The article Anybody with a Camera Can Be a Newsman! in February was interesting, but somewhat misleading. It might well leave amateurs thinking for the rest of their lives that the big scoop is just around the next corner. And even if it were, the money will never be what you imply it to be.
NEW YORK—"What kind of shaking-up do you think photographers need to produce better pictures for 'the total information environment'?": POP PHOTO put the question to Dr. Marshall McLuhan shortly after his appointment to the Schweitzer Chair in Humanities at Fordham University here.
Although there was some eyebrow-raising at the idea of a device to help make consistently good color prints aimed at amateurs (the Kodak Model II Rapid Color Processor), costing close to a couple ot hundred bucks, the skeptics have been surprised at how popular and widely used it has become.
"Some of my best friends are judges," writes Irving A. J. Lawres in the December issue of the PSA Journal (official publication of the Photographic Society of America) as he, himself a veteran judge, aims a few revolutionary barbs in their direction.
It was late in the afternoon. The Las Vegas sky was tinted with the first touches of an orange sunset. The lady, pretty obviously a visitor, was holding a camera. And she looked worried. From time to time she glanced down at the camera, and then looked around at the bright, dazzling, flashing neon lights that hover over the heart of the city.
MINOLTA AUTOPAK-8 K7 super 8 movie camera is equipped with a 13-element Rokkor lens which zooms from 9.5-to 38-mm, on power and manually. Focus is from 4 ft; lens stops down to f/16. Cds electric eye reads light behind the lens, and operates with ASA film speeds from 16 to 100. Other features: reflex viewing and focusing; viewfinder shows filming aperture, underand overexposure warning, footage, film load indicator, film end warning, and position of automatic Type A filter; 18-tps speed; operates on five penlight batteries housed in built-in hand grip; battery check; weighs .37 oz. Price, $199.50, with batteries and 10-ft remote control cord; leather case, $20. Distributor is Minolta Corp., 200 Park Ave. S., New York, N.Y. 10003.
AGFALUX C, a flashgun for flashcubes, has a spring motor to advance cube at touch of a button as each exposure is made. It comes with either a hot shoe contact or coiled cord with PC plug, both with flash exposure guides. Case will hold one flashcube, and attaches to camera strap. Model k, with cord and PC plug, and Model M with flash contact in foot, are $6.95 each; battery is 85 cents. Distributor is Agfa-Gevaert, Inc., 275 North St., Teterboro, N.J. 07608.
ULTRABLITZ MATADOR 400-R
ULTRABLITZ MATADOR 400-R electronic flash embodies all features of standard Matador 400 (15.000-BCPS illumination, adjustable lighting angle, fast recycling, battery interchangeability, and ability to operate at full-, half-, and quarter power on three-way interchangeable power sources). In addition, it accepts ringlights. Price, $214.90. Additional details from Allied Impex Corp., 300 Park Ave. S., New York, N. Y. 10010.
QR GRIPS, designed to accept Honeywell and Graflex quick-release brackets for Hershcy and other flash heads which can be used only on camera shoe mounts, come in three versions. With tilt head, price is $9.95; with shoe head, $7.95; with ¼-20 thread stud, $5.95. Manufacturer is Aimes-Hershey, P.O. Box 73, Lockport, Ill.
ULTRABLITZ CORNET 150
ULTRABLITZ CORNET 150 electronic flash has a guide number of 44-50 for kodachrome II film. Operation is on a.c. or nickel-cadmium batters, with recycling time of 6 sec on a.c., 7-13 on battery. Other features: ⅓, 700-sec flash duration, 45 flashes per fully charged battery. 5600 k color temperature, pop-out contact shoe, retractable PC cord, f-stop computer, and is sized to fit into a pocket or purse. Price, $54.95, with battery and recharger/a.c. adapter. Additional details available from Allied Impex Corp., 300 Park Ave. S., New York, N.Y. 10010.
ETHOL LPD CONCENTRATE
ETHOL LPD CONCENTRATE paper developer comes in a plastic bottle with pouring handle. Quart size is priced at $1.75 ($1.85, Denver west), while 5-gal. plastic cubitainer is priced at $25 ($26.50, Denver west). Manufacturer is Plymouth Products Co., Inc., 1808 N. Damen Ave., Chicago. Ill. 60647.
