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25 August 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 the Canon 100-400 IS II, the Olloclip Active Lens & Ollocase, the Leica S (Typ 007) and Gus Mueller.

  • Roger Cicala continues his series with the Canon 100-400 IS II MTF and Variation Tests. "My expectations were pretty high for this lens, but the test results easily exceeded them. I don't shoot with this kind of zoom, but I sure do appreciate good optics and good engineering."
  • Rob Dunsford reviews the Olloclip Active Lens & Ollocase For iPhone, which includes an ultra-wide lens and a 2x telephoto lens that mate to a clever case. Seems like accessory lenses make more sense when they mount to a case than the phone itself (which requires removing any case).
  • In Leica S(007) First Impressions Review, Michael Reichmann kicks the tires on the new Leica S, featuring the company's first medium-format CMOS sensor. "When it comes to build quality, the Leica S is a dream. It feels as if it was carved from a solid block of Unobtainium," he writes. "But in the fast-paced product cycle that the camera industry now finds itself in, the intervening 11 months between introduction and shipping has seen Leica's latest offering become eclipsed in some areas."
  • In A Salute To Solo Programmers, Jean-Louis Gassée salutes solo programmers building their magnus opus on barebones systems like Gus Mueller, developer of the Mac OS Acorn image editing software. "On my iMac, Acorn 5 is a mere 24.6 Mbytes. Compare this, fairly or not, to apps that weigh in at 1.5 Gbytes or more (Microsoft Word, Excel...) or Pages at 478 Mbytes."

More to come...

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