Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Sep 30 1983, Page 15

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 30, 1983, Tokyo, JapanFriday september 30, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes audio video 15 the Speed graphic learning the basics. No Auto focus or anything else by Sandy Colton associated press i remember occasionally using the family Box Brownie As a kid. The first camera i could Call my own was an Argus c3, an Early 35mm fixed Lens camera. But i did t really begin to learn about photography until i bought a Speed graphic a Large 4x5 camera then used by most newspaper photographers. We did t Nave automatic exposure or Auto pc us or Auto anything else Way Back then. You had to learn the shutter Speed and of Stop combinations know How to judge the right exposure know what depth of Field was and How to use it and develop an Eye trigger Finger and sense of timing for that right moment. There were no motor drives. You had one shot after which you had to either insert a dark slide and flip the film Holder Over or if you were using a film pack pull out a Tab before you could take another. It did have a Rangefinder but that was easily knocked out of alignment so judged the distance and used a linear scale to focus or if you had the time focused on the ground before inserting the film. It was the Speed graphic that most of us carried during the korean War although Many of the Magazine photographers were switching to 35mm cameras like the Leica Nikon and Canon. Some used the 120 Rolle flex. Toward the end of the War i switched to a roller too. It was years later when i finally got into 35mm cameras seriously with the Nikon s versions. With All the automation available in today s cameras it s much easier to take properly exposed pictures. It s a shame though that so Many of today s photographers do not under stand some of the simple basics we had to learn to survive in those old Days. Too Many of today s photographers rely on the motor drive. When you had Only one shot you had to time your shot to get the Peak of action. With the motor drive too Many just hold Down the it Mutton thinking that it will be there some place. Too Many of today s photographers rely on their Auto exposure system to get the shot forgetting that there Are times when it won t work a Baclit shot for example or a situation where you re shooting a Small White object in front of a White Back ground. Too few of today s photographers Are Able to judge distances or know How to use creatively the depth of Field scale on the camera to either maximize the depth of Field to get a subject and background into focus or to minimize it to purposely throw the background or foreground out of focus. In a Way i miss the old Days but i certainly do appreciate the new tools available today. A word of advice though from this old dog. Even though All that automation is great try to learn some of those old fashioned basics if you really want to be a Good photographer. New loudspeakers Small is powerful recent hard times for Loudspeaker makers Are in part responsible for the rash of new Low priced High performance speaker systems. There s always been a wide Range of speaker prices but Little Choice among the Industry s top names in the under-$100 category. No longer. Within the last six months jul Infinity Epi and acoustic research have introduced budget speakers that deliver plenty of bang for the Buck. Each of the new models is similar in size and design to one of the Best under-$100 speakers currently on the Market the a40 from Boston acoustics. Nearly three years ago the company set out to build a Loudspeaker that would match the performance of some of the Best so called mini speakers but Cost substantially less than the $130 or More that most mini speakers Cost. The result was the a40, a foot High two Way speaker system with a 6.5-Inch Woofer and a tiny Price tag of $75. Yet its smooth frequency response and surprisingly full Bass belie its modest proportions and Price. After the Success of the a40, a variety of factors combined to make the under-$100 category attractive to other manufacturers. The recession for one put a crimp in sales of Large expensive loudspeakers. Speaker executives also noticed a growing trend for things Small whether cars houses or i i gear. Finally speaker designers discovered that by cutting cosmetic frills adopting new highly automated Assembly techniques and using new speaker Cone materials they could build a responsive speaker and still make Money. So you can now find some of the Industry s top names gracing the Grille covers on a Host of under-$100 models. Speakers include the Infinity rs-10 $79the jul j-2169 $99the arb $90 from acoustic research and the t/e70 $95 from Epi. Each is anywhere from one to one and a half feet tall 8 to 10 inches wide and 6 to 9 inches deep. All Are two Way designs with 6 or ghz Inch woofers that can deliver sufficient Bass for most music at reasonable volume Levels. Granted they can t deliver the lowest octaves and if driven hard when playing Bass heavy program material they la distort but under Normal use they la deliver performance you thought was Only possible with much larger boxes. The a40 from Boston acoustics. La. Times automatic dc-7 portable stereos that play records Are in limited Supply. One of the Best equipped is Jevc s dc-7 $449.95with a slide out linear tracking turntable a cassette deck and an am pm stereo tuner. All of the fully automatic turntable s functions including the raising and lowering of the tone Arm Are controlled by front panel mounted buttons. The turntable even automatically detects the size of the record you be placed on the Platter. The cassette deck features Jevc s own automatic noise reduction system compatible with dolby b. The tuner is a four band affair am pm my sound the amplifier is rated at 10 Watts per Channel. A pair of two Way Bass reflex speakers Are included and Power can come from any of four sources a d batteries rechargeable Battery pack or car Battery

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