Re your March '89 issue, the article on the “Magical World of B.” I have dabbled in this mode as a result of a local course I attended several years ago. I didn't see any guide for metering an exposure, so I would like to add my two cents’ worth. The instructor in my class gave us the following guideline: For the 50mm f/2 lens, open to f/2; if the meter doesn't read any light, start with a 15-sec exposure and add 8 seconds per f-stop down to f/22.
You might have noticed a new type of film on the shelves this past spring: Children's Miracle Network. The brightly colored red and yellow boxes aren’t a new entry into the burgeoning film market. They contain 3M film and represent the company’s commitment to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), a charity that benefits 160 children’s hospitals nationwide.
“Your Best Shot” Entry Rules: You may send up to 20 of your best shots (transparencies or prints no larger than 8 * 10), along with a daytime phone number, Social Security number, and any pertinent technical data to “Your Best Shot,” POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.
Crafts fairs: They're great places to collect pictures
Prices of Native American weaving, basketry, ceramics, and jewelry may be rising out of your range, but these crafts are not beyond the reach of your camera lens. Even if you can’t afford to buy them, you can collect a wide selection of Native American wares on film at two annual Indian markets held each summer in the Santa Fe, NM area.
Ektar 25, Super HG 400, Gold 200, Reala 100, Maxi 24 + 3 XRC 100. You're driving me crazy !!! Where's my Polaroid OneFilm?
Slower speed, lower contrast
You and I may rejoice in the ever-increasing print-film choices, offering deliciously subtle or riotously brilliant colorations amidst a fabulously generous conglomeration of ISO film speeds, 25 to 3200. But for many a tyro, what we consider a joy, he thinks of as sheer chaos.
How does an SLR with 105mm f/9 lens and speeds from 1/4 to 1/250 sec grab you?
Compacts have short flash range
Nikon seems to relish providing cosmetically new camera bodies for almost every different autofocus SLR the company offers. But Canon, as might be expected, appears to have decided on establishing an “EOS look" for the entire autofocus line.
Want your bird pictures to soar? Forget the tripod, flash, and supertelephoto, says veteran photographer Dan Guravich, and break all the rules, too!
Getting the shot
The autofocus edge
MATCHING SHUTTER SPEED TO BIRD SPEED*
FOR THE BIRDS: FILM & EXPOSURE
Dan Guravich, the 71-year-old wildlife photographer from Greenville, MS, has earned a handsome income for more than 30 years by snaring— on film—brooding owls, soaring jaegers, and warbling vireos for Smithsonian, Audubon. Life, Sports Illustrated, and others. How does he do it?
WHERE ARE THE METERING CELLS? Matrix and centerweighted
MATRIX METERING HELPS BUT DOESN’T SOLVE EVERYTHING. HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES.
Now let’s use it!
F4S vs. N8008
Don’t put in F3 screen
Gain some, lose some
FOCUS TRACKING WORKS! YOU’LL GET SHARPER ACTION PICTURES
The Nikon F4S is an awesome brute. A brief glance at its massive, muscular body and a heft of it onto your shoulder reveal this to be no amateur camera best suited for Sunday afternoon snapshot outings in the park. Unlike the F, F2 (both long discontinued), and F3 (still very much in the line), the F4S isn't available as an amateur, nonmotorized pussycat for which the motor or winder is an add-on accessory.
Built on a die-cast aluminum-alloy chassis, more than 1 mm thick, the F4S (which Nikon says contains 1,750 parts) is a solid machine. It should be able to withstand as much normal abuse as any professional camera is liable to get. We can confirm that levers and dials have gaskets that should successfully keep moisture and dust from the sensitive microelectronics and intricate mechanisms within.
Want to capture an infinite variety of brilliant color patterns? Build yourself a better bubble machine
Do-it-yourself dual-lighting unit
Practically everyone is enchanted by the vibrant colors that swirl in a common soap bubble or in rainwater on an oil-soaked pavement. And you've probably tried to capture these wild displays on film. But why lurk on street corners waiting for rain?
Tight quality control, enhanced exposure metering are claimed to be hallmarks of Leica’s first mass-market 35mm camera
Scratch any SLR camera maker, no matter how prestigious, and you’ll find a 35mm autofocus point-and-shoot camera manufacturer lurking beneath. Leica has been the exception. Scratch all you want, but nothing resembling a point-and-shoot autofocus camera has lurked near this Rolls-Royce-like great-granddaddy of all precision 35mm camera makers.
Are all the world’s high-band 8mm camcorders simply variations of Sony's one and only? After delving into four competing brands based on the redoubtable Sony CCD-V99, we began to think so. That’s why we found it especially refreshing to see the Canon A1 Hi8, a Canon design that looks like no other camcorder we’ve ever seen in any format.
Catherine Wagner’s photos of deserted classrooms aren't about new school shoes or the excitement of mastering a tricky subject. Instead, they evoke memories of the scents of eraser dust and the purple ink of mimeograph paper, of sitting restlessly through the last few moments of class, waiting impatiently for the bell to ring.
You just a view camera for not too many bucks Now you find that the lens alone is twice the price!
In praise of Protars
For about $400 you can buy a view camera that will do almost anything you want it to. And some very fine cameras can be bought used for even less. But the lenses are another matter completely. First-class lenses in normal (150to 210mm) focal lengths are almost impossible to find for less than $400, with $850 to $1,200 being the rule rather than the exception.
Crested Butte Nature Workshops. Englewood. A choice of three different workshops in three different settings are offered in this program sponsored by Eastman Kodak, the Colorado Nature Conservancy, and Westcliffe Publishers. “New Domains in Color,” July 16-19, at the Grande Butte Hotel, includes field work, slide shows, and follow-up film critiques.
I have been to gift shows, automobile shows, antique shows, and other special-interest shows, but never to a photo-equipment show. Are there trade shows that feature photographic equipment, and where can I find out about them? Susan Williams, Whitman, MA We know it’s exciting to see all the latest photo gear lavishly displayed.