PAPER-SAFE, stated to be completely light tight for storage of all photo film and paper, can be kept in the refrigerator, and comes in three sizes: 8½×11, 12×16, and 20×24 in., all 2-in. deep inside. Tilt-and-tap arrangement permits user to fan paper or Film automatically for individual sheet removal. Prices are, respectively, $13.95, $14.95, and $39.95. Manufacturer, RDA Corp., 422 S. Oliver. Wichita, Kan. 67218, offers more details.
BROOKS STAINLESS STEEL
BROOKS STAINLESS STEEL processing equipment for 35-mm and 120/620 film is guaranteed for life. Tank lids incorporate a removable cap and light-tight baffle. Reels have a fingertip spring clip to facilitate loading. More information available from J. D. Callahan, Burleigh Brooks Inc., 420 Grand Ave., Englewood, N.J.
SPIRALITE MULTIMAGE #3P
SPIRALITE MULTIMAGE #3P Prism lens consists of three parallel prisms. Rotation of lens results in a multiplicity of effects, which can be observed on SLR groundglasses. Use requires no increase in exposure. Price, $9.84. from Spiratone, Inc., 135-06 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y. 11354.
MIYA PHOTO ALBUM
MIYA PHOTO ALBUM has 20 pages, which hold photographs up to 8½×11 in. in place with a special surface and clear film flap which also prevents discoloration. Burlap covers come in green, red, blue, yellow, pink, or orange; price, $5. Importer is Miya Co., 373 Park Ave. S., New York, N.Y, 10016.
EDMUND CATALOG NO. 671
EDMUND CATALOG NO. 671, containing many items of interest to photographers, is available free of charge from Edmund Scientific Co., 106 E. Gloucester Pike, Barrington, N.J. 08007.
SPIRALITE CROSTAR, a special-effect filter engraved with a mesh-like pattern, produces star-like patterns. It fits standard series VII filter holders, and is priced at $4.84. Spiratone, Inc., 135-06 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y. 11354, offers more details.
DUST COVER for the Bauer T1-S super 8 projector has a lenticular surface viewing screen, as well as a pocket for storing take-lip reel and a.c. cord. Price, $4.95. Information on all Bauer movie products available from Allied Impex Corp., 300 Park Ave. S., New York, N.Y. 10010.
SPIRATONE DELUXE COPY-LIGHT
SPIRATONE DELUXE COPY-LIGHT has dual 9-in. arm system and is equipped with 4-in.-deep reflectors with porcelain sockets and detachable polarizing shields for complete reflection control when copying. Unit fits all copy stands with standard 1½-in.-diameter poles. Price, $24.95, from Spiratone, Inc., 135-06 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y. 11354.
SPLIT-IMAGE VIEWFINDER for 16-mm Arriflex cameras closes to indicate added depth of field, and opens when depth of field is short. Installation and alignment cost is $100, and is done by Nehrend's, Inc., 161 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Ill. 60611.
AGOF-SCHACHT LENS CORP., 160 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10010, offers literature on its three latest lenses: 90-mtn f/2.8 and 135-mm f/3.5 automatic Schacht Travenars for Pentax cameras, and preset 200-mm Schacht Travelon f/4 for Pentax, Praktica, and Exakta cameras.
72-mm CUSTOM SIZE
72-mm CUSTOM SIZE Spiralite accessories (filters, close-up lenses, lens shade) are described in a brochure available from Spiratone, Inc., 135-06 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y. 11354.
REVISED KODAK BOOK
REVISED KODAK BOOK, Clicking with Color, for users of manual and automatic Kodak cameras, contains basic photographic information plus out-of-the-ordinary picture ideas. Price, 50 cents, at Kodak dealers.
An inventive photographer in Cambridge, Mass., has come up with a color film that cannot be exposed erroneously. The man is Charles Wyckoff, of a company called Edgerton, Germeshausen & Grier. The principals of the firm are MIT scientists, credited with the invention of the photographic electronic flash tube and an array of other advances.
IS NEWS SOUND HONEST? In my opinion. 25 years of experience in recording sound qualify me to judge whether the sound that accompanies an event on TV news was actually recorded when the action was photographed. In numerous instances, it wasn't.
LAFAYETTE RK-840 STEREO RECORDER Take the best conveniences of the relatively expensive hi-fi stereo recorders, shrink the size to that of the latest "full-feature” battery portables, and you have the Lafayette Radio RK-840 Solid State Stereo Recorder-an interesting compromise between performance and price.
