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Meet GimBall: The Crash-Proof Drone

Meet GimBall: The Crash-Proof Drone

You can really get yourself into trouble putting your expensive camera gear on a drone, Lee Morris has personally lost two drones and Chase Jarvis famously crashed his DJI Phantom into a lake in Iceland. Now Swiss researchers are looking to change all that, or at least help prevent some minor crashes. Enter GimBall: while it may not be waterproof, this drone concept is looking to change the way we approach UAV-based photography.

Slow Lens Getting You Down? The New Fotodiox Speedbooster Can Give You an Extra Stop for Just $160

Slow Lens Getting You Down? The New Fotodiox Speedbooster Can Give You an Extra Stop for Just $160

Yes, you heard right. The newly announced Fotodiox Excell +1 speedbooster (reminiciant of the Metabones Speedbooster) will allow you to mount your Nikon F and Canon FD glass to your MFT body while optically adjusting for crop-factor and giving you a whole extra stop of light. At an introductory price of $160 the Fotodiox blows the Metabones, which sells for between $400 to $600, out of the water and you can get that extra stop of light on a budget.

Recent NYPD Helicopter/DJI Phantom Close Encounter Not What It Seems as Audio of Radio Recording Surfaces

Recent NYPD Helicopter/DJI Phantom Close Encounter Not What It Seems as Audio of Radio Recording Surfaces

Yesterday, Fstoppers writer John White shared news of an apparent close call between two irresponsible pilots' DJI Phantom drones and an NYPD helicopter. Naturally, this sparked a conversation about the safety of such drones in the hands of the public. But as with many hyped new stories, all was not as it seemed. Recently surfaced radio recordings catch the pilots in a rather calm mood as they seem to question the presence of the drones amongst themselves and take it upon themselves to chase down the Phantom to the remote pilots.

Should The Photography Industry Turn Its Back on Doug Gordon?

Should The Photography Industry Turn Its Back on Doug Gordon?

Doug Gordon is a prevailing photographer and educator in the photography community. Whether you recognize his name or not, you've probably seen him on stages for just about every photo expo in the last five years. Through his industry connections, Doug has found a lot of success in his career, but what many don't know, is that he has stirred up a lot of controversy through plagiarism and deceitfulness.

New TSA Rules Require Electronics To Be Charged Before Flights

New TSA Rules Require Electronics To Be Charged Before Flights

Make sure you start putting a fresh set of batteries in your cameras, phones, and other devices prior to going on your next flight. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) put out a release on Sunday that the security screeners at most overseas airports will be asking passengers who are taking flights to the United States to turn on their electronic devices to show that they are not explosives and are truly just regular electronic devices.

Mystery Camera at World Cup- Possible Sighting of the 7D Mark II

Mystery Camera at World Cup- Possible Sighting of the 7D Mark II

It's no secret that the Canon EOS 7D (Canon's high-end crop body) is looking a little long-in-the-tooth. Released in 2009 this little guy still can chug away but has recently started to show its age with cameras in the same price range and is likely to see an upgrade within the next couple months. Canon Rumors is reporting a possible sighting of the rumored 7D Mark II at the world cup and has some suspicious images to back it up.

New Manfrotto Tripods Announced

New Manfrotto Tripods Announced

Manfrotto has refreshed two of its popular tripods; the 190 and 055 series. Both adding a few nice improvements that many will find useful. The most convenient of which is the new Easy Link plug. This allows for instant connection of accessories, such as LED lights or on-board video monitors for video playback.

Elusive Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Back in Stock

Elusive Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Back in Stock

Let's face it, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art is hard to find. I've been getting barraged with questions from fellow photographers asking me when they could buy the 50mm, or if I have some sort of mystical connection that will allow me an unlimited supply of the lenses for them to tap. The popular lens has been nearly perpetually sold out since the lenses came to the market. I just got word that B&H got a new shipment of Canon mounts for the lens in, so if you've been waiting to buy, you can get the lens right now.

Android Tips Hat To Photographers - Adds Tons Of Camera Features To Android 5.0

Android Tips Hat To Photographers - Adds Tons Of Camera Features To Android 5.0

It's no secret that the majority of the photography and art community tends to lean towards Apple for many of their services. Google is hoping to convert a few of us with the announcement of Android 5.0 L this past weekend. Adding RAW support, full manual controls, and any other features to the camera system might make Android the best option for photographers everywhere.

Lytro Wants to Send You on an Icelandic Adventure

Lytro Wants to Send You on an Icelandic Adventure

Iceland is lauded as one of the most amazing places for photography due to the absolutely stunning landscape (Mike Kelley visits there frequently). In anticipation of their new Illum camera coming at the end of the July, Lytro wants to give five photographers an all-expenses-paid trip to Iceland to take part in an exclusive photo shoot with Chris Burkard, a premier adventure lifestyle photographer who serves as the senior staff photographer for Surfer Magazine. If you pre-order the Illum and submit a photo shoot idea, you're automatically entered to win.

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