Canon contributes to cosmological observation by expanding the range of observable infrared frequencies


Canon plans to develop an immersion grating from materials suitable for frequencies close to visible light (0.8–1.2 μm). With the successful development of its InP immersion grating, the Company is one step closer to achieving that goal. By developing a lineup of immersion gratings using a variety of different materials, users can choose the optimal grating based on the frequency range it will be used with to make possible a wide range of applications in the field of infrared spectroscopy. Canon anticipates applications in the fields of medicine, communication and, of course, astronomy.

Canon press release:

Canon successfully develops world’s first indium phosphide immersion grating

TOKYO, October 18, 2016—Canon Inc. announced today the successful development of the world’s first* indium phosphide (InP) immersion grating.† Strengthening its lineup of immersion gratings, which includes gratings made from germanium (Ge) and cadmium zinc telluride (CdZnTe), Canon is contributing to even greater progress in cosmological observation by expanding the range of observable infrared frequencies.

In order to retrieve information contained within light emitted from space, astronomical telescopes and man-made satellites are equipped with spectroscopes—devices that incrementally divide light by its different frequencies—that play a vital role in cosmological observation. Compared with typical reflective elements, immersion gratings enable spectrometers that are smaller in size and realize higher levels of performance. With the addition of an InP immersion grating to Canon’s lineup, spectrometers could be reduced to approximately 1/27th the volume of those equipped with typical reflective elements that cover the same frequencies. Overcoming restrictions on size and weight, which, until now, made it difficult to launch man-made satellites equipped with high-performance spectrometers, is expected to further expand the possibilities of cosmological observation. What’s more, the application of this grating to next-generation large ground-based telescopes, which face the problem of ever-increasing sizes, could lead to reductions in size without sacrificing performance.

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A Bit of Everything (EOS 5D Mark IV, 50mm f/1, 11-24mm, more)

Above: Canon 5D Mk IV Review (vs 5D Mk III, 5DS-R, D810, a7R II, K-1, Tony & Chelsea Northrup

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Canon EF 135mm f/2L II On the Way? [CR1] – Canon Rumors

Is the 5D Mark IV the perfect wedding camera? No, but it comes pretty close – DIY Photography

25 Travel Photography Tips For Beginners – Eric Kim Photography

The Canon 5D Mk IV and why it uses MJPEG – Red Shark News

The Lens I Wasn’t Sure I Could Love: Canon 11-24mm f/4 L – Dan Carr Photography

5D Mark IV Is Here! Initial thoughts and Unboxing – Dan Carr Photography

Canon 5D Mark IV Gallery Images: Exploring the city and the forest with Canon’s latest full-frame DSLR – Imaging Resource

Halloween Photography Tips – Canon Digital Learning Center

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Canon UK takes part in Byte Night 2016 charity event

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Canon UK press release:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2016 – Canon UK, a leader in imaging solutions, were participants in the Byte Night London 2016 charity event last week, organised by Action for Children. The team raised £9,500 that will go towards helping disadvantaged young people across the UK.

The annual ‘sleep out’ event saw the ‘Carry on Canon Campers’ team, consisting of 14 employees, give up their beds to spend a night on the banks of the River Thames outside Norton Rose Fulbright on Friday, 7th October. They joined 1,250 other sleepers from across the technology and business sector to support some of the 80,000 young people who find themselves homeless in the UK every year through no fault of their own. To date, over £806,000 has been raised from Byte Night with a target of £1.4 million to be raised by December.

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Canon ready to launch own satellite in space, equipped with EOS 5D series cameras

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Canon is going to explore new frontiers. Nikkei Asian Review reports that Canon is preparing the launch of a miniature satellite the company developed.

The launch is expected for March 2017 and it will be a trial mission. Such small satellites are employed for commercial applications, such as agriculture, container tracking at ports or disaster prevention. Without much fanfare, Canon developed a first prototype of the satellite, and will sent it into orbit with the help of  the Indian Space Research Organization. The satellite weighs 65kg (around 143 pounds) and measures 85cm x 50cm x 50cm (2.8×1.6×1.6 feet). It will mount a telescope with a Canon EOS 5D camera mounted on. There is no precise indication of which camera it is exactly. However, the camera can capture images with around 1 meter resolution. That means it can determine the size of vehicles, buildings and farms, or to collect data about landslides or earthquakes.

The satellite will be operated for two years. Canon will examine the photographic performance of the system, and they will look out for other companies needing such services. Canon expects sales of about 50 billion yen ($482 million) by around 2020, and 100 billion yen in 2030. Canon will equip their miniature satellite with their own optical technology, and face overall production costs of under 1 billion yen, which is not much for this kind of industry.

The satellite’s orbit is at about 500km (310 miles), and it will turn around our planet 15 times every day.

Back to the used camera, which is “based on EOS 5D technology”. I guess it could be the Canon EOS 5D Mark III or EOS 5D Mark IV. More likely it is the EOS 5Ds or EOS 5Ds R, since they have 50MP resolution.

[via Nikkei]

Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS Lens for Canon EF-M available for pre-order

Rokinon 35mm F/1.2 ED AS UMC CS Lens For Canon EF-M Available For Pre-order

At a glance:

  • EF-M-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 56mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One ED and Two Aspherical Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm

The new Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS lens for the Canon EOS M system is available for pre-order at $499 at B&H Photo. Product description after the break.

Rokinon 35mm f/1.2

Rokinon 35mm f/1.2

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