Issue: 19990301

Monday, March 1, 1999
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Popular PHOTOGRAPHY
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Canon U.S.A., Inc.: EOS-3 THE TRIUMPH
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Canon U.S.A., Inc.
EOS-3 THE TRIUMPH
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0002.xml
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Advertisement: Lowepro
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Lowepro
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0003.xml
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Canon
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Canon
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0004.xml
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MAMIYA AMERICA CORPORATION: Mamiya 645 PRO TL
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MAMIYA AMERICA CORPORATION
Mamiya 645 PRO TL
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0005.xml
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Canon
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Canon
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popular PHOTOGRAPHY
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0007.xml
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ToCAD America Inc.: SUNPAK
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ToCAD America Inc.
SUNPAK
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0008.xml
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Popular PHOTOGRAPHY
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0009.xml
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Canon
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Canon
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Snap shots
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Snap shots
Water, water everywhere...
Out-of-this-world printer
...and lots of drops to drink
The old gal has charm
Simply maar-velous
Edible exposures
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P.S.
Jon Pepper
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Jon Pepper
If seascapes make you thirst for more, drink your fill with an exhibition that will wash ashore in several cities this year. Sea Change (hardcover catalog from D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, S25), subtitled "The Seascape in Contermporary Photography," focuses on "pure" seascapes, defined as "water, light, and air" by curatorial assistant Pat Evans of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, which organized the show.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0011.xml
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Rollei 6000
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Rollei 6000
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0012.xml
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Your Best Shot
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Your Best Shot
Picture the patterns: They're everywhere—on the beach, around the bride, in autumn leaves, and in your finder.
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1st ($300) Scalloped seashore: Sometimes the unplanned shot can be the real winner. Sue E. Taylor of Irvine, California, had hoped to photograph sunset over the ocean from the cliffs of nearby Corona del Mar, but was disappointed by a dull, hazy display.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0013.xml
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Tamron Industries, Inc.
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Tamron Industries, Inc.
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0014.xml
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SLR
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SLR
If a tripod needs three legs, how much good can one do?
Will a monopod help you get sharper pictures?
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Herbert Keppler
More years ago than I wish to remember, a vice president of the Zoomar Corporation, pioneer zoom-lens makers, whipped a strange device out of his overcoat pocket. What else could it be but a lethal weapon? Complete with wrist strap, this menacing 14-inch-long black rod resembled nothing so much as a police officer’s unyielding nightstick.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0015.xml
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PHOTO LIFESTYLES
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This Pop reader turned pro using borrowed gear and a dream!
How serious enthusiasts integrate photography into their lives.
TRUEBLOOD AT A GLANCE
BOOK REVIEW
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Jaimie Trueblood
Recently, on a busy movie set in the Pacific Northwest, quiet fell over the lot as lights were cranked up and cameras started to roll. On the periphery, tucked inside the shadows, POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY reader Jaimie Trueblood (27) quietly performed his duties as the movie’s official set photographer, making shots of a famous movie actor.
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0019.xml
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MINOLTA CORPORATION
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MINOLTA CORPORATION
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0020.xml
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MINOLTA
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POINT & SHOOT
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Fuji stakes out the "mid-posh" territory with aluminum cutie
Fujifilm DL Super Mini Zoom
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Dan Richards
Point-and-shoots, as we’re sure you’ve noticed, tend to be quite inexpensive or very pricey, with little in between. Most “good” point-and-shoots for the mass market cluster around $100 to $175 retail—a very fair price range for what you get.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0022.xml
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SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA: Sigma APO MACRO SUPER 70-300mm f/4-5.6
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SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA
Sigma APO MACRO SUPER 70-300mm f/4-5.6
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POINT & SHOOT
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The Strange Case of the Disappearing APS Slide Film
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Missing: APS Slide Film. Known aliases: Fujichrome 100ix, Kodak Advantix Chrome 100. Suspected in the abduction: Eastman Kodak Company, Fujifilm U.S.A. Last seen: Fujichrome 100ix reportedly spotted in Europe in late 1998. Reward for information leading to their return: Sharp, richly saturated, colorful slides with your APS camera.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0024.xml
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SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA: SIGMA ZOOM LENSES
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SIGMA ZOOM LENSES
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FEATURES
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STRICTLY MICKEY MOUSE
Well, maybe a bit of Donald and Pluto, too.
