Will your Check Rated policy for advertisers make it easier or more difficult to advise on the relative merits of equipment? Armand R. Bosso Houston, TX Our new Check Rated system is designed to reward stores that are fair and forthright in dealing with consumers—it has nothing whatsoever to do with our equipment evaluations.
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Rummaging through old copies of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY to find that important story or small item published months or years ago can be frustrating. Frustrate no more—at least as far as 1987 is concerned. After being indexless for many a year, we’re pleased to report that the situation is being remedied.
Don't feel left out, slide lovers. There are three new films just for you.
Who’s got the hottest ISO 100 slide film? Tests show it’s a toss-up.
The ISO 200 field: Is less saturation worth the gain in speed? You decide.
ISO 100 films
ISO 200 films
ISO 400: Scotch 400 is the hottest of the lot, but there’s a trade-off.
ISO 400 films
While color-print films got the lion’s share of attention in our February '89 issue (see “Film Wars” and “Shooting Color”), three new slide films were also introduced recently—Agfachrome CT 100 and CT 200 and Scotch Chrome 400. These films are revisions of previous emulsions bearing the same name, and as you’re reading this, the new editions are already available in photo stores and film outlets.
Matrix metering: Simple solution or dire delusion???
Conveniences or fripperies?
Segmented metering patterns
New Pentax SF-1n arrives quietly
Known metering patterns
Sure you can get bargains when you order by mail, but you’ve got to know how to do it
Attractive ad with good prices? Beware!
How well did a Nikura perform? See for yourself!
135mm Nikura and Tamron view
A bargain? Think again!
Why allow this nonsense?
I am tired of all the nonsense about photography becoming too automatic. I think anything that reliably speeds up or simplifies the mechanics of picture taking is commendable. I see no benefit to loading my own film if the film can be autoloaded, setting the ISO speed index if it can be set for me (provided I can change it when I wish!), or manually stopping down the lens to the right aperture if an autodiaphragm can do it.
Key in on a theme to help focus your travel shooting
Many times you'll find yourself in a location where your photo expectations are unmet, where your fantasies about the place don’t quite match the realities of the moment. Rather than give up on making pictures altogether, challenge yourself to create a self-assignment built around a theme, story line, or set of designs that reveal something about the place and, in the process, your perceptions of it.
Zone System protagonists go for the jugular; it's the eye matchers vs. the sensitometrists
Zone System evolution
Eye vs. densitometer
Fighting the good fight
If you want to keep your friends, never discuss politics, religion, or the Zone System. But the Zone System is now a major driving force that’s sparked today’s movement toward view cameras. It’s the Zone System added to the infinite capabilities of the view camera that have added up to the ultimate in image and tone control.
Is this camera really necessary? Strictly speaking, maybe not, but it's a lot of fun.
Master of none?
Build a better finder ...
I like to take pictures with classic cameras and have been haranguing others to do the same for nigh on to 20 years. You would, therefore, suppose that most of the cameras (252 at last count) comprising the Schneider collection would be reasonably effective picture-taking machines—and you’d be right.
Set your shutter dial to "Bulb," hold in your cable release, and raise the shutter curtain on a land of enchanting effects and colors that can only be captured on film
Way down at the bottom of your SLR or rangefinder camera’s shutter dial, usually right below the 1-second mark, you’ll find B, the speed beyond timed shutter speeds that splits the night and swings open the gateway of imagination. Once you've entered the realm of B, you'll see strange sights beyond conventional vision—star trails, iridescent streaks of light, cities without people, and skies alight with luminous, otherworldly color.
a brief guide to the wiles and ways of “Bulb” exposures
BE YOUR OWN SHUTTER
MAXIMIZE TRIPOD STEADINESS
CHOOSE YOUR TIME WITH CARE
AVOID THE EXPENSIVE B
DON’T B WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO B
EXPECT AND ACCEPT THE UNEXPECTED
EXPERIMENT, EXPERIMENT, EXPERIMENT
The basic requirements for taking pictures at the B setting are a camera that provides some means of keeping the shutter open for time exposures (this excludes practically all point-and-shoot, leaf-shutter 35s); a tripod, the more rigid the better; and a handheld release, either a traditional cable-in-sheath type with a locking set screw to enable hands-off, long time exposures, or an electric cable switch or remote with the same capability.
How do you succeed when reciprocity fails? Read this!
What is it?
RECIPROCITY FAILURE Is it really so bad?
What causes reciprocity failure?
What to do when reciprocity fails
Adjustments for long and short exposures
What exposure should you give that night landscape? Your meter says you could use a very wide lens aperture and a fast shutter speed, but chances are you'd prefer having maximum sharpness, foreground to background. That means a very small lens opening and a correspondingly long exposure on B.
The Poor Man’s Panorama, or how to get the extended space of ultrawide photography with just about any camera you’ve got
Can a whole equal more than the sum of its parts? It certainly does in this case. Here’s a technique for transforming parts, namely, common 35mm snapshots, into new and visually fascinating wholes: ultrawide panoramas. It requires no special panoramic or wide-angle equipment, no special processing or mounting; yet it permits startlingly effective imagery and a hatful of beguiling visual effects.
Peter Mach’s posed setups revive memories of movies we never saw, evoke nostalgia for what never was
When Peter Mach fell in love with photography about three years ago, he had very little interest in cameras and lenses. Three cameras and six lenses later, he remains so completely image oriented that he can recount the provenance of every prop and article of attire in his posed pictures, but has great difficulty remembering whether he used his 120 rollfilm reflex (a Mamiya 645) or his 35mm SLR (a Nikon FE 2).
Technological breakthroughs were in short supply at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but manufacturers were putting their chips on the future of video
LIGHTING AND ACCESSORIES
Still video for the consumer market, the continuing battle of the video formats, and a slew of new camcorders made this year's Consumer Electronics Show more a marketing blitz than a dazzling display of future tech. Perhaps the show raised more questions than it answered.
Reflections on professionalism, polarization, and one-way bracketing
Brewster’s angle for polarization by reflection
Reflecting on polarization
One-way exposure bracketing
Before George Eastman introduced his rollfilm Kodak camera with the slogan, “You press the button, we do the rest,” it wasn’t easy to do photography. Although dry plates (coated on glass or celluloid) had already come into vogue in the 1870s, a successful photographer still had to know a lot about practical optics and photographic chemistry.
Popular Photography’s information exchange where readers help readers solve problems
Now Stick Out Your Tongue
Unstick the Stuck With a Rubber Band
Jerry A. Yeto of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, has come up with an ingenious method for extracting the leaders from film cartridges, a prevalent malaise in these days of autorewind cameras. It’s effective about 75 percent of the time and requires only a 14-inch strip of 35mm film to work its magic.
All those letters that appear with film listings in mail-order advertisements confuse me. I’m referring to letters such as TX, TMAX, KM, KR, ED, ET, GA, GB, RF, RS. Please tell me what the letters mean or let me know where to get this information.