULATION, PINHOLES, GREASE SPOTS, ETC.
The world of photography is plagued by an insidious force of enemies—gremlins—whose primary function is to destroy the product of the time, money, talent, and energy that go into making a photograph. Working in the dark (or by the limited illumination of a safelight), they leave their marks on negative and print—and their favorite target seems to be 35-mm photography.
Has CdS cell for full exposure automation of pre-select shutter speed type. F/1.8 Amicor 45-mm lens; apertures and warning indicator in finder; manual at all speeds (1-1/500), with meter if desired; also B; MX synch; self-timer. Price, $79.95. Dist., Camera Specialty Co. Inc., Bronxville 8, N.Y.
Camera Specialty Co. Inc.
CANON DEMI CUSTOM
Behind-the-lens leaf shutter in this camera permits use of either 28-mm Canon f/2.8 standard lens or 50-mm Canon f/2.8 telephoto shown. Compact 35 also incorporates match-needle exposure control that sets programmed pairs from 1/30 at f/2.8 to 1/250 at f/22. ASA 10-400; manual at 1/30; X synch; scale focus with 50-mm, zone symbols with 28-mm. Price with two lenses, lens caps, wrist strap, soft leather case, under $120. Dist., Bell & Howell Co., Chicago, Ill.
Camera Specialty Co. Inc.
CANON MODEL 7S
New camera is similar to Model 7, but is billed as first rangefinder “system-camera” with built-in CdS meter. Couples to shutter-speed wheel; high-low settings; ASA 6-400. Camera features include metal focal-plane shutter; 1-1/1,000 sec plus B,T,X; FP and MX contacts; selftimer; top accessory shoe. Prices with following Canon 50-mm lenses: f/1.8, under $300; f/1.4, under $340; f/1.2, under $400; f/0.95, under $510. Dist., Bell & Howell Co., Chicago, Ill.
Camera Specialty Co. Inc.
To load either the Canon QL 1.7 or QL 1.9 (which are identical except for their noninterchangeable lenses), standard 35 cartridge is placed in loading chamber. Then user presses film leader flat, closes back, and winds. Each rangefinder QL also has CdS cell in mount around lens front, and full automation of pre-select shutter speed type. ASA 25-800; 1-1/500 sec and B; viewfinder shows f-stops, warning indicators; shutter lock for too little light; manual operation at all speeds; built-in parallax correction; MX synch. QL 1.7, with six-element, 45-mm Canon f/1.7, under $140; QL 1.9, with five-element 45-mm Canon f/1.9, under $120. Dist., Bell & Howell Co., Chicago, Ill.
Camera Specialty Co. Inc.
CONTAREX PROFESSIONAL SLR
Two changes have been made in this pilot-model variation of the Contarex. The Professional does not have the built-in EE exposure system featured in the Contarex. In addition, shutter release and timing mechanisms of the Professional are said to have been modified to “render them softer and quieter.” In all other respects, camera retains features of standard Contarex. It will be available early in 1966. Price not yet stablished. Dist., Carl Zeiss, Inc., New York, N.Y.
Cora Wright Kennedy
One of the most exciting 35mm cameras at the show was this highly unusual half-frame. And here are the “firsts” it walks off with, considering production models only, and still cameras available in the U.S. for general shooting. —Within that framework, the Olympus-Pen EM seems to be the first 35 designed for amateur use that incorporates both electric motor drive and electric motor rewind.
OLYMPUS PEN-F SYSTEM is now available in a specially designed carrying case containing: Olympus Pen-F camera with 38-mm f/1.8 lens; clip-on coupled CdS meter; 100-mm lens and shade; 25-mm lens; 50->-90mm zoom lens and shade; shade for 38and 25-mm lens; bellows attachment; camera rail for bellows; slide copier; camera holder; extension ring set; UV, Y-2, and Type A filter for 38-mm lens; skylight filter; Y-2 and Type A filter for zoom lens; and accessory flash shoe. Compartmented case is poly-foam lined, and lid is detachable. Entire outfit is priced at under $658. Further information available from Scopus, Inc., 257 Park Ave. S., New York, N.Y. 10010.
250-mm TELE-ASTRANAR f/4.5 FolloFocus lens is now being imported by SterlingHoward Corp., 25 Wolffe St., Yonkers, N.Y. 10705. Focusing lever is jar-proof, enables rapid-action photography. Focusing is from 10 ft; diaphragm is preset. Lens stops down to f/22 and is 10-in. long. Price is $58.95 f.o.b. N.Y. Lens is also available at firm’s retail store, 561 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, N.Y.
CORSAIRE II Model 3550
CORSAIRE II Model 3550 is a four-track stereo and monaural tape recorder with two built-in 7-in. oval speakers, three tape speeds: 1⅞, 3¾, and 7½ ips, individual channel volume and tone controls, four output and four input jacks, safety record interlock plus two extended-range microphones. Price is $169.95. Manufacturer is Rheem Califone Division of Rheem Manufacturing Co., 5922 Bowcroft St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90016.
