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Welcome to The Fotobug podcast 152 and our sixth anniversary of bringing you news, reviews, interviews and how tos!

In the news this episode, Fujifilm Japan has announced that it is going to stop producing FP-100C instant film used in old Polaroid-type cameras.  There is another new LED light wand on the market, a Polaroid-branded model called BrightSaber.  However, check out the podcast to see how you can get the same model for considerably less money!  Lee Filters has announced a 15 stop variable neutral density filter.  Sigma has announced a firmware upgrade for it's 150-600mm lenses claiming it is making the auto focusing up to 50% faster.  Serif has announced that its Affinity apps will soon be available for Windows.

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Jim and Fred update their recent review of the Radian 2 time lapse system. The Radian 2 can pan, tilt, and even drive the camera on specific sliders.  However, the most important feature is the ability to control the camera exposure during the capture over blue tooth without touching the camera. If you remember from our first review in podcast 146, there were a number of issues with the firmware.  However, Alpine Labs has been working very hard to fix these issues and we are happy to report they have succeeded!  We tested the Radian 2 by capturing time lapse sequences of sunrises and sunsets where the exposure had to be adjusted during the capture.  The sequences were then processed by LRTimeLapse.  There are still a few minor issues, but we are confident Alpine Labs will overcome these and will be adding additional features as well!

Coming up next month is the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout in Clearwater, FL.  Registration is now open at www.thephotoshootout.com. Plan to come to Clearwater April 8, 9 and 10 for this great event!  Also, if you are interested in the Camargue France workshop with Tim Mannakee and wish a discount, you must contact Jim at jim@thefotobug.com before the end of March!  Also, write Jim if you would be interested in receiving information about a workshop in Cuba!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to everyone! This is the last podcast of 2015.  In recent photography news, action camera manufacturer GoPro has officially named its forthcoming camera drone - Karma. If you received a UAV (drone) for a gift or already own one or two, , you must now register with the FAA. Until January 20th, the $5.00 fee will be waived. Since May of 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been beta testing a new smartphone app called B4UFLY which will show where it is safe and where it is not safe to fly your UAV. Adobe has launched version 2.1 of Lightroom for mobile for Apple iOS devices. Chinese lens manufacturer Kipon has announced that next year it will make available a reducing adapter designed to allow medium format lenses to fit on full frame cameras.  Stay tuned for more news on what 2016 will hold!

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NASA EARTH RISE

Jim received the new Radian 2 and The Fotobug guys do a quick review.  Unfortunately, the unit still has some firmware issues which kept it from functioning properly.  Jim has been in touch with Alpine Labs and as soon as the issues have been resolved we will be doing a thorough review of the unit.  For those interested in time lapse photography, the Radian 2 has a lot of potential and we are excited about what it is capable of. 

If you wish to see the new Radian 2, be sure to sign up for the time lapse workshop at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, FL from January 20-25.  Sign up now at (www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org). There is something for everyone at this event!

Stay tuned for the next podcast in 2016!


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