I recently installed a new turntable in my hi-fi system. Why do I get a continuous high-volume hum from it? Sounds as though you have left out a ground wire. Both the pickup arm and the motor should be grounded to the amplifier for minimum hum. Attach a separate wire from the metal base of the record player to some point on the amplifier's chassis.
EASIER SPLICING. If you find it difficult to utilize the undersize (no-trim) splicing tape with a splicing block, try some of the new Editabs, which consist of a plastic support holding a piece of tape. The support fits in the block’s groove, insuring that the adhesive will be centered over the tape.
NORELCO CONTINENTAL 350 mono tape recorder accepts cassettes and features: tone, pause, and automatic record controls; recording level indicator; three-digit counter with automatic zero reset; speed of 1⅞ ips; deflector to control direction of sound; solid-state circuitry; dual track; microphone, radio/phono, TV inputs; radio/TV, phono, external amplifier outputs; teakwood cabinet. Price, under $130, with omnidirectional microphone. Manufacturer is North American Philips Co., Inc., 100 E. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. 10017.
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POCKETCORDER tape recorder features Inverse Propulsion, stated to stabilize tape speed (15/16 ips) and prolong life of penlight cells. It accepts 1⅞-in. reel of tape prethreaded to take-up reel. Price, $79.95, includes four prethreaded tapes (three in a breast-pocket file), leather carrying case, shoulder strap, remote control microphone, and set of penlight cells. Manufacturer is Telmar, 2339 S. Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90064.
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SONYMATIC 907 tape recorder
SONYMATIC 907 tape recorder is battery powered but can also be used on a.c. It has automatic recording control, speeds of 1⅞ and 3¾ ips, solid-state circuitry, 3¼-in.-reel capacity, automatic tape lifter during fast forward and rewind operations, remote stop start switch on microphone, uses four D cells, has microphone and remote control inputs, remote control output. Price, $49.50, with carrying case, dynamic microphone, earphone, and D cells. The a.c. adapter is an optional accessory. Manufacturer: Superscope Inc., 8150 Vineland Ave., Sun Valley, Calif. 91353.
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VIKING 423 stereo tape recorder has three motors and three speeds (1⅞, 3¾, and 7¼ ips), and is priced at $249. This solid-state unit records on four tracks and has directional control levers, pause control, push-button counter, and illuminated record level meters. It accepts reels up to 7 in. Accessory remote pause control is available. Manufacturer: Viking of Minneapolis, 9600 Aldrich Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn. 55420.
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TELMAR T-410, a four-track stereo tape recorder, operates on four flashlight batteries as well as a.c. It accepts reels up to 5 in., has speeds of 3¾ and 7½ ips, has microphone, auxiliary inputs and extension speaker or earphone outputs, push-button controls for rewind, fast forward, stop, playback, and record. Price, $129.95, with two dynamic microphones. Manufacturer: Telmar, 2339 S. Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90064.
CAMERA ACROSS AMERICA by Orville Andrews. A. S. Barnes & Company, New York, N.Y., Thomas Yoseloff Ltd., London. unpaged, hard cover, $7.50. Incredibly superficial coverage of what title implies, which apparently was based on available photographs taken where the author lived or vacationed, covering merely New York.
Last month we took a look at “living off the land" indoors—or how to hold the camera steady for slow exposures when no aids to photographic steadiness were available. And if you enjoyed this freewheeling approach, then you'll want to extend it further to making pictures outdoors at night, from about dusk on.
Too-frequent lens cleaning, accompanied by rubbing action, can gradually create many fine scratches that ruin definition. This does not mean that a lens that has become grime-covered or fingerprinted should not be cleaned. But unless a lens is really grimy, greasy, or fingerprinted, it should not be cleaned by wiping.
Photographer Ken Heyman is a huge bore (about 250 pounds). He even likes being a bore. In fact, he’s worked for years on the art of being totally boring. This would seem to make him a first-class creep. And what I’ve just said might even provide grounds for a libel suit.
In its much heralded year-end issue, Life has succeeded brilliantly in doing nothing with one of the most intriguing subjects around—photography. Twenty years ago, this issue might have looked good on the newsstands and in the homes of magazine readers.
not even through-the-lens meters can think for you
There’s no doubt about it: through-the-lens metering is very convenient. Under average conditions, these SLR cameras will let you use teles and wide-angles, extensions, close-up supplementaries, filters, and the meter will read or at least attempt to read what is coming through the optical system.
The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair already has come to be remembered as the World’s Fair of the Belgian Waffle (strawberries and gobs of whipped cream on a toasted waffle). Montreal’s Expo 67, or Universal and International Exposition as it’s officially called, may well be remembered as the World’s Fair of the Photographers.
