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24 October 2020

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. This time we look at Olaf Sztaba, the Sigma Contemporary 56mm f1.4 lens, a 3,200-Mp camera, a portrait lens comparison tool, middle apertures and stolen gear.

  • Kevin Raber has a Conversation With Olaf Sztaba, the publisher of Medium Format Magazine. "I love people that are passionate and especially those passionate about their photography," he writes. "Olaf is one of those artists that has a style and it reflects in his work he has shared below." The images are certainly a treat.
  • Kirk Tuck loves his Micro Four Thirds Cameras and Sigma Lenses. He went to Precision Camera to look at a camera and came home with a Sigma Contemporary 56mm f1.4 lens.
  • In Scientists Capture World's First 3,200-Megapixel Photos, Andy Altman reports a successful test of the focal plane on the world's largest digital camera at the Menlo Park, California-based SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Must need quite an SD card.
  • This Portrait Lens Comparison Tool shows two images shot by different lenses. You set the focal length, aperture, sensor size and portrait style, then compare the two renderings. Andrew Molitor found this hilarious after one commenter griped about the methodology. Molitor acknowledged that it's a complicated subject and he had to draw a couple of pictures to figure it out but "it's obvious if you actually go look at the tool the hapless victim laboriously created, you can tell immediately that they were done correctly."
  • In Greatest Gifts (Don't Deny Yourself the Best Apertures), Mike Johnston reminds us to let go of the side of the pool and swim in the deeper focus apertures. Those middle apertures of a lens "will give you some of its greatest gifts," he writes.
  • A Reminder to Always Keep Your Gear Within Reach/Close by/With You is worth reading, including the comments, which discuss the situation in San Francisco at length. As a native San Franciscan, believe it when we tell you do not leave anything in your parked car. Ever.

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