How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ‘Gram

 By Danny Luong

Ask yourself: Would I use anything other than Instagram? It’s a tough pill to swallow for most photographers, the idea of changing away from, or not using a nearly ubiquitous tool for image sharing — the platform boasts as many as 500 million daily active users. A Google search of ‘Instagram alternatives’ brings up camera apps, but they are not new social media platforms for sharing images. That being said, I know I can’t be the only one worried about news regarding the ethics of social media. Turns out, I’m not. John Veldhoen, a regular contributor here at the TCS blog, as well as our curator of books, offers with me a critical look into photography’s favourite, and only viable social media platform.

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Cameras on the Go: How to Travel with your Photo Gear

 By Dave Chidley

I’m just getting ready to host another photo adventure on a tour to Coast Rica and am once again agonizing over packing.  No, not over my clothes and stuff, that suitcase took just about half an hour to pack. I’m in the middle of a camera gear cyclone as I make the difficult decisions on what to take, what to leave home and then how to safely and effectively travel with my gear.

If you are like me, it takes about three days to decide what lenses, bodies and accessories that need to travel with me and which pieces stay home.  My den is a disaster, with bags covering the floor.

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Ricoh Announces New Pentax 11-18mm F2.8 and 35mm F2

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

Ricoh has announced two new Pentax lenses: the DA* 11-18mm F2.8ED DC AW and the HD FA 35mm F2.

The 11-18mm is the latest in their star lineup, and, after a bit of a delay follow it’s announcement in 2017, is now ready to ship next month. It offers a nice wide-angle option for the many APS-C cameras in the Pentax line-up, with a full frame equivalent of approximately 16-27mm focal length.

The 35mm F2, a compact full frame lens, is based on the same AL film lens. HD coatings reduce reflections, and SP coatings on the front element repel water for durability and shooting in adverse conditions. It features an aperture ring and distance scale despite its compact profile and weighs less than 200g.

Both lenses are available for preorder and are expected to begin shipping this spring.

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