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The First Fujifilm Lenses You Should Buy

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After dozens of hours of research on nearly 30 lenses, we’ve found the perfect set of starter lenses for Fujifilm’s X-mount. Regardless of whether you’ve just bought your first Fuji camera, or if you’re investigating what’s out there to see if you want to shoot Fujifilm in the first place, these half-dozen lenses can meet almost any need.

Inner Vision for the weekend of July 24, 2015

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I'm writing this in the midst of an unforgettable road trip driving from San Francisco to Portland, staying at some postcard perfect spots. The Ten (and a Half) Tips for Road Trips is highly recommended reading before you start on your own summer journey by car.  Photo: Gregory Han

I’m writing this in the midst of an unforgettable road trip driving from San Francisco to Portland, staying at some postcard-perfect spots and meeting all varieties of characters all along the way. The Ten (and a Half) Tips for Road Trips is highly recommended reading before you start on your own summer journey by car. Photo: Gregory Han,

There’s a plentitude of sites (including our own) that recommend and rate just about everything made by mankind. But just as important as “what to buy” is knowing what’s possible using the products you’ve purchased. Inner Vision is a weekly digest connecting the dots between great everyday objects and the cultures and techniques behind living well with them.

The Five Rules of Sneaker Maintenance, by style director of Details,  Eugene Tong. Four words: Mr Clean Magic Eraser.

The five rules of sneaker maintenance according to Details magazine’s style director Eugene Tong. Four words: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

So Fresh and So Clean: People might call you a neat freak, OCD, anal-retentive. So what? I’m certainly not judging, because I agree: You’ve gotta keep those kicks clean and pristine, just like this step-by-step guide from Details magazine’s style editor demonstrates.

Dry Cleaning 2.0: Since we’re on the topic of cleaning: Did you know some clothing marked “Dry Clean Only”can actually be washed at home instead of sent to the cleaners? There are also various professional alternatives for getting that coffee stain out from your favorite dress shirt without the harsh chemicals.

The Menu Cheat Sheet: The label “foodie” has taken a derisive turn, but nobody should ever be ashamed of knowing the difference between émincé and haché—or any food technique, ingredient, or service terminology for that matter.

Chris Burkard's "Five Tips for Taking Better Summer Vacation Photos" is a mixture of tech, technique, and touch-ups.

Chris Burkard’s “Five Tips for Taking Better Summer Vacation Photos” is a mixture of tech, technique, and touch-ups.

Better Photos for Today, Tomorrow, and Always: Just a few photos into adventure photographer Chris Burkard’s portfolio of surfers, mountaineers, and other adventuring spirits and it becomes apparent that Burkard knows how to capture and compose beautiful imagery in demanding conditions. His advice for us more sedate photographers is simple and sound, but applicable to all.

The Quiet Revolution: Just typing the word “icebreaker” makes me cringe. Yet there are increasing expectations for non-stop teamwork, daily meetings, open office layouts, and various other modes of forced socializing which one-third to half of the U.S. population find agonizing. What’s an introvert to do in a world of extrovert expectations and values? Author Susan Cain believes, “You can be competent and be vulnerable at the same time.”

Thank You Berry Much: The next time you find yourself traveling by plane during cold and flu season, try taking elderberry extract beforehand to soften the severity of infection. Better yet, learn how to make your own elderberry tincture and share amongst friends.

A schematic of a basic audio recording studio comprised of a Digital Analog Converter, laptop, microphone with sound baffling, and a pair of speakers.

A schematic of a basic audio recording studio consisting of a digital analog converter, laptop, microphone with sound baffling, and a pair of speakers.

The Basics of Building a Recording Studio: Maybe you want to start your own podcast, add narration to video, or capture sound effects. That built-in microphone on your laptop isn’t going to cut it, Mr./Ms. Heavy Breather. We definitely have some opinions about which microphone and speakers you should consider…

Time After Time: Everyone knows our perception of time changes as we age. An unbearable wait to a child can feel like the blink of an eye to an adult. But why? This site beautifully illustrates how this perceptual phenomenon occurs both visually and statistically.

Fear Factor: The US Navy SEALs have to conquer the most primal of emotions with regularity while under the duress and dangers of combat. They ease fear’s grip on the brain’s amygdala using four steps that can help anyone boost their mental toughness (even if it’s just to handle the stress of a monthly performance review).

One study found the benefits of a vacation peaked on the eighth day on break, gradually decreased each day afterward.

One study found the benefits of a vacation peaked on the eighth day on break, gradually decreasing each day afterward.

Vacation Daze: The secret to maximizing those precious vacation days isn’t length, but how you use it. “Longer vacations aren’t necessarily better than shorter ones. Engage in activities you haven’t done before, even if you’re at home on a staycation. And end a trip on a high note.”

Got an interesting story, link, resource, or how-to you think we should check out for consideration for our next issue of Inner Vision? Drop us a line with the subject “Inner Vision” and we’ll take a look!

Deals: Buy a new Apple computer, get a pair of Beats Solo 2 headphones for free (from $140).

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Best Deals: Buy a new Apple computer in store using their education pricing and you’ll get a pair of Beats Solo 2 on-ear headphones for free (from $140).

The Best Smartwatch for iPhone Owners

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Apple Watch Sport in black and white color variations

Current smartwatch offerings are expensive, they don’t yet live up to the expectations many people have for a gadget that costs hundreds of dollars, and most people can easily get by without one. But if you know you want one—or you want to see how you’d enjoy using one—and if you’re committed to the iPhone, let’s get the obvious out of the way: The best smartwatch for you is an Apple Watch.

Polar releases M400 running watch with a smaller band for smaller wrists

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Polar has begun offering a version of our runner-up pick (the M400) with a 2 cm shorter, pink wristband. [The Best GPS Running Watch]

Deals: Our favorite tablet, the iPad Air 2 64GB, is down to $475 (from $540)

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Best Deals: Our favorite tablet, the iPad Air 2 64GB, is down to $475 for logged in Best Buy members (from $540). [Best Buy]