This Week in the World: 2/24 – 3/2

This Week in the World looks at this week’s most interesting stories out of the photo universe.

PocketWizard announced their new PlusX radio. Posited as the “simplest PocketWizard radio ever,” the PlusX features 10 standard channels that are easily selected through an intuitive dial, a range comparable to any other PocketWizard transmitter and receiver, and compatibility with all standard channel PocketWizard transmitters and receivers. Oh, and did we mention it’s only $99? The PlusX is perfect for photographers at any stage in their development. Are you a seasoned pro looking for an inexpensive radio trigger? Or are you a total OCF newbie who’s been too intimidated by all the fancy radio triggers out there to whip out your flash? Either way, the PlusX is a perfect solution for those looking for a high-quality flash radio trigger that won’t break the bank. Pre-order yours today!

PocketWizard PlusX

PocketWizard PlusX

Nikon Japan recently announced a March 7 release date for their new Nikkor 18-35mm F3.5-4.5G ED lens and their super-wide 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm F3.5-5.6 lens for their mirrorless 1 Series.

Nikon 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm F3.5-5.6

Nikon 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm F3.5-5.6

For those of you who use Lightroom 4 (which should be everybody who reads this blog) or Camera Raw, Adobe posted Lightroom 4.4 and ACR 7.4 release candidates.

Lightroom

Lightroom 4

So, the Fuji X20 and X100S autofocus speeds clock in at less than a tenth of a second. We knew that. What we didn’t know is that it’s shutter is quieter than the wind on a calm summer day.

First, DKNY used photos by photographer Brandon Stanton (of Humans of New York fame) without Stanton’s permission in a window display in Bangkok. Then, Stanton posted about it on Facebook and asked DKNY to donate $100,000 to the Bed-Stuy YMCA. DKNY responded by donating $25,000 to the YMCA. What do you think about this story? Does a donation make up for the fact that they stole a photographer’s images and wouldn’t have said anything if the photographer hadn’t found out?

The DKNY storefront display in Bangkok that caused the controversy

The DKNY storefront display in Bangkok that caused the controversy

Meet the couple every photographer wishes would find their lost gear.

Washington Post photographer Tracy Woodward was stripped of the Award of Excellence he received from the White House News Photographers Association “Eyes of History” contest after it was discovered that the image was “substantially edited from its original form.”

The image in question, featuring a darkened out ref

The image in question, featuring a darkened out ref

Planning an aerial photo trip over New Hampshire? You might want to get on that, since Rep. Neal Kurk “recently backed a bill that plans to ban almost all aerial photography in the state” by making it a misdemeanor offense.

And, in case you missed it . . .

We hosted a webinar on “Basic Camera Movement” with Cinevate’s Victor Ha, who will be in Columbus on April 6 and 7 leading an HDSLR video boot camp for photogs interested in expanding their video horizons.

We interviewed hometown hero Matthew Roharik, owner of Roharik Productions.

We taught you how to select the proper tripod for your needs.

We peered into our used case and found some awesome specialty lenses.

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