Canon ready to take next step into space business, will launch own microsatellite on Friday June 23, 2017

Canon Ready To Take Next Step Into Space Business, Will Launch Own Microsatellite On Friday June 23, 2017

In the past we reported about Canon’s efforts to step into the space business. The company built a “mini-rocket” together with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. The launch, which happened at the beginning of 2015, was a failure. The rocket exploded.

At the end of 2016 we got news about Canon building its own miniature satellite (equipped with Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras). The launch of this miniature satellite was scheduled for January – March 2017. There have been delays.

Latest news have it that Canon will start the company’s miniature satellite (named CE-SAT-I) on Friday June 23, 2017, from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, southeastern India.

Nikkei Asian Review reports:

The CE-SAT-I will be put into orbit 500km from the ground, where it will conduct tests for two years to verify technologies that will be the foundation of the company’s planned space business. The launch of the rocket was initially planned for January but was delayed by the Indian Space Research Organization.

The CE-SAT-I has drawn attention due to the adoption of advanced technologies Canon Electronics has accumulated based on office equipment and cameras, and it is the starting point of the company’s two pillars for its space business model, although details are still sketchy.

As one pillar, Canon Electronics will photograph the surface of the earth via satellite, analyze the pictures and sell them as value-added data to corporate clients. Such data is called remote sensing, and it is seen overseas as a promising business.

Read the report at Nikkei.

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 specification leaked

Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Specification Leaked

The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 will be announced soon. Yesterday we had pictures of the lens, today some specifications:

  • Model A032
  • Lens composition: 12 groups 17 sheets
  • Diaphragm blade: 9 (circular stop)
  • Minimum shooting distance: 15 inches (about 0.38 m)
  • Maximum magnification: 1: 5
  • Image stabilization effect: About 4.5 steps
  • Filter diameter: 82 mm
  • Maximum diameter × length: 3.5 in × 4.4 in (about 89 mm × 112 mm)
  • Weight: 31.9 oz (approx 904 g)
  • North American Price: $ 1299

Announcement is expected for friday June 23, 2017.

Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-5.6 Di II VC lens specifications leaked

Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-5.6 Di II VC Lens Specifications Leaked

Yesterday we posted the first pictures of the upcoming Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-5.6 Di II VC lens. Today, some specifications made it to the web.

  • Model B028
  • Mount: For Canon / Nikon
  • Lens construction: 11 groups of 16
  • Diaphragm blade: 9 (circular stop)
  • Minimum shooting distance: 17.7 inches (about 0.45 m)
  • Maximum magnification: 1: 2.9
  • Image stabilization effect: Approximately 3.5 steps
  • Filter diameter: 72 mm
  • Maximum diameter × length: 3.1 in × 4.8 in (about 79 mm × 122 mm)
  • Weight: 25.6 oz (about 726 g)
  • North American price: $649

The price (if the suggestion is reliable) seems to be pretty fair price for this superzoom lens for APS-C cameras.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II deal – $4799 (refurbished, reg. $5999)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Deal – $4799 (refurbished, Reg. $5999)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Built-In GPS, CFast & CF Card Slots

While it is not really a deal for those on a budget, never the less it is a hot deal for Canon’s ultimative flagship DSLR. Get refurbished Canon EOS-1D X Mark II bodies at $4,799.20 at the Canon Store. Compare at $5,999. I do not think it will be in stock for long. All refurbished items from the Canon Store have 1 year Canon USA warranty.

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBay, Adorama, and refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store.