Tech News: Samyang Unveils the 14mm f/2.8 EF Autofocus Lens
Korean camera equipment manufacturer Samyang has announced its new Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 EF lens — the company’s first-ever autofocus lens for Canon EF-mount cameras, notes PetaPixel. The lightweight lens (17 ounces) features an ultra-wide 116.6-degree angle of view and an autofocus system. Inside are 15 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical lenses, 4 high-refractive lenses, and 1 extra-low dispersion lens. There is also weather-sealing, a 7-blade aperture, and a built-in AF/MF switch. Price: $849.
Spotlight: Motion Highlights From December
The lives of artists were the subject of several films we featured last month: Among them was the short documentary "I Have Something to Tell You," in which filmmakers Ben Joyner and Dumaine Babcock tell the story of photographer Adrain Chesser, who created an emotional series of images in which he captured the faces of his friends immediately after telling them that he has AIDS. Today we spotlight it along with other highlights from December, including a film made entirely from cinemagraphs, a look at lightning captured at 1,000 framers per second, and an examination of curious social mores of nipples.
The Q&A: Adolfo Valle
Q: Originally from [where?] what are some of your favorite things about living and working in [your current locale]? A: I'm a Long Island-based illustrator whose heritage is Colombia, South America. Both my parents are immigrants from the 1960's. I have to admit that I've never made a pilgrimage to my parent's hometown or anything like that. I've been happy enough to live in the New York City area and Long Island all my life. The beach, the restaurants and the towns between Nassau County and Ri...
Roberto Guerra Covers the Barcelona Soccer Team -- in Ecuador
It's the most famous soccer team in the nation. But it's not the one in Spain. The Barcelona Sporting Club of Ecuador was founded some 90 years ago in Guayaquil, the country's largest city, by Catalans. And within Ecuador, its fortunes resonate mightily. In 2016, The New York Times profiled the team and turned to Los Angeles-based photographer Roberto "Bear" Guerra, who was formerly based in Quito, to provide photographs for the story. His images have since earned him a spot among the winners of the Latin American Fotografia 6 competition.
Profile: Mariette Pathy Allen Documents the Gender-Blurring Spirit Mediums of Thailand and Myanmar
In 1978, Mariette Pathy Allen was staying at an inn in New Orleans when she met and befriended a group of cross dressers. The encounter would lead her on a new path: She has spent the following decades using her camera to document the lives of people who blur traditional ideas of gender. Most recently the path led her to Southeast Asia. Her new book "Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Thailand and Burma" looks at gender roles among spirit cults in those countries.
The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say
"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.