We all would like to thank you for such a wonderful article about "Bulb" in your March `89 issue. We read it in our class and spent a lot of time discussing it. We were so interested that we tried it. This is what we did. We put the camera on a tripod and set it on f12.8 at B.
Popular music, film, and television all showcase a wealth of teenage talent. But we never seem to hear of the accolades given young photographers. Bill Morong. a 16-year-old high-school student, wanted to change all that. Frustrated at not being taken seriously by publishers because of his age.
Hungry for prize-winning pictures? Don't be afraid to try several variations of the same theme.
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Don't let bad camere karma get in the way of exciting pictures
Death cult in Toraja
Even professional photographers can have a bout with bad camera karma. On a recent trip to Indonesia, I was faced with not one, but two broken cameras and a temporary shortage of film. Nevertheless, I managed to overcome these obstacles and come away with wonderful shots of the natives, markets, and festivals in this dreamlike country.
KODAK'S WILD DISPOSABLES ARE WIDE AND WET; FUJI'S IS A TELE !
Fuji fires a long shot
The rumors were flying: What technological wizardry was Kodak about to unveil? Everyone expected there would be new and improved color-print films, but what else? Perhaps a group of pocketable autofocus 35s keyed to take Ektar 25 film? Well, our crystal ball was pretty clear regarding the film-there was, indeed, a new medium-speed Ektar aimed at serious photographers, plus improved and faster Kodacolor Gold materials (see our story on page 46).
A bag for every reason: the nature photographer's guide to creative equipment hauling
Pack gear for convenience, comfort, safety, and to match the job at hand
Nature photography often demands that you carry camera and related equipment long distances over rough terrain, but first it's necessary to transport your gear to your general destination or base. Just as you might use a variety of lenses in different situations, you'll probably end up owning several bags to cover your needs for general and specific hauling.
Second-wave half-frame 35s: Once they got done copying, they gave us some character
Vintage tacky strikes again
Endearing but noisy
Scintillating sextet of sixties' half-frames
A practical Demi
Whither lurks the meter?
Evidently my July `88 ruminations about a possible 35mm half-frame renaissance were premature. Although Kyocera/Yashica soldiers on with its Samurai duo and Canon's Sure Shot Multi Tele continues to offer a seldom-used 18 x 24-mm format option.
So you thought zoom lenses always stay in focus as you zoom, eh? Well, they don't!
Sharp at wide-angle, unsharp at tele. Is the zoom defective?
Why tele autofocus is more precise than wide-angle
Autofocus, okay for wide-angle, isn't good enough for telephoto
There are good dealers like good car salesmen, but the rotters can spoil it for everyone
A lens by any other name
You focus (or autofocus) your SLR on a subject. but then decide to zoom in to a greater focal length. Carefully, without shifting focus, you operate the zoom control until you have the new compositional framing you want. But wait a minute. Horrors! The subject is out of focus.
The cosmic clash of emulsion empires continues with a three-pronged, yellow-box salvo aimed straight at starship Fuji's finest films! Who's winning? It's getting harder than ever to tell, but here's the latest score.
HOW WE TESTED
New EKTAR 125: Better than Gold 100 or Reala?
New GOLD 400 vs. “old” Gold & Fuji
KODAK'S LATEST FILMS: ARE THEY REALLY BETTER? HOW DID THEY DO IT?
INSIDE KODAK'S LATEST
Battle in the fast lane:
Is Real for real?
New KODACOLOR GOLD 1600 takes on all comers!
Battle of the 400s
Battle in the fast lane
FILM LATITUDES COMPARED
Confusion at the film counter?
Anyone who needed proof that the colossal struggle between the world's two top film titans is still white hot should have attended Kodak's latest press conference. In one fell swoop, the wizards of Rochester announced two remarkable special-purpose disposable cameras (see complete story on page 26), both clearly aimed at blunting Fuji's success in this area; and a trio of improved color-print films, all claimed to provide measurably better performance than their leading competitors (which just happen to come in green boxes).
America's favorite rodent has inspired camera makers for more than 60 years. Here are their cutest creations.
Eaton S. Lothrop
Why is Mickey Mouse so popular? Is it the cute little nose and lollipop ears? Or is it that he was one of the first recognized stars of the silver screen? In any case, it would take more than camera buffs like ourselves to account for the popularity of Walt Disney's redoubtable rodent, but popular he is.
Once you've tried the new features in this camcorder quartet, can you ever live without them?
See it in color: Chinon CV-T65
Bright with light: Hitachi S8100
Double dubbing: Hitachi VM-5200A
Titles on the fly:
Elinor H. Stecker
Some of the latest camcorders are festooned with fabulous features: the ability to make posterized images, stereo sound, 12:1 zoom ranges, shutter speeds faster than a hummingbird's wings. Wow! But how essential are they when all you want to do is make good movies-easily?
Of all the so-called "new-concept" cameras, designed to combine the world of simple pointand-shoot with the undeniably greater capabilities of a sophisticated SLR in innovative but convenient shape, none is as daringly radical and feature-laden as the Ricoh Mirai.
What are all those charts and graphs, and where do they come from?
It's been a long time coming. After more than a year and nearly one half million dollars, we can finally bring you a level of photographic equipment testing beyond anything previously in existence. A few of our tests, such as shutterspeed testing, can be accomplished with somewhat "standard" instruments, but many of our tests require extensive modification to the instruments, while others are unique.
Only the human eye focuses faster, but how long does your AF SLR take to trip the shutter?
Putting a lock on AF
Delay comes after focusing
Old-time rangefinder lore
Not in the instruction manual
You press the button and the picture is exposed some time later—maybe not a lot of time later, but after a measurable, appreciable interval that may have a longer duration than the shutter speed you're using. This delay is sometimes called time parallax, the difference between what you saw through the viewfinder and what was actually recorded on the film.
It's new, but how good is it? Here's what we found out.
QUICK-CHANGE ARTIST FOR FILTERS
Although Minolta makes teleconverters for a few special applications. it's holding off on offering one for the Maxxum series of autotocus lenses. For that, you have to turn to an independent manufacturer such as Cambron, Inc., which is now distributing just such a product.
Several of my pocket-sized electronic-flash units have warnings against using nicad AA batteries. Why can’t they be used, and what effect will they have on the operation of the flash units? Jerrold Donovan, Aurora, CA Some flashes (and other photo gear) have low-powered components.