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Mar 17, 2017 11:00 |  #1

Sad to see, but Popular Photography magazine will slip silently into the night this month after an 80-year run.

In my younger days, Popular Photography and its frenemy Modern Photography were like pieces of photo gear to me. I also liked Camera 35, which was more oriented towards PJ interests.

Two things that Modern and Pop did that were unique--and hardly done anymore--is that their camera and lens equipment tests included "strip downs" by experienced camera techs, who would comment on design and material choice. Modern would run head-to-head strip-down comparisons of lenses, such as how Contax, Leitz, Canon, and Nikkor lenses compared in internal design and material choice. The only place I see anything like that today is at lensrentals.com, but they don't do many of those.

And also the ads: My first introduction to Adorama, B&H, et cetera, ordered by phone.

They were hokey magazines in a lot of ways, and yes, eclipsed by online content, but sad to see now all gone.




  
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Mar 19, 2017 14:36 |  #2

I used to be a magazine "junkie" and would hoard countless issues prior to the internet. Sad to hear of PP's demise but the magazine just failed to hold my interest the past few years. I still enjoy a few of the mags from the UK such as Practical Photographer and Digital Photo (the UK issue).
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Mar 20, 2017 14:48 |  #3

RDKirk wrote in post #18303364 (external link)
And also the ads: My first introduction to Adorama, B&H, et cetera, ordered by phone.

...and Spiratone! (Lots of cheap junk, which was usually all I could afford.)

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Mar 20, 2017 16:44 |  #4

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...and Spiratone! (Lots of cheap junk, which was usually all I could afford.)

-js

I forgot about them!

Hey, I bought a 400mm f/8 totally manual long focal length lens from them. It was not a telephoto, it was actually 400mm long. I also bought three of those Spiratone "system" flash units. Loved their ads.




  
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May 06, 2017 19:25 |  #5

I guess I'm a little late to the party, but I just found out about this. Today, I received a copy of Popular Science in the mail with a short note the PP was now gone. I used to read PS when I was a kid, but no interest now., and certainly not related to Photography? I will miss PP.

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Jun 24, 2017 19:23 |  #6

For the last few years I had a subscription to Popular Photography.
I still have a box full of them. Guess I'll save them just for fun.


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Aug 09, 2017 00:45 |  #7

RDKirk wrote in post #18303364 (external link)
Sad to see, but Popular Photography magazine will slip silently into the night this month after an 80-year run.

Is there a similar to take its place?


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Aug 09, 2017 09:48 |  #8

icor1031 wrote in post #18422829 (external link)
Is there a similar to take its place?

Sure, there are a number of magazines on the shelves..




  
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