SLR Camera Magazine

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    I have a three year set of the "SLR Camera" Magazine (1967-70), plus their SLR Yearbook 1971. Does anyone know how long this publication lasted, and who were the captive readerships ?. Anyway with the Annuals I have, there is a delightful sense of everything was possible with the new mass market. The adverts are priceless, and the best possible history source. I looked at E bay, and it appears the magazine extended into the end of the 1970's, by which time the magazine competition must have been intense. My wish is to get the years 1972-1975. Theres the Canon EF, and Nikkormat FT2 to marvel at !

    Any news update and remembrances of this particular publication ?
     
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    I don't know anything about the magazine, but I love to look through it. I bet there is a lot of history in those pages.

    Jeff
     
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    Sounds like the UK publication from the dates. It ran on into the late 70's at least, then got rolled into another publication when the photography magazine market contracted around 1980 of so. It was an SLR specialist magazine, mostly 35mm with some rollfilm equipment. It had a good technical bias as I remember. That might have been what killed it :cool:
     
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    Interesting point you make about the photography market contracting. Do you know what caused this to happen ?
     
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    What I remember of it, it was a great little mag. I should have the odd copy laying around somewhere.

    The '70's to late '80's had a large number of photography mags. and I feel just too many for the market to sustain them all. One of my favourites from that era was 'Camera User' which latter became just 'Camera'.
     
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    I have now got a few 1975 magazines. I find the adverts are for the cameras the same as for the early 70's, Canon EF, Minolta SRT101, Yashica Electro X etc. It would seem the market was quiet, before the 1976 revolution, Canon AE1, Pentax ME etc
     
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    Have to agree Trevor, when I first bought Camera User it was awful. Then suddenly the last few months it was very good, but when it emerged from it's chrysalis as Camera it was exceedingly good, and consistently so. Another good magazine was Photo Technique which eventually merged with Camera.

    The quality of the articles was very high, as well as the photography shown, test reports pulled no punches and were accurate, particularly the lens reports.

    I looked at SLR magazine but was never impressed.

    Ian
     
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    Photography was definitely 'in' during the mid-70's. Lots of magazines, lots of Arts Council funding. Creative Camera was interesting then - one of the few publications in my collection to have stayed with me when I moved to California.

    I think the general interest magazines were hit by the microprocessor arrival. Personal computers really took off in the early 80s, and that probably attracted a lot of people who had a gadget fascination. Now the serious programming (leaving out Usenix' ;login, ACCU's Overload, and other non-newstand publications) and computer hobbyist magazines are giving way to gaming.

    Fashion, I think.
     
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    various SLR magazines between 1973 and 1976 available

    Hello,
    Ive just dug out some old SLR camera magazines of my dads. They are dated between 1973 and 1976 and there are 35 of them. I just wondered if you would be interested in purchasing them as I found this thread when googling the title of the magazine? :smile:
    Kind Regards, Emma.
     
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    I understood something had happened when I discovered that Modern Photography had merged with Popular Photography, something that was unthinkable in the early 1970's

    I had shelves full of those magazines, for a long spell 35mm Camera (USA) was my favorite with a lot od daring pictures from US subcultures.....

    Now about 5 house moves later those magazines are gone!
     
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    SLR Camera Magazine was published by Haymarket Publishing in the UK from 1968 to 1980 when it was replaced by What Camera Weekly.

    I have pretty much every edition of this magazine, as I inherited them from my father who was the editor from 1973-1980.

    Looking at it now, the magazine makes for very heavy reading as it is clearly not aimed at the novice - the articles seem hugely complex and technical. I guess it's a sign of the times, as everything seems 'dumbed down' these days.

    If you want any further info regarding the mag, please respond to this or drop me an email.
     
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    An old thread but I believe SLR Camera ran the only comparative test of enlarger lenses I've seen. If anyone can send me a copy I dearly like to have it
     
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    I remember a very good article on enlarger lenses with tests, almost certainly in "Camera", I didn't read/buy SLR Camera Magazine. One problem back then were many tests weren't accurate and written so as to not offend advertisers. I read a report on Hoya lenses a which gave a glowing test results to their new 28mm f2.8 WA lens and bought one, what they'd not mentioned was the lens flare which dogged the whole range, while Multi Coated they's skipped coating all elements. It wasn't long before Hoys ceased making lenses under their own name, Their revamped and redesigned range went under their Tokina brand name.

    After that the only tests in UK magazines I trusted were in Camera, or the BJP.

    Ian
     
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    As it happens l found the article in question in SLR camera Dec 1980 on eBay and have ordered it (if anyone wants copy - when it arrives). I agree some tests were a bit dodgy though the main problem was inconsistent technique. My own benchmark was the US's modern photography' tests though even these showed occasional variations. Their solution for the poor lenses/advertising quandry was not to publish bad reviews which is why the early 1.4 Planar never made it (poor corner resolution) as they explained when publishing the test for the Contax SLR version.
     
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    The original post mentioned the SLR Yearbook. I have only two: 1970 and 1971. I'm not sure where I got them, but I'm curious how many there were.

    The contents seem to be a collection of Modern Photography camera reviews for each contemporary camera, in alphabetical order.
     
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    Camea's last editions got great thanks to a new editor...he was actually into photography as a visual medium, barely into gizmos and technique. Vastly better photographers.
     
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