Vivid colors, good timing, and an eye for the dramatic spell success for this month's winners.
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Here's a few bits of info we got from a fast surf on the Sub Club site:
A 20th for the 20×24
Fifty years of innovative photography
From record albums to photo albums
An Italian photojournalist takes a photo in an Angolan trauma center; although he is a white man in an African community, an adult surrounded by children, a stranger by any description, the photograph allows us to comprehend the cost in limbs and peace of mind of a savage internecine struggle.
I feel it is unfair to include digitally enhanced or manipulated photos in “Your Best Shot.” This contest should cater only to true photographs, the kind that are made by the skill of the photographer. Nowadays, just about anyone can take a bad photograph and turn it into a good one with a computer; it’s just too easy.
Minolta Maxxum 800si: Icing up the 700si cake and more.
Minolta Maxxum 800si: What's New Compared to 700si
16 BUILT-IN CUSTOMIZED SETTINGS
Minolta Maxxum 800si
35mm AF SLR design progress generally comes in two flavors: 1) A radical departure from the present—which Minolta undertook successfully on the Maxxum 600si and 650si, substituting knob and lever controls for the electronic pushbuttons then in style on most cameras.
A left-over robot from Star Wars? A small handheld refrigerator with eyes? It’s neither. Actually it’s Polaroid’s Macro 5 SLR that takes 3×39/16-inch closeup images, preferably on Type 990 Polaroid instant film, although GridFilm and Spectra/Image films are also acceptable.
We know what you're saying—those guys have been breathing too much print-mounting glue again. But it’s true: It’s not only possible to vary fill flash with single-use cameras, it’s quite easy. All it takes is a little training of your flash trigger finger.
A Good—and Cheap— Closeup Camera? One May Be On The Way
A sneak preview of the FRF
Inexpensive (sub-$100) point-and-shoots loaded with print film are truly great things. With them, a complete tyro can get an excellent percentage of successful pictures in good focus, with good exposure, automatically. Unless that snapshooter wants real closeups.
He headed west from Poland to stake a claim on the digital imaging frontier.
KINSKY AT A GLANCE
The coolest trends
When surfing across the Internet or vacationing in exotic Istanbul, does Rudolf Kinsky ever stop and reflect on how far he's come in six short years? Nope. With personal Web site to update, a pearl-white Nissan Maxima the driveway, and an engaging Career as an art director at a Queens, New York, greeting card company, this music-loving, computer-savvy POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY reader is just too busy to look back.
Sony’s new compact, high-res digital camcorder doubles as a still camera. But is it worth the $$$$?
Still camera mode
Michael J. McNamara
Do you remember what the first consumer-level video camcorders were like? Let me refresh your memory. They were huge, heavyweight monstrosities that ate batteries for breakfast and kept legions of chiropractors in business straightening out pulled shoulder and neck muscles. Early models featured low-powered zooms, cost a small fortune, used either full-sized VHS or Beta tapes (no pint-sized VHS-C, 8mm, or Hi-8), and produced noisy video and lousy sound.
It's no hot air! Shooting at the biggest balloon test is a real gas!
No longer lenses?
Avoid flat-balloon syndrome
Imagine being thrown into the middle of a giant, undulating gumball machine. With over 850 wildly colored balloons swirling around you against a cobalt sky, you can't look in any direction without seeing an incredible image just waiting to be snared for your next slide show.
The recipe for the seaside glamour shot on our September `47 cover was simple according to Zia Kadri, the Los Angeles pro who took it. "My model supplied the oomph, Eastman supplied the film, and California the setting and sunshine." Kadri didn't mention what camera he used, but said he took the photo with an 8¼-inch Cooke Aviar lens on 4×5 Kodachrome at 1/25 sec and f/8.
Soviet photojournalist receives international recognition after long career.
Stalin gave him two medals
When Czar Nicolas II abdicated his throne in St. Petersburg, hundreds of miles away a Ukrainian woman gave birth. Thus Yevgeny Khaldei and the Soviet Republic were born in the same year, 1917. Now 80, Khaldei has outlived the world he was born into and the system that created it.
AF may be the professional's latest happy electronic medium, but to trust autofocus blindly is not their message.
