Welcome to 2019!

Bad news for one of our sponsors, the Hunts Photo store in  Manchester, New Hampshire was broken into just before Christmas and the thieves made off with $50,000 worth of camera gear.  This was the second break-in in four months.  Hopefully the thieves will be captured soon. The open source program Darktable, which is a Lightroom like program, has been recently upgraded.  Darktable is a free download for Mac, Windows and Linux.  A recent study in the Journalism and Mass Communications Journal highlights how photographs taken by non-professionals leave viewers less engaged.

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The Fotobug guys review the new gimbal from DJI, the Ronin-S.  Gimbals are becoming more important and more prevalent for video makers wanting to improve their videos by capturing smooth Hollywoodesque moves.  The Ronin-s is an affordable 3-axis option from DJI, which has moved into professional gimbals in a big way.  The Ronin-s currently supports a number of cameras to control focus triggering the camera on and off - more cameras are being added all the time.  A number of accessories are also available including third party accessories.  The unique design of the gimbal with the 45 degree rotating motor which allows the LCD view screen to be seen while operating the gimbal in normal or flashlight mode.  DJI has also released an app which can control the gimbal including timelapse, tracking and panorama modes.  Priced at $749, it went on sale over the holiday for $549.

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Jim and Fred are eager to review the new Mavic Phantom 2 Zoom, but first, recent photo news!

The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board is now asking visitors not to geotag specific locations when visiting Wyoming's National Parks to keep everyone from going to the same spots.  The Colorado Tripod Company has released the first titanium tripod system. The hollow ball and tripod are now on Kickstarter for a support price of $399.  GoPro has announced it may be bringing its production back the the United States due to the tariff concerns. A drone may have struck a 737 and damaged the nose of the plane.  In addition, a number of drones flying near an England airport caused the airport to be shut down.  At least two people have been arrested.  DJI has also announced a new Mavic Enterprise drone with twin cameras - one is an Infrared camera - release price is $2699,  For these stories and more, tune in to the podcast!

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DJI is now the leading manufacturer of drones for consumers.  Jim and Fred review the latest version of the Mavic 2, which comes in two models - The Zoom and the Pro.  This review covers the Zoom model.  Both drones are identical except for the cameras.  The Zoom features a 1/2.3" sensor but the camera is fitted with a 2x optical zoom.  The Pro model has a Hasselblad branded camera with a 1" sensor and a variable aperture, but no zoom.  Both models features 360 Obstacle avoidance in some flight modes, 31 minute flight time, low-noise props, 44 mph in sport mode, and Occusync 2.0 Wifi for sending HD video to the transmitter from up to 5 miles away.  The Mavic 2 Zoom has a MSRP of $1249 and the Mavic 2 Pro is listed at $1499.

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Jim and Fred have some suggestions for holiday shoppers for photographers, but first, the news!

The FAA has granted Vantage Robotic's 4K camera drone Snap a certification to allow it to be flown over crowds of people for commercial and non-commercial purpose.  Underwater camera housing manufacturer Nauticam has released a housing for the Nikon mirrorless camera.  DJI has released a new Osmo gimbal called the Osmo PocketTumblr has announced all adult content will be removed from the site by December 17th. Photokina 2019 has been cancelled and will become an annual event beginning 2020.

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The Holidays are right around the corner, and the Fotobug guys have some suggestions for the photographer in your life (or maybe even for yourself!).  Links to many of the suggestions in the podcast are listed below.  If you have suggestions or comments, please leave them below and we wish you all the best of the Season!

Coming up: a review of the DJI Ronin-S and the new Mavic Zoom drone.

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Product links mentioned in Podcast:

Drone Tablet Stent - https://goo.gl/nZv31S

Neewer ND Filters - Mavic - https://goo.gl/ToHE7k

PolarPro ND Filters - Mavic - https://goo.gl/6Dt4Mn

USB Card Reader - https://goo.gl/WPjeLt

Carson LED Sensor Loupe - https://goo.gl/EXxduF

Lens Pen - https://goo.gl/wJVj5W

AA Battery Caddy - https://goo.gl/5CCF5n

Camera Rain Sleeve - https://goo.gl/JrezuT

BlackRapid Camera Strap - single - https://goo.gl/sKvf5r

BlackRapid Camera Strap - double - https://goo.gl/4pqMqR

Rogue Safari Popup Flash extender - https://goo.gl/23Y24c

Hoodman Loupe - https://goo.gl/rNeaGP

Redhead Glomitt Gloves - Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops - $19.95

 

 

 

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Jim has returned from his trip from Iceland and shares highlights in today's podcast!

In recent photo news, Benro has launched a new 3-axis gimbal that has a convertible handle and gimbal manufacturer Zhiyun-Tech has introduced zoom control as well as focus control for its new flagship model, the Crane 3 Lab. Can't afford Photoshop? Photopea is a free Photoshop alternative that works directly in the browser and offers advanced features including spot removal, clone tool, layers, filters, and masks.  Interested in buying or selling used photo gear? Gear Offer is an online marketplace for selling and buying used camera gear with fees lower than both Amazon and eBay. DxO announces the latest update to Nik Collection (version 1.1) that brings better compatibility, fewer bugs to the plugin suite.  A number of Kansas City metro hotspots are putting up "No Trespassing" signs that specifically state 'No Photographers,'.

 

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Iceland is a treasure and popular place for photography and is becoming more popular all the time.  Jim has now led photo tours to Iceland for the fifth time and shares highlights from the most recent trip.  We were fortunate to once again get the northern lights and even visited an 'ice cave', although the large cave was flooded and we had to settle for a glacier crevasse. All in all, great friends and we enjoyed traveling once again with Magnus who led Jim's previous trip.

