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1 December 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 the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, slower 70-200mm zooms, Michael Warren and USB-C hubs.

  • Alan Taylor has launched his ninth Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. "Every day until Sunday, December 25, this page will present one new image of our universe from NASA's Hubble telescope," he explains.
  • Kirk Tuck sings the praises of slower 70-200mm zooms. The f4 versions are sharper than the f2.8 models, he says. "When I shoot stage shows at Zach Theatre with the Sony A7Rii my lens of choice is always the 70/200mm f4.0 G lens and I'm always shooting it handheld," he writes. You can crank up ISO to compensate and rely on image stabilization, too. But there may be another factor (at least for long exposures), which Jim Klasson teases out in Reverse engineering the Sony a7RII long exposure spatial filtering.
  • In The Art of the Personal Project: Michael Warren, Suzanne Sease explores Warren's Somebodies project. "Everyone has stuff they care or obsess about. All the people in these photographs were asked to bring something that has meaning to them," Warren says. He pairs the portrait with the product shot for this project.
  • New MacBook Pro owners might prefer a USB-C hub to starting a dongle collection. In Some great USB-C hubs for your new MacBook Pro, Cody Lee reviews seven, including two with a card reader.

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