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14 March 2020

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 masculinity, Los Angeles, Canon budget lenses, the Nikkor Z 85mm, the Gnarbox and flat lens technology.

  • In Striking a Pose for What It Means to Be a Man, Jason Farago reviews the photography show at the Barbican Art Gallery presenting 50 years of cowboys, skater dudes, frat boys and leather men. He's less than impressed. (NB: Check your public library for free at-home access to the New York Times.)
  • Derrick Story is On the Streets of L.A. in Uncertain Times for a photography workshop. "We've talked to shop owners who are seeing a steep decline in business, service providers who are trying to do their jobs while staying safe, locals and tourists who are watching a world that suddenly seems so unfamiliar to them," he writes.
  • Best Budget Lenses for Canon APS-C dSLRs suggests some affordable options for your Rebel, which Mike Johnston has dubbed The Toyota Corolla of Cameras. Here's the Chris Nichols video:
  • LensTips has reviewed the Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm f1.8 S and made it an Editor's Choice. Just one flaw: it's nearly $800.
  • John Voorhees finds the $500 Gnarbox portable SSD storage "offers both the peace of mind of in-the-field backups and image and video pre-processing, making it a compelling choice for anyone who captures lots of photos and video while away from their main computing device." He prefers it to Western Digital's $200 My Passport Wireless SSD.
  • Researchers Create Focus-Free Camera With New Flat Lens at the University of Utah, according to a report published in Optica, the Optical Society's journal for high impact research. The trick is using a concept known as pupil function, according to research team leader Rajesh Menon.

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