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10 March 2014

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at an estimating worksheet, two 24-105mm zooms, cameras of just a few years ago and what you think you know about the Web.

  • At Wonderful Machine Cog, Craig Oppenheimer has published his Estimating Worksheet. "Aside from determining creative and licensing fees," he observes, "a lot of the skill required to create a proper estimate is about asking the right questions and having a method for taking notes."
  • Roger Cicala's A 24-105 Comparison looks at the new Sigma 24-105mm and the Canon 24-105mm, both f4 stabilized lenses, finding the Sigma "a bit sharper" at 24mm and close focusing distances, otherwise identical. He thinks "it's about time testing and review sites start adding the testing distance when they write their reviews. With 16mm lenses, for example, test results are generally at four feet. Those tests may not mean a lot when you're shooting landscapes at infinity with that lens."
  • Kirk Tuck is busy with video for the next few weeks but leaves us something to think about in today's post. "I've played with some of the 'hot' new cameras and found them to be little more than warmed over designs from yesteryear. I'm predicting an interesting backlash that I think will happen as a result of the glut of new, cheap, small cameras." He predicts, "a run on Nikon D3's, D700's and D300 bodies."
  • In What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong, Tony Haile list four common misconceptions posing as common knowledge about clicks and readers. We've always thought if all you read is our headlines, you're smelling the mesquite but you aren't getting anything to eat.

More to come...

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