It was good to see Dennis Brokaw’s excellent photographs (made on Polaroid Land Type 52 film) in the May issue. The accompanying text is good, but I feel one statement needs clarification: When working with positive materials (all Polaroid materials can he considered as such except Type 55 P/N Polaroid Land film, which yields both a positive print and a fine negative), we must expose for the high values instead of for the shadows (as with conventional negative materials).
What's a good way to clean 35-mm cartridges used for bulk loading of film?—William R. Lamonte, New Orleans, La. Photographers tend to have their favorite techniques here, though most pay special attention to removing dust from the cartridge lips.
Wanting to duplicate my transparencies, and being a do-it-yourselfer, I looked about for a method of building my own lighting unit. Basically all that is required to illuminate transparencies for duplication is a light source for focusing and composing and another for making the actual exposure.
WASHINGTON—See what's cooking : C. S. McCamy of (U.S.) National Bureau of Standards has invented device to see or photograph in utter darkness. Unlike expensive electronic devices, this one is ingeniously simple. It consists of little more than a viewing light, concave mirror, and piece of film.
Recently in these pages there was a brief article about making pictures off the TV screen, and, although it had a lot of useful information. felt that it lacked a word of warning about what you may do with the pictures after you've made them. And, since the same principles also apply to making pictures off the motion picture screen, let’s talk about that, too.
The Society for Photographic Education’s fifth annual meeting was held at the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 26, and 27, 1968. About 100 members and guests attended, mostly college photography teachers and their students. Washington was picked to give SPE members a chance to see government photo collections and archives, and acquaint themselves with photography within the government.
CANON TL, a 35-mm SLR, offers automatic exposure with throughthe-lens spot metering covering 12 percent of the picture area. Other features: automatic aperture-setting, microprism screen focusing, quick-return mirror, 1 sec to 1/500 sec (plus B) shutter speeds, FP and X flash contacts, depth-of-field preview, zero-adjustment CdS exposure meter for film speeds 25 to 2,000 ASA, quick-loading mechanism, lens interchangeability, and accessory shoe. Price, with 50mm Canon f/1.8 lens, $199.95 (also available with f/1.4 and 1.2 lenses). Distributor is Bell & Howell, 7100 McCormick Rd., Chicago, Ill. 60645.
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FLASHCUBE ADAPTER permits users of Tilt-A-Mite flashgun to use bulbs from AG-1 through No. 5 and flashcubes. It's equipped with an adapter connection, fitting directly into the bulb socket, and a cube ejector. Turning a serrated knob advances the cube. Price is $2.95. Honeywell Photographic Products Div., 4800 E. Dry Creek Rd., Denver, Colo. 80217, offers more information.
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SECURE - A - CORD
SECURE - A - CORD locks male and female ends of electrical cords together so that when cords are pulled (such as when moving lights about), they will not separate. Price is $3.15, ppd, from Bison House, 231 Currier Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14212.
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FILTER KIT for Spiralite Monopak electronic flash consists of a holder and three filters: a polarizer for reflection control, a neutral density for closeup work, and a warming one to reduce excessive bluishness. Set is $4.95, from Spiratone, Inc., 135— 06 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y. 11354.
Many years ago, when I started to collect folklore with a tape recorder, I met Dr. Ben Botkin, the noted folklore historian. During most of his collecting life, his tools were the pen and pencil. The quality and quantity of the written material he had gathered were very impressive.
Does it make any difference whether a tape recorder is standing flat or on end? My friend says that tube-type recorders must be used either flat or standing, but not both ways. Some early tube recorders had to be operated preferably vertical or horizontal.
Four clays a week John T. Hill photographer and teacher, commutes from his home in New Haven. Conn., to his New York studio at 120 E. 32nd St. lie fifth clay he teaches photography at the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University, from which he was graduated in 1960 with a master's degree.