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Having given us his photo collection of weirdo mailboxes (“Mad for Mailboxes,” May '98, page 90) and telling us how to get pictures placed on clocks, trays, wall decorations, and the like (“Put Your Pictures to Work,” August '98, page 103), AI Konetzni now shows off his favorite photo collection. Not only has he taken all the pictures (in the sunlight on his patio, using a vast array of Ansco Speedexes, Konicas, Nikons, Olympuses, Pcntaxes, and Rolléis, loaded with many different slide and print films over a 28-year period), but he also designed every item here and had it made while working as a key Disney cartoonist.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0026.xml
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SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA: SIGMA 14mm f/2.8 EX HSM
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SIGMA 14mm f/2.8 EX HSM
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Help
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Help
Twinkle, twinkle
A little bit of lux
Sunny daze
Video slide show
Booking the oldies
Paper? Glass? Plastic?
Shadow play
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One evening, after dark, I shot photos of a building that had smoke billowing out its door. The scene also included a police officer lighting flares on the roadway. To my amazement, the resulting photographs showed the lights looking like stars even though I didn’t use a star filter.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0028.xml
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Vivitar Corporation
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Vivitar Corporation
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Travel
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Travel
Chile’s Atacama desert defies you to risk your camera. Here’s where and how to shoot around the dangers and still get great pictures.
Dinner, desert-style
IF YOU GO:
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Carol Lundeen
Chile curls around Bolivia and Argentina from north to south like a crooked parenthesis, following the Andean mountain range half the length of South America. Any country that offers the photo traveler scenery ranging from the Tropics to the Antarctic is sure to include a spectacular microclimate or two, and Chile is no exception. The Atacama desert, in northern Chile, is one of those astounding places.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0030.xml
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Tamron Industries, Inc.
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0031.xml
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digitalfilm
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Digital Just Out
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Digital Just Out
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A real turn-on!
$1,899
Retouching photos or viewing clip art libraries can become pretty tedious when you’re stuck with a small 13or 15inch computer monitor. To avoid a severe case of tunnel vision, you might want to think about a 21-inch monitor such as Sony’s new GDM-F500 ($1,899). Unlike most other CRT monitors, the GDM-F500 features a nearly flat Trinitron screen with a 19.8-inch diagonal viewing area and extremely high resolution (1800x1440 pixels at 80Hz). It also offers excellent color accuracy, new geometric controls, and a super-low .22 dot pitch. According to Sony, technological improvements in the GDM-F500 include a HiDensity Electron Gun with Enhanced Elliptical Correction System that provides better image clarity and smaller dot pitch, Active Signal Correction that autosizes the video image, and GeoLock Plus circuitry that automatically senses and compensates for electromagnetic fields around the monitor. The GDM-F500 is also STAR energy compliant and can be used with nearly any new computer (PC or Mac), although the best results are achieved on computers using an accelerated graphics card with high-res output, (www.sony.com/newdisplays or 800-352-S0NY.)
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Plug-and-print inkjet
$349
Like the idea of buying a digital camera with instant feedback and live editing, but can’t afford an expensive computer system just to make prints? Check out the new Lexmark International Photo Jetprinter 5770 ($349), a “2-in-1” inkjet printer that features full color, high-resolution output, and includes built-in CompactFlash and SmartMedia memory card readers. With the 5770, you can print 1200x1200-dpi, photo-quality images directly from your digital camera files (providing those files are stored as JPEG images) without using a computer. The printer even includes controls for cropping or printing multiple images on a single page, as well as for adding frames and text messages. The Photo JetPrinter 5770 can be connected directly to an optional Iomega Zip drive via its parallel connection or to a PC computer so the 5770 can handle other types of printing jobs. The printer’s card readers can also be used to speed downloading of digital camera files from CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards, (www.lexmark.com or 800-LEXMARK.)
