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DC police chief announces shockingly reasonable cell camera policy (via)
Being told by cops to put my camera away bothers me from both the freedom-and-civil-liberties angle and also the taking-nice-pictures angle. Nice to see occasional victories on this front.
Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 large sensor enthusiast compact: Digital Photography Review(via)
Another nice pocketable large-sensor compact. If compact camera makers want to stay relevant, they need to make cameras more like this instead of cameras that largely duplicate your cameraphone.
Kodak just discontinued all their slide films(via)
I fear the writing has been on the wall there for a while. It sucks, however. While Fuji makes the best and most popular slide films for normal use, Kodak's slide films were always my favorite to crossprocess with.
Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite and ST-E3-RT Transmitter has radio(via)
I figured it was only a matter of time before the TTL automated flash systems would start to work over radio..
PocketWizard Plus III's: More Trigger, Less Cash(via)
I've been putting off purchasing radio slaves for a long long time. Because I know that the cheap eBay ones kinda suck but I don't want to pay for a proper high-end PocketWizard.

Thankfully, PocketWizard has been competing with the cheap imports the right way. Thus, as time goes on, it becomes more and more likely that I'll just buy a few Plus III's to supplant my existing suite of optical triggers.
Kodak to stop making digital cameras(via)
Kodak's camera business has been losing money for a long long time. With the decline of P&S cameras and rise in good-enough cellphone cameras, this trend is just going to continue.

One of my friends asked what Kodak will continue to make. I told her that Kodak will still make film, to which she replied that she thought Kodak got out of the film biz. As it turns out, right now Kodak's film business is profitable.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Officially Announced(via)
The Olympus OM series was a classic 35mm system that never got as popular as it might have been because Olympus completely missed the boat about autofocus. On the other hand, it offered something different from the rest of the lineup... a tiny body and great ergonomics.

Even though I scoff at the cloyingness of the retro styling, you can't deny that my E-P3 is a really sexy piece of camera hardware and that it draws your eye for that reason and that this E-M5 is going to give you exactly the same reaction.'

I'm probably the only person who really really cares, but I want the "Live Bulb" mode.
Inspiration hitting, Emilie Autumn, and Time for Tea
I try to avoid strictly duplicating any one particular artist or influence. Because that's just not fun. But it's quite daft to try and insist that you are fully original. Because, honestly, to go on about how original you are and how nobody else is like you is quite pretentious...
A brief statement on backpacks for hiking with photo gear from the Society Obsessed with Photography Backpack Perfection(via)
I also like taking pictures while in the midst of a great adventure while also carrying heavy camera gear, so Joe's post is right up my alley...
CES 2012
Micro 4/3rds and other mirrorless camera news from the CES
Kodak's Chapter 11 and other things to worry about
The problem with Kodak is completely unrelated to the fate of gelatin film. It's running a business...
Olympus Supporters UNITE!(via)
I love my EP-3. Very much. And not very long after I got it, it turns out there's a giant pile of fiscal irregularities going on at Olympus and now the company might be in deep trouble, for reasons unrelated to actual photographic stuff selling or not selling.

I'm having a bit of a gut check. If Olympus were gone tomorrow, the EP-3 is still a great camera and Panasonic still makes gear for the mount. So, at least, for the time being, I'm going where I've been going.
Nikon announces the Nikon 1 system(via)
One of the things that motivated me to take the jump to Micro Four Thirds was hearing the rumors from fairly plausable sources that Nikon was making a mirrorless camera with a sensor smaller than the 4/3rds sensor.... because I think that the 4/3rds sensor is about as small as you really want to go.

So it's interesting, in that it will probably cause the other players to improve, but I think Nikon is working too hard to make a SLR that deliberately doesn't compete with their dSLR lineup. It kinda reminds me of the Nikon Pronea SLR series, actually.
Quick links: Less film, new toys
A few random links: Fuji cuts film from their lineup, Micro 4/3rds adapters, and two new serious compacts.
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