This Week in the World: May 11 – 17

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

Two exciting new lenses were announced this week: the ridiculously fast (as in, “this lens has no business being this fast” fast) Nikon 1 32mm f/1.2 prime portrait lens for Nikon’s 1 Series of mirrorless cameras, and Canon’s new 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with a built-in 1.4x extender, which with the flip of a switch converts this already awesome lens into a 280-560mm f/5.6.

nikon 1 32mm
Nikon 1 32mm f/1.2
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM

Google+ Photos is rolling out some crazy new features that basically decide which photos are the best ones you’ve taken and make them better.

Microsoft launched a photo timeline for SkyDrive, their cloud storage service, that will help users organize their photos better.

Microsoft SkyDrive's new photo timeline
Microsoft SkyDrive’s new photo timeline

Magic Lantern Firmware hacked a Canon 5D Mark III and now it can “capture continuous raw images at 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps in true raw format.”

magic lantern

DigiCamControl is releasing a “free, open-source software that offers remote control over your DSLR camera” from your computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android device.


2012 World Press Photo winner Paul Hansen was accused, and then exonerated, of digitally compositing his winning photo.

The image in question. Photo by Paul Hansen
The image in question. Photo by Paul Hansen

Arne Svenson is under fire after residents of a New York apartment building complained about having their privacy invaded by Svenson in his photo series The Neighbors.

An image from Arne Venson's The Neighbors
An image from Arne Svenson’s The Neighbors

Brinno manufactured a camera that exclusively captures footage for timelapse videos.

Because the internet isn't already oversaturated with timelapse videos!
Because the internet isn’t already oversaturated with timelapse videos!

Photographs taken by a chimpanzee is expected to fetch up to £70,000 (about $107,000!) at an upcoming auction.

This photo was taken by a chimpanzee? Can't even tell.
This photo was taken by a chimpanzee? Can’t even tell.

Nettie Edwards, a British mobile photographer, will become the first mobile photographer to have her work displayed at the Fox Talbot Museum in England.

Photo by Nettie Edwards
Photo by Nettie Edwards

And in cased you missed it . . .

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