Dates: Opens April 28, 1967. Closes forever on October 27, 1967. One season only. Hours: Gates open 9:30 a.m., pavilions open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. Admission (U.S. currency): $2.40 adult, $1.20 child. Seven-day admission, $11.50 adult, $5.75 child.
TOM McCARTHY tries THE FISH-EYE EVERYBODY CAN AFFORD
Imagine a “fish-eye” that you could fit on any camera in front of any lens, instantly broadening its coverage to a hemisphere. The Spiratone fish-eye comes close to doing just that. With the proper adapter, or else some tape and courage, this 0.16X converter will add new scope to almost any camera, from the drop-in cartridge type to large view models.
The Master Photo Dealers and Finishers Association annual trade show in Chicago March 12-16 may turn out to be one of the most surprise-packed in history. Right up to show time a lot of people are playing it close to the vest. We're laying bets that the Japanese held off their important still stuff at photokina in order to come on like gangbusters at MPDFA.
Our concept of art museums originated with the Italian Renaissance. Lorenzo de Medici established a large collection of works of art in his palace in Florence at the end of the 15th century: his personal museum served as the prototype for kings, noblemen, merchants, and landowners in Italy, France, England, Russia, Spain and The Netherlands who formed their own personal art collections during the next years.
If you’re wondering how to get the most out of Dynachrome, let me remind you that this is a twofold question, because there are now two films under the 3M aegis. In addition to the already wellknown Dynachrome 25, there is now a faster Dynachrome 64.
“I was messing around with my camera on a Sunday afternoon....” So begins a note from Carl Purcell about technical data for one of his pictures. It is a clue to the rich variety of images that emerge from his camera. At 38, as Director of Photography for the Peace Corps, he is not content to confine photography to his working hours, but, by his own admission, is also given to “messing around” with his cameras on his own time.
Anselm M. Spring is a 24-year-old member of the German air force who believes that color slides can be burned sometimes, and to good effect. Not satisfied with only shooting pictures, Spring sometimes takes his slides and melts the emulsion side slightly with a candle or match.
There's a common notion floating around that any kind of color enlarging is a complicated, time-consuming operation requiring special chemicals. Well, look again! All of the enlargements on the opposite page were made without any trays or bottles of chemicals at all.
Which basic filtration for enlargers? Here are some personal suggestions, after trying various tungsten-bulb enlargers (which are the rule in the amateur field, and used by many pros): 212 (150-watt) opal bulb: 80A; for cooler basic results, 80A + 82A.
The face of comedian Bob Hope once came to us by radio where he used his "ski-nose” not only as a corporate symbol but as the basis for hundreds of self-demeaning gags. Then came the Hope face carefully made-up for the Road movie series, to be followed by the electronically retouched Hope face on TV.
WESTON RANGER 9: READS 1,000,000:1 BRIGHTNESS RANGE
James S. Fornes
Weston has gone the CdS way. Its Ranger 9 is an entirely new and extremely sensitive meter, able to read subjects through a brightness range of .002-2000 candles per square foot—a ratio of a million to one. An eye-level viewfinder lets you see just what area you are reading.
SPECTRA UNIVERSAL: ‘TOP-FLIGHT’ INCIDENT-LIGHT METER
Cora Wright Kennedy
Photographers who have eyed the excellent Spectra incident-light meters will be happy to learn that there is now a less costly model for both still and motion picture work. This is the Spectra Universal, which is basically the same as the Spectra Professional, minus certain extras, and lists for $30.50 less than the least expensive Professional model.
They’re good for 8-mm super 8, single 8— but how good are
Bell & Howell Co.
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BELL & HOWELL AUTOLOAD MODEL 456
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DE JUR VERSATILE PT-99
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HONEYWELL ELMO FP8-C
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KODAK INSTAMATIC M65
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KODAK INSTAMATIC M95
Is it necessary to have different projectors for screening standard 8 and super 8 (or single 8) footage? Not if you uso an all-8 projector. Now on the market are at least half a dozen of these units that accommodate both film formats. In a matter of seconds, you can switch from one size to the other.
Since you don’t mention just what you can afford, we can t mention any specific brand name. From EPOI, 623 Stewart Ave., Garden City, N.Y. 11533, the distributors of Nikon cameras, come budget-priced Komura lenses that, with the proper adapter, fit your Nikkorex, or other SLR's.