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8 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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). This time we look at the Zeiss 135mm lens, m4/3 IR lenses, Sabi Sabi and the clandestine film Sous Le Manteau.

  • The Luminous Landscape asks if the Carl Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar is the world's finest lens.
  • Meanwhile Ctein is Looking at Lenses in the Infra-Red on his IR-converted Olympus Pen. "Unless a lens has been specifically designed to work well in the infrared, there's no way to tell how will perform based upon its visible-light performance," he warns.
  • No vacation again this year? Do what we do. Live vicariously with Joe McNally. At the moment, he's at Sabi Sabi. "What an amazing world this is to carry a camera around in," he sighs.
  • The BBC's Christian Fraser reports on Sous Le Manteau, a 30-minute documentary, shot in secret by the prisoners of Oflag 17a themselves. "Risking death, they recorded it on a secret camera built from parts that were smuggled into the camp in sausages."

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