While at least a few thousand photographers snapped shots of this year’s spectacular solar eclipse, we think pro George Post’s carefully planned series of photos probably eclipsed most of them. For months ahead of time, Post tested numerous combinations of film and optics and worked out his trip.
Put your new camera through its stuff to make sure it's fully up to snuff
How much can you check in the store?
Testing a point-and-shoot
You've bought a state-of-the-art SLR. It has everything you could ever want in a camera, and more. Autofocus. Multimode automation. Six meter patterns. And if all that’s too much, you can switch everything over to basic autopilot program or full manual control.
This month, our persnickety panel of editors praises and pans its own pictures.
Full steam ahead
J.S. My first response to this picture is that it's too perfect. It almost looks like a miniaturized setup in HO gauge that’s been cleverly enhanced, rather than a real subject. Technically speaking, the lighting, exposure, and sharpness are all one can ask for.
Do Pop dumbheads think you can shell out $10,000 for cameras and lenses?
Moose's gear too dear? Substitute some!!!
And just when you thought there wouldn't be another new SLR ...
MOST EXCITING NEW NIKON N5005 FEATURES
And now for the Canon
MOST EXCITING NEW CANON EF-M FEATURES
Two more AF SLRs round up the year
Poor Moose Peterson. Our new "Nature" columnist did our bidding and listed the contents of his gadget bags in the July '91 issue. As a result he and we were verbally clobbered by many POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY readers. Letters of outrage and fury descended on our heads as some of you examined the list of equipment and summed up its cost.
Autofocusing camcorders: Sometimes you may want to let your fingers do the focusing
Creative use of manual focus
Shooting through a screen door
Barrier to autofocus
Elinor H. Stecker
A frustrated reader wrote, "When I zoom in for a close-up, the image goes in and out of focus—and sometimes it never settles down. Is the camcorder defective or is it me?” We expect automatic features to work well under all conditions, but that’s not the way of the real world—in either still photography or video, especially when it comes to autofocus.
Two letters in the September '91 issue [page 40] addressed the problem of cameras with automatic wind/rewind and changing film in the middle of the roll. The Minolta 7000i and 8000i offer a Creative Expansion Card that solves this problem very nicely.
It's new, but how good is it? Here's what we found out.
BE STILL, MY BOUNCING CAMERA
No, the Move Method belt is not a birth-control device. An alternative to traditional neck straps, the Move Method belt lets you mountain-climbing, bike-riding, and ski-loving photographers take your cameras with you, no matter how rough the terrain.
Looking for a camcorder bag? Case Logic covers all the bases with a new line of video cases for every recording format. For full-size VHS camcorders, there's the model VC-1, with a molded rubber bottom panel, five exterior pockets for accessories, adjustable shoulder straps, and padded hand grip.
popular photography's annual guide'92 35 top cameras
AUTOFOCUS 35MM SLR CANONEOS-1
AUTOFOCUS 35MM SLR CANONEOS 10S
AUTOFOCUS 35MM SLR MINOLTAMAXXUM 7xi
AUTOFOCUS 35MM SLR NIKON F4S
AUTOFOCUS 35MM SLR NIKON N8008S
AUTOFOCUS 35MM SLR OLYMPUS IS-1
AUTOFOCUS 35MM SLR PENTAX PZ-1
AUTOFOCUS 35MM SLR RICOH MIRAI
AUTOEXPOSURE 35MM SLR CANON F-1
AUTOEXPOSURE 35MM SLR CONTAX RTS III
AUTOEXPOSURE 35MM SLR CONTAX 167MT
AUTOEXPOSURE 35MM SLR MINOLTA X-700
AUTOEXPOSURE 35MM SLR NIKON F3HP
AUTOEXPOSURE 35MM SLR OLYMPUS OM-4T
AUTOEXPOSURE 35MM SLR PENTAX LX
MANUAL-EXPOSURE 35MM SLR LEICA R6
MANUAL-EXPOSURE 35MM SLR NIKON FM2
MANUAL-EXPOSURE 35MM RANGEFINDER LEICA M6
AUTOFOCUS 35MM COMPACT CONTAX T2
2¼ X 1⅝ ROLLFILM SLR BRONICA ETRSi
2¼ X 1⅝ ROLLFILM SLR MAMIYA M645 SUPER
2¼ X 1⅝ ROLLFILM SLR PENTAX 645
2¼ x 2¼ ROLLFILM SLR BRONICA SQ-A/Am
2¼ x 2¼ ROLLFILM SLR EXAKATA 66, MODEL 2
2¼ X 2¼ ROLLFILM SLR HASSELBLAD 205TCC
2¼ x 2¼ ROLLFILM SLR HASSELBLAD 503CX
2¼ X 2¼ ROLLFILM SLR ROLLEIFLEX 6008
2¼ X 2¾ ROLLFILM SLR BRONICA GS-1
2¼ X 2¾ ROLLFILM SLR MAMIYA RZ67
2¼ X 2¾ ROLLFILM SLR PENTAX 67
2¼ X 3 ROLLFILM SLR FUJI GX680 PROFESSIONAL
2¼ X 2¾ ROLLFILM RANGEFINDER FUJI GW670II
2¼ X 2¼ ROLLFILM RANGEFINDER MAMIYA 6
2¼ X 2¼ ROLLFILM TWIN-LENS REFLEX MAMIYA C330 PRO S
2¼ x 2¼ ROLLFILM TWIN-LENS REFLEX ROLLEIFLEX 2.8GX
G330 PRO S
Selecting 35 of the world’s Top Cameras from among dozens of different models in production is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it, and this agonizing yet rewarding task has once again fallen upon POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S editors. Granted, some of the elite group of cameras appearing in this section were elected by unanimous acclamation, with little agonizing required.
Is electronic photography the future? Maybe; but is it a distant dream, around the corner, or on-line? Here’s where we are.
Analog cameras: Images stored on 2-inch floppy disk
Digital cameras: It's mostly in the cards
PRO MAVICA MVC-2000
HI-BAND PRO MAVICA MVC-5000
MEMORY CARD CAMERA DS-X
DS-100 MEMORY CARD CAMERA
DIGITAL CAMERA SYSTEM (DCS)
MEMORY CARD CAMERA MC200
SOUND MAVICA MVC-A10
Some call it still video, others electronic photography, but whatever the term, there’s something magical and exciting about recording pictures without film. Once the stuff of science fiction, electronic photography has been a reality for almost a decade, when Sony first unveiled the first commercial prototype “still video” camera.
It's nice to have an image on a monitor, but it’s often handy to have a print or hard copy, too. Recent advancements have created affordable electronic color printers that make near-photographic quality prints. Printers range from very expensive, with virtual photo quality, to fair-quality home units you might buy for around $1,000. We’ve selected five from the lower end as the top values.
I would like to add my disappointment with the Minolta Maxxum 7000i to that expressed by John Ever (“The Awful Truth," June, ’91). My 7000i is equipped with the Minolta 50mm f/1.4 AF lens. I find that the pictures lack the crispness of those I have taken with my other camera, a Nikon F2 with the 55mm f/1.2 Nikkor lens.