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22 July 2019

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 Tokyo, Nathanael Fournier, the redwoods, the Viltrox 85mm f1.8, fake ISOs, resolution, modularity and Harold Davis.

  • In Tokyo Red, Scott Kelby showcases photos from his recent family trip to Japan. "This wasn't a shooting trip -- this was a family vacation, but of course, I still brought my camera, although I only really went shooting a few times over our ten days there," he writes. But he didn't squander any opportunities.
  • In Everyday Life's Value, Nathanael Fournier presents his monochrome street images of Paris, Toulouse and Lille captured "with a pinch of humour."
  • In I Love My iPhone Camera, But..., Derrick Story compares a Pentax KP shot with an iPhone X shot of a redwood grove. He's a little too kind to the brighter iPhone shot of what is and should be a subdued scene.
  • Kirk Tuck tests a $379 Viltrox 85mm f1.8 AF Lens for the Fujifilm X mount. A Sony E mount version is also available. "It's a pretty awesome package for the price," he writes.
  • In GFX 50S and GFX 50R Fake ISOs, Jim Kasson demonstrates that "there is no way to gather more photons at ISO 50 than at ISO 100 with the GFX 50R."
  • Thom Hogan argues More Sampling Is Always Better because "gives you a closer approximation to the actual real world data." But then there's the optics to consider. "Optics have to run in lockstep with sensor capability in order to push the overall ability upwards," he writes.
  • The introduction of the Sigma FP entices Ming Thein to compare it to the Hasselblad CFV-50/907X in Modularity. "It's only in recent years with the growth of mirrorless cameras that we've seen the first tentative steps toward true universality -- in the form of adaptors," he notes.
  • Harold Davis announces the second edition of his Creative Black and White book is now available. He includes a Rocky Nook discount code, among other links.

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