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 / Photography
Popular Photography

Popular Photography November 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.

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coming soon?

Announced in late July and due out by the end of the year, this $30,000 camera holds a near-full-frame (20x36mm) CMOS sensor that shoots Full HD (1080p) video at up to ISO 4 million. It wasn’t until I saw a preproduction version of this camera at the Canon Expo 2015 in September that I fully appreciated the implications. Simply put, it not only shoots in the dark—it captures recognizable colors and a surprising amount of detail. A demo designed to mimic a hat shop blew me away: With the light dimmed well past the point at which I could even make out shapes, a monitor attached to the camera revealed the scene down to the logos on the baseball caps. Perfect? No. The footage looked mighty grainy, and the sensor’s lightgathering…

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BUBBLE TRICK On a rooftop in Brooklyn Heights, pro Sarah Anne Ward captured the bohemian romance as a New York afternoon faded to dusk. And she did it with the most unlikely of tools: two plastic bubble guns she’d bought in Chinatown for $5 each. As the bubbles emerged from their barrels, the guns illuminated each in a variety of colors. Since the guns were deployed close to the lens, the bubbles fell out of focus, suggesting lights from the darkening city. She shot with a tripod-mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 50mm f/2.5 Canon EF macro lens, with an exposure of 0.3 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100; this image is a composite of three shots. “When I lived in Brooklyn, I spent many nights working on the roof as the…

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new ideas

Airborne Optics DJI ZENMUSE X5 Quadcopter-maker DJI takes off into new territory with its own Micro Four Thirds camera. Compatible with lenses in that mount, it shoots 16MP stills and 4K video and it integrates into DJI’s drone chassis through the included gimbal. Control focus and position via the DJI GO app. $1,699, street, body only; dji.com Bright Idea KINO-FLO DIVA-LITE 415 UNIVERSAL A favorite among pro still and video shooters, this studio fluorescent delivers continuous lighting in either 3200 K tungsten or 5500 K for daylight. This updated model offers a dimmer that works on and off-unit via remote control. $1,280, street; kinoflo.com Heavy Hitter LEICA S (TYP 007) Building upon its predecessor, the Typ 006, Leica’s flagship medium-format DSLR ups the burst rate to 3.5 fps and extends the sensitivity range to ISO 200–6400. While the megapixel…

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nimble shooter

OLYMPUS’S OM-D line of interchangeable lens compacts continues to evolve with the new OM-D E-M10 Mark II. This $649 (street) update to the entry-level body keeps the Four Thirds 16.1MP Live MOS sensor and TruPic VII processor, but bursts tick up to 8.5 frames per second with fixed focus and metering, or 4 fps with tracking. Image stabilization steps up to Olympus’s five-axis version from three-axis, using voice coil motors to quickly move the image sensor based on data from nearby gyro sensors. This sensitivity is especially handy for macro photography, when horizontal and vertical balance is crucial and even the smallest shifts in position can have drastic results. Both macro and landscape fans will be excited about the new Focus Bracketing system, which takes 3 to 999 frames in quick succession…

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first raid

BETWEEN NEW high-pixel sensors and 4K video clips, image files aren’t getting any smaller. That makes a good hard-drive setup all the more crucial. These RAID arrays put multiple drives in a single device for maximum speed or security. (The ones we picked come in a variety of capacities, so the size you need may cost more or less than the price we’ve listed.) Look for full reviews on PopPhoto.com. 1 WD MyPassport Pro 2TB, $250 The Thunderbolt cable that transfers data and powers this portable drive is integrated directly into the housing, so there’s no chance of forgetting it when you toss the drive into your camera bag. HOT: No need for a power cable thanks to the built-in Thunderbolt. NOT: Big for a portable drive, it weighs 1.6 pounds. 2 LaCie…

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november calendar

1 Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts (Washington, D.C.) This survey show runs through March 27, 2016. 3 Lois Greenfield: Moving Still Chronicle Books presents the past 20 years of images from the master of dance photography. 6-15 FotoDC (Washington, D.C.) This annual citywide event packs photography exhibits, projections, lectures, parties, and more. 10 The National Parks: An American Legacy Pop Photo contributor Ian Shive takes you on a photo tour, published by Earth Aware Editions, of the glories of the national landscape. 14 Elliott Erwitt, PDNB Gallery (Dallas) This gallery show of classic photos in gelatin silver prints by one of our greatest (and wittiest) living photographers ends Nov. 14. 20 Miami Street Photography Festival 2015, HistoryMiami The main event is during Art Basel, Dec. 3–6, but HistoryMiami hosts MSPF’s contest finalists until Jan. 17.…