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Judgement Makes Commercial Drones Completely Legal Again

Known as Trappy on message boards and Facebooks groups, and the “aeriel anarchist” among drone hobbyist, Raphael Pirker the 29-year-old swede will be making headlines today after a federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) case against Pirker. In 2011 the FAA smacked Pirker with a $10,000 fine after he flew his Styrofoam drone around the University of Virginia while filming an ad for the university’s medical school. This became a test case for the FAA’s authority to prohibit people from flying a drone for commercial purposes. [more]

The Freedom Tower: A View From The Top Of The World

Months of planning, 567 images stitched into a single panorama and a 14.6 gigabyte image results in a breathtaking view of New York City from the top of the Freedom Tower. Deemed as one the tallest skyscrapers in the US, the new Freedom Tower is about one year out from completion. [more]

Your Sony A7/A7R Might Light Leak & How You Can Fix It

The Sony A7 and A7R were two of the most important cameras released in 2013. They pack a full-frame sensor into a compact mirrorless body with high resolutions of 24 and 36 MP respectively. We reviewed the Sony A7R here. While the A7(R) is an amazing camera (and the first of its kind), recently there have been reports of light leaks. Here’s a quick fix via übergizmo. [more]

2013 Photography Industry Reviewed

LensVid recently put out a really cool breakdown of the photography industry in 2013. They created a pretty detailed chart based on official numbers published by CIPA (the Camera and Imaging Products Association). This chart goes into details on camera sales for DSLR’s, Mirrorless, and even Non-Interchangeable lens cameras. [more]

From WPPI: Epson’s Shockingly Gorgeous New Paper & Sigma Shows Us the New 50mm f/1.4

As of today at 3pm, WPPI was concluded – and while the trade show itself is done, we’re all still left with the excitement lingering from the last couple days. Today, we highlight a look at Sigma, who was able to show us their newly announced camera system as well as the much-anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens. We also stop by Epson, to look at their rich new metallic prints available for ordering soon. [more]

Crowd-Funded Gear: Photographer Seeks $6,500 for D4s

Stephen Yanni, Orlando  photographer started a GoFundMe campaign on Saturday to raise money to buy a Nikon D4s. Jared Polin of Fro Knows Photo made a YouTube video this evening talking about this unusual move. The video also has phone interview between Jared and the photographer. [Update: Yanni's GoFundMe was removed 03/05/2014]. [more]

Michael Christopher Brown on Living and Working in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to simply as “DRC”, is a country steeped in reports of extreme violence, corruption and unrest. Citing ethnic conflict and the pursuit of control over abundant mineral resources, The New York Times referred to the country as “one of the biggest battlefields in Africa’s history.” [more]

From WPPI: Panasonic Lumix GH4 Price Hint, Animoto’s New Offerings, and the Nikon D4s

WPPI is upon us, and Fstoppers is here to give you an inside look at all the exciting new products on display and/or announced during this three day event in Vegas. Yesterday, we were able to get an inside look at Animoto, the Nikon D4s, and pricing and info for the Panasonic Lumix GH4. [more]

From WPPI: Fstoppers Previews the Comodo Orbit Mechanical Gimbal

There were few new products on the show floor that garnered as much attention as the Comodo Orbit. It’s eye catching, but mostly because people are just fascinated with the design. We spoke to Comodo regarding the new product, and show you a little more about how it works. We even show you how quickly you can adjust the gimbal to accept any new camera. [more]

RED Epic Dragon Bests Nikon D800E on DxOMark

This just in: the DxOMark scores have been published, the new 6K RED Epic Dragon camera beats out the old king-of-the-hill, the Nikon D800E. The first video sample for the Dragon surfaced in August, 2013 and we’ve been excited to see how it would perform ever since. The RED press release surprised many with the camera being advertised for both video and stills. At around 19MP this camera system might just give high-end Nikon and Canon DSLRs a run for their money. [more]

Hasselblad Officially Announces Availability of H5D-50c CMOS Camera Back

Hasselblad has made the camera they said existed back in January official: the H5D-50C CMOS medium format back will retail for €20,900. Ian Rawcliffe, Hasselblad CEO, stated: “There is no price premium at all for customers who wish to acquire this groundbreaking technology. The H5D-50c will ship with the same price tag that applies to our H5D-50 model.” [more]

Follow Zach Sutton and Jaron Schneider on the WPPI Floor on Instagram

This week Zach and I will be roaming the WPPI Las Vegas show floor, talking to some cool people and showing you some new products. While there, we’ll be Instagramming our shenanigans, and you can follow us! Couldn’t make it this year? Let us be your eyes and ears! [more]

Woman Sues For Commercial Use of Her “Hot” Police Mugshot

Perhaps police stations should consider issuing model release forms along with standard booking procedure, as it appears a mother of four who was arrested for a DUI back in 2010 is now suing a background check website for illegally using her mugshot. The woman claims countless websites have branded her a “hot convict” and have destroyed her peace of mind. [more]

Hunger Games Series Elects To Use Film

In recent news, the production team of the Hunger Games series tells all on their decision to use film over digital film-making. This news has been well received by creatives who still trust and love the quality of film. There have been several favorable comments that the look of “Catching Fire”was drastically improved from the 1st movie in the series “Hunger Games.” For the second film, the production team brought in a new director, Francis Lawrence. [more]

Steve McCurry Shoots the Last Roll of Kodachrome Film

“All good things must come to an end.” It’s a common theme throughout this special by National Geographic in which we follow Steve McCurry on his quest of shooting the last roll of Kodak Kodachrome film ever made. It’s a pretty daunting and heavy assignment to be sure – one McCurry is no stranger to. That fact is even more apparent when we learn that it was McCurry who asked for the final roll. [more]

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