Waaaaaaiiiiidaminit!!!! What happened? The February (Human Face) issue of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY is fabulous. Who goofed? Keep up the (recently) great work. CRAIG M. SHARROW, Detroit, Mich. I’ve long been a buyer of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, looking for good pictures and good picture ideas.
Although I am well aware that most people in large cities don't have a large deep-freeze (especially if they are apartment dwellers!), many of our rural readers do. And, indeed, many of the new refrigerators now include generous freezing compartments.
MORE TIME FOR SLIDES. Shortly after World War II, I worked as the art director in a studio that prepared all types of visual communications, including filmstrips and slide presentations. At that time, it was customary for each frame to remain on the screen for from 4 to 30 seconds.
Is any recorder that uses cassettes really capable of producing hi-fi sound? Equipment utilizing the cassette is certainly capable of hi-fi sound. The cassette offers good performance at budget prices (often below reel-to-reel cost).
WEATHER SHIELD. In an emergency, a wet-weather microphone shield can be fashioned from the cardboard cylinder inside a roll of toilet tissue. Tape one end securely around the mike so that water will run off when the mike is tilted slightly downward.
SONY CASSETTE-CORDER TC-100. If you were to itemize the modern features built into portable recorders during the past two years, you would most likely find that your list describes Sony's CassetteCorder, Model TC-100. As the name implies, the TC-100 utilizes Norelco's cassette cartridge system, including automatic cartridge ejection.
LAFAYETTE RADIO ELECTRONICS CORP., 111 Jericho Tpke., Syosset, N.Y. 11791, has introduced two cassette tape recorders. The RK-85 is a solid-state unit that operates on five C cells. It has pushbutton controls (for fast forward, rewind, stop, play), safety record button, combination recording level and battery strength meter, earphone jack, auxiliary input jack, 2¾in. dynamic speaker, and can be operated on a.c. with optional adapter. Price, with remote-control microphone, stand, earphone, C cells, cassette of tape, and hand strap, $44.95. PRO-540 is a 4-track stereo tape deck for record and playback, capable of use with any high-fidelity system or amplifier. Features include: pushbutton controls for all tape modes, digital tape index, automatic shut-off switch, VU meter, stereo/mono selector switch, four inputs, two outputs. Price, with walnut base, $99.95.
LAFAYETTE RADIO ELECTRONICS CORP.
SONY TC-50 cassette tape recorder is said to be small enough to fit into a jacket pocket. It has built-in microphone and speaker, pushbutton forward and rewind, automatic recording control, battery level and record meter, and operates on four AA cells in snap-in pack. Price, with leather case and one cassette, under $125. More details available from Superscope, Inc., 8150 Vineland Ave., Sun Valley, Calif. 91352.
LAFAYETTE RADIO ELECTRONICS CORP.
SONY TC-255, a 4-track solid-state stereo tape deck for record and playback, has twin professional-type VU meters, automatic tape lifters, automatic sentinel shut-off switch, pinch roller for easier tape threading, digital tape index, individual channel recording buttons and separate recording levels, sound-with-sound, and speeds of 7½, 3¾, and 1⅞ ips. Price, with dust cover and walnut enclosure, under $180. More information available from Superscope, Inc., 8150 Vineland Ave., Sun Valley, Calif. 91352.
LAFAYETTE RADIO ELECTRONICS CORP.
REEVES "SELF-THREADER” tab uses color coding and numbers to indicate front and rear ends of reels. Gummed tab is pressed to glossy side of tape and provides up to 100 automatic threadings before replacement is necessary. Package of 36, sufficient for both ends of 18 reels, is priced at $1. Manufacturer is Reeves Soundcraft, Great Pasture Rd., Danbury, Conn. 06810.
LAFAYETTE RADIO ELECTRONICS CORP.
MICROPHONE STAND, the three-legged, Model CS-52, has a heavy cast-metal base, extends from 34to 62 in., with shock-absorbing base pads on each leg. Price is $13.25. Additional information and a product catalog available from Atlas Div. of American Trading and Production Corp., 10 Pomeroy Rd., Parsippany, N.J. 07054.
NEW YORK—Copymate 400: New under-$30 copier will use heat-sensitive 3M Copymate paper in combination with a novel negative material to duplicate line and halftone originals in full room light, with no chemicals, and at less than ten cents per 8x10 copy.
Basically there are two techniques I use in my glamor photography, even though they are opposite ways of shooting. One is to work freely, making hundreds of pictures in various locations and taking the chance of coming up with something candid and unusual.
The sign in the coffee shop in Aspen said, “Think Snow." The evening was balmy, the night sky was star-filled, but I thought snow. And when I awakened the following morning and glanced through the window of my room at the Prospector Lodge, I saw real evidence of the power of positive thinking.
