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Popular Photography December 2014

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Bonnier Corporation
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2 min.
why we shoot

It’s not about the gear. Every once in a while I repeat this heresy—and what’s more heretical than proclaiming it in the very issue in which we confer our annual POP Awards for Photography’s Outstanding Products? But even as we celebrate the best new tools at your disposal, I don’t want to lose sight of what matters most: the photograph itself. Photos tell a story—true, invented, or somewhere in between. They live as a record of a moment, a place, an event, a person. They convey ideas and emotions. They lie. They exist as windows into their content, as mirrors of their makers, and as objects in their own right—as evidence, as art, as sales tools. What does photography mean to me? Someone asked me this recently and I didn’t even know how…

1 min.
guts & glory’

Samsung touts the largest BSI sensor yet THE NX1, Samsung's new flagship, doesn't just look like a little DSLR. This interchangeable-lens compact aims to outdo the typical DSLR. It comes packed with a 28.2MP backside illuminated (BSI) sensor, the first to reach APS-C size, and a DRIMe V processor for fast imaging. Boasting an industry-leading burst rate of 15 frames per second and H.265 4K video capture (without the need for an external recorder), this camera seems built for action. And a reworked autofocus system offers an impressive 205 phase-detection points, 153 of which are cross-types. Befitting a company that also makes smartphones and tablets, the NX1 keeps you connected with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. SAMSUNG NX1 28.2IY1P BSI APSCCMOS ISO range: 100-51,200 4K video 205 phase-detect AF points $1,500, street, body onlySamsung.com…

2 min.
steady on

SURE, WE SHOULD have labeled this lens "Coming Soon" instead of "Just Out," since it's not due to hit U.S. retailers until late winter. But seeing an early version of Tamron's new SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD zoom at Photokina last September got us eager to report on it. Made for full-frame DSLRs in Canon, Nikon, and Sony A mounts, it scales up to the equivalent of about 23^8mm, depending on sensor size. Tamron boasts that it's the widest zoom with image stabilization Though fairly compact, the lens contains 18 elements in 13 groups. Its unique double lenshood and fluorine coating on the bulging front element protects it from just about anything—even ink (we tried!). Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Price to be announced tamron-usa.com 4K EVERYWHERE GoPro's Hero4 Black is a…

3 min.
nice legs

AFTER YOUR camera, a couple of lenses, and a bag to carry it in, a tripod is the one piece of equipment every photographer should own. And Manfrotto's new 190X, the follow-up to its very popular 190XB and 190DB models, is a great place to start. As was the case with its predecessors, the redesigned 190X's versatility is its chief virtue. This aluminum tripod, available in three-section and four-section versions, offers a ground-level adapter, which lets photographers get their cameras to incredibly low angles—something other tripods struggle with. The Quick Power Lock levers on the legs make height adjustments a one-handed event. And the center column can swing easily into a horizontal position to be used as a boom arm for straight downward or upward shooting. Toss in a dash of…

3 min.
read right

READ RIGHT YOU MIGHT not put much thought into the memory-card reader you use, but you should. Card reader technology, like memory cards themselves, has come a long way over the past few years. With faster transfer rates, new ways to connect to your computer, and tougher housings, it's worth considering an upgrade for your least-thought-about piece of gear. Hoodman USB 3.0 UMDA $ 4 8 This rugged reader wards off failure with metal construction and a "Pin Guard" to protect the CF slot when not in use. It offers transfer rates of up to 5GB/s using USB 3.0 and takes CF, SD, SDHC, SDXC, and UHS-1 cards. Lexar Pro USB 3.0 Dual Slot $ 3 5 A well-designed reader that folds down when not in use to protect the slots from…

1 min.
green day

LONDON-BASED art director Peter Zelewski found his background before seeking out a subject for this full-length portrait. A narrow pathway and heavy foliage drew him to shoot in Tavistock Square. “If I placed my subject in the center of the frame, the diverging lines from the trees and pathway would really draw focus on my subject,” he says. A Saturday morning shoot time made for the right lighting conditions and a relatively empty park. Zelewski found his portrait subject, Jasmine, at a nearby coffee shop. He positioned Jasmine in the middle of the path and after a few frames requested she cross her legs and put her hands where they felt comfortable. “Immediately this seemed to work,” he says. “I could see a connection between all the lines of the trees,…