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5 August 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 McNally at the Olympics, Marion Palfi, Eugene Richards, the Photographers' Gallery, vintage flash bulbs, rechargeable batteries and a Lensbaby refurb sale.

  • Confined to the stands at the Olympics to cover the high jump and triple jump, Joe McNally relies on the Lens Reach of his 800mm and 180-400mm with a built in TC 1.4 Nikkor zooms. And some Advil.
  • In Why Hasn't America Worked for Everyone?, Daniel Gauss considers the work of Marion Palfi in Freedom Must Be Lived: Marion Palfi's America, 1940-1978 at the Phoenix Art Museum.
  • Suzanne Sease features the personal project of Eugene Richards, which is now a book about Earle, Ark., titled the day i was born. "Though the town may look to Richards like it's fading, its history is very much alive. In preserving them in the day i was born, Richards ensures that these stories -- of racism and segregation, of voter suppression, of homophobia, of poverty, of gun violence and police brutality -- won't also disappear," she writes.
  • In 50 Years of Taking Photography Seriously, Alex Marshall tells the story of the Photographers' Gallery, which Sue Davies opened in a former tearoom in the West End of London in January 1971.
  • Ryan McIntyre captured Vintage Flash Bulbs in Slow Motion using the Phantom TMX 7510 slow-motion camera at 100,000 fps and a Laowa 24mm 2x Macro Probe lens:
  • There was a time when almost every digicam relied on AA batteries. Sarah Witman at Wirecutter reviews The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries for anyone who still uses them. "After four hours of research and 120 hours of testing, we decided not to recommend a specific battery, since most name brands perform about the same," she writes. (We pop four of them into a strobe and still keep a Coolpix 990 powered up.)
  • Lensbaby is holding its annual Refurb Sale with lens savings up to 35 percent on its unique lenses and optics. The Macro Kit we use on our Olympus 14-42mm II R kit lens is available for $19.95, for example.

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