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7 February 2018

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. This time we look at SpaceX Falcon Heavy, India's vanishing cinemas, the Hasselblad assembly line, lens advice, Apple's Retouch tool and the Olympus E-PL9.

  • Alan Taylor (who else?) has compiled the best images of The Launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy we've seen. Twenty of them (a few from Elon Musk's Twitter feed, in fact). Our favorites are of Starman after the payload fairing opened. Imagine being an extraterrestrial jaywalking between asteroids as he flies by.
  • In contrast, An Elegy to India's Vanishing Cinemas shows the neglect of "what had once been a flourishing business, with the seats and projection room gone and dust covering everything." Nandita Raman's images, now on view at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, N.Y., tell her own story as well. Her mother's family owned a theater.
  • In This Is How the World's Most Covetable Cameras Get Made, Vlad Savov walks you along Hasselblad's assembly line with some nice images illustrating the process. "One Hasselblad worker told me that she knows a part is correct just by the feel of it under her thumb, but she checks the measurements just to be sure," he notes.
  • In Lenses: Sexy Versus Useful, Kirk Tuck gives some practical advice you'll never read on a review site. "Don't bother spending the big bucks to go from f2.0 to f1.2. You won't get what you are looking for and you'll spend dearly for the privilege of trying."
  • Derrick Story touts Apple Photo's Retouch Tool with a free video showing how to eliminate certain flaws with the Retouch tool.
  • Thom Hogan thinks "you have to visit Japan or SE Asia to understand the PL series of cameras" whose attraction is "about the size, style and price." The just-announced E-PL9 didn't impress him, particularly considering cameras from Canon and Fujifilm that are the same size with larger sensors.

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