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14 June 2017

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 David Douglas Duncan, the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm, a look at Apple's move to HEIF, the Sony a9 ships, lessons from creating an online photo exhibition and a radio show about photography.

  • Joe McNally celebrates An Extraordinary Gentleman! That would be David Douglas Duncan, whose book My 20th Century we reviewed two years ago. Nikon Museum is honoring the 101-year-old with an exhibit that opens in July.
  • Robin Wong reviews the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm. He likes the small size (about the same as the Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens) and focal length range (with 18 being the 35mm equivalent of 36mm). But there's something else. "There is something about the way the Panasonic 8-18mm lens renders that makes the image interesting," he writes.
  • In iOS 11 Photos -- a New Image Format?, Nick Minore looks at the impact Apple's move from JPEG will have. "Starting in September, major software applications need to issue software updates like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Microsoft Word and the Office Suite, On1 plug-ins, Perfectly Clear, Google Chrome, Firefox browser ... the list is endless," he begins. "That's not even considering how photo sharing Web sites like Flickr, 500px, Facebook, Google Photos, heck ... even Adobe Stock, Shutterfly, Walmart Photos. HEIF disrupts everything."
  • Jim Kasson measures Sony a9 Write Speed (card speed matters) as the $4,498 camera start shipping. Adorama and B&H are both now accepting orders.
  • In Lessons Learned From Project-Managing the Getty's First Online Exhibition, Uma Nair lists six lessons from the 14-month project to launch The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra photography exhibit online.
  • Mike Pach's The Photo Show features radio interviews with photographers and arts leaders around the world "to help improve your photography skills and learn about local arts support."

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