This is the first letter I have ever written to a magazine, but I think that an important omission in the article, “Six Lenses for Maxxum: What We Found,” in the June issue deserves some comments: To myself and many zoom-lens users, a very important feature is the zooming method: push-pull or rotating grip.
Are today’s auto-everything cameras so foolproof that absolutely nothing can go wrong? Autoloading, DX coding, automatic flash activation, and automatic rewind are some of the features that seem to make these cameras virtually free of human error.
For those photographers who prefer to mount their own slides, the Hama DSR mounting system (list price: $64.95) is a convenient way to presort, cut, and mount 35mm slides. First insert uncut strips of slide film into a channel, then guide them through with a slider that engages the filmedge perforations and moves the film into position in the mount. After you preview positioning with a built-in magnifier, pull a lever that cuts the film precisely into a plastic mount. Power is supplied by two C cells or with an optional AC adapter. Price of the DSR system includes mounting unit, magnifier, and a supply of mounts. Hama Photo Systems Inc., 7200 Huron River Dr., Dexter. MI 48130.
Hama Photo Systems Inc.
Polaroid’s Impulse cameras combine an accent on style with instant photography. The Impulse (list price: $69) is the fixedfocus model, with an f/14 lens for pictures from four feet to infinity. The Impulse A F (list price: $89) has a two-element f/10 lens and focuses automatically from two feet to infinity using a combined Sonar and IR ranging system. Both models have a built-in, pop-up electronic flash with automatic, proportional fill for outdoor shooting and use the new Polaroid 600 Plus instant color film. Both cameras have a rubberized, binocular-style grip and come in a choice of luster gray, burgundy, lapis blue, or jade green bodies; the AF model also comes in a special-edition black. Polaroid Corp., 575 Technology Sq., Cambridge, MA 02139.
Hama Photo Systems Inc.
PRO-FEATURED VIDEO 8
Top-of-the-line video cameras are impressive affairs that allow the videographer to stretch his or her creative imagination to the limit. Such is the case with the Sony CCD-V220 Super 8 Pro camcorder (list price: $2,500). The camcorder has two microphones, one for recording stereo sound of the action and another on the side for recording your narration as you shoot. In addition, sound levels can be adjusted on external mikes. The CCD-V220 offers five shutter speeds, ranging from 1/60 to 1/4000 sec. Timelapse effects allow you to record eight frames every 15 seconds over a 30-minute period. Other features include a low-light gain for shooting below 4 lux, a still and frame-by-frame playback, a built-in character generator, wipe effects in seven colors, and an ll-88mm variable-speed zoom lens. Sony Corp. of America, Sony Dr., Park Ridge. NJ 07656.
For close-up focusing without frustration: use a focusing rail
You've probably noticed that the closer you get to a close-up subject, the harder it is to bring it into sharp focus. This problem is especially apparent at magnifications over IX—that is, when the camera is close enough to produce a life-size image or larger of the subject on the film.
Welcome to round two of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S ongoing picture contest
The mailman may be miserable, but frankly we're thrilled with the response to our photo contest. Out of the steady stream of entries that has flooded our office, we’ve selected the photos you see on these pages as our September prizewinners.
Ken Heyman unlocks the creative potential of auto-everything cameras
A new way of seeing
Everybody talks about how automation frees us for creativity, but only Ken Heyman appears to have done anything about it. Heyman is a 54-year-old veteran of 30 years of photojournalism, who has produced hundreds of picture stories and more than a dozen books—several with his mentor, famous anthropologist Margaret Mead.
Let your spontaneous pictures provide the keys to a fresh way of seeing yourself and the world
Whenever I get slides back from the lab, I bring out the magnifier, viewing box, slide-file pages and, yes. the trash bin. Most of the slides find their way into a generalized location file or a specific one dealing with transportation, food, or cultural details; others get recycled via the circular file.
Photographers have always been attracted to those serene, foreboding, or just plain spectacular and
TECH TIPS FOR SHOOTING THE SKIES
Fill your frame with sky and let light, color, and camera angle combine for celestial effects.
