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Pond5 Lets Photographers and Videographers Set Their Own Price for Stock Video, Stills, and More

Pond5 Lets Photographers and Videographers Set Their Own Price for Stock Video, Stills, and More

A number of websites offer multimedia content to content creators for their projects through an easy-to-access online portal. But as well as those sites serve the many that use them, they all have one thing in common: they set the price for all content. Letting photographers, videographers, and musicians set the price for their own work, Pond5 is an exception in a set of businesses between which it is increasingly hard to differentiate.

Nikon's New AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens Is Probably the New Bokeh King

Nikon's New AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens Is Probably the New Bokeh King

Nikon has announced the AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED. Yes, that wide aperture is real. And yes, at $2,196.95, it's as expensive as anyone thought it might be. The good news is that optical quality is supposed to be at the top of its segment. With a relatively long focal length of 105mm, the f/1.4 maximum aperture is impressive regardless of the price. Also featuring Nikon's latest nano and fluorine coatings, this is bound to be a new favorite lens for many portrait and wedding photographers.

Peak Design Launches Kickstarter for Four New Bags Built on Success of Everyday Messenger

Peak Design Launches Kickstarter for Four New Bags Built on Success of Everyday Messenger

In the same style and featuring many of the same advancements (such as Peak Design's MagLatch) as the original Everyday Messenger bag, Peak Design is back, this time with four new bags based on a backpack (in two sizes), tote, and small sling design. If you want to get in on the best prices, you still have time to save an additional 10 dollars on early bird pricing. But the campaign is already more than 15 percent fully funded, and it's moving fast.

How To Reduce Your Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud Storage Space and Save Cash in the Process

How To Reduce Your Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud Storage Space and Save Cash in the Process

As photographers, we have a never-ending, ever-perpetuating growth of photos piling up on our hard drives. Inevitably, whether that work is professional or personal, our photos end up taking space on cloud storage accounts that we keep upgrading whenever we reach the limit. But what if you could cut the size of these files in half without losing any visible quality? You could save a lot of headache, not to mention, money.

First Look: Hands-On With the Hasselblad X1D

First Look: Hands-On With the Hasselblad X1D

Hasselblad is touring the country (and the world) with prototypes of the new 50-megapixel X1D camera and the two lenses launching alongside it. Priced way below any other Hasselblad on the market (and in line with Pentax’s 645Z), the X1D ushers in unparalleled portability while creating a entirely new segment: the medium format mirrorless camera. Earlier this week, I got a few minutes with this interesting hybrid.

Fujifilm Announces X-T2 With Over-Sampled 4K Video, 325-Point Hybrid AF, and a Slew of Requested Improvements

Fujifilm Announces X-T2 With Over-Sampled 4K Video, 325-Point Hybrid AF, and a Slew of Requested Improvements

Just announced and already available for pre-order, the X-T2 is Fujifilm's latest and truly greatest mirrorless camera — and it's not even the most expensive. Supporting the latest 24-megapixel X-Trans III sensor are features that include 8 frames-per-second shooting (11 fps with a newly announced power grip), an ISO range of 200-12,800 (up to 100-51,200), and over-sampled video during both 1080p and a Fujifilm mirrorless camera first: 4K recording. If you want the best Fujifilm mirrorless body, this is it. And we're just getting started.

KitSplit Is a Gear Rental and Listing Site That Will Do Anything You Don't Want to Do Yourself

KitSplit Is a Gear Rental and Listing Site That Will Do Anything You Don't Want to Do Yourself

KitSplit offers more than its already unique combination of a peer-to-peer gear rental platform with a traditional store-to-shooter online storefront that allows renters to compare all possible options. Can’t find the gear you need? KitSplit’s customer service will source it and find a way to get it on the site for you to rent. Too daunting or taxing on your schedule to list your gear yourself? Send KitSplit a gear list, and they’ll list it for you. You can set the prices or let them recommend that part based on availability and prices in your area. KitSplit brings full-service treatment to the business of connecting people with the gear they need.

