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15 January 2013

In this recurring column, we'll highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters).

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  • Who knew Lightroom had a revamped Help page with a juicy Catalog FAQ and a low-calorie Performance Hints page?
  • Lomography has kickstarted its Smartphone Film Scanner project. The device uses an iPhone or Android smartphone to photograph your 35mm film strips (mounted slides must be unmounted) and instantly share them on the Web. There's only a few $50 slots left that include the device as a thank you.
  • Adorama has announced its house-brand Flashpoint Ring Light Complete Kit 400 w/s. In addition to the halogen ring right, the kit ships with AC, cords, camera mounting hardware, sync cords and a carrying case for $395.
  • Operation Photo Rescue will be in New York City Feb. 2 and 3 to digitally copy up to 20 photos for anyone whose pictures were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Photos that can be repaired will be digitally captured on site and later restored, printed and mailed to owners at no cost. OPR is hosted by the School of Visual Arts Masters in Digital Photography program and supported by Chase, PhotoShelter, DigMyPics, Imagingetc and Ken Allen Studios.
  • Metabones has announced its Speed Booster lens adapter for mirrorless cameras that increases maximum aperture by a stop, increases sharpness and has a focal length multiplier of 0.71 times. The company has published a white paper on it and Lloyd Chambers has written extensively about it.

More to come....

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