US Bans Lithium-Ion Batteries in Cargo of Passenger Flights
The United States has officially banned lithium-ion batteries from being transported in the cargo holds of passenger planes. If you travel with camera gear, you’ll need to bring all your lithium-ion batteries into the cabin in a carry-on bag.
The major new rule was announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and the FAA “to strengthen safety provisions.”
Devices containing lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries, including – but not limited to – smartphones, tablets, and laptops, should be kept in carry-on baggage. If these devices are packed in checked baggage, they should be turned completely off, protected from accidental activation and packed so they are protected from damage.
In addition to prohibiting the transport of lithium ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, the Interim Final Rule (IFR) also requires that lithium-ion cells and batteries shipped on cargo planes to not have more than 30% charge.
“This rule will strengthen safety for the traveling public by addressing the unique challenges lithium batteries pose in transportation,” says Chao.
TechCrunch notes that the UN International Civil Aviation Authority already implemented the same restriction for member countries back in 2016, so the US regulation is codifying the guidance that has already been in place.
The upcoming Sony TOUGH CFexpress Type B memory cards will boast blazing-fast speeds of up to 1700MB/s for reading and 1480MB/s for writing. By comparison, the ProGrade 1TB card tops off at 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s+ write speeds.
The Sony card will be about 3 times faster than Sony’s fastest CFast memory card (which has a 530MB/s read speed), perfect for high-res cameras.
“With a write speed of up to 1480MB/s, this card meets future requirement needs for secure industry data-recording or requirements from professionals to capture hi-resolution images or high-bitrate video,” Sony says.
But with more speed comes less capacity: Sony’s card will initially be launched in a 128GB capacity, with 256GB and 512GB models planned for the future.
In addition to being fast, Sony’s upcoming card will be extremely durable. Sony says the card’s strength is three times stronger than the CFexpress standard — it’s able to withstand 70N of bend force. The card is 5 times better (than the standard) at surviving falls as well, as it’s rated for falls from up to 16.4 feet (5m).
The card is also temperature proof, X-ray proof, anti-static, and features a UV guard.
If you have an XQD-compatible camera, you’ll likely be able to use CFexpress cards if/when the manufacturer pushes out a firmware update that adds CFexpress compatibility.
Sony TOUGH CFexpress Type B 128GB memory card (and a card reader) is set to hit the market sometime in the summer of 2019.
Photographer Finds Owner of Camera That Fell 1,500ft in Zion 3 Years Ago
New Zealand photographer Luke Riding was hiking around the base of Angels Landing in Zion National Park when he stumbled upon a smashed-up Fujifilm camera that had clearly fallen from atop the 1,488-foot-tall rock formation. The memory card was intact and Riding found a number of photos on it.
After trying and failing to find the owner through posts on Instagram and Twitter, his friend (and fellow photographer) Ben Horne got involved with the search. On February 20th, Horne shared this 3-minute video in an effort to track down the owner to return the photos.
Here’s the camera that Riding found:
And here are some of the photos that were discovered on the memory card:
Amazingly, the owner was identified less than 24 hours after Horne published his YouTube video.
“I posted the video at 6am Pacific time, and it was in turn posted on Reddit by a third party,” Horne tells PetaPixel. “On the Reddit page, a guy named Patrick recognized one of the girls in the photo as a high school acquaintance from nearly 10 years ago.
“He remembered her name, saw he was still Facebook friends with her, then reached out to her. The girl confirmed that it was indeed her sister’s camera, and by 7:30pm that same day, I got a message from Sarah on Instagram. The whole thing took place in just over 12 hours.”
It turns out the camera’s owner is a gal named Sarah Salik who had been hiking Angels Landing with her sister in mid-2016. Upon reaching the top, the pair stopped to have lunch, at which time Salik accidentally knocked her camera over the edge.
Luke is now working to send the camera and memory card back to Sarah (seen on the left in the photo of the two sisters) so that she can be reunited with the gear and photos she lost nearly three years ago.
“It’s a pretty simple story really, but it shows how interconnected we all are and the power of social media,” Horne says.
Simone Rocha’s 4 Moncler is a Garden of Femininity
4 Moncler by Irish designer Simone Rocha is available in stores today.
Rocha is up for Moncler’s newest reiteration of collaborations as she emulates a garden in full bloom by tapping into the world of gardening for her stylized collection. Her sensitive and literary approach allowed her to reimagine the Moncler pieces through the lens of contemporary femininity.
Using ultra lightweight nylon, dolmia, taffeta, PVC, and tulle, Rocha brought form to airy silhouettes adorned with floral pri…
Rihanna’s Presence is Loud and Clear
Rihanna’s hefty resume as a music artist, actress, beauty and lingerie designer continues to expand as her plans to collaborate with the luxury conglomerate LVMH to start her own label Project Loud France was recently confirmed.
Named after the artist’s fifth album Loud, the brand won’t be the first time LVMH and Rihanna have collaborated together. It’s no news that Rihanna is already established in the beauty and lingerie industries. Before Savage x Fenty, the singer’s beauty line …
New Photos of Jupiter Show the Planet from Fresh Perspectives
Jupiter is usually shown with its cloud layers running horizontally across the face of the gas giant. NASA has released new photos from its JunoCam showing full-disc views of Jupiter from uncommon angles.
