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4 December 2018

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at George H.W. Bush, top news photos, 'The Way Home', Roger Melis, popular 2018 rentals, Hogan's Nikon Z 7 review, B&H deals under $50, a Rocky Nook discount and two Borrowlenses discounts.

  • Kirk Tuck fondly recalls two events he ran into Former President George H.W. Bush. The New York Times has published A Nation Mourns George Bush, covering the memorial services. And the Washington Post goes Back in Time with Bush's White House photographer David Valdez.
  • Alan Taylor presents the Top 25 News Photos of 2018. He plans to follow this up with a three part 2018: The Year in Photos starting tomorrow.
  • Heidi Volpe interviews Photography Director Jacqueline Bates about the California Sunday Magazine feature story The Way Home, which has a companion exhibit at the Aperture Foundation.
  • Diane Smyth presents a set of Roger Melis' Images of East Germany from his 1989 book In a Silent Country, which will be published in English for the first time. Melis was blacklisted after taking photographs for an article by a dissident who escaped to the West. He had the freedom to execute commissions from Western media but, "At the same time, the Stasi searched my house in Uckermark in the dead of night because they suspected me of having negatives of undesirable images."
  • Zach Sutton tallies the Most Popular Photography and Videography Products of 2018 at LensRentals. Despite a drop in market share, Canon was heavily favored again as others made gains over last year.
  • Thom Hogan has published his Nikon Z 7 Camera Review. He likes it, especially if you already have Nikkors and want to move into mirrorless. He recommends the kit lens, too. "You won't find another lens of that capability at that price and it completely smokes the Sony 24-70mm f4," he writes.
  • B&H has curated (shall we say) a set of Deals Under $50.
  • Rocky Nook will take 35 percent off your entire purchase until Dec. 15 when you use the code DECEMBER2018 at checkout.
  • You can save 20 percent on rentals in December at Borrowleneses when you use the code DEC20OFF. And rentals for seven or more days and get seven additional days for free on rentals arriving Dec. 12 to 22 with the code DEC7FOR7.

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