We've seen single-use box cameras adapted for panoramas, telephoto, underwater, close-up, and even fisheye and multi-image special effects. What could possibly be next? A microscope adapter for disposables? Yup. That’s right: The Carton Optical Co. of Japan is marketing an inexpensive adapter kit (about $18 to $27, depending on the kit) to plant your Fuji QuickSnap atop the focusing tube.
Three years ago Louis Carlos Bernal, 51, a noted photographer and teacher, was struck by a car as he rode his bicycle to work as head of the photography program at Pima Community College in Phoenix, AZ. To this day, he remains in a coma, requiring round-the-clock home health care.
You’re a dedicated activist and a prolific photographer. What do you do with those pesky nonbiodegradable plastic film cans? Well, if you’re New York art photographer Flo Fox, you save ’em. Better under your bed than in a landfill, right?
Yousuf Karsh achieved international fame when his 1941 photograph of a defiant Winston Churchill appeared on the cover of Life. Since then he has photographed personalities ranging from presidents and popes to artists and humanitarians.
Using an airbrush, pencils, and an unusually deep well of sensitivity, photographer and photo restorationist Lloyd Hawkins, 72, of Jackson, MS, captures something that eludes many in his profession: the past. So often in photo restoration the same retouchers who airbrush out the stains and tears of damaged heirlooms eliminate the photo’s charming antique quality as well.
In his November ’92 “Phototronics” column, James Bailey announced the commercial arrival of Eveready’s much-anticipated lithium AA’s. The new power cells plug in wherever AA alkalines go, but the lithiums provide dramatically longer active and shelf life, more juice, and faster recycling times than alkalines.
The ordinary—bah humbug! From a gaudy shack to a sea of peppers, unusual subjects can beget great photos.
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Photographing in snow shouldn't run chills up your spine!
How to work in snow
B. "Moose" Peterson
What’s cold, wet, and white all over? Why, some of the best shooting in nature photography—snow! While some wildlife is hibernating under that white blanket of winter, most animals go about their daily activities and are surprisingly easy to photograph.
What! You’re going to the Far East and not visiting Hong Kong? Impossible. You must go to the city that sits on a jeweled island throne overlooking the South China Sea like an Oriental empress: beautiful, mysterious, exotic, vibrant, and sensual.
Like the Color Meter II it replaces, Minolta’s latest Color Meter IIIFmeasures the color ot light illuminating a subject so the photographer can determine the proper film and filtration to use. However, unlike the II, the IIIF can do it for flash as well as ambient light without plugging in any accessories.
Video at Photokina: Great camcorders and other good stuff.
Elinor H. Stecker
You wouldn’t want a camcorder that didn't have a viewfinder, would you? But vou'd reconsider it yon saw the Sharp VL-HL100U ViewCam. With this Hi8 camcorder, which was announced just after Photokina (the giant camera trade fair POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY reported on last month), instead of squinting through a conventional viewfinder, you look at a four-inch color liquid-crystal-display (LCD) screen.
Photographers were very much affected by the shortage of materials and equipment during the years of World War II. That’s why, in his February 1943 column, the editor of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY urged readers not to hoard supplies, to avoid wasteful exposure bracketing, and to sell equipment they weren’t using.
Small SLRs that can autofocus in the dark? Well, why not?
Beware the good sturdy tripod: It might just break your back while you're carrying it
SLRs in Japan and Europe have warning beeps and automatic pop-up flash. So why don't our SLRs have these features?
It is often with pure envy that I watch a point-and-shooter whip out his compact lens/shutter camera from a pocket and get the picture even before I have a chance to take my SLR off my shoulder. Granted, his camera has a miserably small viewfinder with inaccurate framelines, usually a small choice of shutter speeds and apertures, limited zoom or no zoom at all, plus a primitive exposure system.
Which color films do pros prefer—and why? Thirteen explain their choices and show you the results!
