I should like to bring to your attention that the Hahnel Colormatic Splicer retails in Britain at £8.19.9 (about $21.50), not £20 as quoted in February Photo Bent. R. M. FREEMAN, Buyer, Ricemans of Canterbury, Canterbury, England About that test lab . . .
Some people might expect a guest critic to disinter a moldy photograph from some museum file and loudly thump the drum for it. Well, I haven’t. Far from being a relic, Nelson Medina’s lovely photograph is as fresh as strawberries and as eternally alive as young love.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—More photographers than ever request credentials to cover political conventions : Spokesman for Supt. William J. Forsythe, of Senate Press Photographers' Gallery, whose office clears credential requests, says demands are especially heavy from photographers wanting to attend GOP convention in Miami Beach Aug. 5-8.
I have trouble focusing fast enough with the wheel arrangement on an old Contax rangefinder 35. Would I do better with another focusing system? —Walter Dodson. New York, N.Y. Perhaps, hut fast focusing can he achieved with your camera just by turning the lens barrel, instead of the wheel on top of the camera.
Lately, a lot of young people have been getting into photography with none of the obvious aptitudes needed to make a success in this field. Perhaps it was the movie Blow-Up; perhaps it was an English photographer marrying the Princess; at any rate, many newcomers are responding to the glamor associated with photography.
THE SENSE OF SOUND. The whole area of radio and records, whether relating to advertising, entertainment, or education, is print-dominated. Strange as it seems, this even includes broadcasts of classical music; here in New York, the radio station of The New York Times apparently schedules “All The Music That’s Fit To Print.
I tried a high-output tape but didn't notice any change in playback level. Why not? You get nothing for nothing. High-output tape only gives more output when you increase the input signal. This type of tape allows you to increase the input level past the normal maximum level without undue distortion.
FULL POWER. Rechargeable alkaline batteries have the same output —1.5 volts—as flashlight batteries. By using them, you won't reduce performance, as can happen with 1.2volt Ni-Cads. CLEANING HINT. Cassette and cartridge recorder heads and guides are easily cleaned with a cassette or cartridge loaded with head-cleaning tape.
The latest entry in the “cassette sweepstakes” is Mercury’s model TR 8700, a complete portable stereo cassette recorder that is powered by either AC or four D cells. Unlike some previous stereo portables, the TR 8700 is supplied complete, with two microphones and two speakers.
CONCORD 510-D stereo tape deck has two solid-state preamplifiers, four-digit counter with pushbutton reset, automatic sound-on-sound recording, cue and edit control, calibrated record-level meters, and operates in vertical or horizontal position.
Instead of keeping slides in the film processor's boxes, store them in a compartmented fisherman's fly box. Sections can be identified with index tabs (available at stationery stores) and are easily visible through the clear plastic top.
At first impression on driving into Jerusalem, the city seemed relatively unchanged from the one I’d visited on my previous trips to Israel. Most of the familiar structures and landmarks still stood where I had last found them; the afternoon sunlight bounced bright and beige off the light tan sandstone (cut from the surrounding hills) that continues to be the dominant building material; and the streets bustled with throngs of tourists, residents, and pilgrims—distinguishable, somehow, from one another.
Whatever happened to those authentic army & navy surplus stores of 20 years back? Remember them? You could equip an army or a factory for next to nothing. For young, inquisitive minds, there never was a better museum than the surplus outlet.
Assuming that the notion of collecting original photographic prints has now become reasonably acceptable—aside from the growing minority of photophiles who each year back up their conviction with coin of the realm—is there enough activity in this field to justify a full-time gallery on somewhat the same level as the galleries devoted to paintings, drawings, and graphics? I believe there is, if only as a workable potential.
There’s a small, new accessory around that may look like a minor tool, hut has turned out to be very versatile for me. This is the Bowens Multiclip. You might want to consider using it, too, especially if you work with floods. Probably there are dozens of uses for the ingenious $2.50 English import, with its two rotating clips and joining stiff rod.
FOTOLUX 68. a 126-size cartridge-loading camera, has a 38-mm f/2.8 lens stopping down to f/22, scale focusing from 2½ ft, shutter speeds of 1/30, 1/125 sec and B, full flash synchronization (with shoe contact or PC cord), and flashcube socket. Price, with battery $25.95; optional leather field case, $3.75. Distributor is Vytron Co., Box 832, Amityville, N.Y. 11701.
