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October 7, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Shares of Staar Surgical Co. fell 13% on Monday after a Food and Drug Administration panel expressed concern about the company's experimental implanted lens for treating nearsightedness. On Friday, an FDA advisory panel recommended that the agency approve the device with several conditions, including longer-term patient follow-up exams. Members of the panel said they were troubled by cell loss in the cornea after surgery. The FDA usually follows its panel's advice.
November 7, 2010 | By Steffie Nelson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For women, one of the fastest ways to get to know a new friend is to look through her closet. Sifting through the layers of silk, sequins, cotton and wool, one can learn about the new acquaintance's past, her obsessions, her quirks and the things shared in common. Los Angeles artist, photographer and fashion lover Jeana Sohn is inviting everyone to this intimate party, via a weekly feature on her blog. Though women posting photos of themselves and their outfits online has become ubiquitous in this Internet age, Closet Visit ups the ante, presenting elegant, at-home portraits of some of L.A.'s most creative, stylish women, such as handbag designer Clare Vivier and jeweler Kathryn Bentley, shot with their wardrobes.
November 4, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Odds are the picture you posted on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr was taken with your smartphone. With the popularity of “smartphone photography,” fewer consumers are using portable, point-and-shoot cameras. But smartphones are limited and don't have the picture-taking functionality of a regular camera. It's difficult, for instance, to take a post-worthy “selfie,” a close-up or a long distance shot with our cellphones. Enter the detachable lens. The Sony Cybershot QX10 and its more expensive sibling the Sony QX100 are the latest camera lens attachments for your smartphone.
September 17, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
How the tiny Sony NEX-C3 digital camera takes such sharp photos and high-def videos has everything to do with great lenses (which are interchangeable) and a big, super-sensitive sensor (great for low light) that's about the size you would get in most bulky SLRs. It measures 4.3-by-2.4-by-1.3-inches (without a lens), the camera comes with  an 18-55mm zoom lens or 16mm wide-angle lens and includes a snap-on flash. There's also an optional 18-200mm zoom lens. The screen can be tilted up or down for overhead or down-low shooting.  You also get Sony's Sweep Panorama mode: Sweep the camera in an arc, and it takes a slew of continuous pictures, then stitches them together to produce a 202-degree panoramic image.  The camera's pricey but you'll pocket plenty of change for the better.
September 21, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
If you want to improve your vacation photos, read on, but we give a hall pass to the readers who submitted photos for the Travel section's annual "What I Did on My Summer Vacation. " They can stop reading here because they've obviously mastered photo basics - and beyond. In fact, they made it difficult to whittle down the 1,500 submissions to something manageable, which you'll see in the Sunday print Travel section and online. These days, with cellphone cameras, everybody is a photographer.
March 18, 1986 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, Times Staff Writer
Seeking entry into the interocular lens market, Allergan Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday that it intends to buy American Medical Optics, the nation's third largest interocular lens maker. Terms of the deal between the two Irvine-based companies were not disclosed. The sale requires the approval of federal regulators and the boards of directors of both companies' parent corporations.
April 18, 1985
The problem with President Reagan is not that he is insensitive, but that he viewed World War II through the lens of a camera--not the barrel of a gun. P. SIMMEL Culver City
May 25, 2010
'Independent Lens: A Village Called Versailles' Where: KCET When: 10 p.m. Tuesday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
June 24, 2009 | David Zucchino
Habibullah owns the last box camera still standing on Kabul's Char-e-Sadart Street. It's a classic: a battered, brightly painted box with a dusty lens at one end and a crude darkroom inside. As recently as a year ago, Habibullah, 42, who uses one name, was one of hundreds of professional photographers who plied their trade with handmade box cameras, sort of slow-motion Polaroids using late 19th century technology.
December 13, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
Back in the day, "Just do it" was the standard exercise mantra, a simple, silent pact between an individual and his or her motivation. Well, that's so Rocky Balboa. Today's data-drenched workout world doesn't need no stinkin' willpower of steel - just a USB port, Bluetooth and an Internet connection. Smart bracelets, smart goggles and other techy stuff worn on our bodies are turning us all into cycling cyborgs and robo-runners, with enough built-in coaches and clever distractions and real-time performance readouts to raise a top athlete's game and get the most dedicated couch potato moving.
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