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14 April 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 an Ethiopian documentary made with mirrorless cameras, the Zeiss Batis 2.8/18, image recognition and the camera market.

  • Zeiss has announced it will ships its Batis 2.8/18 for the Sony E-mount in May for $1,499. Lloyd Chambers spent a week with it, which was long enough to call it "the finest 18mm lens ever to be produced for full frame cameras."
  • John Nack points out three Cool new uses of image recognition. Facebook describes photos to the blind, Microsoft can automatically caption photos and you can roll your own face recognition with a Python script.
  • In Bracketing, Thom Hogan bookends the camera market between the Huawei P9 with two matched 12-Mp sensors plus lenses co-developed with Leica and the Hasselblad H65D medium format camera. He adds:

Those of us who care about our images always want more pixels, more dynamic range, more speed, more bit depth, more everything. But what we're actually missing is what is the real reason for the decline of all of those cameras in the middle of the current bookends: the workflow sucks.

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