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30 August 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 John McCain, Vietnam, armed teachers, a Garry Winogrand movie, the DX format, the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II/III, phodeos and PhotoRec.

  • In What's Up With DX, Redux, Thom Hogan admits, "I'll just say right up front, I don't have the answers you're looking for."
  • In Lens Teardowns and Comparisons of the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II and III, Roger Cicala (with Aaron Closz of course) take apart two very popular zooms "to see if there was any difference in the mechanicals." Nope, no difference.
  • In Pursuing Low Hanging Fruit or the Long Tail?, Hans Hartman suggests "the proliferation of cameras, visual formats and monetization methods are transforming the consumer imaging industry." We can capture more than photos and videos now. "It's no longer just either photos or videos -- instead, a long tail of visual formats is blossoming, which we refer to as phodeos: from animated GIFs to cinemagraphs, to Apple Live Photos, to Instagram Boomerangs, to Stories," he points out.
  • Oliver Kmia PhotoRec, freeware file recovery software. "It can retrieve lost files from FAT, NTFS, exFAT, HFS+ and ext2/ext3/ext4 file system. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if the media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted," he writes.

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