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7 October 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 strong directional light, the Canon EF-S 35mm f2.8 Macro, an old lens that shines and great work from the Filter Photo Festival.

  • Ming Thein has published two installments of his Travels in Hard Light, featuring "subjects from around the world that have benefitted from one thing in common: the kind of strongly directional light that makes shadows so solid they seem real." The second installment are monochrome images.
  • Lynn Green reviews The Canon EF-S 35mm f2.8 Macro IS STM. "This lens isn't just a fast aperture, versatile focal length and all around great lens for walking around and photographing a variety of subjects, it also boasts up to 1:1 reproduction capability and features two adjustable LED lights that surround the front element for illuminating subjects at close working distances," he points out.
  • Kirk Tuck was going to go lens shopping until he tested a few of the oldies stashed away in a drawer, the weakest of which turned out to be a Pen FT 70mm f2.0. "It may be the delirium speaking but I think it's pretty good wide open," he writes. It's not delirium.
  • Jonathan Blaustein has posted part one of The Best Work I Saw at the Filter Photo Festival. Filters can easily seem like overreach but not in any of these cases.

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