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15k Quadcopter Disappears In The Amazon Rainforest

By Leujay Cruz on April 25th 2014

Who fears the possibility of their gear disappearing from them? Everybody!

On days we’re required to travel for shoots I’m meticulous about packing my gear correctly. When it’s by plane, I aim to be efficient enough to carry a light load, but in the perfect order so all of my important (most expensive) pieces of equipment(lenses + bodies + flashes), stay with me at all times. Sometimes we can be carrying around $15k or more of gear.


Christ Newman of CineChopper realized how fast $15k can drift away, literally. During a shoot for Animal Planet in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, his $15,000 quadcopter rig attempted to forge it’s own flightpath.

As a last ditch effort to get the helicopter back, I decided to hop the fence and try and get underneath it…

Before the copter decided to go autopilot it was able to capture interesting perspectives and beautiful shots like this one…


We’ve seen disasters like this happen before and the one that comes to mind is Kurtis Hough’s Canon 5D Mark II losing a battle with an unexpected wave. The great guys at B&H came across the video below and realized Kurtis had purchased the camera through them, so they replaced it. No Charge!


We keep a checklist to insure that we account for the gear we bring to our shoots, and I take a mental inventory as I’m packing up afterwards. As an aid I’ll sometimes reference this checklist to make sure I don’t forget anything. I couldn’t imagine going down the list and getting to the a $15k quadcopter and not accounting for it. So, you can imagine the lengths that Christ Newman and his crew went through to chase down the expensive piece of equipment.

Eventually the copter crashed and they found it.


Check out the video below:

via PetaPixel / CanonRumors

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Leujay is a full time wedding photographer with Lin & Jirsa Photography and a freelance runway fashion photographer. He currently lives in Palm Desert with his wife and two dogs. When he’s not enjoying quality family time he fancies himself as a work-in-progress world traveler.

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  1. TheGreatOwl

    I didn’t know Mark Wahlberg shot videos.

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