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18 July 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 Sony 50mm f1.4 Planar, taking small jobs, Ed Ruscha and photojournalists preparing for Cleveland.

  • In Sony FE Planar T 50mm f1.4 ZA MTF and Variance Testing, Roger Cicala, Aaron Closz, and Markus Rothacker find "the Sony 50mm f1.4 Planar is as good as anything available."
  • Kirk Tuck remembers how small, incremental jobs saved his business when superstar photographers, like dinosaurs, disappeared in the recession. "In the tightest economies it seems that only the smaller jobs get approved and funded," he writes.
  • Thomas Hawk previews 15 Photographs From Ed Ruscha and the Great American West now showing at the de Young Museum. "With my own photography focusing on the American Road and my background growing up in Los Angeles," he writes, "so much of Ruscha's work has always rung true to me personally and I've felt a certain sort of affinity with it."
  • In Photographers Are Gearing Up for the Republican Convention Like It's War, Nick Stockton reports photojournalists on site are breaking out bullet proof vests, flak jackets, helmets. Although one freelancer has decided against protective gear because "it will be a lot easier to run" without it.

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