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27 July 2015

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 Ctein's questioning of custom profiling, Steve McCurry's big break, the Nikon D610 and supertelephoto zooms..

  • Are Profiles Obsolete? asks Ctein, filling in for Mike Johnston at The Online Photographer. And he's not just talking about monitor profiles (which you won't have on your mobile device). When a master printer like Ctein suggests using "Printer Manages Colors" instead of Photoshop, ink flies. Epson's Eddie Murphy has been telling us the same thing for years, particularly for black and white printing.
  • In How One Photographer Captured A Piercing Gaze That Shook The World, Daniel Hajek talks to photographer Steve McCurry whose big break came in 1984 with The Afghan Girl. "I noticed this one little girl with these incredible eyes and I instantly knew that this was really the only picture I wanted to take," McCurry tells him.
  • Kirk Tuck list his likes and dislikes about using his full-frame Nikon D610 with the 24-120mm f4-GB, the 80-200mm f2.8 ED Nikkors and the Sigma 50mm Art lens. Short version: it reminds him of the film dSLRs he used starting out (which he likes).
  • In Supertelephoto MTF Curves, Roger Cicala looks at the Modulation Transfer Function of lenses over 200mm after Bandon Dube figured out how to mount them on the vertical bench. Cicala discovered that the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 HSM OS is better than he thought it was. Dube (#HireBrandon as one commenter put it) adroitly handles several queries in the Comments, too.

More to come...

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