The fact is that the National Park Service have to draw the line somewhere between banning humans outright, and letting people do as they wish and likely ruining the atmosphere of nature with constant noise and annoyance for other people.
Having flown quadcopters I will readily agree with the NPS banning them as they are a huge annoyance to other people - the sound of them flying, the risk of them crashing, for the photographers having them buzzing around ruining perfectly set up landscapes... and really they just don't fit with the natural atmosphere I would go to a national park to experience.
The fact that they also cause harm to the local wildlife puts the nail in their coffin.
Whatever your opinion of the 'reality' of the nature in such a well travelled place, the fact is they are set aside to be quiet natural places, not play areas for those with helicopters, quadbikes and so on...
I am sure there are many other natural places you are happily allowed to fly...
My question is was it ever said that the original run of 20 were the only prints that would be made of this image?
Photography is a medium where images are readily reproducible, and unless it was specifically stated there would be no more made of this image, I would work on the assumption that there may be more made in the future - in a different form if the earlier images were a limited edition (different sizes, finish, process) but still the same picture.
PeterZOOM: Nice to see some new Canon stuff, interesting, a camera for astrophotography with hotshoe and build-in flash ... okay then.
Sure a built in flash may be useless for astrophotography,but from Canon's end, given the relatively small amount of these that they will produce, it probably costs them less overall to just leave the parts in place than it would to retool the production lines more extensively that would be needed to replace the flash and related mechanics with nothing.
I am surprised the new 24-70 doesn't have IS built in, which is the main upgrade users have been shouting for over the last few years. At the same time, higher IQ and a smaller size do make for a pretty awesome lens with a modern high ISO body, so perhaps the IS is not as necessary as many think, especially if it comes with other tradeoffs in size, weight and potential IQ effects.
The two primes I am not overly excited about - an upgraded 28mm f1.8 USM IS would have been more what I would be looking for, with f2.8 being just a bit too slow for me to use as a standard fast prime on 1.6 (especially considering that the 18-55mm isn't much larger if size is an issue), but then again they could be ideal lenses for the video crowd - a medium I don't work with and couldn't really comment on.
So a bit of an odd release as far as I (the 1.6 crop shooting generic photographer) see it, but at the same time not really aimed at me in the first place...