KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED 5/17

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia (UPDATED 5/17/2015)
Written by  |  May 16, 2015

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2014, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts... (UPDATED 5/17/2015 with FAA Activities at bottom of article)

Has Micro Four Thirds Reached Its Pixel Limit?

The rumours about a new model of camera from Panasonic create, again, a discussion about the millions of pixels in the sensor: it’s, again, 16MP. Has Micro Four Thirds reached its limit when it comes to pixels? Not according to Sony.
Written by  |  May 15, 2015
Let’s be clear. Everybody gets excited when Sony, Nikon or Canon raise the number of pixels, by millions, in their cameras. Or frowns when they do not do it. There seems to be a fascination for more pixels, although “more” does not necessarily “mean”...

Your Weather Sealed Lens May Need a Filter

If you bought a new weather sealed lens but skipped buying a protection filter, well, you may not have a weather sealed lens. That’s what manufacturers indicate in some of their manuals.
Written by  |  May 7, 2015
A filter is essential to protect your lens, we are told when we start in photography or video. A glass element in front of your lens will protect it from dust, rain, finger marks and even an eventual scratch that could damage your expensive...

X3 ND: The Sharpest and Most Neutral ND Filter

The world’s sharpest and most color neutral ND filter is now shipping. It’s a 10 stop pitch black product from Breakthrough Photography, the X3 ND.
Written by  |  May 4, 2015
The new X3 ND 10 stop filter from Breakthrough Photography is the sharpest and most color neutral ND I’ve ever used, wrote photographer Art Wolfe when asked to try the filter. So, the claim made by the company behind this Kickstarter project seems to be...

Review: The New Canon EF 100-400mm for Flowers and Bees

The EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is an exciting new lens from Canon. Many will say it is a lens for wildlife. For me it is a “do everything lens”, even flowers and insects, due to its close focusing distance. It’s amazing what Canon did!
Written by  |  April 29, 2015
For 16 years Canon kept people waiting for their new 100-400mm lens. There is an explanation for the long period of waiting: the “old” Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM was/is so good that photographers kept buying it. And still do, although the...

Refined Zeiss Lenses for Sony α A-mount

According to some people Zeiss lenses are perfect... but as Sony says, there is always room for improvement.
Written by  |  April 23, 2015
Sony announced the launch of refined versions of ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* standard and wide angle zooms for their α A-mount cameras, extending their offer of lenses for this system. Sony has enhanced its line-up of α A-mount interchangeable lenses with...

TIPA Names 2015's Best Photo Bag

The Technical Image Press Association named Think Tank Photo’s 10th anniversary edition Airport International LE Classic rolling camera case 2015’s “Best Photo Bag.”
Written by  |  April 16, 2015
The award won by Think Tank Photo comes at a special moment for the company. Think Tank Photo celebrates its 10th year in the market, and the bag that won the award was created as an anniversary edition. So, the Airport...

A Backpack for Mirrorless Systems

The new Urban Approach 15 backpack is the first backpack from Think Tank Photo designed specifically to hold a complete mirrorless camera system.
Written by  |  March 24, 2015
Cinematographers on the move, even those with smaller mirrorless systems, need to protect their gear while having easy access to equipment. Although any bag or backpack can be used, adapted or transformed to carry a mirrorless system, many users will look at...

The Best Micro Four Thirds Cameras for Video

If you aim to buy a Micro Four Thirds camera for video, you must know which models are available. There are less than you may think, as only Panasonic and Olympus create multiple models of this type of camera.
Written by  |  March 23, 2015
Mirrorless they may be, but not all mirrorless cameras are Micro Four Thirds. Only when you buy mirrorless cameras from Panasonic or Olympus (and more recently Kodak, with the Kodak Pixpro S-1), are you really buying into the system conceived to unify all cameras...

Hondo Garage Rigs Have a Lower Price Now

The new line of support rigs from Hondo Garage for people looking for a travel-friendly package was expensive. Not anymore!
Written by  |  March 6, 2015
Creator of some interesting solutions when it comes to minimalist camera-stabilizing solutions, Hondo Garage agrees that their equipment is not the cheapest in the market. In fact, they say downright that it is “too damned...
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