The composite photo above shows Jupiter’s southern latitudes. The photos were captured by the JunoCam camera on NASA’s Juno orbiter on February 25th, 2019. The composite photo below was captured on February 21st, 2019.
The individual JunoCam shots that went into both images were released on NASA’s Image Processing website before being combined and processed by Kevin M. Gill, a software engineer and “data wrangler” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Turning a Car Parking Monitor Into a DIY External DSLR Screen
I was often disappointed by my Canon 5D Mark II not having a flipping or better yet a detachable monitor. Instances of this happened when I placed the camera on a fully extended tripod and had the camera pointed downwards to make a photograph of something on the floor. Getting one’s eye above the view screen was sometimes impossible.
At other times I wanted to shoot from a very low angle or position and getting my face down to the camera was equally difficult.
Cameras with view screens that flip out or up and possibly rotate overcome these problems.
What to do? I knew that my camera had a video out capability and I had used it often while teaching as it allowed me to display on a large screen what was going on with the camera. But my “strange camera position” requirements needed an independently powered and portable display.
We have a rearview camera on our camper that transmits a rear view to a small display or monitor in the cab. This got me thinking. Could I use such a terminal to hook-up my camera to?
Well, to test the practicality of this possibility, I bought a $20 5” diagonal TFT color monitor advertised for use with a car backup camera. It required 12 volts provided by the car battery. It had a video-in connector and a power connector.
Knowing that eventually I would want to fasten the monitor to something like a tripod I decided to install a ¼ x 20 inch “T” nut on the bottom of the terminals foot. Since the stand was hollow on the inside I gouged out part of the thin plastic bottom cover and glued the “T nut in place.
Going further, I found among my left-over items a 3” metal bar with a hot-shoe adapter on one end and a couple of ¼ inch holes drilled along its length. Inserting this into the camera’s hot-shoe would allow me to fasten the terminal to the camera if I wanted that bit of convenience.
My 5D Mark II camera came with a cable to connect its video-out signal to a terminal with video-in capability. I was quite familiar with it.
Making the video connection from camera to terminal was straightforward using the yellow color-coded RCA connectors.
For power to simulate the car battery, I used an 8 pack 1.5 volt per cell battery holder since this would output 12 volts.
To make the battery pack to monitor power connection I used a 9V battery clip soldered onto the end of the terminal’s power supply cable that came with the terminal.
This proved “tricky” as at first I connected the battery clip incorrectly.
When I made the video connections and attached the battery clip to the battery pack and turned on Live View on my camera nothing happened. Needless to say, I was disappointed.
However, I reversed the polarity of the power cable and suddenly the monitor displayed what the camera’s screen would. BTW, the camera screen goes dark when you output video.
The monitor I got does not have an on-off switch. Although the power is connected the screen is blank until a video signal is detected. Interesting. It automatically switches as needed for PAL/NTSC.
Finally, I could place the camera on the floor or at the ceiling and could easily see what the camera would be recording. Using the built-in image magnifier also let me adjust focus accurately while away from the camera.
Finally, I noticed the monitor would work from 9 to 34 volts DC. So I thought I’d try running the monitor with a little 9V battery. I’m not sure how long it would run on this battery but it worked just fine.
Here are the parts I used:
One 5 Inch HD TFT LCD Digital Car Rear View Monitor free shipping found on eBay. $21.49
One 8 cell battery holder $3.49
One 9 volt battery clip $0.75
Total cost minus batteries: ~$25
About the author: Andrew Davidhazy is a retired professor who headed the Photographic Imaging and Technology program at RIT for over 40 years. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website.
Light Teaming Up with Xiaomi Too for Multi-Camera Smartphones
Just days after announcing a new partnership with Sony, Light has announced a partnership with the Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi as well to develop new photography tech for smartphones.
Light, which calls itself “the leader in advanced computational imaging,” has been pushing into the world of smartphones after its L16 16-camera camera failed to make a splash among dedicated cameras. The company’s technology revolves around using multi-camera arrays and computational photography for improved image quality and innovative features (such as refocusing photos after they’re shot).
Under their newly signed agreement, Light and Xiaomi will “jointly develop and market new imaging solutions for smartphones,” which is what Light and Sony said they’re doing as well. But while Sony said it would be creating smartphones with “four or more” cameras, Xiaomi isn’t putting any specific number on how many cameras it’s planning to use.
But Light and Xiaomi say they’re working to bring to market multi-camera smart devices that offer “DSLR-level” capabilities.
“We are thrilled to partner with Light to leverage their advanced imaging solutions for our future devices,” says Xiaomi smartphone VP Zhu Dan. “Xiaomi works tirelessly to remain at the forefront of smartphone innovation, and perfecting smartphone photography is a key focus for us. We are excited to work on devices using Light’s technology so our users can produce even more amazing photos.”
Queen Ariana Is Now the Most Followed Woman on Insta
2019 has shown itself to be a year of broken records for Ariana Grande. With Thank U, Next still number one on the charts, Grande is coming for Taylor Swift’s crown, and just today she snatched that of another pop queen. Toppling Selena Gomez’s long-held perch, Grande is now the most followed woman on Instagram, clocking in at 146 million followers.
This news follows an even more earth-shaking feat: becoming the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three spots on the Billboard charts s…