KALI-COPIER enables users of Polaroid Swinger 20 cameras to make their own copies. Price, $5.95. Another model, K1699 Kali-Copier, is also available for use with Polaroid Land camera models 100. 101. 103, 104. 210. 220. 230. 240. and 250. at $8.95. Both are available (ppd) from Kalimar Inc., 2644 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63118.
CAMERA-TO-TELESCOPE adapter permits use of 35-mm SLR's and Japanese-made telescopes for astrophotography. Metric thread connects one end to a "T" adapter. Other end has a parallel shank, 1 ⅛in. long by .960 long, ±.005 in. Price, $6.50. "T" adapters are available: for Praktica and Miranda. $3; for Exakta and Minolta, $5; for Nikon. $5.75. Distributor is Edmund Scientific Co., 380 Edscorp Bldg., Barrington, N.J. 08007.
UNIVERSAL PISTOL GRIP
UNIVERSAL PISTOL GRIP accepts most cameras, offers a choice of two positions for mounting the cable release, either from the lower front or upper rear sockets. Price, $4.95, from Spiratone, Inc., 135-06 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y. 11354.
ULTRABLITZ BAUER El60
ULTRABLITZ BAUER El60 electronic flash recycles in 8-10 sec on rechargeable nickel-cadmium battery, and 6 sec on a.c. Angle of light is 73 degrees horizontally. 53 degrees vertically. With battery fully charged, it is said to provide 45 flashes. It can be used anywhere in the world through the variable voltage a.c. adapter. Synchronization is by means of shoe contact or detachable 9-in. cord. Price, complete, is under $60. More details available from Allied lmpex Corp., 300 Park Ave. S., New York, N.Y. 10010.
KAPCO PROJECTION VIEWER
KAPCO PROJECTION VIEWER accepts till slides in 2x2 mounts and projects them on a self-contained 7x7 in. screen. It is stated that roomlight need not be dimmed. It can be converted for standard screen viewing, and operates on a.c. Slides can be shown individually or in six-slide-capacity strips. Price, $21.95; strips available at two cents. Manufacturer is Kapco Products Inc. 33 New Broad St., Port Chester, N.Y. 10573.
CARI VISION, a rear-projection unit for small-group viewing. accommodates Kodak Carousel projectors Self-contained, it is slightly larger than an attache case, acts as a permanent housing for the projector; Screen size is 196 square inches. Price. $89.95. Complete description available from Radiant Corp., 8220 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove, Ill. 60053.
KODAK EKTAMATIC SC
KODAK EKTAMATIC SC printing paper (N, SW) for use with the Kodak Ektamatic Processor, Model 214, is stated to offer a smooth luster surface, warm black tone, and white base for clean highlights. Contrast can be varied with Kodak Polycontrast filters. Pencil retouching is possible. Although designed for a two-bath stabilization process, it can also be handled conventionally in a tray. It's available at Kodak dealers in 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20 sizes.
EMPREX, Du Pont’s newest fast projection printing paper for portraiture, comes in a single contrast, producing a warm-brown image that will tone readily in all standard toners. It comes in four double-weight surfaces. It’s stated that paper can be developed up to 24 hours after exposure with little or no loss in image density. The paper is at DuPont dealers only.
ECCO PHOTO SWEEP
ECCO PHOTO SWEEP is available in an improved solution. This anti-static film cleaning and conditioning solution is stated to dry instantly, and can be used with both color and b&w still and movie films. An 8-oz bottle is priced at $2. Manufacturer, Electro-Chemical Products Corp., 89 Walnut St., Montclair, N.J. 07042, offers literature on this and other related products.
ARMORLITE CASES for SLR camera outfits are announced by Smith-Victor Corp., Griffith, Ind. 46319. Construction is of black leather grain with aluminum trim, filled with-polyester foam that can be custom cut to fit any combination of equipment. Model 625 ($18) measures 9íxl5íx6 in.. Model 635 ($22) measures 12íx 17íx6 in.
35-mm BIND-A-FOLIO slide kit holds up to 300 slides in a locking loose-leaf binder. Pages hold 20 slides between two layers of clear vinyl, with individual pockets. (Pages with frosted backs are available.) Inside cover has a pocket for filing technical data or other material. Price. $4.95 ppd. with six slidepages; extra pages, 40 cents each. Distributor is Key Sales Co., 516 Mize Ct., Uniondale, N.Y. 11553.
