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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Review: Hawkesmill Monmouth Messenger Bag (It Can Also Be a Backpack!)

I really wanted to like the Hawkesmill Monmouth and had some ridiculously high hopes that were let down with complete heartbreak.

I had known that the Hawkesmill Monmouth was coming a while before its announcement, and in fact, I suggested to the company and a number of others that what the industry needs is a camera bag that can be a messenger and a backpack. By all rights, the Hawkesmill Monmouth is a messenger bag first and foremost made of some of the most luxurious materials I’ve ever seen. And as a messenger bag in and of itself, it isn’t bad. However, there are far more comfortable messenger bags out there that are also much lighter. In fact, I’m not even sure that this bag was totally designed with the photographer in mind.

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Review: Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

The wide angle zoom that many of us have always wanted for the X series system is here in the form of the Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R WR.

When using the Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR on the Fujifilm X-T3, I was both enthused and confused. In some ways, it feels like a massive prime lens as the zooming mechanic is almost completely internal. But at the same time, it’s big. At f2.8 and with a ton of weather sealing, I can understand why though. This lens is designed for the photographer who needs the ability to shoot super but also access some zoom capabilities. If you’re the type of photographer who prefers prime lenses then you’ll be perhaps more delighted with a lens like their very good 16mm f1.4 R WR. However, I must admit that the Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR is an incredibly fun lens to use.

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The Pelican Protector Camera Case Can Probably Double as an Applebox For Vertically Challenged Photographers

If you’re a photographer and have been for a while, then you’re most likely aware of what the Pelican Protector Camera Case can do. Pelican cases have forever been used to protect camera gear from an absolutely horrific abuse from the folks who typically throw around bags and boxes in the shipping process. In fact, it’s being billed as watertight, crushproof and dustproof. Photographers typically take them to protect lights, lenses, cameras, and other gear simply because of how reliable and high quality the cases are.

More details are after the jump.

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This Time Lapse of the 9/11 Memorial Took 10 Years to Create

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Following the very emotional, very moving National September 11 Museum dedication on May 15 when President Obama once again led many to remembering those who were lost in the 9/11 tragedy, webcam network EarthCam released an HD time-lapse video showing the construction of the museum as well as its twin reflection pools.

Produced and directed by EarthCam CEO and founder Brian Cury, this amazing two and a half minute video serves as the culmination of the many web cameras the network installed at the World Trade Center even before the rebuilding efforts and of the over 1 million images they had gathered.

The video, the official commemoration video for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, documents the museum’s almost 13-year construction from October 2004 to May 2014. It covers everything from the groundbreaking to its completion, as seen from high vantage points, and features the Survivor Tree, which has become an important symbol of strength, resilience, and survival in the complex.

It’s EarthCam’s way of honoring the 9/11 victims and is dedicated to their families and friends as well as the men who were involved in the rescue and recovery efforts.

The museum itself officially opens to the public on May 21st but we can already watch the commemorative video. See it after the jump.


Via Gothamist

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