Since the beginning of time, human beings have looked to the heavens for inspiration and hope; often, a casual gaze is rewarded with blazing colors, brilliant light, and cloud formations that feed the imagination. The photographs on these pages show how photographers, too, gain inspiration from the sky and use it as a fanciful background or as a subject in and of itself.
Our readers respond to the call for homemade gadgets, gizmos, and made-to-order gear
A Blast from the Past: Use Your Old 110 Camera for a Studio Fill Light
The Furgerson Focuser for Macrophotography
Support plus Flexibility for Telephoto Lenses
A Fold-up, Hide-away Portable Film Dryer
Budget Background and Lighting Stands
A Band-Aid for Slipping Shutter-Speed Dials
When POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY decided to see what readers were up to by soliciting short reports of homegrown techniques, shortcuts, adaptations, and gadgets for a new “Ideas” column, there was no way of guessing what the response might be.
Use the techniques of master photographers to blend light and dark for visual impact in your pictures
HOW TO GET THE MOST SHADOW PLAY
FROM A PHOTOGRAPH All shadows once were free But wingless now are we, and doomed Henceforth to be in Light’s Captivity.
We must have light to photograph, but sometimes it’s the shadows that make the picture, as demonstrated by the images shown here. What can shadows do? Shadows create shapes, sometimes clearly identifiable, sometimes as ambiguously suggestive as a Rorschach blot, but their power doesn’t end there.
The puzzled still photographer’s guide to choosing and caring for videotape
Let’s go shopping
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED VIDEOTAPE?
Beware of the fake logo
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S ROUNDTABLE
Care and storage
PANASONIC PICTOGRAMS SIMPLIFY CHOOSING TAPE
Putting it on the shelf
A VIDEOTAPE GLOSSARY
MAGNETIC FIELD THEORY
Elinor H. Stecker
You’ve finally got it all worked out. You know which film to use for each shooting situation: which speed, whether color or black-and-white is more appropriate, even if the Ektachrome blues would look better than the Fujichrome greens for the shot.
“You press the button, we do the rest” launched the era of the Great American Snapshot
"ANYBODY CAN USE IT”
PHOTOGRAPHY REDUCED TO THREE MOTIONS.
Eaton S. Lothrop
They say that time goes fast when you’re having fun. That doesn’t explain, however, how a development as quick, convenient and, yes, fun as the snapshot could already be celebrating its 100th birthday. Still, it was a full century ago this year that George Eastman fired his (snap)shot heard ’round the world with an unassuming little brown box camera called the “Kodak.”
Photography Workshops/Fieldtrips, Batesville. “Ozark Photography.“ Oct. 25-26 in Rogers or Oct. 29-30 in Batesville. In these rural-photography fieldtrips, Sellers stresses the principles of composition and the importance of light in giving impact to the subject.
Read the instructions, dammit! But they're sneakier than you think.
Zoom wide-angle too distant? Try a + 1
Even the best instruction manuals are necessary evils—they keep you from immediately grabbing your new camera or other piece of photo equipment and playing with it. If you ignore that softcover booklet, it will gaze at you with resentment as guilt spreads throughout your entire photographic being.
An updated version of the classic 500 C/M adds autoflash exposure control and a hot new focusing screen
The Hasselblad is a 2¼ x 2¼-inch rollfilm reflex featuring interchangeable film magazines and legendary Carl Zeiss lenses. Magnificently machined in Sweden, it is almost universally admired as the world’s best-built professional picture machine.
New Bantam bettery packs just enough power for your flash needs
To the test...
QUANTUM BANTAM BATTERY TEST
I like my flash units to recycle fast. It’s not that I have a passion for banging off several shots per second. What I require for my personal photo work is that my flash be recycled and ready to use when I need it. This may be only a couple of seconds after the last shot.
When the lighting gets rough, the professional's best friend is a handheld exposure meter
Sinar’s magic metal wand
While camera makers dazzle us with evermore-sophisticated through-the-lens metering systems, pros continue to backstop their in-camera systems with handheld exposure meters, especially for incident light, studio flash, or high-contrast spotlit scenes.
I am a beginning photographer and keep hearing about pro films. Is there a great difference between these and ordinary films? If so, what are they? James Houlihan, Waterbury, CT “Professional” Kodak slide films are shipped from the factory when specific “aim points” of color and speed have been reached.