THE HAMPTON ALBUM, photographs by Frances B. Johnston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.; black-and-white rotogravure photographs, 56 pages, hard cover, $2.95, soft cover, $1.95. Frozen slices of life in the unique Virginia school where Booker T. Washington was educated.
The article ‘Something Else’ Color in the February, 1968 issue of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY erroneously carried byline credit to AI Francekevich only. Vern R. Stinson should have been given joint byline credit on the text of the article together with Mr. Francekevich and POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY regrets this inadvertent omission.
Any good SLR will get you the picture if you are attuned to the snapshot kind of work that falsely calls itself photojournalism. But if you’re an experimenter like me who tends to use an SLR as though it were a small swingless and tiltless view camera, then you'll have special needs.
Drill a hole in one end of two wooden blocks and shape opposite ends to accept the wooden dowel that is passed through the roll of seamless paper. Slip ends with hole over the light stands, allowing you to lower or raise the background as needed.
Where do old cameras go when they die? Is there a camera heaven? Can cameras be reincarnated? These questions are not intended to trigger a theological debate. They are quite serious factors to the custom-equipment shops who supply many of the top pros with one-of-a-kind cameras designed for special applications.
Among the largesse that dropped into my year-end holiday hopper was, of all things, an original bound copy of The Photographic Times for the year 1900. In its subtitle, it was described as "An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Interests of Artistic and Scientific Photography.”
An ordinary bicycle pump serves to build up pressure inside an underwater housing for movie cameras shown at recent Salon Photo-Cinéma-Optique in Paris, reports Amateur Photographer magazine. Internal pressure enables the flexible plastic housing to resist external water pressures encountered at depths.
How do you suggest filtering the water collected from a basement dehumidifier? I sometimes collect three to four gallons per week, and want to filter this for mixing chemicals.—Lee F. Martin, Florissant, Mo. Filtering can be done conveniently in an outsize funnel like the half-gallon (64 oz.), polyethylene one shown.
How would you like to take your camera horseback riding in the wilderness among the majestic Chisos Mountains, or floating on a rubber raft along the Rio Grande River? How would you like to ride an aerial tramway up the side of a mountain, to an altitude of 5,620 feet; or ride a trolley car across the Texas-Mexico border, and take pictures at a Sunday afternoon bullfight?
OLYMPUS TRIP 35 yields full-frame exposures, measures 4½x234 in., and weighs under 14½ oz. Automatic exposure control (with manual override) sets proper aperture with shutter speeds of 1/200 or 1/40 sec; shutter will not operate if light level is too low. Distance scale is calibrated in feet and meters; four zone settings show in finder. Other features: D Zuiko f/2.8 lens stopping down to f 22, thumb-rotated film advance, flash shoe and P.C. cord connection, luminous bright-frame finder with parallax correction marks, tripod socket, six slots in take-up spool for easier film loading. Price, with black leather pouch case and wrist strap, $59.95 Distributor is Ponder & Best, Inc., 11201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90064.
Ponder & Best, Inc.
UNIMATIC 800, a 126-cartridge loading model, has a 40-mm f/1.8 lens; 1/75 sec shutter speed (1/25 with flashcube); fixed focusing from 4 ft; a single top control is used to advance film, cock shutter, advance flashcube, and release the shutter; and optical viewfinder. Price, with soft-lined plastic zipper case, $15.95. Distributor is Vytron Co., Box 832, Amityville, N.Y. 11701.
Ponder & Best, Inc.
SUPER 8 OUTFITS
SUPER 8 OUTFITS consist of camera with zoom lens, projector, movie light, camera case, color film with processing included, batteries, GAP “Photo Fun” book, and optional 30x40 table screen. Anscomatic 890 Movie Outfit is priced at $275; Anscomatic 870 Movie Outfit, $199.50; Anscomatic 840 Movie Outfit, $179.50. Manufacturer is General Aniline & Film Corp., 140 W. 51st St., New York, N.Y. 10020.
Ponder & Best, Inc.
BEATTIE UNIVERSAL has a programmed electric shutter that opens for viewing and closes for exposure automatically, and a revolving back. It accepts sheet (split 5x7), 120, 220. and 35-, 46, and 70-mm films. All controls are located at the back. A 4x5 back and film identifier will be available shortly. More details from Beattie Engineering Co., Dept. H., 1094 Florence Way, Campbell, Calif. 95008.
Some books get too technical, others give too little usable data, and still others become too “arty" to be of practical value. Guide to Practical Photography strikes a happy medium. It's written so that you can skip the more theoretical discussions and go right on to finding solutions to practical picture making.