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Hot flash! New memory cards hold more
$89
There’s nothing more frustrating than having your digital camera run out of memory in the middle of an exciting shoot. But if you’re using either of Lexar Media’s new high-capacity CompactFlash cards, it won’t happen very often. According to Lexar Media, its 48MB ($199) and 64MB ($299) “Digital Film” cards feature the fastest read and write speeds of any card. Don’t have a CompactFlash Card reader? Getting one will save you tons of time when downloading images to your computer from a digital camera, so forget hooking your camera up directly via a sluggish serial cable. Lexar Media offers its own Digital Film PC Reader ($89, for PCs only). No bigger than a deck of playing cards, it attaches to the computer’s parallel port, requires no additional power source, includes a parallel pass-through for a printer, and is available for either CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards, (www.lexarmedia.com or 800-423-1200.)
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How suite it is!
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It's amazing how the prices of good imaging software drop while * features improve. MGI’s new PhotoSuite II ($49) includes a full set of image-retouching tools, image catalog and database options for keeping track of images, a slide show tool that can generate wipes and fades between images while playing sound tracks, and a Web tool that can convert image catalogs to HTML format for posting on the Internet. It also supports 18 of the leading graphics file formats, including JPEG, GIF, FlashPix, and STING (fractal compression), and has customized controls for many popular digital cameras. Designed for entry level to advanced image retouchers, it includes sophisticated cut-and-paste controls, unlimited undos, paint tools and transparency levels, autoredeye removal, special effects filters, and templates for making business cards, calendars, etc. The interface lets you seamlessly move between image-retouching projects and Web sites. Additional features are downloadable from the MGI Web site. For PCs with Windows 95,98, or NT 4.0. (www.mgisoft.com or 888-MGI-SOFT.)
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Two-sided printing
$19.99
In the increasingly competitive inkjet paper market, it’s becoming more difficult to figure out which paper to buy. But now Agfa has introduced its double-sided AgfaJet Photographic inkjet paper, which features its new PhotoTechnique emulsion on both sides (glossy on one side, satin finish on the other). Agfa claims the paper is more scratch-resistant than previous coatings and has a whiter base. Available in 8.5x11 -inch sheet size (packs of 20 sheets, $9.95, or 50 sheets, $24.99), AgfaJet paper is designed to produce photo-quality images on most thermal inkjet printers, including models from Lexmark, HP, and Canon. Also look for PhotoPrint paper, available in 4x6 inches (20 sheets, $4.99), and panoramic, 5.85x14 inches (20 sheets, $19.99). It has the look of traditional photo paper, plus an Agfa watermark imbedded on the back, (www.agfahome.com or 888-281 -2302.)
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What’s up. Doc?
$49
Tired of sending the same old manipulated-photo greeting cards and e-mail pictures to your friends and family? The new Live Pix Looney Tunes Photo Print Studio ($49, for PC only) might be a cure. It lets you merge your own photos with high-res cartoon images of your favorite Looney Tunes characters. It’s a great tool for teaching kids how to manipulate photos, make posters, greeting cards, calendars, and dozens of other projects. Dozens of creatively designed templates feature Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, and a host of other characters. Photo Print Studio includes all of the controls found in Live Pix 2.0, such as advanced Imaging tools, built-in cataloging features, and FlashPix compatibility, (www.livepix.com or 800-727-1621.)
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A better battery?
Panasonic has reformulated its lithium 2CR-5, CRI23A, and CR-P2 batteries to more quickly provide power for high-drain applications like flash firing. Called the Rapid Flash Lithium PhotoCell Batteries, they’re claimed to provide power for up to 150 consecutive fullpower, flashes, compared to 100 possible with the previous format. In Panasonic’s tests, recycle times never exceeded 10 seconds across 1 1 rolls of film (roll length unspecified), compared to five rolls previously. Blister-pack prices range from $6.99 to $14.99 (list), depending on battery size and quantity. (Panasonic Batteries, 2 Panasonic Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094.)