CALIFONE tape recorder Model 3200
CALIFONE tape recorder Model 3200 is a four-track stereo tape recorder that features sound with sound. It also has illuminated VU meter, pause-edit control, 3digit index counter, two 6-in. oval speakers, automatic shutoff, and tape speeds of 3¾ and 7½ ips (15 ips available as an optional accessory). Price is $269.95. Manufacturer is Rheem Califone, 5978 Bowcroft St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90016.
LUMINOS FUTURA SILK portrait rapid projection paper
LUMINOS FUTURA SILK portrait rapid projection paper has a warm high-luster silk surface with wide latitude. It comes doubleweight, in popular sheet sizes and in 2½-,3½-, 5-, and 7-in. rolls. Distributor is Luminos, 25 Wolffe St., Yonkers, N.Y. 10705.
FOTO-TROL TIMERS are out in two models, Deluxe T-120 and Model 110. Both have luminous dials for resetting in the dark, automatic safelight cut-offs while focusing enlargers and during exposure periods. repeatability accuracy within .017 seconds, and can be used on table or wall. Main difference between the two: Deluxe T-120 is calibrated in 1/100-, 1/10-, and 1-sec stops, and weighs 3 lb; Model 110 is calibrated from 14 to 120 sec continuously, and weighs 2 lb. Manufacturer is Summers and Mills, Inc., 1511 Levee St., Dallas, Tex. Write to them for more information.
NEGA-FILE CO., Box 78, Furlong. Pa. 18925, introduces an 8x10 Nega-File for storage of 8x10 negatives and prints. Mahogany chest accommodates standard 9½x11¾ file folders and is equipped with a follower block which keeps folders upright. Write to manufacturer for complete information and brochure of other products.
MARSHALL PERMANENT MATTE SPRAY
MARSHALL PERMANENT MATTE SPRAY eliminates glare and gloss from any reflecting surface, and also protects oil-colored and glossy photographs and Polaroid Land prints. It comes in two sizes: 6-oz can, $1.50, and 16-oz can, $2.50, as well as bulk form for use in air guns. It’s available at art, photo, hobby, and stationery stores. Maker is John G. Marshall Mfg. Co., 167 N. Ninth St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211.
PH-1 FLIP-UP ALBUM
PH-1 FLIP-UP ALBUM comes with three pages, each with a double row of 40 windows holding 120 3½ x5 or 240 2¼x3¼ prints. Pages are metal-eyeletted for durability. Brown simulated-leather cover is padded, with gold embossing. Album size is 10x12½ in.; price, $5 ppd from Johnson’s, 9537 Lindsey Dr., El Paso, Tex. 79924.
M-R MOLEQUARTZ NOOKLITES
M-R MOLEQUARTZ NOOKLITES are a new miniaturized quartz-iodine lighting group with many uses on motion picture, TV, and still studio sets. It uses 650-watt (3200 K or 3400 K). 420-watt (3200 K), or 400-watt (3000 K) quartz-iodine lamps. It is designed to project soft, even light in a rectangular field. A single light unit weighs 214 lb and measures 8⅛x3 9/16x 1 11/16. Price of one-light unit No. 2911 is $33.50 and the price of the three-light unit is $74.50. For more information. write for bulletin No. 106, to MoleRichardson Co., 937 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, Calif. 90038.—
Spectator camera with automatic take-up spool, slow motion, single-lens reflex viewing, CdS cell, and electric drive. Price, about $230. Mfr., DeJur Amsco Corp., Long Island City, N.Y.
DeJur Amsco Corp.
$299.50 to $399.50
Three models of the Filmatic camera, ranging from $299.50 to $399.50. Each will accept an accessory 100-ft magazine, price, $99.50. Dist., Honeywell Photographic Products, Denver, Colo.
DeJur Amsco Corp.
The Auto 5X camera with 7.4> 37-mm zoom lens. Power or manual zoom with electric drive motor for 12, 16 and 24 fps. Accessories include telephoto and wide-angle converters. Price, under $200. Dist., Burleigh Brooks Inc., Englewood, N.J.
DeJur Amsco Corp.
ARGUS 810, 812, 814
$65 to $160
Argus introduces the 810, 812, and 814 cameras. Prices range from $65 to $160. Features include automatic electric eye, Type A filter, and zoom lens for the 812 and 814. Illustrated is 812.
Who makes an underwater light meter?—Norman R. Sanborn, Amesbury, Mass. Write the following concerns: Scopus Inc., 257 Park Ave. S., New York, N.Y. 10010 (their Sekonic Marine Meter L-164 is shown here) ; Fotomatic Corp., 3141 W . 10th St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46222; and Underwater Sports Inc., 2931 N.E. Second Ave., Miami 37, Fla.