Disability is not synonymous with inability, a statement proven by the 80 entries from 30 artists—30 are photographs—in the traveling exhibition “The Creative Will: Project Rembrandt 1993—1994.” Marking the project’s 10th anniversary, the juried national biennial is organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
A showcase for spectacular images and how they were made
Of all the pictures I've made, this may have been the most difficult to take and the most significant, personally. Its subject is the great Golden Boulder of Kyaik-tiyo, a huge rock perched on a cliff about 100 miles northeast of Rangoon in Myanmar (previously Burma).
The designation Ti, the symbol for the clement titanium, is recognized more as a fashion statement these days than as scientific shorthand. So perhaps the atomic notation is quite appropriate for the name of the newest high-style, ultraluxe point-and-shoot model, a real blast called the Nikon 35Ti.
Minolta adds many wanted features—some unique—to new Maxxum 700si!!
MOST EXCITING NEW MINOLTA MAXXUM 700si FEATURES
Dreaming of an incredibly small, light autofocus SLR? How about a Kiss from Canon?
An autofocus Leica SLR? Maybe, but with a very different approach.
If ever there was an engineer’s dream camera in need of knowledgeable photographers’ practical picture-taking improvements, it’s the Minolta Maxxum 7xi. Fancy our surprise when these improvements actually happened. Why this apparent successor to the 7xi (which succeeded the 7000i and is a step below the 9xi) is named 700si is puzzling but probably unimportant— although the 700si name can certainly be mistaken for the current non-AF Minolta X-700.
Contrast is the key! Set a colorful subject against a neutral background (or vice versa).
1St ($300) A horse of an offsetting color: Don't the rules say never place your subject dead center in the picture? As this striking winter portrait proves, never say never. Terri Ross of Baileyville, IL, peered into her backyard after an early afternoon snowstorm to find Dakota standing in his favorite spot.
The technical scope and accuracy of your excellent and unbiased camera and lens tests are unmatched in the industry. You did miss two important details in your review of the Nikon N90, however [“Test Report,” page 44, Sept. ’93]: It does not offer any mirror lockup capability, and the viewfinder’s analog exposure scale has a reduced display range covering only ± 1 stop.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S camera and lens tests are as comprehensive and objective as any being published, but they have not, until now, provided one type of useful information our readers have earnestly and continually asked for—a simple, easily understood rating system to help you in making direct comparisons.
This year’s "Top 40 Cameras Guide” represents a radical departure from any we’ve published in past years. To begin with, we’ve limited our selection to 35mm cameras exclusively, including 23 SLRs, 16 point-and-shoots, and one lonely but legendary rangefinder camera, the Leica M6.
Here are the essentials you need to know in making a choice
Are you going out of your mind comparing 35mm SLRs using scattered data picked up from brochures, articles, and test reports? POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY offers you this handy solution: a convenient comparison chart of all SLRs and their major features.
FOCUSING: Dual-array, cross-type autofocus system equally sensitive to horizontal and vertical-lined sub jects; manual focus. EXPOSURE SYSTEM: Program AE (shiftable) linked to lens focal length In use (ie. autosets faster shutter speeds for longer lenses).
FOCUSING: Manual. LENSES: FD lenses in breech/bayo net mount. Older FL lenses allow stop-down AE or manual metering. EXPOSURE SYSTEM: Manual (match needle) or stop-down metering with standard Eye-Level Finder FN. Aperture-priority AE with optional AE Finder FN; shutter-priority AE with both AE Finder FN and motor drive or motor winder.
FOCUSING: Manual. LENSES: Leica lenses In R bayonet mount. EXPOSURE SYSTEM: Manual match diode metering via silicon photodiode (SPD) cell for centerweighted overall reading or 7mm center-area spot. EV ito 19 (at ISO 100 with 1/1.4 lens).
FOCUSING: Manual, using superimposed-image rangefinder coupled via cam on back of lens. LENSES: Leica lenses in Leica M bayonet mcunt. SHUTTER: Mechanically controlled, horizontal-travel, cloth focal-plane with speeds from 1 to 1/1000 sec plus B; X synch at 1/50 sec.
FOCUSING: AF or manual. Active infrared one-shot from 2 feet to infinity in 290 steps. Autofocus can be locked at one distance setting with manual-focus button. Manual scale focusing includes infinity lock with LCD distance readouts. SHUTTER: Electronically timed metal-bladed between-the-lens with AE and manual speeds 30-1/250 sec plus T.
Significance: While that 38-60mm zoom lens may look awfully short by today's standards, the Ricoh Ultra Zoom II qualifies without reservation as a genuine break through camera. While other man ufacturers were content to moderately downsize their 2:1 zoom cameras, Ricoh succeed ed in making the first shirtpock etable zoom-thus creating a new genre in point-and-shoots.
Despair, fright, exhaustion—the emotional toll the war was having Make on children was revealed in the photographs of our December “Salon” section. These poignant images, taken from Therese Bonney’s book, Europe's Children, were “not always technically perfect,” we observed.
Honest, forthright answers to your most probing questions
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The last few frames
It is only my speculation, but I would guess that most of your readers are either advanced amateurs or pros. As such, every shot is a striving for a perfect print. For the pro, this means using the best film for the job—wouldn’t you agree? Therefore, comments on your film comparisons like “Not the cutting edge, but more than satisfactory image quality” [“The 400 Revolution,” September ’93, page 35] are stupid.