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Not for journalists only
The Domke J-series of camera bags has just expanded—or should we say shrunk? New is the smallest J-series bag, the 9x7x9-inch J-3—a size that Domke calls “super compact.” With a total of nine compartments and an internal divider system, the J-3 (list price, Si59.95) is claimed able to handle two 35mm camera bodies and three or four lenses. It has an oversized, fitted main flap for weather protection, cushioning on top and b o t t o m , padded cargo pockets at each end, and thumb-release buckles for security. Also new in the J-series line is the Belt Bag, a high-tech fanny pack for small digital cameras, point-andshoor cameras, or binoculars. Designed for journalists, the company says J-series bags possess extra durability and are easier to access than standard-issue bags. (Tiffen/Saunders, 21 Jet View Dr., Rochester, NY 14624.)
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A new view
Hasselblad users with critical sharpness requirements have a new option: the 2X View Magnifier. It enlarges just the central part of the Hasselblad viewfinder screen, delivering enhanced viewing for critical applications. The magnifier attaches to the eyecup of Hassie 45degree eyelevel finders, including the newest P.M90, and swivels in and out of the viewing path for center-area and full-image viewing, respectively. With -5 to +3 dioper correction, the magnifier is suited to eyeglass wearers; it will street for about $240. (Hasselblad USA, 10 Madison Rd., Fairfield, NJ 07006.)
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A Delta debut
Ilford's Delta family of hightech black-andwhite films has finally expanded from the ISO 100 and 400 emulsions introduced almost a decade ago. Delta 3200 Professional features Ilford’s proprietary “core shell” crystal technology that promises sharp grain, shadow detail, and processing flexibility at speeds up to ISO 3200 and beyond. The film’s nominal rating is ISO 1000 (or ISO 1250 in Ilford’s Microphen developer), but it can be exposed at ISO 3200 (even ISO 12,500, according to Ilford) with push processing. With pull processing, the new 3200 Delta emulsion is claimed to match the best ISO 400 black-and-white films. Available in 35mm ($7.17 for 36 exposures) and 120 rollfilm ($4.70), Ilford’s Delta 3200 Professional is promised to perform well in all of Ilford’s B&W developers. (Ilford Imaging USA, W. 70 Century Rd., Paramus, NJ 07653.)
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New Age camera bag
The new wrinkle in compact camera carriers? A neoprene harness that straps to your chest, conforming to both your figure and the shape of its contents. Large enough to house a point-andshoot, binoculars, an avalanche transmitter, or a cassette player, Op/Tech’s Soft Pouch Sport Harness (list price, $34.95) is claimed to cling close to the user’s body, restraining contents from flopping around, as can happen with camera bags and fanny packs. Featuring a hook-and-loop top flap, the harness should also offer easy access to contents. Its breathable back panel is said to minimize swearing even in hot weather. Finally, the harness features a special expansion chamber that stretches so that joggers, crosscountry skiers, and the like won’t feel their breathing is restricted. (Op/Tcch USA, 304 Andrea Dr., Belgrade, MT 59714.)
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Battery Rx
As the digital camera market expands, so do the after-market solutions for that major digital downside, battery burnout. The newest cure comes from Sunpak, the flash manufacturer, which says its PicturesPlus Digital Battery Pack is compatible with most Kodak, Olympus, Vivitar, Casio, Agfa, and Nikon digital cameras. Using a rechargeable nickelmetal hydride cell, the PicturesPlus pack ($89.95) is said to offer up to rhree times the capacity of AA’s. Because the pack can be carried under your coat, it can provide power reliably in cold weather. It weighs 8 ounces, is smaller than a deck of cards, comes with a leather carrying case, and may be carried from a belt clip or wrist strap. The customized power cord is coiled, 5 feet long, and lists for $29.95. Recharge time? Eight to 10 hours—so you might wanna buy two! (ToCAD America, 300 Webro Rd., Parsippany, NJ 07054-2882.)