Coming up: reviews of the LitraPro, Ronin-S gimbal, DJI Mavic 2 Zoom as well as suggestions for stocking stuffers and a review of The Fotobug 2018 predictions along with predictions for 2019.  Stay tuned and please check out and subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel!

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In recent news, Fotolia will be shutting down their service by November of 2019 and transferred to Adobe Stock.  Hong Kong based CARBON launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a hand-cranked instant film camera using Instax film. Also on Kickstarter, ONDU is running a campaign to produce more pinhole cameras. The latest update of Luminar contains and AI based sky enhancer. DJI drones in the UK have been falling out of the sky due to bad battery cells. Also, DJI has released a new Mavic Pro Enterprise for first responders.   Epson has released a new textured ink-jet printer under the Legacy range of papers.  For more news and more details, watch the podcast!

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At the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup in September, Fred and Jim met a young man who was traveling throughout the country - 50 states in 50 days and invited Daniel Seddiqui to appear on the current podcast.  Daniel carefully planned out his venture and wanted to visit and participate in iconic events in all 50 states - 1 state per day!  Daniel also taped his venture and segments are currently appearing on The Weather Channel.  We urged Daniel to create a YouTube channel and we will share the link once he has it established.

Stay tuned for upcoming episodes featuring Jim's trip to Iceland, review of the Ronin-S gimbal and the new LitraPro LED light.

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In recent photography news, the FAA now has the authority to take down drones that are violating FAA rules.  That includes shooting them down.  A recent study found over 211 selfie related deaths.  Be careful out there!  A new monochrome film stock has been release in 135, 120 and 4 x 5 formats. 

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Jim took his annual trip to the western states on his way to the Black Hills in South Dakota.  States he visited include Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.  He not only visited several national parks, but also state parks and even some places off the beaten path.  In addition, he shares some photo tips along the way!

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Fred and Jim just returned from the Black Hills and shares highlights of the event!

In recent news, Just two weeks after Nikon introduced its Z-system, Canon has joined the full-frame mirrorless club with its new RF-mount system.  DJI has been authorized by the FAA to allow 107 pilots to apply online and gain near instant approval to fly within 5 miles of nearly 500 airports. Phottix has launched a new operating system for its portable flash systems that it says automatically switches between different manufacturer’s TTL systems. Sigma has said it will create a full-frame Foveon camera and will adopt the Leica L mount for its system. 'I'm Back' is now available on Kickstarter for a range of old film-SLRs, such as Nikon's F-Series, the Olympus OM10 or the Canon AE-1 and works by capturing the image projected onto a focus screen using a 1/2.33"-type 16MP Panasonic image sensor.  Nikon will cease offering Brazil-based customer service and technical support.  All this and more details in the podcast!

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What a surprise at the number of photographers who showed up in the Black Hills despite the cancellation of the Shootout this year!  Jim and Fred especially want to thank Mike Wolforth, Mark Nelson and family, Tony Dutoit, Robert Yellowhawk, Mandy Whaley, Steve Thompson and all the photographers who showed up and helped out!  Nicole, get well soon!  We were also sad that Bill Fortney was unable to make it to any of the events due to one of his group became ill, but Bill has promised to do an interview on a future podcast!

Next time, Jim will present a highlights of his western trip! Please subscribe the The Fotobug YouTube channel for even more!!

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A couple months back, Fred and Jim did a review of the Litra Torch and gave it a big thumbs up!  Litra just completed a Kickstarter project for a newer light - the LitraPro and the Litra Business Development Manager, Andrew Siminoff agreed to sit down and show off the new LitraPro!  The Kickstarter project has now ended, but the new LitraPro will be availble before the holidays (and can be pre-ordered now!).  The new light is larger and brighter than its little brother.  It can also be switched from daylight to tungsten in 100K increments.  It also is water proof down to 100' underwater.  There are a number of accessories that can be purchased separately including barn doors, soft boxes, honeycomb gird and more!  Check out all the features at https://litra.com/

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Jim and Fred are currently in South Dakota, so there won't be any photography news until the next podcast!  Our special guest is a friend we made three years ago at the Tampa Bay Photo shootout, David Guy Maynard!  David is not only a photographer, he is also a musician, gourmet cook, song writer, poet and more!  You alos need to check out his website and workshops at www.dmaynardphotography.com/  David is also active on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Be sure to tune in fof th next podcast for highlights of the Black Hills and interview with Bill Fourtney!

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Despite the fact that The ninth annual Black Hills Photo Shootout has been cancelled, Fred and Jim are still heading to Rapid City to meet up with photographers still planniing to attend and many photo activities are being put together for free!!!  If you have no plans for the end of September, why not join us?

In the news, Nikon has released 2 new mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and the Z7.  The Z7 is now available and the Z6 will be available in November. More details in the podcast!  The European Imaging and Sound Association has announced its awards and Sony came away with five of the 18 prizes.  Huawei was caught again passing off DSLR images as images captured with its smart phones!  DJI has announced two new drones, the Mavic Pro 2 and the Mavic Pro 2 Zoom.  Watch the podcast for more details!

 

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The Magilight was an Indiegogo project for a light stick for light painting.  The Magilight not only produces swirls of colored light, but via an SD card, can actually "paint" BMP images that you produce on your computer.  Many images are also included with the unit and more are available through the Magilight Facebook Page.  Jim and Fred take the Magiilight out for a trial run and we want to thank our volunteer model, Scarlett Dawn (www.modelsociety.com) and Jason Hahn for allowing us to use his new Cypress Creek Studio for many of our test images. You may purchase your own Magilight for $299 ($100 off) at https://www.fotorgear.com and also on Amazon at https://goo.gl/aFsVV6 also for $299.

Hope to see you in Rapid City end of September!

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