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23 November 2022

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 Erwin Blumenfeld, Canon vs. Nikon, the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm, Walker Evans and external storage.

  • In Fashion, Fine Art ... And Hitler, Mee-Lai Stone presents images from the career of Jewish fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld. A new exhibition at Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme in Paris of 180 photographs casts new light on his art and life during the second World War. The exhibition runs until March 5, 2023.
  • Dahlia Ambrose bravely surveys the Canon vs. Nikon landscape from entry-level dSLRs to full-frame mirrorless. It's a surprisingly thorough assessment with lots of usually-not-discussed observations of things that turn out to be important like battery life.
  • Lloyd Chambers thinks it's "crazy" not to buy the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm at $500. "Amazingly, a $500 kit lens satisfies me more than any lens in its range that I've tried and outperforms the competition in sharpness and freedom from focus shift to boot," he writes. Now you just need a medium format Fujifilm to use it.
  • Andrew Molitor tackles The Case of the Appropriate Alarm Clock in Walker Evans's photo of the mantle in the Floyd Burroughs home that includes a suspicious (to some critics) clock. "The mantel is one of the few general-purpose flat surfaces available," he notes. Where things were put up or taken down, explaining why the clock might not have been inventoried in the James Agee's text describing the mantel. Except Agee did mention hearing "the cheap alarm two hours advanced upon false time" some 30 pages before the inventory of the mantel. Molitor concludes Evans did not plant the clock. The Burroughs owned one.
  • In Which External Disk?, Howard Oakley sums up his testing of "many different types and models of external storage, ranging from portable USB 3.x hard disks to high-end Thunderbolt SSDs like the OWC Envoy Pro FX, costing from $50 to over $200 per terabyte." You (generally) get what you pay for, he concludes.

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