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Washable muslin
If you’ve ever used painted muslin backdrops lor portraits, you know this problem: the lighter-colored muslins show every smudge and bit of dirt. Often, in a matter of weeks, you can use a light-colored backdrop only if you throw it out of focus. Why not just wash off the smudges? You can’t. The painted pattern washes off (or runs), too. The Backdrop Outlet’s new washable muslin backdrops, however, could solve that. This line of painted backdrops can be tossed into the washing machine when smudges appear. Available in seven colors and ranging in size from 10x10 feet ($119) to 18x30 feet ($549), the backdrops come in a variety of patterns, such as “pebble stone” (shown) and “frosted terracotta,” and are easily folded up and transported in the included tore bags. (Backdrop Outlet, 2215 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616.)
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A thin filter for wide lenses
Tiffen’s new ultrathin circular polarizer promises little or no edge vignetting when used on wide-angle and ultrawide-angle lenses, compared to normal-sized circular polarizers. At a skinny 5 mm deep, the low-profile filters are 25 percent thinner than conventional polarizers and therefore less likely to fall wi thin the ultrawide angle of view of ultrawideangle lenses. The filters come in five sizes, from 58mm to 77mm, and range in price from $136 to $450, depending on size. As with all polarizers, Tiffen’s Wide Angle Circular Polarizer can add saturation to colors when used outdoors under natural light by minimizing naturally occurring glare and haze that can mask color. (Tiffen/Saunders, 21 Jet View Dr., Rochester, NY 14624.)
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Beautiful backgrounds
If you want to add variety to your portrait backdrops, and have some cash to spare, consider Pro Studio’s new multicolored glass disks for the Image D-Ziner backdrop projector. The new disks come in 10 color sets ($49 each), are 3 inches round, and insert into Pro Studio’s Image D-Ziner background projector, which fits over most studio strobe heads. They’re used to cast a variety of colors and patterns onto portrait backdrops. The projectors work best with high-powered strobes (400 watt seconds and up), and are sold as kits that include nonglass patterns, acetate gels, and a pattern holder. Cost? $450 (list price). (Pro Studio Supply, 650 Armour Rd., Oconomowoc, WI 530660046.)
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MAMIYA AMERICA CORPORATION
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MAMIYA AMERICA CORPORATION
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SLIK DIVISION OF TOCAD AMERICA, INC.: SLIK
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SLIK DIVISION OF TOCAD AMERICA, INC.
SLIK
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SLIK DIVISION OF TOCAD AMERICA, INC.: SLIK
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SLIK DIVISION OF TOCAD AMERICA, INC.
SLIK
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THE SAUNDERS GROUP
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THE SAUNDERS GROUP
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America Online, Inc.
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America Online, Inc.
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Nature
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Nature
Sure the subject is important, but the key to great nature photos is great lighting. Here's how to get it!
Starting point: Frontlight
Light lite: Soft shade and overcast
The fix-it of fill flash
DEFINING LIGHT
Light switcheroo: Backlighting
Add a dimension: Sidelighting
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Tim Davis & Renee Lynn
The word photography literally means “light writing,” and many take this concept to mean a photographer’s artistry in using light to turn an ordinary picture into something extraordinary. A photographer putting light to film is much like a writer putting ink to paper: through artistic expression, a good photographer captures something another viewer might have missed.
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THK Photo Products, Inc.
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THK Photo Products, Inc.
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TAMRON Industries, Inc
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TAMRON Industries, Inc
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Sint's View
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Sint's View
An expanding niche: medium format continues to elbow 4x5 but of the studio.
Hurrah! Waterproof bags!
