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29 June 2015

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 lens variance, the Berleback 112, DX-format lenses, the free Obscura camera app, Sarah Charlesworth, Lady Eastlake and Adobe's summer break.

  • Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz tackle the unmentionable problem of Measuring Lens Variance with summer intern Brandon Dube's Matlab scripts. "Manufacturers don't want to acknowledge some of their lenses aren't quite as good as others. Reviewers don't want to acknowledge that the copy they reviewed may be a little better or a little worse than most copies. Retailers don't want people exchanging one copy after another trying to find the Holy Grail copy of a given lens. And honestly, most photographers and videographers don't want to be bothered." But, you know, it's a fact of life.
  • Kirk Tuck says his Berleback 112 "with the little wooden tilting head at the top that finally made me realize the value of this support system." Helpful advice in the comments, too.
  • Thom Hogan names names in his Recommended Lenses for DX Users.
  • Obscura is a free iOS camera app from Ben Rice McCarthy that features quick Focus lock, quick Exposure lock, manual ISO control, manual Shutter Speed controls, manual Flash controls, three Grid overlays (Rule of Thirds, Square and Circle), nine Filters (with six more available via In-App-Purchase) and controls reachable with one thumb.
  • In Recalling Sarah Charlesworth's Photographs, Deborah Solomon interviews Laurie Simmons and Cindy Sherman about the photographer who passed away two years ago. The New Museum in New York has just opened a show of Charlesworth work which runs through Sept. 20.
  • In The Photography Critic, Mike Johnston calls Lady Eastlake's Photography, a nearly 12,000-word critique of the new art published in 1857, "required reading for every student of the medium."
  • All Adobe North America offices have closed for the company's annual summer break. The offices will reopen Monday, July 6.

More to come...

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