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7 May 2022

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 composition, M-mount lenses, all the gear that fits, Fujifilm lenses, X-rayed cameras, analyzing a scanned PDF and Excire Foto news.

  • Peter Eastway has published the second part of his Mastering the Art of Photographic Composition. Lovely examples again.
  • Mike Johnston follows up his The 'Favorite M Lens' Post with his readers' favorites.
  • Kirk Tuck imagines Packing Up a Backpack to fit under an airline seat. "No lens gets in the backpack for a job until it's taken out into the harsh, 'real world' and shot for a while," he writes. Which hardly eliminates anything within his reach.
  • Dan Havlik listed the Seven Best Lenses for Fujifilm X Series Cameras but you may have to start a free trial to see them. Dan, say it ain't so. (We're citing the article after mentioning Derrick Story's six Micro Four Thirds choices. Otherwise....)
  • In Seeing Camera Innards Is What Mario Aumüller Finds Really Interesting, the Phoblographer interviews Aumüller about his X-ray photographs of vintage cameras. "It's way harder than one would think to identify an X-ray picture as a certain camera," he says. The Olympus XA was the hardest.
  • It's not just photography that's computational these days. Typography too. And Matthew Butterick specializes in it. In What We Can Deduce From a Leaked Pdf, he analyzes the typography of the PDF scan of the recently leaked Supreme Court draft to suggest a source. "I'd suppose it's a friend, spouse or family member of a Supreme Court justice who has consistently opposed Roe vs. Wade, acting with something between autonomy and plausible deniability," he writes. Fascinating forensics on a scan.
  • Excire has announced a new, extended version of Excire Foto, the AI-based photo management software, will be out soon and will include the frequently requested duplicate finder. If you purchase Excire Foto by May 16 (which is apparently priced lower than the new version will be), you can add the extension Excire Analytics worth €39 for free.

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