Nikon Made A Special Firmware For NASA, To Avoid Cosmic Rays In Photos

Nikon Z 9

Well, if this is not a nice technological thing by Nikon. Making a special firmware to block cosmic rays in photos.

In an interview with PetaPixel, astronaut Don Pettit talks about the changes that Nikon made to firmware.

Excerpt from the interview:

“Our cameras in space get sensor damage from galactic cosmic rays and after about six months we replace all the cameras but you still have cameras with significant cosmic ray damage,” explains Pettit.

“It shows up at fast shutter speeds, not just the slow ones. So we got Nikon to change the algorithm so that it can do in-camera noise reduction at shutter speeds of up to 500th of a second.”

Pettit says Nikon’s in-camera noise reduction “does wonders” for getting rid of the cosmic ray damage and that “trying to get rid of it after the fact is really difficult.”

NASA used to use Hasselblad cameras, but then started using Nikon cameras. Apparently , there are between 12 and 15 Nikon D5 cameras on the ISS (International Space Station). According to Don Pettit, they are “in the process of switching over to the Z9 and [they are] going to slowly replace the lenses with the Z lenses, initially replacing the lenses that require the mechanical autofocus.

Canon Firmware Updates: EOS R3, EOS R6, EOS R7, EOS R8, EOS R10, EOS R50

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Today a bunch of Canon firmware updates was released for mirrorless cameras. Not much to write home about, besides the support for the RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens.

Canon EOS R50 firmware version 1.1.0 (download) incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds support for RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
  2. Adds support for the Software Development Assistance Kit (EDSDK/CCAPI).
  3. Fixes minor issues.

Canon EOS R10 firmware version 1.4.0 (download) incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds support for RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
  2. Fixes minor issues.

Canon EOS R6 firmware version 1.8.3 (download) incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes an issue, in which, after touchscreen operation, in rare circumstances, the camera operations cannot be performed, and even if the camera is operated, [BUSY] appears on the screen.
  2. Fixes minor issues.

Canon EOS R7 firmware version 1.4.0 (download) incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds support for RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
  2. Fixes minor issues.

Canon EOS R8 firmware version 1.2.0 (download) incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds support for RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
  2. Fixes minor issues.

Canon EOS R3 firmware version 1.5.1 (download) incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds support for RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
  2. Fixes an issue that may cause the camera, in rare instances, to experience a delayed restart after the camera has gone into Auto Power Off.
  3. Fixes minor issues.

Canon Says It Will Take 6 Months To Deliver The RF 100-300mm F2.8L IS Lens

Rf 100-300mm

Here is the usual Canon disclaimer, always showing up after a product announcement. It will take no less than six month to ship the RF 100-300mm F2.8L IS USM lens. so, for now you can spend your $9.500 somewhere else.

Canon advisory:

Currently, we have received more orders than expected for the following products, and due to the impact of global parts supply, we are experiencing delivery delays. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers and business partners.
Products are scheduled to be shipped one after another, but we anticipate that it will take a long time for the new products RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM and Speedlight EL-1.
We would like to once again apologize for keeping our customers waiting for a long time. We will continue to take measures to ensure a stable supply of products so that we can deliver them as soon as possible. Thank you kindly look forward for your understanding.

Product nameAbout supply
RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USMWe are planning to ship the products one after another, but it is expected that it will take a considerable amount of time for delivery.
When placing a new order, it may take approximately six months for delivery.
RF10-20mm F4 L IS STMRF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM ZRF200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USMWe plan to ship the items in sequence, but delivery may take longer than usual.
Speedlight EL-1We are planning to ship the products one after another, but it is expected that it will take a considerable amount of time for delivery.
Even for customers who have already placed an order, there is a possibility that the product will not be delivered until spring 2024.
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Rumor Site Now Questioning Their Own Long Running Rumor (high res EOS R)

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Remember the high resolution EOS R model that was supposed to be announced 3 years ago, then 2 years ago, then last year? Well, it seems you’ll have to wait yet longer.

There will no high resolution EOS R model in 2023, and very likely neither in 2024. Will it ever be released? The rumor site that was propagating the rumor now states:

Is there a high-resolution EOS R system camera coming?

As with any company such as Canon, there are products planned that never come to fruition, as there can be changes in the marketplace or other external challenges. By the sheer number of reports and conversations we’ve had, that may have been what happened here.

[…] We have heard a couple of mentions about a higher resolution camera coming 6+ months after the EOS R5 Mark II, which we expect to be announced in Q1 of 2024. That would translate to a Q4 announcement.

Yeah, changes in marketplace, plus external challenges, whatever they are.

The truth is, they all have no idea, and syphon everything from Chinese social networks, like Weibo. That Canon might release a high resolution EOS R model is obviously possible, but it is also something that came out of the blue, for the mere fact that it is “likely”.

Don’t waste time with rumors, go out and snap pictures. If you want to check out the long row of high resolution EOS R rumors have a look here. Oh, and if you want to learn how to navigate all those rumor sites without seeing ads and getting tracked, I have a neat tutorial for you.

