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15 September 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 12 emerging photographers, the mirrorless segment, a cheap light modifier, Sony E vs. Nikon F mounts, shooting wide open and the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 lens.

  • James Estrin found Twelve Emerging Photographers You Should Know at this year's Photoville. The photographers were chosen from participants in this year's New York Portfolio Review, a free event sponsored by The New York Times Lens column, the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York and United Photo Industries.
  • In Brand (Dis)loyalty, Mirrorless and Why It's Good for Everybody, Ming Thein observes, "What we don't have yet anywhere is a real focus on intangibles (difficult for accountants and engineers) or operational feel/user experience (difficult for marketing people) as a primary design goal."
  • David Hobby continues his Strobist Lighting Cookbook with a Cheap, Portable Outdoor Light Source inspired by a clothesline and C-47 clamps (uh, clothespins).
  • Lloyd Chambers raises some ergonomic and other concerns about the Sigma DG HSM Art Lenses for Sony Mirrorless. Unfortunately his comparison illustration of an 85mm Art lens with a Sony (top) and a Nikon mount uses a larger image of the Nikon lens than the Sony, obscuring the difference. Here's a better illustration of his concern about the Sony extension that includes a yellow bar showing the difference between the two lenses:
  • In Are Modern Lenses at Their Best Wide Open? Mike Johnston answers with a comparison of 3-D performance maps of three lenses. "As to whether you need to stop down for best sharpness, it's seldom a bad idea, but then again with some lenses it's not particularly necessary," he notes.
  • Kirk Tuck puts his Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Lens in harness for a job. And likes it. He also names the two lens review guys he trusts: Thom Hogan and Roger Cicala (both featured regularly here).

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