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Tech News: Leica Unveils 75mm f/2 and 90mm f/2 Lenses for the SL System

PetaPixel   Friday January 19, 2018

Leica has announced two new prime lenses for its Leica SL-System: the APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH and APO-Summicron SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. Both lenses have fast and silent autofocus systems, with a “considerably” close focus limit: 0.50 meters (19.69 inches) for the 75mm, and 0.60 meters (23.62 inches) for the 90mm, notes PetaPixel. The entire focus range can be traveled in an impressive 250 milliseconds, thanks to powerful stepping motors with DSD (Dual Syncro Drive). The 75mm and 90mm lenses will be available in February, costing $4,750 and $5,150 respectively.   Read the full Story >>

Nature Watch: Explaining Glacier Melt with Fire and Ice

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC   Friday January 19, 2018

National Geographic photographer Simon Norfolk  came up with a creative way to show the impact of melting glaciers by combining fire and ice. And his work, notes Nat Geo, has had impact online. During a stay at Mount Kenya, Norfolk used a gasoline-fueled line of flame to mark the boundaries from which the melting glacier had retreated. His series “When I am Laid in Earth" has racked up nearly 700,000 likes since it was posted to National Geographic's Instagram account on November 25.   Read the full Story >>

Honors: David Burnett and Al Tompkins Win NPPA Sprague Award

National Press Photographers Association   Friday January 19, 2018

The National Press Photographers Association has given its highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, to photojournalist David Burnett for a career stretching back 50 years. “He has worked to inspire countless generations of photojournalists but also continues to give back. He's worked with Photographers for Hope to bring attention to homelessness,” notes the NPPA. “Adventure starts and ends with being able to take your camera and go someplace,” Burnett says in an interview. Also receiving the award is Al Tompkins, a Poynter Institute  faculty member and popular journalism teacher.   Read the full Story >>

On View: Spotlighting Women Photographers in Latin America

The Washington Post   Friday January 19, 2018

Venezuela-born photographer Verónica Sanchis Bencomo  felt that the Latin American continent was too often portrayed by foreigners and too often by men, so in 2015 she founded Foto Féminas, an online platform promoting the work of of female photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Besides featuring the work of women photographers, she interviews them via Skype. To date, Foto Féminas has featured 36 photographers from 14 different countries, notes The Washington Post.   Read the full Story >>

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