Each weekday, we save you the trouble of keeping track of the pile of photo news coming down the pipe by doing it ourselves. Then, once we’ve uncrossed our eyes, we compile the Top 5 stories into a 500px News Roundup that will keep you up to date without eating up hours of your day.

We list out the top stories along with a short summary that hits the high points. If you want to read more, we’ll include our source links at the end of each blurb. If you don’t… well… you don’t have to do anything. Scroll down and get informed!

Top Stories for Friday January 16th, 2015

1. 31 Undeveloped Rolls of Film Shot by a Single Soldier Around WWII Discovered, Developed and Processed

Photographer Levi Bettweiser over at the Rescued Film Project recently brought in his most incredible find to-date: 31 undeveloped rolls of film, shot by a WWII soldier about 70 years ago. Once he properly documented them all, he developed and scanned them to find an incredible collection of intact images. The video above tells this story. [Read More at ISO 1200]

2. Arkansas Bill Attempts to Ban Drones and the Sale of Images Captured with Them

Do you love to fly drones and use them for aerial photography? Do you also live in the state of Arkansas? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you might soon have to put the drone away. It seems a recently-filed Arkansas bill would like to make all camera drone usage illegal. [Read More at PetaPixel]


3. Rumor: New Canon Rebel and $3,000 Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens Said to Arrive Soon

Remember that Canon Austria ad that kind-of sort-of showed us a sneak peek at a new Canon DSLR? Well, Canon Rumors says it has “confirmed” that this camera is the next Rebel camera set to arrive in the next couple of weeks. They also claim to have confirmed that the long-awaited 11-24mm f/4L lens, which should also arrive soon, will have a whopping price tag of around $3,000. [Read More at Canon Rumors]

4. Marriott Strikes Deal with GoPro, Will Offer Guests HERO4s to Rent During Their Stay

Future guests at participating Marriott hotels around the world are in for a treat the next time they book a room. As of today, Marriott has partnered with GoPro to loan out HERO4 cameras to interested guests so they can capture their adventures! [Read More at SlashGear]

5. RC Plane Captures Beautiful Underwater Footage After Crashing Into the Ocean by Accident

The final story of the day is a fun one, if a bit sad for the RC plane involved. When YouTube user MrLiftHog lost control of his GoPro-equipped RC plane and crashed into tropical waters, he expected to find a broken plane… what he might not have expected was the beautiful underwater footage his emergency water landing would yield. [Read More at PetaPixel]