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Steve Sint
At Photokina ’98, the giant international photo show in Cologne, Germany, that I reported on in my last column, it was obvious that medium format continues to expand its niche—seemingly at the expense of 4x5. New advances in silver film technology have made it possible to reap large-format quality from rolifilm originals.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0043.xml
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MAMIYA AMERICA CORPORATION: SEKONIC
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MAMIYA AMERICA CORPORATION
SEKONIC
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0044.xml
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New York Institute of Photography
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New York Institute of Photography
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57
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nyip
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nyip
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58
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Tocad America, Inc.: SUNPAK
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Tocad America, Inc.
SUNPAK
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0047.xml
article
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59,60
Letters
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Letters
On a page, darkly
Lifestyles of the rich?
Groovy rangefinders
Minolta misinformation?
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I enjoy Bob Krist’s “Travel” columns. As someone who has lived in five countries and traveled extensively, I find his details and tips quite helpful. However, the colors in some of the photographs frequently seem too dark for my taste. There are few highlights—as if the photographer overused a polarizer or underexposed by a half stop.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0048.xml
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59
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Tamrac, Inc.: Tamrac Action Pack
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Tamrac, Inc.
Tamrac Action Pack
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0049.xml
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60
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Brandess-Kalt-Aetna Group, Inc.
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Brandess-Kalt-Aetna Group, Inc.
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0050.xml
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61
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ToCAD America Inc.: SLIK
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ToCAD America Inc.
SLIK
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62,63,64,65,66,67,98,227
FEATURES
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The fantastic compositional eye of Raghubir Singh
"It's like tennis. You see the ball, but how and when you hit it with your racquet is pure reflex."
You don't look for anything
See with your sixth sense
Visualize what you read
Understand the culture
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Herbert Keppler
I tried and failed. At best, my own attempts at capruring the vital tide of humanity on India's city streets always reflect ed one incident, one group, one force moving in one direction, dutifully focused and composed on the viewing screen.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0052.xml
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68,69
FEATURES
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MECHANICAL PHOTO CALCULATORS
Can they really help you set exposure, balance color temperatures, and estimate depth of field and hyperfocal distances?
The most trustworthy calculators, we find, are the math-based slide rules.
Get a Guide
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Peter Kolonia
Even in this day of high-tech, whiz bang cameras with smarter-than-you-are metering, low-tech handheld calculators still haunt us in photo shops and small mail order ads. These wheelswithin-wheels and cardboard slide rules look suspiciously like toys, not tools.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0053.xml
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68,69
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CAMERA METER VS. CARDBOARD
SCENE 1: BRIGHTLY LIT STREET SCENE AT NIGHT
SCENE 2: NORMALLY LIT NIGHTTIME STREET SCENE
SCENE 3: STORE WINDOWS AT NIGHT
SCENE 4: HEAVY OVERCAST ORSHNE
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Let's see just how good these josure calculators are. we handed pro photographer Lou Jawitz two of them and asked him to shoot a variety of subjects, using first his camera's meter and then the exposure guides. The results range from near perfect exposure for all to total disaster across the board-and almost everything in between! Moral?
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0054.xml
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70,71,95
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A GUIDE TO THE GUIDE
Black Cat Extended Range Exposure Guide
Wallace Aperture Guide
Rodenstock Depth of Field Calculator
FotoSharp Depth-of-Field Calculator
FotoSharp Existing Light Exposure Guide
Harris Xisting Light Exposure Guide
FotoSharp Action Stopping Shutter Speed Guide
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For the numerous situations that can challenge in-camera lightmeters—i.e candlelight, sunsets, snow scenes, moonlit landscapes, etc.—the Black Cat Guide ($19.95) offers a starting point. Its 26 separate lighting scenarios represent common situations (portrait by 150-watt lamp light, for example) and increasingly morespecialized scenarios (portraits by campfire, for example).
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72,73
WOW!
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WOW!
What's real and what's reflected in Farrell Grehan's near-mystical photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright's study?
