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Popular Photography August 2015

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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Bonnier Corporation
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imagemaker kate turning

Assignments and fine art projects have taken Kate as far as Tahiti, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Europe and Saudi Arabia. She has created unique and lyrical imagery for clients from pop stars to major ad campaigns. She orchestrates her photographs like frothy Rossini bonbons, bursting with detailed embellishment and an ever-present sense of fun and imagination. Her deep love of painting in all its forms from the Old Masters to Pop Surrealism, can be seen in her bold use of color and innovative lighting. The image: PENTAX 645Z camera and the HD PENTAX D FA 645 MACRO 90mm Lens F2.8 ED AW SR. Camera Setting f8 at 1/125 Sec., ISO 100 The concept: “I wanted to capture every detail of this performer’s playful personality, not merely her beauty.” Contact Kate for her thoughts: studio@turningpix.com…

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time and tide

If you bought this magazine on the newsstand, you’re part of an exciting experiment. (Exciting to me, anyway.) There’s a one-in-four chance that you saw not the usual portrait of a hot new camera, but a crop of the wave photo by Michael Clark that also graces our subscriber cover. For the next three months, we’ll test this approach, emphasizing our coverage of techniques over gear. What do you think? Drop me a line at PopPhoto@bonniercorp.com. I read all letters to the editor, though I may not have time to reply. This is just one of the changes I’m contemplating six years after taking over this desk. Our happiest development? In the spring we added photo editor Fiona Gardner to our staff. You may have noticed her eye most in features…

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bigger back-side

THE HOTTEST NEW STUFF AT THE HEART of Sony’s new 42.4MP Alpha 7R II you’ll find the first full-frame 35mm back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. By moving the circuitry off the front, Sony can make larger light-gathering pixels that improve low-light performance. This innovation leads to the a7R II’s impressive top sensitivity of ISO 102,400. And the new sensor can push its data out 3.5 times faster than the original a7R of 2013, allowing for bursts of 5 frames per second with full autofocus and metering. Plus, Sony embedded 399 phase detection points in this new imager, covering a large portion of the frame, to give you very fast AF even when using a simple mount adapter with lenses designed for DSLRs. The sensor is far from the only news. The a7R II…

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lotta light

NO, IT’S NOT a typo. That really is an f/2 constant aperture, not f/2.8, on Sigma’s newly announced 24–35mm full-frame zoom. The latest entrant in the company’s Art line of highperformance glass is the fastest zoom yet for full-frame DSLRs. Not surprisingly, this is one big optic. Boasting 18 elements in 13 groups, including some larger aspherical elements and seven Special Low Dispersion elements, it weighs in at more than 2 pounds. The front element does not rotate during focusing, perfect for using optical filters, especially polarizers and split neutral-densities. Sigma promises silent, smooth autofocus—a claim we’re looking forward to testing with video—and you can jump into manual override while in AF mode. The new lens will come in mounts for Canon, Nikon, and Sigma DSLRs, but if you switch your camera…

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screen shot

UNTIL RECENTLY, GoPro made just one action cam with an onboard LCD: The $400 Hero4 Silver. But now it has company, the Hero+ LCD, priced more affordably at $300. The new model shoots up to 60 frames per second at 1080p and 8MP stills at up to 5 fps, and its touch-enabled LCD lets you set up and review your shots while you’re still out in the field. Yes, its price is a big step up from the standard $130 Hero, but that 5MP camera is limited to 30 fps at 1080p, shoots fewer time lapse intervals, and has no built-in wireless. At this price and with a built-in screen, if you’re shopping for a compact beyond your phone, why not buy one that shoots HD video, is ultra small, goes…

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flat glass

Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 32mm f/2.8 M $349, direct lomography.com STREET SHOOTING can be like the zen of photography—existing fully in the moment and place as innocuously as possible, unnoticed and capturing the pure essence of a place. So, a pancake lens, such as this 32mm f/2.8 Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 makes sense. Mounted on a camera, it practically disappears into the body. But in this case, that body is a Leica (unless you have an adapter for your Sony.) Available in a range finder coupled Leica M mount, the Minitar-1 uses a four-step zone focusing system for simplicity, with détentes at infinity and 3, 1.5, and 0.8 meters (9.8, 4.9, and 2.6 feet). Meant to evoke the look of vintage Russian lenses, some vignetting and a funky image rendition should be expected. NEWS FEED The revived Tamrac…