A few months ago, Apple announced a recall for a certain number of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro laptops, and the FAA banned these laptops from flights. British travel photographer Julian Elliott recently tried to fly out of Vietnam with his MacBook Pro from the “suspicious” series. However, his laptop was deemed unsafe and he ended up being stuck in a foreign country.
A couple of months ago, Apple announced a recall for a “limited number” of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro laptops sold between 2015 and 2017. This was due to the fact that “the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk”. If you own one, you can enter your serial number into this page to check if yours is affected by the recall.
If you’re not bothered about checking, don’t worry, the FAA is enforcing it for you, should you attempt to fly with it. They have alerted major U.S. airlines about the recall, and they’re banning the affected MacBooks from flights, reminding airlines to follow 2016 safety instructions for goods with recalled batteries, Bloomberg reports.
Nitecore has announced its “World’s First Smart Battery” for Sony, the Nitecore NFZ100. It’s a drop-in replacement for the Sony NP-FZ100 used in the Sony A7 III, A7R III, A7R IV and A9 mirrorless cameras. At least, it is if Sony doesn’t make 3rd party batteries impossibly impractical to use again.
As a “Smart” device, the new Nitecore Smart Battery talks to an app on your phone; Nitecore NNERGY. The app will be available for both iOS and Android and lets you monitor the battery health and other details wirelessly. Obviously, it needs power to do this, and I’m not sure a battery that drains itself is necessarily a great idea.
B&H has sent out an email to customers who recently purchased Nikon EN-EL15b batteries. Nikon Rumors posted a screenshot of the email, which states that they received a “subpar” batch of batteries, and as they have no way to know which customers received which batteries, they’re sending out replacements to everybody, and advising that you safely discard the ones you have received.
Is that a power bank in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? That was my first thought when I was introduced to this beast delivering over 462Wh of power. That’s right, 124,800mAh at 3.7V.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love power. I always have a Xiaomi 20,000mAh in my backpack and I’ll take an Omni 20 or Ultimate out for production, but this… this is far beyond any photographer’s wildest dreams.
Since the Samsung Galaxy’s exploding battery issue, people have become concerned about flying with Lithium-Ion batteries. TSA has some restrictions when it comes to carrying them on a plane, and it can be confusing and frustrating if you need to travel for a photo shoot. In this video, Jay P. Morgan shares plenty of useful information that will help you prepare your batteries for a flight and arrive happily and safely to your shooting destination.
If there’s anyone who should teach you about shooting in some of the coldest, most inhospitable places on the planet, it should be filmmaker and photographer Anthony Powell. Apart from working on T.V. shows such as BBC’s Frozen Planet, he also created the documentary Antarctica: A Year On Ice which has won dozens of awards worldwide. In this informative video, the New Zealander filmmaker and photographer shares how he keeps his equipment working even in sub-zero temperatures. [Read More…]