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2 February 2016

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 Walter Astrada, David Bergman, the Lensbaby Reddit AMA transcript and graphene optical lenses.

  • David Gonzalez follows Walter Astrada on A Global Journey With a Camera and a Motorcycle. "If you think too much, in the end you'll never do it," Astrada warns. "I wanted to go around the world and I thought I could do it by motorcycle." Even though he didn't know how to ride one. The 21 intriguing images are all in black-and-white.
  • David Bergman is doing a series of Two Minute Tips for AdoramaTV. Here's the first one on card management (manage the image files in the camera, BTW):
  • If you missed the live action, you can read the Lensbaby Reddit AMA to find out what founder Roger Cicala used to do for a living and what camera fetish repair department head Aaron Closz indulges in. Plus, you know, some stuff about gear reliability and performance.
  • David Szondy explains why graphene optical lenses may be the solution for small smartphone optics. The "ultrathin flat lenses that are etched with concentric circles and act like tiny Fresnel lenses" hit the wall when it comes to mass production. But Swinburne University of Technology has developed a graphene microlens that can be mass produced, is one billionth of a meter thick and can take sharp images of objects the size of a single bacterium.

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