I have seen the add for Ritz Camera on page 161 August issue and I don't like it because there is in it an add for two Russian cameras. I have done buissness with Ritz Camera and I have informed them that I will no longer do buisness with them as long as they sell Russian made products.
Keeping SLR mirror locked up Would there be any damage to the alignment of the mirror mechanism (or to any other part of this system) if I kept the mirror of my 35-mm single-lens reflex camera raised for a lengthy period of time? J. K. Ghosh. Washington, D.C.
New SLR in production; photo plane assesses quake damage
Tokyo—New SLR on way: New Japanese company, backed by Olympus Optical and headed by SLR pioneer Akira Hagiware (formerly of Miranda). will swing into production of 35-mm SLR camera with initial staff of 100. Called Origin Optical, firm is scheduled to have full work force of 1.200 men and women.
Did you ever hear of the following black-and-white films: Hauff. Westendorp-Wehner, Imperial Pan. Illingworth. Lainer & Hrdlicka. Barnett, or Hammer? These are some of the long discontinued brands I tried during the 1930s in the vain search for the magic that was going to make my pictures better.
CALIFORNIA Bakersfield College, Bakersfield; Oliver L. Gagliani to Nov. 16 • Camera Work Gallery, 2400 Coast Hwy., Newport; Bill Messer to Oct. 4. The Work of Orange Coast College Photography Department Oct. 9-Nov. 2 • Eikon Gallery, 558 Lighthouse Ave.,
and they are framed in remarkable parodies of ornate silver frames It looks as if cheesecloth had been dipped in plaster and blobbily applied to a simple rectangle, and when the plaster was dry, the frames were sprayed silver and sprinkled with sequins.
Are you missing out on a good thing in the full-frame. 35-mm field? You may be if you haven’t tried using an 85or 90-mm lens for general shooting, instead of the more conventional 50-mm or similar type. Today a small but growing number of photographers is veering in the direction of these moderately-longer-than-normal lenses for “standard” shooting purposes.
In the 1930s (so Eve heard) the photographic “in" thing was to make large prints without grain. This fad lasted a long time and ran right into the 50s' movement of “existing light.” The object of that movement was to take pictures in subways, nightclubs, cellars, or other inadequately illuminated places.
An articulate yountg man given to mod attire, sporting a carefully groomed mustache, and exhibiting an obvious sense of mission, recently demonstrated his discovery of a new and successful method of restoring daguerreotypes. He is James L. Enyeart, curator for museum education at The University of Kansas Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kan.
Wanna be a professional photographer? You don't have to leave your wife and kids in Davenport. Iowa, and move to New York to make the scene with all the pretty fashion models and groovy advertising agency art directors. That’s not the way. anymore.
Although I spent several months planning my recent trip across the U.S., I was a little surprised to find that things went almost as smoothly as anticipated. At the time of this writing. I was parked for the night at a rest stop on the Ohio Turnpike, and only slightly embarrassed by thoughts of the pioneers who once crossed the country in ox-drawn covered wagons, putting up with many privations and discomforts.
Keystone 125X Magicube camera uses flashcubes that fire without batteries. It accepts 126-size cartridges and has a film-advance wheel, automatically positioned Magicube with sweeping action for stated more even exposure, double exposure prevention, automatic film stop, large viewfinder, and color-corrected lens.
What must have been the most ambitious one-man photography show ever to appear in the Midwest was a Richard Avedon retrospective at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (July 2-Aug. 30). I spent two rewarding hours walking through its six or seven glittering, silver-walled galleries, and when those hours were through, I believe I knew much of what there is to know about the photographer.
Sacrebleu, they've gone ahead and done it! Pathé of France holds a patent on a movie camera whose film gate jitters back and forth while the film is moving and exposures are being made. Now I've seen such things in movie cameras before, but always hastened to repair them.
Despite its fragile appearance, processed motion picture film is amazingly indestructible. It can be folded, soaked, walked on, left in the car to bake in the sun, even scratched; yet in the end, the user can obtain a usable print or showing.
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 10¢ in coin or stamps to cover handling and you can circle as many choices as you wish on the coupon below.
Here in the United States we no longer have those camera shops in which you have a choice of a dozen or so 5¼ in. Tessars and Ektars and Raptars in rimset, dialset, and supermatic shutters. Of course, if you were the owner of such a camera store, who’d buy such equipment from you?
When a photographer presses the shutter release of his SLR, a lot of things happen. In fact, much more than just the audible mechanical actions of a mirror, lens diaphragm, and shutter. Fiven before the camera is set off, light pours through the lens, into the viewfinder, prism, groundglass, eyepiece, TTL metering system, etc.
