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Popular Photography March 2016

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

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editor’s letter

Inside a Fujifilm Factory Covered head-to-toe in lint-free fabric, from the double-layered hood to the surgical mask to the padded booties, how could I resist taking a selfie? Along with about two dozen other visitors, I was about to enter the “clean room” at Fujifilm Optics Co., Ltd.’s Taiwa Factory north of Sendai, Japan. We’d be able to photograph (with some restrictions) and take notes on special dust-free paper—after passing through a chamber lined with air nozzles to blow off any motes that might cling to our gear. No wonder my hosts took such precautions. Inside we would observe two production lines as workers in outfits identical to ours assembled, inspected, and fine-tuned hundreds of new Fujinon XF100–400mm f/4.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR and XF35mm f/2 R WR lenses. If you hate getting…

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showcase

Walk On Water Scientific and fineart photography usually reside at opposite ends of the aesthetic spectrum, but not in the hands of Daniel M. Harris. This 27-year-old Ph. D. research scientist at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) produced this image with the help of his MIT thesis advisor John W.M. Bush and a DSLR. “It’s part of an ongoing investigation into the behavior of fluid droplets as they bounce across the surface of vibrating fluids,” explains the doctor of applied mathematics. The hard part? “Droplets sort of walk across the liquid’s surface and it’s hard to keep them sharp and correctly aligned to the background pattern,” he answers. TECH INFO: Canon EOS Rebel T1i and EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens and Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX flash; exposure, 1/4000…

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cool tools

Wide-Angle Action 360 FLY With its single 240-degree vertical and 360-degree horizontal ultra-fisheye eight-element lens, this action cam won’t capture a full spherical view, but it will make 1504x1504 square videos that can be shared through iOS and Android apps thanks to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also stores 32GB internally. $400, street; 360fly.com DX Dynamo NIKON D500 The new flagship body in Nikon’s APS-C-sensor DX line, it has a 20.9MP CMOS chip and boasts an ISO range expandable up to 1,640,000 as well as 4K video recording. With the ability to lock onto subjects with 153 autofocus points and to shoot up to 10 fps, this tough DSLR can put out if you shell out. $1,997, street; nikonusa.com Lighter Lugging MINDSHIFT GEAR ULTRALIGHT BAGS Ready to go the distance for the right photo? You’ll love these…

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big guns

JUST AS Nikon showed off its new D5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in January’s CES 2016, Canon was preparing to announce its newest pro-level DSLR, the EOS-1Dx Mark II. Both have full-frame CMOS sensors: the Nikon’s is 20.8MP while the Canon’s is 20.2MP. As is ty pical for cameras in this class, both are built like tanks, with extensive weather resistance and rugged bodies. Targeting difficult shooting conditions, both cameras include revamped autofocus systems. Nikon’s includes 153 points, 99 of which are cross-type and 15 of which support a maximum (or equivalent maximum) aperture of f/8. However, you can select only from 55 points (35 cross-type, 9 supporting f/8) if you want to choose your AF point. It’s rated to focus down to the extremely dim level of EV…

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cool picks

ONLY RECENTLY have tiny but powerful LED lights started to live up to their full potential for both still and video photographers. New panels power up quicker, weigh less, and use electricity more efficiently than their incandescent equivalents. Here are some with unique qualities. 1 Rosco LitePad Axiom 90 Daylight 6x6 $237 This small panel, calibrated to a 5800 Kelvin (daylight) color temperature, has a quick-release mounting system and integrated gel slot. You can vary the output with an accessory dimmer ($105, street). HOT: Its bounced-light design protects your subject’s eyes. NOT: Comes in two fixed color-temp models, not ideal for videographers who need versatility. rosco.com 2 Flolight BladeLight 18-inch $399 Though long and thin, the BladeLight is highly versatile. A unique lensing system lets you focus light in four beam angles, from 20…

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head games

AFTER GRADUATING from UC Berkeley with a degree in rhetoric and a photography class under his belt, Cody Bratt had a brief stint working at a camera store before heading to Google, where he has been employed for the past nine years. While his time in the camera business was short, it gave him a window into the photography world—and a desire to keep shooting. He experimented with night photography and explored the scene on long road trips, but by 2011 Bratt yearned to go beyond simple, straightforward landscapes. Through a panda suit and some spontaneity, his series Animalia Obscura was born. Bratt chose to use only the head of the panda suit and started packing it on trips in case the opportunity for a photograph presented itself. Each image varies…

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