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Popular Photography April 2014

Popular Photography brings you step-by-step secrets of the pros for taking their most amazing shots. You’ll discover the best equipment at the best prices, get comprehensive comparative reports on cameras, lenses, film, digital equipment, printers, scanners, software, accessories and so much more. Get Popular Photography digital magazine subscription today.

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50 MINOR STARSToday's teenage photographers don't wait to be discovered. Using online resources that didn't exist a generation ago, they attract followers that can number literally in the millions.By Peter Kolonia 60 BUILT BY BEASTSIngo Arndt has traveled the world photographing the complex and fascinating architecture of animals: their nests, hives, webs, burrows, mounds, and tunnels. The resulting images reveal structures at least as awe-inspiring as anything designed by we humans. By Dan Richards 56 TEN WAYS TO MAKE KIDS INTO PHOTOGRAPHERSYour child has talent? Here's how to nurture it.By Scott Alexander 66 GLASS FROM THE PASTGo beyond your ILC system's lenses! We found 21 great optics to adapt, from modern classics to classic oldies.By Dan Richards Next 15 WE WANT THIS A smaller, feature-packed Olympus OM-D. Yes! 16 JUST OUT An f/1.2 Fujifilm prime, radically…

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you made my day

In February I wrote about a family slide show and asked how you preserve and share your old photos—and did you respond! Instead of cramming it all into our Letters page, I'll share some of your insights, experiences, and advice here. Many of you reminisced about your own slide shows—not just with old Carousel and even 3-D projectors but on new flat-screen TVs. Yet you don't necessarily make a special occasion of showing your photos to guests. “I frequently run slide shows as screensavers on the big TV when I have family and friends over,” said Jim Sprandel. “Everyone enjoys seeing the photos pop up on the TV, [but] they might not be all that keen on sitting down for a projector slide show.” Nor does the family have to be together.…

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olympus om-d e-m10

NEARLY TWO years ago, Olympus wowed us with its first OM-D, the E-M5, a rugged, retro-styled little ILC with great image quality scores in our tests. But its $999 price at launch? Less diminutive. Now, the new OM-D E-M10 stuffs the same 16.1MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor as the E-M5's, plus the faster TruePicVII processor of the top-of-the-line E-M1, into an even smaller package—for $300 less than the E-M5 cost in 2012. It beefs up the electronic viewfinder with a 120-fps refresh rate and packs 427,000 more pixels into its 3-inch, 1.04-million-dot tilting LCD touchscreen. It also adds the pop-up flash its siblings lack, plus Wi-Fi and an 81-point AF system that covers the entire frame. What got sacrificed? The E-M5's weathersealing and two axes of sensor-shift stabilization (its siblings have a…

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fast 56

NIPPING AT the heels of Panasonic's 42.5mm f/1.2 Leica Nocticron comes a fast 85mm-equivalent portrait lens from Fujifilm. The 56mm f/1.2R XF for X-series cameras (with APS-C-sized sensors) streets for $600 less than the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds counterpart. In keeping with Fujifilm's retro style, its all-metal barrel sports both aperture and focusing rings. The lens comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, including two ED (extra-low dispersion) and one double-sided aspherical elements. Four of the elements have convex surfaces facing the subject, which Fujifilm says help reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations. The seven-blade aperture diaphragm has rounded blades for smooth bokeh. And while this 56mm's $999 price tag is nothing to sneeze at, comparable models such as the Leica-badged Panasonic and bigger glass designed for DSLRs make this ultra-fast portrait lens look…

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killer selfies

THE ORIGINAL Canon PowerShot G1 X had a bit of an identity crisis. Its 1.5-inch sensor helped reduce noise and gave better control over depth of field than its smaller-sensor predecessors in the G series, yet its bulkiness negated the compact line's most desirable trait: size. Enter the G1 X Mark II. In overhauling its top compact, Canon ditched the minuscule optical viewfinder (you can buy a shoe-mounted EVF) and traded the fully articulating LCD for a higher-resolution, tilt-only touchscreen. The result? A far more compact body. As for the lens, the zoom range climbs to 5X (a wider 24–120mm equivalent) from 4X, with a faster maximum aperture at the long end. The control rings around the barrel remain. Perhaps to quell the noise that a smaller camera body can produce, the Mark…

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a new six

NOW THE fourth ILC in Sony's lineup to sport the Alpha moniker, the A6000 is also claimed by Sony to have the “world's fastest autofocus.” This could have something to do with the 179 phase-detection and 25 contrast-detection AF points on its 24.3MP APS-C-sized sensor. But the A6000 also boasts incredible 11-frame-per-second bursts with tracking AF—something few cameras can do at all, let alone in a body this small—thanks to same Bionz X processor Sony uses in the Alpha 7 and 7R. Wi-Fi, NFC, and a pop-up flash are all standard. Meant to replace the NEX-6, this new camera appears up to the task, though the A6000's EVF gets downgraded to a 1.44-million-dot OLED from the older model's 2.36-million-dot stunner. It's also less expensive than the NEX-6 was at launch: A…