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16 January 2021

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 Dakar Rally, Marcelo Maragni, Leica's pimples, Japan lockdown effect and scanning old movies.

  • The Guardian has published images of the Dakar Rally 2021 from various sources. This year the rally returned to Saudi Arabia where competitors covered 7,646 kilometers over 12 stages.
  • A Reddit contributor followed photographer Marcelo Maragni around the race stage at the Dakar Rally making a video for Red Bull and contributes his Notes From Chasing a Photog at the Dakar Rally.
  • Lloyd Chambers can't unsee the Black Dots in White Spots 'Pimples' on his Leica images. "Working theory: Leica is 'cooking' the Raw DNG file data with some kind of acutance-enhancing imaging pipeline manipulation of the Raw data," he writes.
  • Kehl Bayern reports the New Covid-19 Lockdown Rules in Japan could delay Canon and Nikon camera rollouts this year.
  • In My Experiences Scanning Old Home Movies, the contributor finds 8mm films from the 1960s retain their color better than the 8mm reels of the 1970s. Could it be the difference between 8mm Kodachrome and Ektachrome? He's been scanning old film with a $300 Wolverine Video Scanner.

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