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Popular Photography March 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
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IN THIS ISSUE

2 min.
the power of the print

Most of the photography I look at every day comes at me from a screen—usually a big monitor at the office, but also from a glossy little tablet, the matte screen of my aging laptop, and, yeah, my smartphone. Photographers send me links to portfolios; I sort through our monthly contest entries and consider picture selections for our magazines; and, increasingly, I get my news only online. Of course, I still love to look at photos printed on postcards and in books and magazines. But the photos I spend the most time with are the ones on my walls, carefully made prints and unique photo-based works on paper, plus a handful of framed family pictures. The chance to luxuriate in the physical presence of a great print isn’t something most of…

1 min.
showcase

WINTER’S TALE Online editor Stan Horaczek shot this frozen scene in the Albany (NY) Pine Bush Preserve on a snowy afternoon using the Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC lens on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Falling flakes make autofocus tricky, so this smooth manual focus-only lens was right at home; its included lenshood protected the front element. He shot wide open at f/1.4 (at 1/2000 sec, ISO 100) to give the scene a dreamy feel and throw the tree in the foreground out of focus. See our full lab and field test of this full-frame normal lens on page 73.…

1 min.
res on a roll

WE WANT THIS EVIDENCE, PERHAPS, that the pixel wars may never end, Canon’s new EOS 5Ds and EOS 5DsR both use a full-frame 50.6MP sensor with a pixel pitch that matches that of the EOS 7D Mark II. A pair of Digic 6 processors crunch the output of this sensor, while a 61-point autofocus system and 150,000-pixel metering system aim to keep your shots in focus and properly exposed. The AF Microadjustment II makes it easier for you to fine-tune focusing: You take a nine-frame focus bracket and you select the sharpest shot and lock in the adjustment. Mirror lock-up now has a single-step process with a user-selectable delay of up to 2 seconds. Video capture tops out at 1080p60 and a new Timelapse Movie mode will automatically compile a movie from…

1 min.
editor aid

Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 $1,300 to $2,700, estimated street wacom.com EVER RESPONSIVE to user feedback, Wacom has updated its tablet computer, the Cintiq Companion, a unique touch- and pen-based editing platform. Available in five versions (depending on processor configurations), the new 13.3-inch Cintiq Companion 2 has a 2560x1440-pixel display, three USB 3.0 ports, SD and microSD card slots, six programmable ExpressKeys, and a mini-DisplayPort output. Best of all is that, even though it runs on Windows 8 for mobile retouching, you can plug it into any computer with an HDMI output (including a Mac) and use it to work on an image editor running on that machine.…

1 min.
sturdy shooter

Olympus OM-D e-M5 Mark ii $1,100, estimated street olympusamerica.com WITH WEATHER SEALING, bursts of 10 frames per second, a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second, and a 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder with a fast refresh rate, the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, like its predecessor, is made to tackle action. At the same time, its 40MP High Res Shot mode can make super-detailed images of stationary subjects (see Inside Tech at right). Olympus’s TruePic VII processor handles the number crunching. An updated fiveaxis stabilization system, powered by voice coil motors, claims a 5-stop advantage and can also be used to steady video capture. That’s one of the many features of this updated ILC that we’re looking forward to putting to the test as soon as we can.…

1 min.
news feed

>Sports Illustrated laid off all six of its staff photographers as part of a restructuring at itspublisher, Time Inc. >Samsung released firmware version 1.2 for the NX1, improving its interface and movie recording. It also adds the Trap Shot function to automatically trip the shutter when a moving subject crosses a designated part of the frame. >Cotton Carrier has updated its line of camera carrying products to better fit ILCs and will include all-weather protective covers with all of its Camera Vests. >LensRentals has lauched a Keeper program to let renters buy gear with their rental fee deducted from the price, which is based on the age of the equipmen. >A study published in the Journal of Creative Behavior that ranks the sexiness of various types of creativity says that “the taking of artistic…