120 Infrared Film
And Modified Meter
Infrared photography can produce unusual, interesting images of many
subjects such as individuals and scenes, but just locating film and
trying to make accurate meter readings have been annoying problems that
may have kept many from trying this specialized technique. I recently
found a new source for Kodak's high-speed IR black and white film
in 120/220 format and their high-speed color IR transparency film, also
in 120/220 format. Both films are actually Kodak's Aerographic
70mm double perforated films cut down and spooled on 120 reels. In addition,
this source offers a specially modified Minolta Auto Meter VF that gives
accurate IR light readings so bracketing is seldom needed. Just log
onto www.davidromano.com and you can learn more about the IR films and
meter. In addition, there are many helpful tips on taking various subjects
on IR film, instructions on making your own IR meter, and a gallery
of David Romano's IR photography.
Affordable 120 SLR
The Kiev USA CBS is a modular, all-mechanical SLR with a bayonet mount
that accepts both Kiev brand lenses plus Zeiss lenses designed for the
Pentacon 6 and Exakta 66. It features mirror lockup, folding film advance
crank, darkslide storage slot, multiple-exposure capability, and depth
of field preview capability. The German cloth focal plane offers shutter
speeds from 1/2 to 1/1000 sec, plus B. The camera has an interchangeable
snap-on 120 rollfilm back plus interchangeable viewfinder capabilities.
The MSRP is $725 with lens and waist-level finder. A full line of Kiev
Russian lenses, ranging from a 30mm f/3.5 full-frame fisheye to a 500mm
f/5.6 mirror, are also offered. Contact: Kiev USA, 248 Mill St., Greenwich,
CT 06830; (203) 531-0900; fax: (203) 531-6229; www.kievusa.com.
When used with some ultra-wide angle lenses, some filters tend to vignette
the corners of the image because of the thickness of the filter itself.
HOYA has used new, patented optical glass technology to create filters
that are thinner than normal optical glass. The HOYA Super-HMC Pro 1 low-profile
frame is slim for a polarizer at 5mm, about the same size as a standard
HOYA filter frame. This polarizer has six-layer HOYA multi-coating to
reduce the possibility of lens flare or ghosting. It has normal front
filter threads so normal clip-on lens caps can be attached while the filter
is still on the lens. The polarizer is available now in standard thread
sizes from 48-82mm. Contact: THK Photo Products, Inc., 2360 Mira Mar Ave.,
Long Beach, CA 90815; (562) 494-9575; fax: (562) 494-3375; www.thkphoto.com.
Capable Morris Midi Slave Flash
The simplest solution to overcoming the typical flat lighting produced
by a camera's built-in flash is to place a small, slave-powered
flash on either side of the camera or directed onto the background behind
the subject. With conventional compact or SLR film cameras this type of
slave works fine, but with digital cameras, which have a pre-flash that
fires before the picture-making flash, the slave fires too soon, or not
at all. The Morris Midi Slave now has an added feature that corrects the
problem. It has two modes, "N" for normal flash and "P"
for pre-flash for use with digital cameras. If necessary, the total amount
of flash emitted by the Morris can be reduced by a high-low switch on
the back of the unit, or it can be spread out by placing a translucent
wide adapter over the flash head. At an MSRP of $89, this is a moderate
priced accessory that will easily improve most flash pictures. Contact:
The Morris Company, 1205 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607; (312)
421-5739; fax: (312) 421-5079; www.themorriscompany.com.
180mm Macro For 1:1
Images & 17-35mm Zoom For Film And Digital SLRs
Now you don't have to have your macro lens nearly touching the subject
when taking 1:1 life-size images of small subjects. Tamron's new
SP AF180mm f/3.5 LD [IF] Macro 1:1 is a mid-range telephoto lens that
permits a longer working distance between the lens and subject--9.4"
from the front of the lens barrel. In addition, to suit the requirements
of dual-format users (e.g., film and digital) the optics are said to be
designed to provide optimum performance with digital SLR cameras. The
IF (Internal Focus) system enables constant lens length for steadier use
in tight situations. The Canon and Nikon versions feature a one-touch
adjustment for sliding between auto and manual focus modes by simply sliding
the focus ring forward or backward. It has a quick-release tripod mount,
which also provides an improved grip for handheld shooting. It has a burnished
black finish, measures 6.5x3.3", weighs 34.4 oz, and is offered
in Canon, Minolta, and Nikon AF mounts at an MSRP of $1178.
