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22 February 2017

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 protest photos, mirrorless sensor cleaning, reliable USB 3 backup enclosures and Olympic venues.

  • In A Weekend of Protest, Alan Taylor posts 36 photos of demonstrations ranging from "anti-Trump protests in the U.S., U.K. and Mexico, to anti-brutality demonstrations in France, to a pro-law-enforcement march in Hong Kong and a massive pro-refugee demonstration in Spain." It's harder to capture these scenes than you might think. So it's no surprise the images are from AP, Reuters and Getty photographers.
  • Thom Hom argues Sensor Cleaning in Mirrorless is not optional. In fact, without a mirror in front of the sensor filter, you're liable to get more dust than with a dSLR. We do clean our Olympus E-PL1 about as often as our dSLRs, all of which get regular lens swaps.
  • Jim Kasson found USB 3 Backup Enclosures That Don't Suck -- but not many. He tested nine or ten but only four made the cut. "Many didn't even pass my initial test, which was a complete 8-TB backup followed by a complete restore," he notes.
  • In Post-Olympic Abandonment, several photographers capture the decay of once impressive venues. The Olympic Village at Rio has already fallen into disrepair.

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