One of the best ways to photograph is to search for natural theaters of action. Having found one, all the photographer has to do is sit patiently in front of it with his camera, waiting for whatever will happen. In some cases, these natural theaters are so good that one can keep a vigil for months, even years, and never run out of good pictures.
If the Cambridge Seven Associates has anything to say about it, subway systems all over the world may become showplaces for photography. Hired to redesign the Arlington Station of the Boston underground, the Cambridge Seven turned to unique porcelain enamel photo murals as key elements in the remodeling program.
What is film? The simple answer may be, “Film is film.” But the selection of a film is perhaps the most critical step in the photographic process. Next to this is its use in a camera, and what is done to it in the darkroom. Most photographers arc now well aware of exposure and developing techniques and how their manipulation affects their photographic effort: the required end result of a photographic print meeting their own esthetic standards.
Would you like to shoot spot-news pictures while seated in a comfortable chair at home? Or start a collection of photos of your favorite TV star? Knowing the proper technique for making pictures off the TV screen can be profitable as well as an interesting hobby.
Too few of us have darkrooms in which to make black-and-white negatives from color slides or movie frames. And the latter are quite a problem, unless your enlarger is equipped for extreme blowups. But most of us these days have slide or movie projectors.
Philadelphia’s photographic time machine: DR. SIPLEY
The paradox of Dr. Louis Walton Sipley is this: inventive enterprise brought him face to face with the past and made him a historian, and initiative made him a custodian. What kind of man is the founder and director of the American Museum of Photography?
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S program of equipment testing is solidly based on its laboratory—the most up-to-the-minute installation of its kind. Our test instruments were chosen, installed, and, in many cases, custom-designed and built by Technical Consultant Norman Goldberg, head of the well-known professional camera and instrument repair service, Camcraft, Inc., of Madison, Wis.
You have just encountered, en masse, some of the most diverse and talented visual magicians of photography’s current underground. Film-makers, graphic designers, still photographers, entrepreneurs, electronics experts, and more.
DON SNYDER, a 33-year-old New York pro, has evolved an unusual graphic technique which utilizes the optics and technology of photography to produce stunningly beautiful non-photographic images he calls “lumographs.” A combination of dyes, inks, and various exotic chemicals baked onto optical glass, Snyder's lumography came into the “big time” with Timothy Leary.
SPIRATONE’S PERISCOPE telephoto lens is the SLR’s equivalent to “elevator” shoes. It can raise the axis of the camera’s viewing field eight inches upwards—of obvious use for shooting over the heads of a crowd. But, conversely as the illustrations suggest, you can also really get down and photograph the view below without bending at the waist.
No course at all, but an effort to put photography where the students are—in school. That’s the aim of the Lend-A-Camera Library, a new program developed by POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY to work on the community level. The student shown here isn’t in a camera store.
Have you ever wanted to take pictures of scenes at night but didn't know how to begin or at what exposure to start? The easy-to-assemble calculator printed here will be the answer to your problems, for it provides suggested guide exposures for a variety of film speeds and for 26 different night-light scenes.
Compounding of photo solutions, chemical by chemical, is now only a curious memory for some workers, and yet, the basic requirements haven’t changed. They can be summed up in two words: cleanliness and consistency. Obviously, if you always mix a certain developer the same way each time you mix it, your chances of always getting the same results with that formula are increased; e.g., consistency breeds consistency.
Konica’s Electronic Auto SE is a remarkably easy-to-use quality 35, full-frame. It is automated almost to the point of absurdity, from exposure to spring-powered film advance, good for about 18 shots per winding (this also takes care of shutter cocking).
Most movie makers film action as it occurs, but Dale Ramsey creates it on a homemade animation rig. Ramsey, a 16-year-old Newport News, Va., high school student, made 829 drawings, filmed them frame by frame, and won second prize in the Kodak Teen-Age Movie Awards for his three-minute production, Problems in the Pounding Surf.
The Bolex SM8 is a compact, easy-to-operate sound projector. It provides automatic threading and take-up on the Bolex 400-ft take-up reel, and can handle reels up to 800 ft. The mechanical aspects are all very well designed. One selector switch operates the projector forward with the lamp at 40 percent or at full wattage.
DISSENTING OPINIONS ON MIXING: FILTER OR NOT TO FILTER WATER
Photographic purity of water has to be considered from two distinct angles: chemical purity and physical freedom from foreign matter. The chemical purity of water is measured by the ratio of parts of dissolved solids to one million parts of water.
I am an avid sportsman who takes a camera on many trips. Is there a gadget bag made that will attach by means of a harness to my body, yet allow easy access to a camera?—John Frank, New York, N.Y. A new bag of the type you describe has just been introduced by the S & S Ski Quipment Co., P. O. Box 651, Fremont, Ohio 43420.