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29 May 2024

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 India's heat wave, California's Sequoias, a new camera accessory business, camera design and the Lumix S9 campaign.

  • The Guardian reports India Swelters as Delhi hits a record high of 121.8°F and authorities warn of water shortages. The Associated Press notes, "Tens of millions of India‚Äôs 1.4 billion people lack running water," along with more photos of the effects of the heat in Northern India.
  • Jacob Margolis covers A Deadly Threat to General Sherman and California's other beloved giant sequoias from a sequoia bark beetle infestation. Photos from various sources show the damage.
  • In The Weather Improves, the Attitude Improves, Kirk Tuck mentions "a sudden inspiration for a new camera accessory business but I'm not sure we're ready to go public with it yet." Meanwhile he posts a slide show of images taken with his Leica CL and the Sigma 56mm. "And I always seem to forget that if I need a longer focal length for this system I've got a drawer of L mount lenses that work seamlessly on the camera as well. The Sigma 90mm makes a really nice 135mm style headshot lens and it's wickedly sharp too."
  • In Design by Default, Thom Hogan writes, "You may have noticed that all new cameras are designed to the mean. Features pioneered or on previous and competitor's models simply get added to any new model." He give the Panasonic S9 as one example, contrasting it to the Nikon Zf.
  • Photo Rumors reports "Panasonic is now also being accused of using stock photos in their latest Lumix S9 Camera Campaign. One of the photos seems to be taken with a Nikon camera by ... a Nikon Ambassador."

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