Back in the day

A wan­der through the AP archive. This week we pay a visit to May 1982

Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days -

Sadly the house elves re­spon­si­ble for bind­ing our ar­chives got a bit car­ried away with this is­sue, caus­ing our stu­dio pho­tog­ra­pher no end of headaches, but the bonkers cover still stands out. Who could fail to love the con­cept of a crazed-look­ing model wear­ing a fetch­ing Where’s Wally top? High­lights of the is­sue in­clude a guide to choos­ing an SLR – chances are, many AP read­ers will still be us­ing the best of th­ese 35-year- old film cam­eras. Con­sid­er­ing this was a long time be­fore dig­i­tal, some in­ter­est­ing in­no­va­tions are be­ing talked about, in­clud­ing so­lar-pow­ered pan­els to recharge the bat­ter­ies on the Ri­coh XR-S, and a wid­get for mak­ing mul­ti­ple ex­po­sures while keep­ing the film in place. We are less sold on the Heath Robin­son- es­que so­lu­tion for at­tach­ing mul­ti­ple flash­guns to an Olym­pus, how­ever. Gen­er­ally, the onus was still on the pho­tog­ra­pher to do a lot of the don­key work, so there was room for a lot of im­prove­ments – in­te­grated aut­o­fo­cus sys­tems on mass-mar­ket cam­eras is the most ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple.

There was a com­pre­hen­sive guide to choos­ing an SLR

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