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Sunshine Flint
Only rarely do the works of nature and man eerily conspire through a lens to express a photographer’s personal vision. But photographer Farrell Grehan has the imagination and the technical skills to carry it off superbly. Here, Grehan depicts legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s passion for combining his own man-made world with the outdoors.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0056.xml
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74,75,76,77,134,135,212,213,214
FEATURES
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TEST HASSELBLAD XPan*
Can a panoramic rangefinder camera widen its horizons with a dual format?
QUICK GUIDE TO WHAT’S IMPORTANT
FEATURES AT A GLANCE
SPECIFICATIONS
HASSELBLAD XPan CENTERWEIGHTED METERING
HASSELBLAD XPan MEASURED DIMENSIONS
TEST RESULTS FROM OUR LAB
Bracketing is a breeze
A Few Words About Processing
Logical but fun
Panned panoramics?
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Certainly, this is one of the odder ducks to waddle our way down the photographic path: an oversized interchangeable-lens 35mm rangefinder, made in part nership by a Swedish rollfilm SLR manufacturer and a Japanese film and camera company, with hybrid capability as both a standard-frame (24x36mm) and panoramic (24x65mm) camera.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0057.xml
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78,79,80,81,92,93,94
FEATURES
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Kodak Portra Films
These pro films aren't just for portraits!
Kodak Portra 160NC and 160VC outdoors
Kodak Portra 400 films take on Pro 400 MC outdoors
Portra 160's versus Kodak VPS and Fuji NPS indoors
Portra 400's versus Kodak PMC and Fuji NPH indoors
Test results prove Portra performs
Our Test Method
400NC leads pack outdoors
Behind the scenes
For Optimum Results
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Michael J. McNamara
Have you ever wondered if the print film you’re shooting is as good as that used by pros at weddings and other formal events? Could a difference in films possibly be why the photos in the professional wedding album and the ones that get hung on the wall look so much better than the photos you took?
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82,83
FEATURES
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6 Tips for improving your compositions
Quick ways to better picture placement
Diagonal lines create energy
Keep visual distractions away from the edges
Move in closer to eliminate clutter
Use leading lines to draw the eye
Defocus the background to showcase your subject
Crop the clutter
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Check out the predominant lines. Long, image-spanning lines (or shapes) can add or subtract visual energy. Horizontal lines, for example, tend to be calming or reassuring; they can also be static, leaden, and visually boring. Conversely, vertical or diagonal lines often add visual energy and spark—usually desirable characteristics.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0059.xml
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84,85,86,87,88,89,90
FEATURES
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TEST MINOLTA MAXXUM 9
Does this claimed professional-level camera really make the grade?
QUICK GUIDE TO WHAT’S IMPORTANT
How does the Maxxum 9 handle?
FEATURES AT A GLANCE
SPECIFICATIONS
Here's what's where inside
MINOLTA MAXXUM 9 CUSTOM FUNCTIONS
MAXXUM 9 CENTERWEIGHTED AVERAGE METERING
MAXXUM 9 SPOTMETERING
MINOLTA MAXXUM 9 MEASURED DIMENSIONS
TEST RESULTS FROM OUR LAB
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Where are Minolta’s technical innovations?” complained a reader after our initial announcement of the new Maxxum 9 pro SLR (“First Look,” Nov. ’98, page 50). "Minolta invented the autofocus SLR over 10 years ago, but I don’t see any such advances in their new camera."
