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A Border Patrol checkpoint. Photo by Quinn Dombrowki.

Ignorance of the law excuses no one… except perhaps kids who can barely go on a camping trip without chaperones, let alone know the ins and outs of the laws governing border patrol and federal properties. Heck, we’re willing to bet that many of us are unaware that it’s illegal to take photos while on federal land.

Apparently, one US-Canadian border patrol officer thinks age does not matter because when a Boy Scout from Iowa, on his way with the rest of the kids in his troop and their troop leader, Jim Fox, to Alaska for a wilderness trip, snapped a photo of him while re-entering US soil, he went out of his way to teach them a hard lesson.

Instead of confiscating the camera and educating the boy - because after all it would be a little hard-pressed for anyone to think that this Boy Scout from Iowa is some sort of a spy working for enemy states – he allegedly brought it upon himself to detain everyone in the van, all nearly two dozen of them, and subject them and their belongings to search and inspection. To top it off, this said agent also allegedly told the boy that he would be arrested, fined $10,000, and locked up in prison for 10 years.

And if that wasn’t enough, this officer allegedly pointed a loaded gun at another scout after he tried to reach for his suitcase without authorization.

If you feel like somewhere along this chain of incidents, somebody overreacted or got just a tad overzealous with his job, then you’re not alone.

We cannot confirm whether the events of that day, as described by the scouts themselves, are accurate – the US Customs and Border Patrol issued a statement insisting that based on the video footage of the Boy Scout troop’s inspection, the officer never un-holstered his gun and nothing happened that was out of the ordinary – but if the incident really did take place, then we fear for everyone crossing our borders, both Americans and non-Americans.



Lots of pitches and emails come our way everyday, but it’s rare that something truly pulls me out of bed from my afternoon nap. And for that, we have to give ti to the Bouncelite. The Bouncelite is a brand new Kickstarter initiative aimed at creating a completely brand new type of flash modifier that makes some of the most efficient use of lighting that we’ve seen. It mounts onto the head of your flash and acts as a softbox but can also act as a bounce card at the same time. At the moment, it’s currently being targeted at folks who put the flash in their hot shoe; though it can surely be used with the softbox off camera. But for what it’s worth, photographers who want to use a flash off camera go for much larger flash modifiers and larger softboxes.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Nikon D810 Product Images-5

There’s a new king of the hill in the DxOMark land and its name is the Nikon D810. The renowned camera sensor tester announced the D810 is the new DxOMark leader with an overall score of 97. Breaking Nikon’s new full-frame camera resolved 25.7 bits of color depth, 14.8 Evs in dynamic range, and a low-light performance of 2853 ISO. Read on for all the titillating numbers that will surely get a rise out of sensor buffs.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Product Images Pentax K3 Prestige Edition 1

The Pentax K3 was already a very tempting 24MP DSLR body and now it’s out in a stoic gunmetal gray finish with a new Prestige Edition. Pentax says it will only produce 2,000 of these limited edition bodies. Along the “manlier” finish the camera will also be kitted with a matching gunmetal battery grip, black leather camera strap, and two batteries. It also comes preloaded with the latest v1.10 firmware, which adds diffraction correction.

Other than the new coat of paint the Prestige Edition is otherwise the same great Pentax K3. It still features a high-resolution sensor, which produced image quality that we thought could only be bested by the Nikon D7100. The Pentax K3 is very made-for-photographers camera with tons of accessible controls even down to a digital, flip-on anti-aliasing filter.

The Pentax K3 Prestige Edition will start shipping August with a price tag of $1,400. Make sure to grab yours quick because there are only 2,000 of these limited run goodies.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fuji X Pro 1 hands on photos (1 of 14)

After much speculation on what lenses Fujifilm could possibly come out with next, the Japanese camera company has updated its road map of glass coming next year. According to the new chart we will see a XF 50-140mm f2.8 lens arriving sometime before towards the end of 2014.

Previously we’ve reviewed the XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, Fujifilm’s first telephoto zoom lens that delivered excellent image quality. Our only gripe with the lens was we would have loved to see a constant aperture and now this new telephoto lens will add just that along with weather sealing to complement the X-T1.

Soon after in early 2015, Fujifilm will finally introduce the long awaited 16-55mm f2.8 R WR lens after first announcing it with the X-T1. As a direct upgrade to the already amazing 18-55mm f2.8-4 kit lens, this new all-around zoom lens will add a slightly wider-focal length and constant f2.8 aperture, plus weather-sealing.

Head past the break to see what else Fujifilm has in store for next year.

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MIOPS High-Speed Photography Trigger 3

High-speed photography is one of those artistic niches that require specialized gear. Luckily for you there are plenty of high-speed triggers but we’ve always been impressed with the Nero Trigger and now its creators are out with a new piece of kit called the MIOPS.

With this small device you can trigger your camera or flash within nanoseconds of a lighting strike or a bullet carving through an apple to capture that decisive moment. The MIOPS also has the added bonus of being completely controllable from an iPhone and other Bluetooth 4.0 compatible devices. MIOPS supports a variety of camera bodies from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Sony, and Minolta (sorry Fujifilm and Leica shooters).

The device is equipped with three different sensors to detect light, sound, and lasers. With these sensors the MIOPS can be setup to automatically fire the shutter to capture events such as lightning, fireworks, popping balloon, or a laser beam cut by an obstacle. Users could also plug in even more sensors to the MIOPS such as a pressure pad to add even more options. Alternatively the MIOPS can be programmed to take a timelapse or set your camera up to take multiple frames for an HDR image.

The people behind MIOPS have put up their new device as a Kickstarter project. Currently the funding has reached $153,145, more than double its initial $75,000 goal. If you’re interested in picking up your own MIOPS the Basic model sells for $189 or get an MIOPS Ultimate with added smartphone controls for $199. All units are slated to ship this December. Don’t forget to click past the jump to see more images and video of the MIOPS in action.

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