Every camera type has its own problems. The TLR suffers from parallax, the view camera is slow to operate, and the rangefinder camera is difficult to use for ultra-close-ups unless you buy expensive accessories. The SLR doesn’t have any of those maladies, and to followers of camera fashion and popularity, it appears to be the perfect instrument.
During a 10-day tour of Japanese photo factories, a two-editor team from Popular Photography researched behind the scene for advance information about what will be shown at photokina in Cologne, Germany, Oct. 3-11. Here is their report . . .
• Nikon will introduce more lenses and more focusing screens, filling the gaps in its almost complete system. There are two brand new f/2.8 lenses, one having a focal length of 6.3-mm and the other 180-mm. There are two new wide-angle lenses, in focal lengths you may already have but with high speeds that you may have wished for.
Three-dimensional photography has been the frustration of photographers and scientists since photography began in 1839. Most of the 3-D methods over the years have used some form of photography by actually recording two pictures separately and then combining them.
Whether photography is art is an argument very nearly as old as the process itself. The argument is a pleasant pastime, but the answer seems to be that photography is merely a medium—like many other processes that are available to artists and nonartists alike.
Gregor Thorp is a tall, bespectacled, sandy-haired 24-yearold with the semi-distracted air of a mathematics teaching assistant. An amateur who has been making pictures only 14 months, Thorp has a remarkably sophisticated eye for strong composition.
Around the turn of the century, photography enthusiasts could select their equipment from every conceivable type of camera. There were singleand twin-lens reflexes; stereo, panoramic, and “detective” cameras; and many other varieties.
MICHAEL SEMAK: photographer involved with life’s human drama
he tries to capture 'the common denominator of people... rather than their petty differen
About a year and a half ago, a young Canadian photographer named Michael Semak called and asked if it were possible for him to show me some of his work. I said yes, made an appointment, and met him a few days later. Ever since, I have been richer because of that encounter.
A pictorial style reflects the psyche of the photographer and his basic attitudes toward life.
Many people are worried about not having a personal photographic style, and they are desperately interested in learning how to develop it. This is especially true of students of photography, serious photographers, and would-be pros. In discussing this problem, I will introduce Miss Janet Applebaum, a former student of mine.
Grown-up fully automatic SLR, super 8 sound viewer, modular electronic flash system
KONICA'S NEW AUTOREFLEX T is an example of how not to be fooled by the general appearance of a camera. It takes a close look and actual handling of the camera to tell you of the many important changes that have taken place since the introduction of the original model T.
Almost from the moment that I was handed the Contaflex S Automatic, I felt familiar with it. The body configuration bore certain resemblances to the Contax 11A that I have used for 20 years. It also seemed to share the same high standards of design and finish.
LENS PERFORMANCE: Despite the removable (interchangeable) front element, centering appeared to be perfect. In tests, the front element was removed and replaced several times to see how well its mounting maintained the proper relationship to the rest of the elements.
For a camera that lists for under $300 with a 55-mm f/l.4 lens, the Ricoh TLS 401 has a surprising number of characteristics in common with a fine car. The finish is silky and rich, like the finish on fine English coachwork. The shutter, latch, and self-timer all snap, click, and purr discreetly, but distinctly, as well-bred machinery should.
LENS PERFORMANCE: From the first glance at the lens on the optical bench, it was apparent that Ricoh has a winner here. Centering appeared to be perfect, and the chromatic aberrations were very well corrected. Astigmatism, too, was present in only tiny amounts over the field.
The Bell & Howell Auto 8 Movie Cassette Projectors are three of the easiest-to-use movie projectors ever made. I inserted a 50-ft reel of super 8 film into an Auto 8 cassette and placed it on the Model 469Z projector. Next. I moved the motor switch to Lamp.
From Stuttgart to Ste.-Croix, craftsmen create super 8 and 16-mm equipment that has set world standards for precision and reliability
HARVEY V. FONDILLER
The names of many well-known European movie cameras—Bauer. Beaulieu, Bolex, and Nizo, among others—are synonymous with superb design and workmanship. During a tour of the factories where these cameras are made, I was impressed by the rigid standards for production and quality control.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY'S travel department maintains a comPlete up-to-date world-wide listing of travel information SOURCES—countries. states and general areas. This page has been designed to help readers plan their vacations, photo tours, and week-end trips, by making it easy for them to obtain current news about any point on the globe.
Removing darkroom stains I’ve spotted quite a lot of clothing since I started doing my own darkroom work, Even detergents can't get the stains out and my wife is annoyed with me. Is there a product available that will restore my clothes to their pre-darkroom state?