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7 November 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 the 1939 New York World's Fair, Walker Evans in Cuba, filtering your flash, the Reflex SLR, Austin Mann's latest iPhone reviews and a 100-Mp moon.

  • Alan Taylor presents 32 Color Photos of the 1939 New York World's Fair. Step right up. See the transparent car, the scarecrow of the future, the night photo of the National Cash Register Building, all from the World of Tomorrow. In color that is nearly modern.
  • In Walker Evans's Cuba, via Ernest Hemingway, David Gonzalez explores a trove of 46 images Walker Evans captured in Cuba in 1933. The vintage prints, once left in Ernest Hemingway's safekeeping, are up for sale.
  • Kirk Tuck answers the old question, Why Filter Your Flash? To balance the ambient light with the artificial light you're obliged to use, in short.
  • The Reflex is "the first update on a manual 35mm SLR camera system in over 25 years," according to its Kickstarter page. Among its unique features is a lens mounting system inspired by view cameras, modular backs inspired by medium format cameras and connectivity inspired by smartphones. Zero megapixels, if you're counting. It's a film camera.
  • In iPhone X Camera Review: Guatemala, Austin Mann continues his iPhone series reviews, which recently added iPhone 8 Plus Camera Review: India as well.
  • Artist Seán Doran assembled a 10,000 x 10,000-pixel mosaic of the Moon from NASA images he had to map onto a sphere to correct perspective. And you can download it (saving you a very long, arduous trip in space).

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