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8 December 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 Black & White winners, lobstermen, a Leica Q2, two camera batteries compared, Colossal, Speedtop Crossbody camera bags, the Aputure Accent B7c and new Hasselblad accessories.

  • LensCulture has announced the 38 winners of its Black & White Awards from 18 countries on five continents. "This year the jury rewarded everything from large-format analog landscapes, to old-school studio portraits, smart-phone captures and even two artistic collaborations with Artificial Intelligence," the company said.
  • Suzanne Sease features The Endangered Lobstermen, the personal project of Cheryl Clegg. "There are close to 5,000 commercially licensed lobster fishermen and 1,085 licensed student lobster fishermen in the state of Maine who are facing new regulations that will threaten their livelihood," she writes. The regulations, intended to protect the North Atlantic Right Whale by removing lobstering gear from their environment, apparently don't account for improvements made to the gear that have eliminated entanglement issues since 2004.
  • Kirk Tuck's Holiday Bonus turned out to be a Leica Q2. He took it out for a test drive and we get a slide show of "a couple of buildings, some signage and a few urban landscapes."
  • Thom Hogan tells an intriguing A Tale of Two Cameras or, more precisely, their batteries. The two cameras are the Nikon Z 9 and the Sony A1. They performed quite differently in extreme conditions recently and Hogan explains why with a nod to Olympus for its mastery, like Nikon, of extreme conditions.
  • Colossal presents The Photography Stories Colossal Readers Loved Most in 2022.
  • Think Tank Photo has introduced its Speedtop Crossbody Series of camera bags that feature a magnetic lid that can be opened with one hand and closes securely without zippers. The bags are available in two sizes for #129.75 and $149.75.
  • Ryan Hill reviews the Aputure Accent B7c, a replacement light bulb that fits in standard fixtures but can be controlled wirelessly to set illumination level and color temperature.
  • Hasselblad has announced CPL, ND8 and UV filters plus a new eco-friendly Vandra ("wander" in Swedish) camera strap. the filters are available in 62mm, 67mm, 72mm and 77mm sizes and the strap fits the Hasselblad X2D 100C, X1D II 50C and 907X.

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