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 / Photography
Popular Photography

Popular Photography November 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.
london’s eye

Just after Labor Day, I received a letter from a reader. Using the subject line “My dream camera,” Carl London of Battle Creek, Michigan, outlined his idea of a perfect tool for photographers. This retired mechanical engineer included not just a rationale for his design but detailed specs and even beautifully rendered drawings at actual size. His ideas for what he calls “a more pure camera” (essentially a retro-style interchangeable-lens compact with a larger-than-full-frame sensor) intrigued me so much that I decided to share it with you. After all, he did write, “If you like what you see, please feel free to promote it.” London calls Victor Hasselblad’s 500c his “guiding inspiration,” though he modeled his own camera’s looks and small size on the Leica M3 he bought 50 years ago.…

1 min.
it’s really here

WHEN THE Canon EOS 7D was introduced five years ago, its prolevel features and relatively highpixel-count APS-C sensor made it a hit. The new EOS 7D Mark II should satisfy fans who have been clamoring for an update. The successor sports a new 20.2MP APS-C-size CMOS sensor, 65-point autofocus system (all cross-type sensors, with dual cross-type sensors in the middle, sensitive to f/8), full HD 60p video, 10-fps bursts, and a top ISO of 51,200. Behind these scenes you’ll find dual Digic 6 processors, a 150,000-pixel RGB and IR metering system, updated AF algorithms similar to those of the Canon EOS 1D X and 5D Mark III, and Dual Pixel AF. The body is weather sealed, GPS enabled, and equipped with an SD and a CF card slot. We can’t wait…

2 min.
swap glass

SMARTPHONE CAMERAS are great, but while they shine in terms of connectivity, they don’t quite cut it in terms of sensor size, zoom, or resolution. Sony tackled these issues in 2013 with its QX series of compact, wireless, lens/sensor units that can attach to a smartphone and use its screen as an LCD. Now, the new ILCE-QX1 takes the concept further with interchangeable lenses. Inside the QX1 is a 20.1MP APSC-size sensor; mount any Sony E-mount lens (not included) to the front and you’re ready to shoot. The unit has an integrated pop-up flash and can capture RAW files. Although it’s a bit bulky and awkward at first to use, we’re glad to see Sony standing behind this concept and pushing it forward. Sony ILCE-QX1 $400, street, without lens store.sony.com SUPER COMPACT The latest Lumix ultrazoom…

2 min.
a pen for all

THINK OF the Olympus Pen E-PL7 as the kid brother to the OM-D, offering many of the same topnotch features at a lower price. It shares the OM-D’s 16MP CMOS Four Thirds sensor as well as its 3-axis VCM Image Stabilization. Other advancements come in the form of an 81-point AF system, an 8-fps burst rate (3.5 fps with continuous AF tracking), built-in Wi-Fi, a 3-inch, 1.04-million dot LCD (which can flip all the way down to face front) and, of course, a selfie mode. Though not an earthshaking update, it offers serious advances over the E-PL6. Olympus Pen E-PL7 $600, street, body only getolympus.com FAST & WIDE Nikon adds a shiny new prime WE’VE COME to look forward to what seems like an annual announcement of a new f/1.8 maximum aperture G-series FX prime lens from…

2 min.
back it up

HOW DO YOU make a portable hard drive exciting? By adding an SD card slot, a built-in battery, wireless functionality, a dedicated app, and FTP connectivity. Available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, the Western Digital My Passport Wireless is meant for mobility. Built-in FTP means that, with the proper adapter for your camera, the drive can upload images on the fly. And a dedicated smartphone app makes connecting and sharing stored photos simple. Just in case the battery does die (or your Wi-Fi connection vanishes), a USB 3.0 port is also included. Western Digital My Passport Wireless From $130, street wdc.com ACTION CAM Ricoh’s WG-M1 is everything-proof WATERPROOF CASES for action cams are so 2013. Ricoh’s new WG-M1 is waterproof down to 32 feet, shock-proof, and even freeze-proof—no case needed. And unlike most of its competitors,…

3 min.
faux film

Long live “film.” This image was processed using VSCO Film O5’s Kodak UltraMax 400 preset. EVEN AS POPULAR emulsions get discontinued, film simulation presets and plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and other programs proliferate. And despite having mostly gone digital, it seems that photographers still love an analog look. Nostalgic for a favorite stock? It likely lives on in one of these supplemental apps. Alien Skin Exposure 6 $150 This plug-in or standalone offers customizeable classic and antique film presets, including multiple generations of stocks such as Kodachrome. Cool tool: Creative Focus Control, which mimics the bokeh of popular lenses. Nik Analog Efex Pro V2 $150 Google’s Nik Collection stand-alone and plug-in suite includes this filter set, which simulates both alternative processes and classic film stocks. Makes double exposures, diptychs, and…