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Popular Photography October 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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2 min.
beyond the magazine

By the time you read this, a handful of my colleagues and I will be on our way to the biennial Photokina expo in Köln, Germany, or perhaps we’ll have already returned from it. Either way, our crew in New York will be finishing our November issue the same mid-September week the Gear Team and I are out surveying what’s next for photo technology. Having to prepare the magazine so far in advance of our publication date is one of the only things that bugs me about working in print. Over the years, we’ve managed to reduce the time between getting our final pages (in digital form, natch) to our printer and your getting a copy in the mail or finding it on the newsstand. But at times like this, when…

1 min.
super flashy

THE MECABLITZ 64 AF-1, the new flagship flash unit from German manufacturer Metz, starts with a rare benefit: tremendous system flexibility. It’s fully TTL-compatible with nearly all camera brands, including Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh (Pentax), and Sony. A USB port under the battery door allows for firmware updates related to specific manufacturers or camera models. With an impressive guide number of 210 (ISO 100, 200mm), the Mecablitz outpowers most hot-shoe flashes. Its color LCD touchscreen means no more fumbling with awkward button combinations. It offers a zoom range of 12–200mm, plus a PC port and a connector for a power pack. Four AA batteries and $450 get this unit popping. METZ MECABLITZ 64 AF-1 GN 210 at ISO 100, 200mm 12–200mm zoom head Four AA batteries $450, street www.metz.de…

4 min.
zoom hero

ARE FIXED-LENS superzooms dead? Ricoh doesn’t think so. With a 16MP, 1/2.3-inch backsideilluminated CMOS sensor and a 52X, 24–1248mm (full-frame equivalent) optical zoom range, the Pentax XG-1 offers serious reach. In fact, it has twice the maximum zoom of any previous Pentax model. Also impressive, the maximum aperture range is f/2.8–5.6, not bad for such an insane zoom range. To keep images sharp at the upper focal limits, the XG-1 includes Pentax’s Shake Reduction (SR) sensor-shift image-stabilization technology. An ISO range of 100 through 3200, 200,000-dot electronic viewfinder, and 3-inch display round out the features of this mighty superzoom. Ricoh Pentax XG-1 $400, street us.ricoh-imaging.com GLASS GUARD Hoya EVO Antistatic filters resist dirt, water, and grime Hoya EVO Antistatic $42–$170, street, depending on size hoyafilter.com It isn’t all that often that we see major advances in filter technology, but Hoya’s…

3 min.
filter holsters

Dorky? Absolutely. But filter holsters and pouches do have their place. Optical filters can be extremely expensive pieces of gear; they’re also small and easily broken. It’s in your best interest to keep them clean, scratch-free, and at your side for use in a pinch. Here are five new pouches that will make it worth looking like a dork. Mindshift Gear Nest Bag $45 The Nest Bag uses color-coded padded separators to help with organization. Capable of holding a total of eight filters in sizes up to 82mm, this bag offers more than enough space for most shooters and can attach to a belt, camera bag, or tripod. Clik Elite Square Filter Valet $36 Clik Elite’s holster makes organization easy thanks to tiny labels between each filter (think of it as a mini…

1 min.
photo challenge: history witness

RAISED IN Bucks County, Pennsylvania, not far from the site where, on Christmas night in 1776, George Washington led his Continental Army troops across the Delaware River, Elaine Schwetz grew up captivated by the history of the American Revolution and, as a teenager, by photography. Now 56 and living in rural Lancaster County, she combines her lifelong love of history with a newly rekindled interest in photography by shooting war reenactments, historic sites, and other traces of the past. “I enjoy the people and the costumes and discovering new details about history,” she says. (See her work at millbridgephotography.com.) At last year’s dress rehearsal of the annual reenactment of Washington’s crossing, Schwetz trained her Nikon D800 and 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6G Nikkor AF-S VR lens on this pensive bystander huddled against the cold and…

2 min.
glass eye

THE IMAGES in Damon Hunter’s photo series The Color of Glass are so luminous that they almost look artificial—but they’re faithful renditions of outdoor glass surfaces. “I don’t add color to the scenes,” says Hunter, who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. “I use postprocessing techniques to bring out all the color that’s inherent in the image, even if it’s not clearly visible to the naked eye.” Hunter’s glass project grew out of a similar series depicting urban environments called A Wall of Colour. He shoots many frames with subtle adjustments to hone his compositions. “Symmetry is important to me,” he notes. “I’m a perfectionist—I like things to be neat and orderly—so each image must be pleasing to the eye in that there can’t be anything jarring. Everything has to fit…