LensRentals: The Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 for Z Mount Is “Very Modern”

The team at LensRentals had a challenge disassembling the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 S for Z mount. 

“In a lot of ways, it’s really, really well done,” said Roger Cicla in a brief interview with us about his team’s time trying to repair a Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 S for the Z mount. “In a few, it’s very poorly thought out. For example, I would guess a broken filter ring is a $400 repair, it requires complete disassembly.” What the team encountered is a very modern design with the Nikon 24-70mm, and we found the same thing to be true in our review. Part of the modern design has to do with the LCD screen up top. But in addition to that, the lens is a completely new design for mirrorless cameras and also designed to be small. That’s better than lots of other options on the market right now.

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Forget Gear: This is the Best Way for a Photographer to Grow

The idea of making an investment back into yourself and getting over GAS is a powerful one.

Let’s be honest, you probably have all the gear that you NEED as a photographer–wanting and needing are two different things. But what every photographer needs (and it’s true today more than ever) is an actual functioning website. Your Instagram isn’t enough–that’s a place for us to see the work that you do in a less curated fashion as you work tirelessly to beat an algorithm. But a website from a company that is ethical to photographers like Format is worth the investment into yourself. Your Instagram can get shut down, shadow banned, etc. But a platform that you control won’t have that problem. And trust us, it’s a set it and forget it type of thing with occasional updates and a far less toxic community than Instagram can be.

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SEO for Photographers: An Introductory Guide to Getting Your Site Seen

This is a syndicated blog post from Digital Photo Magazine originally written by William Sawalich. It and the images here are being syndicated with permission.

Do you want people to find your photography website? Whether you’re displaying your images for fun or, more than likely, with the hopes of making a profit, it’s important to optimize your website so search engines will be more likely to return your site in the search results much earlier. The sooner you appear in that list, the better, because studies have shown most people don’t go very far down the list of search results before choosing a destination or going back and trying it again.

The point is, if you want to rank highly in search results, you need to use search engine optimization techniques, or SEO, in order to tailor your site the way search engines like them. Here are five straightforward (i.e., not for computer programmers) tips photographers can use to optimize their websites.

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Format Follows AP Photojournalist Andrew Harnik Through the White House

All images by Andrew Harnik. Used with permission.

In Format’s latest edition of the InFrame web series, they’re following AP Photographer Andrew Harnik through the White House. This episode focuses on Andrew talking about how his goal was to always be a photographer and his evolution as a photojournalist. Andrew was an Art Photographer but realized later on that the most important thing for him was people–which got him into photojournalism. Combine this with the fact that the Washington Post was always the newspaper that was read each and every morning growing up, and you’ve got something that makes more sense when putting the puzzle together. Of course, Andrew’s work also surely speaks for itself and is incredibly inspiring.

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Alexander Gavrilov: Moscow’s Architecture in Kodak T-Max

All images by Alexander Gavrilov. Used with creative commons permission.

Admittedly, when you think about big, sprawling buildings and architecture you don’t often think about Moscow in the way that you would a place like Chicago, Toronto or NYC. But Photographer Alexander Gavrilov has work that is bound to make you think different. To create these low contrast images, Alex used Kodak T-Max and a Kiev 88 SLR camera. The sharpness that you see comes from what Kodak T-Max was designed to do: give a lot of attention to details though with not a whole lot from the midtones.

Alex’s images use many of the fundamentals of urban geometry involving the use of lines, shapes, etc. His images give an almost Twilight Zone look to the city while adding a bit of modern flair. This is all accented by Alex’s use of shadows and light to sometimes make it look like some parts of the scenes are blending into one another. Combined with the fairly contrasty light of an afternoon, what you tend to get are these scenes with buildings against an almost stagnant and plain background that is the sky.

China Completes The Largest Building in the World: Here are Photos


Get ready to be humbled: the largest building in the world as of now is in China. Now for some crazy facts: the new building is as large as 329 football fields and 1,300 feet wide and 328 feet high. It has a water park (basically a faux beach) that can accommodate 6,000 visitors – at once. Essentially, the building is a mini city with two five star hotels featuring 1,000 rooms each, a video screen that is 500 feet wide, an IMAX theatre, skating rink, and more.

Photos are after the jump.

Via Design Boom

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