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91
FEATURES
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45mm f/4 Hasselblad
Wide panoramic lens for the XPan with normal view in standard framing
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Hands on: Compact lens has substantiell weight for its size due to hefty metal barrel and helical, and beefy lensmount. Excellently finished in satin black. Rubberized focusing ring provides fine grip, as does milled aperture ring. Focusing action is very well damped and silky smooth throughout its travel.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0061.xml
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91
FEATURES
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90mm f/4 Hasselblad
"Normal panoramic" XPan lens doubles as a portrait tele in standard 35mm framing
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Hands on: All the comments for the 45mm f/4 XPan lens apply to this finely fashioned lens as well. We would add that the longer length of this lens makes it very easy to use a cradle grip with the XPan, with both focusing and aperture rings within easy fingertip reach.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0062.xml
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91,130
FEATURES
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50mm f/1.4 Minolta AF
Optically and physically improved high-speed lens
MINOLTA MAXXUM 9
Correspondence
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Hands on: While maintaining the same optical lens formula, weight, and size of the old 50mm f/1.4 Maxxum and Minolta lenses, the new version has much more going for it. Physically, the old allmetal exterior with narrow ribbed manual focusing ring has been upgraded with rubberized gripping surfaces and a far easier-tooperate, larger, ribbed rubber manual ring.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0063.xml
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92
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Tamrac, Inc.: Tamrac’s Extreme Series
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Tamrac, Inc.
Tamrac’s Extreme Series
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0064.xml
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93
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0065.xml
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93
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0066.xml
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93
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hollandphoto
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hollandphoto
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0067.xml
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94
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photographer's WAREHOUSE
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photographer's WAREHOUSE
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0068.xml
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95
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0069.xml
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96,97
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PHOTO SHOPPING
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99,100,101,102,103,104,105
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ABE'S
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0071.xml
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106,107
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Samy's Camera
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0072.xml
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108
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SUNSET color lab.
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SUNSET color lab.
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0073.xml
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109,110,111
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BEACH CAMERA
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BEACH CAMERA
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0074.xml
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112,113
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Family Photo & Video
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Family Photo & Video
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0075.xml
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114,115,116,117,118,119,120,121,122
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cameraworld
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cameraworld
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123
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THE CAMERA CLUB
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THE CAMERA CLUB
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0077.xml
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MARINE PARK
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MARINE PARK
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0078.xml
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126,127
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COAST TO COAST
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128
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POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0081.xml
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130
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professional photography, imaging & video
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professional photography, imaging & video
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POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY
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132,133,134,135
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CAMBRIDGE
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CAMBRIDGE
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0084.xml
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136,137,138,139,140,141,142,143,144,145,146,147,148,149,150,151,152,153,154,155,156,157,158,159,160,161,162,163,164,165,166,167,168,169,170,171,172,173,174,175,176,177,178,179
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B&H
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B&H
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Discovery CAMERAS AND ELECTRONICS
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Discovery CAMERAS AND ELECTRONICS
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0089.xml
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190
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AAA CAMERA EXCHANGE, INC.
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AAA CAMERA EXCHANGE, INC.
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0090.xml
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191,192,193,194,195
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0091.xml
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0092.xml
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198,199,200,201,202,203,204,205
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SMILE PHOTO & VIDEO
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SMILE PHOTO & VIDEO
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0093.xml
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206
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0094.xml
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207,208,209
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CCI CAMERA CITY Inc.
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CCI CAMERA CITY Inc.
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0095.xml
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210,211
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212,213,214,215,216,217,218,219,220,221,222,223,224,225,226,227
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ADORAMA
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ADORAMA
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article
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Time Exposure
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50 years ago
How we looked and what we wrote back then.
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Our intriguing March ’49 cover shot of an elegantly clad lass enmeshed in a web of colored streamers was a prizewinner in our big ’48 picture contest. Entitled “Abstract Girl,” it was taken by Wellington Lee of the Bronx, New York, who used an 8x10 Ansco Universal View with 12-inch Zeiss Tessar lens.
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Time Exposure
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25 years ago
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As the compelling cover image suggests, our March ’74 issue contained a special section on Japanese photography, including a richly varied portfolio of contemporary work by top Japanese photographers, and a minibiography of each. The “delicate, mysterious face” on the cover is that of Kabuki onnagata actor Tamasaburo Bando.
PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0100.xml
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SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA: SIGMA
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SIGMA CORPORATION OF AMERICA
SIGMA
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0101.xml
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Pentax Corporation: PENTAX
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Pentax Corporation
PENTAX
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PopularPhotography_19990301_0063_003_0102.xml