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Popular Photography November 2016

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greetings from cologne

Sometime between the end of my first meeting of the morning and the beginning of my second, the doors to Hall 2.2 of the Koelnmesse opened and a world of photographers, journalists, camera nuts, and photo industry folks poured in. The biennial Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, had officially begun. Photokina has always been a big deal in this business, although this year—with the industry still reeling from the twin blows of a continuing downturn in camera sales and the earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan—it seemed a little more subdued than Photokinas past. I was nonetheless thrilled to be there, along with colleagues Stan Horaczek, Jeanette D. Moses, and Philip Ryan. If you follow camera news online, you already know about all of the new gear we saw at the show. But…

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turning back

There are certain monuments around the world that are ingrained in our collective psyche from countless postcards, posters, and paintings. Photographer Oliver Curtis is inspired not by these wellknown locales but rather by what sits in their shadows. His Volte-face series turns the lens on the aspects of famous sites that are rarely seen, so a visit to the Taj Mahal was inevitable. “The Taj Mahal was an interesting volte-face,” says Curtis. “Many of the images that exist feature this marble bench as it was where Princess Diana was pictured sitting alone and forlorn, the image is so iconic [the bench] has somehow become immutably connected to the monument.” Curious to explore the bench isolated from its famous surroundings, he captured it on a foggy day. Ignored by the tourists…

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gear to go

Eye in the Sky YUNEEC BREEZE This compact quadcopter is small enough to use indoors, and its built-in camera captures 4K video and 13MP stills. Pilot it using an iOS or Android smart device and set it to Orbit for 360-loops around an object, Journey to follow a set course Follow Me to use GPS to track a moving subject, or Selfie for... you guessed it. $499, street; yuneec.com Stay Connected NIKON D3400 With its updated budget DSLR, Nikon adds wireless. Lack of Wi-Fi was one of our gripes about its predecessor, the D3300, but the D3400 goes one better with Nikon’s SnapBridge, which uses Bluetooth. Battery life gets a boost and the body is smaller, too, but it’s otherwise similar to the D3300, with a 24.2MP APS-C-format CMOS sensor, 11-point autofocus system, ISO range…

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electric view

Finally, an eye-level viewfinder built in UNTIL NOW, none of Canon’s EOS M series of mirrorless interchangeablelens compact cameras had a built-in viewfinder. Instead, you had to frame through the LCD screen or add the EVF-DC1 ($190, street) if your camera would let you (the EOS M10 doesn’t). The new EOS M5 changes that. With a DSLR-style design, the M5 has a 2,360,000-dot EVF perched above the lens mount. The M5 uses a 24.2MP APS-Csized CMOS sensor to capture light and convert it into image data that it feeds to Canon's DIGIC 7 processor. The camera's RAW images have 14-bit color depth. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 25,600. The fastest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec and the flash sync speed is 1/200 sec. The small pop-up flash has a rather modest…

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sweet glass

THE WHOLE POINT of interchangeable-lens cameras, whether DSLRs or mirrorless ILCs, is to change the lens. Here are some of the newest optical options for systems from Micro Four Thirds up to full-frame (35mm) DSLRs 1 Nikon 70–300mm f/4.5–6.3G AF-P DX ED VR $400 One of the kit lenses for the D3400 (page 16), this inexpensive and versatile zoom for APS-C-format Nikons has a new “pulse” motor for autofocus, which uses stepping motors for quiet and smooth AF, especially useful in shooting video. Want to save 50 bucks? A version without the Vibration Reduction optical image stabilization system goes for $350. 2 Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 R WR $449 Fujifilm X-series shooters have another option for a weather-resistant prime. This fast APS-Cformat lens offers the equivalent angle of view of a 35mm…

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nautical nights

GROWING UP watching old movies filled with handsome sailors back from sea, photographer Kathryn Mussallem, now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, became enchanted with their matching outfits and nomadic lifestyles. Nearly 20 years ago on a trip to San Francisco with her mother, Mussallem was riding a bus when a sailor sat next to her. “I just lost it,” remembers the photographer. “When I saw him in his uniform, I turned to him and said, ‘Hey sailor, new in town?’” Mussallem’s movie-ready greeting is now the title of her ongoing series cataloguing the rowdy after-hours lives of sailors when they visit land. Kathryn Mussallem This Vancouver-based photographer captures more than just sailors. See her other projectsthealmightyqueen.com. Years after that San Francisco encounter, in 2009 during a serendipitously timed visit to New York City, Mussallem…