GoPro Records Woman Stealing Drone and Falsely Claiming It 'Almost Killed' Her

GoPro Records Woman Stealing Drone and Falsely Claiming It 'Almost Killed' Her

A first-person view (FPV) drone operator recently crashed his drone in a park where he had permission to fly. While the drone landed at least dozens of yards away from the nearest person, a woman walked the distance with her dog, picked up the drone, tucked it under her shirt, and walked away. The GoPro attached to the drone continued to record the entire incident, including the aggressive verbal language and possibly multiple 911 calls she made as she became rather hysterical and the situation got out of hand.

Get 3D Videos from a Smartphone for $35, Maybe

Get 3D Videos from a Smartphone for $35, Maybe

Eye-Plug is a new, tiny external camera device that plugs into your Android phone's reversible USB-C port to produce 3D video and photo content in conjunction with your phone's built-in camera. Previewed by Engadget at Computex 2016, which kicked off today in Taipei, the Eye-Plug promises to be useful for a variety of applications and will supposedly cost only $35, which Engadget is unsure about.

Hands-On With the Nikon D5: The Best All-Around Body Money Can Buy

Hands-On With the Nikon D5: The Best All-Around Body Money Can Buy

It’s easy to be astounded by statistics such as 14 fps and ISO 3,000,000. But when you put everything that Nikon’s latest flagship body offers together, you get a machine that is the first of its kind, and that's really thanks to the combination of two features Nikon obviously pushed to new heights: autofocus, and — yes — ISO sensitivity (which has itself been a point of controversy for the Nikon D5).

Women Explore a 'Sexual Relationship' With NYC in 'F*CKING NEW YORK' [NSFW]

Women Explore a 'Sexual Relationship' With NYC in 'F*CKING NEW YORK' [NSFW]

To say New York City is a high-energy city would be a wholly plain and severely understated description of a city with which many have a deep loving, hateful, or love/hate relationship. The complexity of this relationship is further compounded by an unconditional love that many of its inhabitants feel, although that love might often be one born of a deep respect for its power to make or break those who hope to succeed within its confines. "F*cking New York" is a new photographic fine art book that expresses much of this tension, freedom, and energy through a visual exploration of a hypothetical "sexual relationship" with New York City.

Save 93% on MacPhun's Creative Kit XXL Bundle

Save 93% on MacPhun's Creative Kit XXL Bundle

MacPhun is a popular à la carte Mac photo-editing software company that offers a variety of solutions for various editing needs. For the next week and a half, they're offering their entire suite of products for a price of $129, compared to the $2,000 that it would normally cost. Is $2,000 a little steep for all of this? Sure. But at $129, some will find it hard to pass up these standalone, subscription-free editing tools. Creative Kit customers can save even more.

Nikon Approves New Models for Repair by Third-Party Service Centers, Allowing Grey-Market Repairs in USA

Nikon Approves New Models for Repair by Third-Party Service Centers, Allowing Grey-Market Repairs in USA

Nikon Rumors reports that Nikon has added several professional DSLR bodies to a list of those allowed to be serviced at authorized thirdy-party repair centers in the United States. This means that for many, both your grey market and USA model bodies can now be serviced within the U.S. for the first time. The list of service centers offering repairs on these bodies is still limited at around seven or eight total, but that's still seven or eight more than it was yesterday.

Review: Adobe Spark Puts Easy, Professional Content Creation Into Everyone’s Hands

Review: Adobe Spark Puts Easy, Professional Content Creation Into Everyone’s Hands

Let me get to the point: Adobe Spark could be the company’s biggest release yet. For veteran Adobe users, it might not seem as exciting as a new Creative Cloud update; but the combination of its ease of use, ingenious functionality, and truly professional results give it the potential to aid far more people than Photoshop ever will — no, really. This is helped immensely by the fact that Spark’s launch is amongst the most impressive I’ve ever seen, as Adobe Spark launches today with the maturity of a decade-old product. And it’s completely free.

Instagram's Much-Anticipated 'Insights' Analytics Look Awesome

Instagram's Much-Anticipated 'Insights' Analytics Look Awesome

A number of iOS and Android apps rake in huge sums of money by promising heavy Instagram users access to a multitude of account information and analytics. It's no secret that Instagram could capitalize on this in a huge way. Naturally, they don't plan on charging for the service. Instead, they're likely counting on it to boost user interaction. But we do finally know what the new "Insights" feature will offer and how it will look.

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