You can't beat the condenser/reflex system used by Durst. Really even illumination and better contrast. And with the upright lamp, there’s no filament flaking onto the bulb to cause uneven darkening. Heat dissipation is a lot better, too.
Ever since the introduction of the super 8 film format, manufacturers have focused their attention on dual-purpose projectors that can also accommodate standard 8 film. Now dual 8 editors are reaching the market. Vernon Photographic Corp. distributes its 101 and 808 Dual 8 models, which are identical in some respects, yet strikingly different in appearance, features, and price.
An old method of increasing film speed is to pre- or post-fog the film Both work, but prefogging results in almost as much fog increase as speed increase. It works in color, too. According to Herb A.Lightman of the American Cine. matographer, Robert Surtees, ASC, used the technique in the movie The Graduate.
When the editors of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY asked me to cover the MPDFA convention in Philadelphia, for the readers of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, I thought to myself, "Golly, that’s a good idea, but what would the readers of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY really want to know about the MPDFA Convention in Philadelphia?” Once round the convention floor on opening day brought to mind the ancient chestnut about the contest whose first prize was a week in Philadelphia; second prize, two weeks.
At the present pace, underwater housings for 126-cartridge cameras will be as standard as their flashcube sockets. Our May issue (page 82) reported on the Instacase for kodak’s Instamatic 104 camera. manuiactured by Oceanic Equipment Corp. of Miami Beach.
Whether you like it or not, electronics is moving further ahead in the still camera field. At this year’s show, three important developments showed up in automatic cameras designed for the amateur rather than the professional. One advance—and perhaps the most interesting — was built-in, semi-automatic exposure control via solid-state circuitry, featured in two very similar rangefinder 35’s, the Yashica Lynx 5000E and Lynx 14E.
I saw a new mailing folder recently that struck me as being both ingenious and simple. It’s called “Xpanda-Pac” and is designed to fold up quickly around photo prints (or other flat material) and lock securely for mailing. One of its features is that it has multiple score marks on the folds so that it automatically expands to accommodate a small or large number of prints.
A Prontor cable release incorporating a tiny bulb in its push-button can he used to illuminate camera controls when shooting in the dark. It is now available in German camera stores, reports Foto. Press International of Camera Industries of West Germany.
A devout non-specialist he's widely hailed as a picture problem-solver
The “ping-ping-ping” I heard in Ben Rose’s studio while he shot a job came from the timing mechanism of an analog computer he designed, built, and programmed. The model in front of his camera was clearly a talented character actress, but otherwise normal.
New 35-mm SLR’s were sparsely represented at this show. Both Minolta and Yashica introduced budget versions of their cameras, and Minolta offered the SRT-101 as a set with their latest automatic Macro Rokkor lens. Looming big in the economy field is the Icarex 35, which has been on the market awhile.
Here are four new, fully automatic, full-frame, rangefinder 35’s -each with a CdS cell on the lens rim mount-that use basically mechanical shutters for exposure automation. In three-the Fujica Compact Deluxe 35, the Taron Auto ELII, and the Minolta AL-F—the automation permits user preselection of the shutter speed (over the speed range), with the aperture set by the camera indicated in the finder.
In an era in which the SLR seems to have taken over almost completely in creative photography, an increasing choice of optics should be a welcome thing. Unfortunately, too many lenses offered today are carbon copies of carbon copies, differing little in capabilities or features, making for much confusion.
The Canon Optical Company of Tokyo has introduced a series of telephoto lenses containing fluorite (CaF2) elements combined with recently developed types of high refraction rare-earth optical glass. This is the first time that lenses containing crystalline fluorite elements have ever been marketed for general photographic purposes.
Some young kid is trying to topple the champ—and he just may succeed. The Graflex Stroboflash IV, a portable 200-watt-second electronic flash operating on high-voltage dry batteries, has been the champ since the day it became the switched-on version of Ed Farber’s original Stroboflash design over a decade ago.
The computer age "rapid access" concept has now been applied to slide projectors within reach of the amateur. GAF has come out with a line of gravity-fed Anscorama 35mm projectors taking up to 100 slides: slip an optional "Slide Seeker" on top and the user may dial the slides he wants to show, in or out of sequence.
Time and space are the latest conquests of super 8 cameras. Now you can shoot subjects as close as one inch from the lens—or reach far into space with a 12-to-l zoom. You can compress time by shooting one frame per minute or expand it by making slow-motion movies at 54 fps.
