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25 January 2016

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 the Fujifilm X-Pro 2, Thaipusam 2016, the Eifle and a Mapplethorpe documentary.

  • In On Assignment: Mum for Fuji, Strobist David Hobby talks about working with Fujifilm on the X-Pro 2 prototype along with other pros, what they got right and what not quite so right before revealing how he lit a chrysanthemum with a single (if special purpose) strobe.
  • Ming Thein discusses covering Thaipusam 2016 with a Hasselblad, comparing it to other gear he's used in the past to shoot the religious festival.
  • The Eifle is a full-length mirror with an embedded camera you control from a smart phone app. "By pairing a high quality camera module, a state of the art app, and modern design, these smart-mirrors capture exquisite full body self-portraits." The $329 device can be had for $60 less on the project's Kickstarter page.
  • Brooks Barnes interviewed The Directors Behind a Mapplethorpe Documentary, who admit they were not always charmed by their subject. "One day I would hate him, one day I'd be in awe," confessed Randy Barbato. In the end, they just looked at the pictures. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Friday before its April 4 debut on HBO.

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