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16 June 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 the Olympus 30mm f3.5 Macro, using manual flash at sunset, variable neutral density filters and what matters.

  • Derrick Story likes The Compact, Affordable Olympus 30mm f3.5 Macro. "Other than the excellent images, what I really like about the lens is that I can have macro capability with me without taking up too much space in the camera bag," he writes.
  • Strobist David Hobby continues his Strobist Lighting Cookbook series with A Hack for Manual Flash at Sunset. With just a little camera configuration, "your left thumb (via the exposure compensation) controls the sky. And your right thumb and forefinger (via the aperture ring) controls the subject. And you stay behind the camera during the fast-moving light of post-sunset."
  • Kirk Tuck tries a Variable Neutral Density on a Very Fast Len to shoot wide open in daylight. An electronic shutter will let you do the same thing, he says, but freeze the action. If you want to use a slower shutter speed, too, you need a VND filter. And he found one for $40 that he's used for video production. So why not for stills?
  • In Never Mind All That, Mike Johnston covers a lot of ground before getting the low down on what matters from an 85-year-old farmer.

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