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26 October 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 an interview with two Nikkor lens designers, the Leica SL, Sony's acquisition of Toshiba's sensor business and an evening with Alison Rossiter.

  • Nikkor lens designers Haruo Sato and Koichi Ohshita are interviewed in Future Vision: Lens Design Concepts.
  • In My Thoughts on the Leica SL, Kirk Tuck, who knows his way around Leicas, sums up the new camera: "In a nutshell the body offers four things: Tight integration with new and older Leica R series lenses. An absolutely state of the art EVF (shot over the bows of Nikon and Canon -- for sure!). A sensor and software combination that is certain to be tweaked for Leica color and tonality (color purity and depth instead of the passing obsession with high ISO noise -- if the MF camera is an example of their POV). A totally different way of looking at high end work tools; EVF and mirrorless vs. flipping mirror and optical finder (with all of the EVFs efficient shooting features) and, finally, great 4K video in the body."
  • In The Sensor Game Tightens, Thom Hogan reflects on Sony's bid to buy Toshiba's sensor business. Toshiba sensors are used in some Nikon and Fujifilm cameras. "Nikon and Sony may have a behind-the-shoji competition agreement where they're trying to unseat Canon," Hogan suggests.
  • On Thursday, Pier 24 will host a free Lecture with Alison Rossiter at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Since 2007, Rossiter has processed sheets of expired gelatin silver paper in photographic chemicals in the darkroom. Which solves the what's-the-best-camera-to-buy problem.

More to come...

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