Also, Tamron has several new Di (Digitally integrated) technology lenses
suitable for use with both film and digital SLR cameras. The ultra-wide
SP AF17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di also carries a SP (Super Performance) designation.
It has the capability of focusing to just 12" throughout the zoom
range for dramatic close-ups that can be offset against depth of field
sharpened backgrounds. The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture at the shortest
focal length is advantageous for existing light applications. It comes
with a large "flower-shaped" lens hood to effectively cutoff
potentially harmful sidelight from reaching the lens front. It measures
3.4x3.3", weighs 15.5 oz, and has a MSRP of $818. It's offered
in Canon, Minolta, Nikon, and Pentax AF mounts. Contact: Tamron USA Inc.,
10 Austin Blvd., Commack, NY 11725; (800) 827-8880; fax: (631) 543-3963;
Tenba Backpack Means
The ProDigital Photographers Business Companion Model DB-15CL is a fashionable
backpack that has adequate room for business papers, plus a 15"
laptop, a large digital point-and-shoot, compact 35mm SLR, mini-DV plus
media cards (or film), batteries, PDA, cell phone, and lots of other sundries.
An expansion joint adds an extra 21/4" of depth, enough to hold
a compact digital projector for presentations. In addition to large capacity,
it provides protection with a shock dispersion wall to spread impact away
from the laptop screen. A removable padded camera pouch has a hook-and-loop
fastener and closure. There are media safe pockets in the front. Four
adjustable side straps keep it secure and stable no matter how loaded
it is and the leather-reinforced shoulder straps and carry handle are
designed for strength and style. Its dimensions are 13x15.5x7" (9.25"
deep expanded). It has a street price of $105. Contact: Tenba Professional
Division, Mamiya America Corporation, 8 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY
10523; (914) 347-3300; fax: (914) 347-3309; www.TenbaGear.com.
Versatile Cine Video
New from Sekonic is the L-558 CINE Dualmaster, a light-measuring tool
for cinematographers and videographers. It retains the essential elements
of previous top-model meters but puts them into a more user-friendly package
at a lower price. The sensitivity has been increased by two EVs and it's
weather-resistant. There is a parallax-free viewfinder for 1Þ spot
readings with illuminated digital display. Metering information such as
Foot-Lambert, cd/m2 values, EV, frames per second, apertures in tenths,
shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec, and exposure compensation are all clearly
displayed. A host of specialized cine functions include: shutter-angle
settings, preset filter factor numbers and compensation values, and analog
aperture scale in 1/3 EV steps. The meter can memorize and recall up to
nine readings in any mode, average them, and display them individually
on an analog scale. This meter is similar to the L-558 photographic model
with added special cine capabilities. It's Pocket Wizard ready so
with an optional plug-in module, it becomes a master control center to
trigger Pocket Wizard equipped cameras or electronic flash units remotely.
Measuring 3.5x6.7x1.9" and weighing 9.5 oz, it has an MSRP of $929.
Contact: Sekonic Professional Division, Mamiya America Corporation, 8
Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY 10523; (914) 347-3300; fax: (914) 347-3309;
Film/Digital Camera Pouches
Brand new from Lowepro are the Rezo-series of small camera pouches for
both digital and film point-and-shoot cameras. Six different models offer
a custom fit for various size cameras by using a stretch fabric designed
to hug the camera and provide protection without bulkiness. There is room
for essential accessories such as memory cards and batteries. A SlipLock
attachment tab permits attaching the pouch to the belt or any SlipLock
compatible Lowepro product. They are available for a very reasonable MSRP
price range of $10-$17. Contact: Lowepro, 3171 Guerneville Rd., Santa
Rosa, CA 95401; (707) 575-4363; fax: (707) 575-4389; www.lowepro.com.
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