WHEN we asked a group of working professionals why they choose the films they do, many cited rational and objective reasons. Often, choosing what to load boils down to a simple bread-and-butter equation: The emulsion that sells the most images to clients wins the photographer’s business—and, often, loyalty—for years to come.
Here's our up-to-the-minute, comprehensive rundown of what's available and what each film Can do.
Michael J. McNamara
Even professional photographers get intimidated when they walk into a well-stocked photo store and try to choose from the almost limitless variety of color films lining the shelves. That was true when we first did our film charts in June '92, and it’s just as true today.
How consistent are color slide films and processing? Tests show they’re often not uniform. Here’s what you can do about it.
Slide film shot near expiration date can look very different
Sometimes off-color film batches slip out of good factories
Different processing labs can produce different results
Kodachrome processors seem to show more consistency
Which of these four different films would you choose?
Running the gamut
Build your own slide viewer
Michael J. McNamara
Every knowledgeable photographer shooting color print film realizes that occasionally even the best processing labs screw up in printing. Overall magenta casts, blue skies that turn out reddish, or washed-out faces are just some of the possible awfuls that can occur.
Breathes there a photographer who isn't captivated by penguins? Three feet tall, unable to fly, and looking for all the world like bumbling people dressed for a formal party—it's small wonder that Wolfgang Kaehler has made 18 trips to Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctica islands to photograph most of the 17 species of penguins.
Heavy-duty body with improved weather seals on back and controls. 1/12,000-sec top shutter speed; 1/300-sec synch speed with Maxxum dedicated flash units. Built-in exposure and flash bracketing, depth-of-field preview, PC flash terminal, eyepiece diopter control.
One of the most notable features of the Maxxum 9xi is the new faster shutter. Minolta claims a top speed of 1/12,000 sec, 1/2 stop faster than the previous top speed of 1/8000 sec. While no commercially available shutter tester has been officially rated to test shutter speeds faster than 1/8000 sec, the Kyoritsu EF-8000 that we use.
Discovered a shortcut, adaptation, gadget, or procedure that your fellow photographers would find useful? Submit it with appropriate illustrations to POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S “Ideas!" column. If it’s selected, fame and fortune (well, up to $250) will be yours.
"What exactly is the meaning or purpose of the manufacturer's list price?"
Against the grain
"I take offense at this presentation."
"Will we be able to store images without data loss?"
I have a question about one set of data in your “35mm SLR Comparison Directory” in the November '92 issue [page 62). What exactly is the meaning or purpose of the manufacturer's list price? Without qualification or explanation, this information seems to have little value for comparison.
On glancing through this beautifully printed volume, we couldn’t help but wonder, why another book of Walker Evans’ photographs? After all, most of these images appear in the two well-known Museum of Modern Art monographs from 1971 and 1988 (a reprint of a 1938 catalog), both of which are still available.
“At last,” thought Minolta and Pentax. “Now that we’ve added power zoom to our Maxxum xi and Pentaz PZ cameras, we have a feature that pesky independent lens makers can’t offer.” Wrong. Allow us to present two lenses the independents “wouldn’t” make: the 28—70mm f/3.5—4.5 and 70— 210mm f/4—5.6 IA Intelligent Auto Sigma Zooms.
Horrors! Our November ’92, all-inclusive “35mm SLR Comparison Directory” of national brands proved to be not all-inclusive enough. What did we leave out? Two compact, noninter-changeable-lens SLR lines, namely the Olympus IS-1, IS-2, and IS-3, and the Chinon Genesis II, III, and IV.
Honest, unflinching answers to your most probing questions
Get a quick load on
Not a converter convert
Lithium landfill lament
Why is it that 35mm film was never upgraded into instant-loading cartridges like 110? The continued use of antique single-spool cartridges is putting the cart before the horse, and I find autoloading nothing but trouble-some. The 110 Kodak was the finest system for snapshot cameras, especially with tele-normal lenses.