At one time or another, I've used one of the following printing exposure meters: the Macbeth Quantalog, the Fotoval, the Melico, the Durst Analite, and the Spotmatic. Prices for these units range from under $20 to $70. They all do the job, but as you might imagine, the more expensive ones are more sophisticated, positive-reading, sensitive.
Should you store carbon-zinc batteries in the freezer or will the refrigerator shelves do? You may have been a bit confused by apparently conflicting advice in these pages. To cool this once and for all, there's no basic contradiction. The answer depends on your needs.
It’s almost as if there’s no limit to the uses for the cassette recorder mechanism. The latest entry in the “cassette sweepstakes" is the Norelco Radio Cassette Recorder. It’s basically a high-quality portable FM, AM, and short-wave radio combined with a cassette recorder that can automatically record from any of the radio bands.
AMPEX TAPE DECKS for use in stereo systems are available in two four-track, solid-state units. The first, Model 750, has both sound on and with sound, tape monitoring, echo chamber, three speeds (7 1/2-, 3 3/4-, and 1 7/8 ips), and two record level VU meters. Price, $199.95. The second unit, Model 1450, features automatic threading, reverse, and replay; sound with sound; tape monitoring; 7 1/2,3 3/4, and 1 7/8 ips speeds; and twin VU meters. Price, $299.95; optional walnut base, $49.95, with cover. Both units have pre-amplifiers. Manufacturer is Ampex Corp., 205 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago, I11. 60068.
CONCERTONE MODEL 210, a monaural tape recorder accepting cassettes has: automatic record level control, pop-up cassette ejector, record level meter, and battery condition indicator. Price of $69.95 includes remote control dynamic microphone, carrying case and strap, accessory pouch, recording patch cord with alligator clips, dynamic earphone, filtered a.c. adapter, and one-hour-play blank cassette. Manufacturer is Concertone, Inc., 3962 Landmark St., Culver City, Calif. 90230.
UHER DECK 7000
UHER DECK 7000 (four-track stereo) operates at 7 1/2 and 3 3/4 ips, has sound-on-sound provision, automatic shutoff with metallic leader, fingertip controls, 4-digit index counter with pushbutton reset, and twin VU meters. Price, with walnut housing, $139.95. Manufacturer is Martel Electronics, 2339 S. Cotner, Los Angeles, Calif. 90064.
CRAIG 9106 Voice Actuation Microphone is self-contained, with control amplifier and 9-volt battery, for use with all Craig portable tape recorders. Adjustable sensitivity control eliminates response to unwanted background noise. Unit has input jacks for extension microphones or other pickup, plus control for automatic or manual operation. Weight, 8 oz; price, $15.95. The manufacturer, Craig Products Div., Craig Corp., 2302 E. 15th St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90021, offers more information.
No matter how you feel about Pablo Picasso, you'll have to admit that his 50-foot-high sculptured portrait of a woman, standing in front of Chicago's new Civic Center, is a most challenging photographic subject. It’s not the sort of thing you can shoot, either as a subject or a background, without giving a lot of thought to what it is and how you’d like it to look in the final version—print, slide, or movie.
Nine years ago, in the spring of '59, I was shooting some pictures in the New York subways—it was legal then*#x2014;and a guy walks up and asks if I'm using Tri-X, and what will I develop it in? The significance of this earthshaking event was that he didn't tell me that my pictures wouldn't come out, as helpful people had been doing for years.
A too-often-asked question in photographic circles is "Why doesn't someone make. . . ?" I believe it's more fun to look at the positive side and enjoy life, especially when someone finally does produce some problem-solving products. In this category, we now have from Tiffen Optical Company a Pair of FL filters to let you get more pleasing color shots under fluorescent illumination, a Professional Filter Holder that accepts both gelatin and glass filters simultaneously, and the HCE Vari-Close-Up Lens that helps you end confusion about which diopter close-up lens to attach to your SLR.
A teacher often tells students to do something, then bases another assignment on the results of their efforts. The reasons for this are several: (1) through misinterpretation of the original project, students may pop up with other ideas that are equally good; (2) they may reveal unexpected possibilities of the assignment as given; (3) they may pose interesting puzzles concerning how they did what they did, and so on.
