Everybody's a comedian photographer: Comedian Louis CK says, "I take a lot of pictures. I am very, very into photography...I'm going to show you all the equipment I brought with me. I'm not showing off here. I'm not rich. I just spend all my money on cameras. It's important to me." Read about his "main dude" (favorite camera). (Hint: "It's not even an SLR. you have to line up images in the rangefinder and hope for the best.")
Thieves with very good taste in lenses: Thieves broke into the headquarters of the high-end cameramaker Alpa in Switzerland on Wednesday night and made off with dozens of Rodenstock, Schneider, and Alpa/Zeiss lenses. If you come across any offers for Alpa lenses for sale, be sure to check the serial number against Alpa's stolen merchandise list. We hope Alpa gets its lenses back, in which case a Swiss jail will soon be hosting some discerning optical connoisseurs.
Gottlieb online: The Library of Congress has posted a large number of historical jazz photographs by the late William P. Gottlieb on its Flickr pages. We linked to Adam Bernstein's NPR obituary when Bill died in '06.
DxOmark likes what it sees: DxOmark has evaluated the new Nikon J1's sensor and compares it favorably (all things considered) with larger ones.
Looking up from lamentations, or why my Canon printer sucks: The Inky Fool traces the ancient origins of the Canon name, and uncovers its connections to his balky printer. We liked this.
Canon's next killer cam: You've probably seen this, with some of the details of the upcoming 5D refresh:
If you can't see the video, try this link. A shame it's a fake! If there's one single camera that is the most loved by passionate photographers, it's probably the 5D in whatever its current iteration is, so the ground-tremors of the coming Mark III are already generating huge interest.
(Thanks to Sandy Rothberg, Vlatko Juric-Kokic, Pascal Sauvé, Lynn Burdekin, and Rob Young)
ADDENDUM: Almost forgot this one—it now appears there are two famous vampires in our midst—John Travolta's doppelganger has been found as well, in an old photo described as a ruby glass ambrotype. I don't think the similarity in this case is quite so strong—apparently the seller doesn't either, since he'll let his treasure go for $50,000 instead of the $100,000 the guy with Nicolas Cage's vampire wanted. (Thanks to James for this.)
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Featured Comment by Jeff Glass: "Uh-oh, gush warning. Oh for crying out loud, Louis CK is one of, if not the, best comedians around and now I find out he's also into photography, which is my passion, and shoots film only, as I do, and shoots a Leica, which I do too (M4)! For christ's sake, I LOVE YOU, Louie! A stalker is born...."
Featured Comment by Rob Atkins: "The Cab Calloway portrait it just a classic, capturing all the joyfulness and vivacity of his music. Hi de ho.
"P.S. Cab is obviously thinking about the 5D Mk III."
Featured Comment by John: "Thanks for the link on the origins of the name Canon—made me laugh. :-)"
Featured Comment by Matt: "Since you've been posting links to photos of strangely familiar looking faces, I thought I'd send you doppelganger #3 from the USC Digital Library: Sean Penn as a bunny hunter."