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8 November 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 looking down on the American Southwest, a rigorous lens testing process, wireless connectivity and sensor cleaning battery drain.

  • Alan Taylor presents 42 images of the Human Landscapes of the American Southwest from Google Earth. You look straight down at Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada for some abstract perspectives (and, as always, a bit of humor).
  • In Testing NASA Optical Lenses, Roger Cicala describes "what the process looks like when we go all-out-lens-testing like we do when we test a set of JPL/NASA lenses being screened for use in satellites and stuff." But you can't see the glass.
  • Derrick Story wonders if he can Connect an Olympus Camera Wirelessly to a Mac? Because, you know, you won't have an SD card slot in your MacBook Pro (you don't need it, Apple insists). "What I discovered is that there are practically no wireless options for my Olympus cameras," he reports. "The one method I found is wholly unsatisfying, but I will share it with you nonetheless."
  • Jim Kasson demonstrates there's really no significant battery drain during Sony a7RII sensor cleaning, even though the "shaking is so violent that the camera vibrates noticeably in your hands."

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