Multiple, autoshifting AF sensors provide continuous sharpness
While most pros seem to embrace today’s 35mm SLR auto-everything technology—auto ISO indexing, autoload, autowind, autoexposure, and evaluative metering—they’re not ready to give autofocus an unqualified thumbs up. Certainly, they say, learn how to use your autofocus, what it can and can’t do, but be ready to turn it off when necessary: these seem to be the universal words of advice from pros.
(Or maybe two.) But that's all it takes for a pretty darn accurate check of your photo rig.
What exposure variation looks like on a gray card
First things first
Assemble your weapons
Frames 1-7: shutter and diaphragm
What the sky-patch slides show
Frames 8-16: proper lens function
What lens-test slides show
Frames 17-20: flash reach
Frame 21-24: autofocus check
What flash-reach slides show
What focus-check slides show
Frames 25-27: exposure accuracy option
What gray-card slides show
Remainder of roll: general shooting check
The last word: dealing with bad (or good) news
Why do this test? Most obviously, if something seems not right with your pictures lately, you may want to assure yourself that your camera and lens are in good health. You may also want to conduct a prudent periodic check of your equipment, to make sure everything is working perfectly before you travel or shoot an important event, or perhaps test out a new, untried rig.
Pop Photo’s annual SLR roundup featuring specs for (almost) every 35mm single-lens reflex available.
How to find the SLR for you
The fine print
If you’re in the market for a 35mm SLR and you can’t decide which is for you, you’ve come to the right place. Kick off your shoes and put on your reading glasses, because we can help. The following six pages carry nearly complete specifications for almost every 35mm single-lens reflex camera available to U.S. photographers today.
BEWARE! NOT ALL 640x480-PIXEL CAMERAS ARE CREATED EQUAL!
Price, performance, and panache highlight the best of the new digital P&Ss, but buyer beware!
High-speed image transfer
Don’t forget memory!
Video and sound
How We Test Digital Cameras
Color Accuracy Charts
16 New Digital Cameras Compared
AGFA ePhoto 307
CASIO QV 300
EPSON PhotoPC 500
KODAK DC-12 120
MINOLTA DIMAGE V
NIKON COOLPIX 100
RICOH RDC 2E
SONY DSC F1
VIVITAR VIVICAM 3000
Michael J. McNamara
1997 may go down as the year that digital cameras finally reached puberty following the baby boom that started a few years back with the introduction of the Apple Quicktake 100. Prices and features have improved tremendously in a short time, but digital camera companies and sales reps still resort to using impressive pixel counts, RAM figures, and other mystical incantations in hopes of selling you their camera.
It does everything faster and a bit better, but is the G2 still an instant classic like the G1?
QUICK GUIDE TO WHAT'S IMPORTANT
FEATURES AT A GLANCE
Tallying a high score
Contax G2 35mm autofocus camera
When Contax announced the landmark G1, the first new interchangeable-lens rangefinder 35 in decades, and the first ever with autofocus, back in late 1994, few would have expected them to come up with a significantly improved and upgraded companion model a scant 25 months later.
VIEWFINDER DATA Magnification with 45mm lens: O.54X. Target distance: 2 m. The viewfinder image is clear if the built-in diopter is properly adjusted. However, the viewing image is slightly dark, about 2.3 stops of brightness loss. Parallax error within normal range for rangefinder cameras.
Hands on: All three German-designed Carl Zeiss T* lenses are superbly finished in satin chrome. The Japanese-made 21mm f/2.8 Biogon and 35mm f/2 Planar have nicely milled, amply wide mounting and removal rings, and adequately wide, milled aperture rings with whole-aperture detents.
Jim Goldberg: Raised by Wolves; through Sept. 23. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-357-4000. Dennis Hopper; through Sept. 26. Center for Photo Art, San Carlos at Ninth Ave., Carmel, CA 93921, 408-625-5181.
Is there a camera at a reasonable price for us disabled people who have to use canes, walkers, and suffer slight trembling? Trying to move using a walker, while carrying camera equipment and a tripod or monopod just doesn’t do it. The right camera would do wonders for all of us who have had to give up this great, pleasurable hobby.