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14 December 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 some hopeful images, the Sony FE 35mm f1.4 prime lens, the iPad Pro compared to Microsoft's alternatives and Instagram as serious play.

  • Alan Taylor presents Hopeful Images From 2015. "The following are images of volunteers at work, expressions of love and compassion, families and friends at play, and assistance being given to those in need," he writes.
  • Roger Cicala continues his 35mm theme with a Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA Lens Teardown. Sony lenses are different, Cicala warns, with electromagnets instead of helicoids to move focusing elements. Not to mention a lot of rubber gaskets.
  • Terry White reports on using his iPad Pro: One Month Later. No Apple Pencil yet, and only iOS apps (of course) but he can ditch his Wacom with the Astropad app. He also compares it to a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.
  • In Serious Play, Teju Cole suggests Instagram can let us inside an artist's head, showing us "how an obsession develops and not simply what it looks like once it is on the walls of a museum or between the pages of a book" when we follow our favorite photographers.

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