In home movie projectors exhibited at Philadelphia, it was all-8 practically all the way. With but a single exception, all of the new models accept both standard 8 and super 8/single 8. Compatibility of the two formats in one projector—once considered an unusual feat of engineering design -has become the rule rather than the exception.
Many —but museums Boston’s have Museum rigid restrictions of Fine on Arts photographing has taken in a their diametrically galleries opposite tack. As an experiment, it recently organized a class of 30 teen-age members, in school grades 10, 11, and 12, to explore its facilities photographically.
His job is to find an exciting solution to a commonplace idea’
If your first impression of the Kennedy pictures here is that the ideas come first, you’re entirely correct. For William J. firmly believes that there are many good technicians in photography today, but not enough photographers who can extend their ideas and keep their imagination working for them.
Have you ever wanted to photograph a 600-foot still life by moonlight with a fish-eye lens? Harvey Shaman felt that way the first time he saw the famed St. Louis Gateway Arch while doing another assignment there. He then convinced his industrial client that he should return to make pictures of it.
There's a wealth of photo aids hidden in almost any hardware store. Browsing through one. you'll find the means to Cope with an emergency, or solve problems you didn’t even know you had—and save money besides. Of course, it can't take the place of a good photo shop, hut frequently there is none nearby; moreover, a sizable hardware store is likely to offer articles that you weren't even aware existed.
Multiple images are so much with us that it is difficult to imagine our world without them. We see split-screen techniques in TV and motion pictures. Driving a car we see images in front of us,behind us in rear-view mirrors, and to the side in the periphery of our vision.
THE MAMIYA SUPER 23 is a cross between a studio-type view camera with bellows swings and tilts for perspective control, and a press-type camera with rapid film advance. Through the use of various backs, it will accept any of nine film sizes or types, from 120 and 220 roll film to 2½x3½-in. sheet film and glass plates, or 4¾x6½ sheet film which has to be cut by the user into fourths, as well as film pack of 2½X3½ or 2¼X3¼.
The small flashgun or electronic flash has become the emergency light of the available-darkness photographer. A single flash can boost the level of existing illumination to allow the use of slower, “sharper” color film, blur-stopping shutter speeds, or smaller f-stops with greater depth of field.
Calumet has designed a 4x5 wide-angle view camera that provides the user with all the perspective controls of studio view models. Normally, wide-angle lenses limit the use of swings and tilts—but not on the CC-402 Wide Field camera. The answer to working in tight quarters, it offers a hard-to-beat combination of versatility, flexibility, and economy.
The development of standard 8 and super 8 magnetic sound projectors has put quality sound recording within the reach of the home movie maker. The availability of sound-striping equipment now makes it possible for amateurs to own virtually a self-contained sound studio.
New equipment for close-ups and slide copying made its appearance here and there. The Aimes-Hershey Slide Duplicator, based on the former Kingdon device, made its appearance. This uses either incandescent bulbs or electronic flash as the light source.
New films and papers are food for the guy who wants to do more than fondle bits of metal and glass. Two new negative color films made their debut at the MPDFA show. Breaking with convention. 3M offered a negative color emulsion with “chrome” in the suffix of the name, rather than “color."
Although a number of new pieces of conventional darkroom equipment appeared at the MPDFA show, they varied little from equipment that has been available. Items that give the photographer something he has never had before were few. One fell into the “someday—but not now" category.
In contrast to photo trade shows of the recent past, only one new video-tape recorder has been introduced: the Apeco TeleTape. It takes 7-inch (2.400-foot) reels of ½-inch tape, runs at 7½ ips. Complete package includes camera, recorder, and monitor, and is priced at around $1,500.
I used two Canon lens prototypes—a 500-mm f/5.6 and a 300-mm f/5.6—at a hockey game in February. Utilizing CaF2 elements, the lenses are approximately 40 percent shorter than their current Canon counterparts. This decrease in length is a definite advantage.
If it ever goes into production, you would not have to pay that much for this very small 500-mm f/5.6 mirror optics lens developed by Bushnell. The high figure is an approximation of what it cost to research and make hand-crafted samples. Actual dimensions of a finished product have not been set, but the sample I handled was about 6½-cm deep and about 11-cm across, and light enough to hand hold easily.
There is now a Kodak Carousel Stack Loader that fits Carousel Models 600, 700, 750, 800, AV-900, and RA950. This device holds as many as 40 cardboard or thin plastic slides at a time. Slides are advanced by regular forward operation, or by remote control if your projector has this.