AS I anticipated not many pictures were sent in for this assignment. In the lesson it was pointed out that to photograph honestly in the name of love often requires great moral courage, for the hidden anger in the self that can turn love into a travesty must be squarely faced.
The 35-mm camera is used to photograph most everything in and out of this world, except 35-mm cameras. It is a curious thing that when camera manufacturers or their advertising agencies want to photograph a new 35 for brochures, advertising, or news releases, they often call upon a larger format camera.
Tonality is the way tones—blacks, whites, and grays—work together in photographs. These tones don't just carry information. In some way which no one really understands, they have at times an astonishing power to make us feel the experience the picture represents.
When one is asked to choose a picture, and to justify the choice, the question arises: Why do some photographs stay fresh and alive through repeated viewings, while others die as soon as our initial interest in the subject matter is exhausted?
can a dyedin-the-developer 35-mm addict find happiness with an instant-loading cartridge camera?
AS one who has, let me hasten to advise that none of the five rangefinder-focusing 126 cartridge feeders is a threat to the Leica, and neither are the two instant-loading SLRs a substitute for the Nikon. Here are seven cameras for brain surgeons, best-selling lady novelists, constitutional lawyers, and other intelligent people who can see pictures and love photography, but are technically hung-up.
How ironic: photographers are always ready to blame unsharpness on their 35, from its lens' resolving power to its mirror kick—but completely neglect to suspect any shortcoming in their own technique. Yet, assuming the equipment is reasonably modern and in good operating condition, the cause most likely lies with the photographer.
THE FUJICA COMPACT DELUXE is a small but versatile full-frame rangefinder 35 that offers complete manual control as well as a flexible form of full automation. Out front is a six-element 45-mm Fujinon f/1.8 lens, incorporating a CdS cell in the rim of its mount.
Perhaps it seems silly to pay good money for a modern, needle-sharp tens and then place some gadget in front of it to make soft-focus images. But when you see the great pictures you can get, you'll have to agree that here the end justifies the means.
Do you remember how exciting black-and-white available-light photography used to be when everybody would say, "You can't take a picture in here without a flashbulb, can you ?" The imperfections, grain, and stark contrast, added to the drama.
It’s not often that a photographer whose speciality is 8x10 color suddenly decides that he wants to switch to a 35 and use it for his commercial work. But that’s exactly what happened to Marti Felbinger, whose stunning view-camera closeups have appeared on these pages.
Look for problems and you'll find them. And the macro lens, which scrutinizes the uncharted closely, is bound to come across some unfamiliar puzzlers. Here are the ten you are most likely to encounter—along with the solutions and ways to handle them:
It didn't take me long to determine that the Canon FT-QL was a thoroughly professional tool. Ticking off some important aspects, I liked the rather compact, welldesigned form and the generally convenient way the camera could be bandied in working situations.
As long as manufacturers continue to improve, refine, sophisticate, and otherwise make changes in cameras, there’s going to he controversy—created each time a newly introduced feature confronts camera users with another choice. Currently, the arguments concern throughthe-lens metering systems for single-lensreflex cameras.
Adding sound to movies has become so easy that amateur film makers are having a kind of sonic boom. Magnetic soundstripes on film, recording projectors, and portable tape recorders make it possible for anyone to produce sound movies with little effort.
I came in slowly, taking in the full sweep of the gallery, then focused tight on Orazio Gentileschi's magnificent "The Lute Player," holding it several moments before panning smoothly across the canvas, past the beautiful eyes, the mellow glow of the lute, the vibrant reds, greens and gold of draperies and dress.
I am looking for a special camera neckstrap with large "O” rings, and a snap in the middle to permit removing the camera from underneath a jacket.— Philip I. Abrams, Baltimore, Md. You are referring to a “Schwalberg Strap,” which comes in several models, all of different types of leather.