Source: Canon Rumors

Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM Review (surprisingly complete pancake lens)

RF 28mm F2.8 STM Review

Here is a Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM review by one of the most serious gear reviewers I know.

At a glance:

  • Full-Frame | f/2.8 to f/22
  • Classic Wide-Angle Prime
  • Gear-Type STM AF Motor
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • AF/MF Control Switch
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Capability
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

Dustin Abbott posted his exhaustive Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM review. In the conclusion he writes:

It’s been a while since I’ve been excited by a new non-L Canon lens, but I really like the Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM. It’s far from a flawless lens, but it is a surprisingly complete one for a pancake lens. This is a lens that doesn’t take up much more room than a front cap for your camera, and yet can produce any number of stunning images.

Pancake lenses are fun because they give you a completely different perspective on your larger cameras. They are discrete and “cute” in a way normal lenses are not. Not everyone loves the 28mm focal length, but I dare you to try out this particular lens and focal length and discover just how useful it can be.

[…] I can get even better images with this lens on the superior Canon EOS R5 sensor, and the RF 28mm F2.8 is easily sharp enough to handle that high resolution point. There haven’t been many lenses on Canon RF to date that quality as a bargain, but this just might be one. At $299 USD, it’s not incredibly cheap, but it is a lot of lens (at least in one sense) for the money!

I recommend you check out the full review at Dustin Abbott’s, because it is worth your time, especially if you are looking forward to purchase this lens. Sample photos shot with this lens are here. For all those who prefer to watch a video review, below you find the full review in video.

Canon Rf 28mm f2.8 STM:

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Canon Announces Firmware Updates for Cinema EOS, Camcorder and PTZ Cameras

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I am not really getting this trend to announce the future release of firmware. Just release it and tell it has been released.

However, Canon posted a press release to let humanity know they will release firmware updates. See below for details. The interesting bit here: Canon is introducing a new app to work with a compatible iPhone device, that controls up to four cameras from a single device. The EOS C500 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C70, and XF605 cameras will be compatible with the Canon Multi-Camera Control App, which provides the ability to control multiple cameras from a compatible iPhone device via Wi-Fi connectivity. The free app allows for control over recording start and stop, focus, zoom and iris, ND Filters, ISO, Shutter, White Balance, and Custom Picture control while viewing the image.

Canon press release:

Expanding Possibilities: Canon Announces Firmware Updates for Cinema EOS, Camcorder and PTZ Cameras, Granting Canon Customers Broader Options and More Control

MELVILLE, N.Y, November 2, 2023 – Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today a variety of firmware updates for key models in its Cinema EOS line of cameras, including the EOS C500 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C70, EOS R5 C, the XF605 camcorder, as well as select PTZ cameras, expanding the creative and technical choices available for Canon customers. Additionally, Canon announced the new Canon Multi-Camera Control App (the “app”)1. All firmware updates and the app will be available to customers for free download in early December 2023*.

Enhancing Value of Cinema EOS Cameras

Highlights for each of the Canon Cinema EOS products:

EOS C500 Mark II/ EOS C300 Mark III

  • Adds a Digital Tele-converter.
  • Supports camera control from the new RC-IP1000 Remote Camera Controller.
  • Adds flexibility with file naming conventions on proxy files, which enhances compatibility with non-linear editing software systems.
  • Enhancements to the vector scope will now enable display of the vector color and color-space on screen.
  • Adds compatibility with the CN-E31.5-95mm Flex Zoom Lens.

EOS C70

  • Adds a Digital Tele-converter.
  • Supports camera control from the new RC-IP1000 Remote Camera Controller.
  • Adds flexibility with file naming conventions on proxy files, which enhances compatibility with non-linear editing software systems.
  • Adds compatibility with the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z lens with Power Zoom Adapter and the RF Prime series of cinema lenses.
  • Adds compatibility with Canon’s Super 35mm Flex Zoom lenses.

EOS R5 C

  • Adds flexibility with file naming conventions on proxy files, which enhances compatibility with non-linear editing software systems.
  • Enhancements to the vector scope will now enable display of the vector color and color-space on screen.
  • Adds frame display function while recording.
  • Adds compatibility with the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z lens with Power Zoom Adapter and the RF Prime Cinema Lenses.
  • Adds compatibility with Canon’s Super 35mm Flex Zoom lenses.
  • Adds improvements to the camera’s photo mode.

Pro Video Product Update

The latest firmware upgrade for our flagship professional camcorder:

XF605

  • Adds support for SRT protocol.
  • Adds file recording in XF-AVC Full HD 25 megabits per second format.
  • Proxy file recording in MP4 16 megabits per second when in XF-AVC Full HD 25 format.
  • Adds chunk recording and continuous playback of multiple clips.
  • Adds flexibility with file naming conventions on proxy files, which enhances compatibility with non-linear editing software systems.
  • Supports camera control from the new RC-IP1000 Remote Camera Controller.

Enhanced PTZ Functionalities

Canon is continuously enhancing its existing line of PTZ cameras and producing new models to help ensure that Canon PTZ users are at the top of their game. The new firmware for the CR-N700, CR-N500, CR-N300, and CR-X300 contains several new features.

These new features include:

  • Preset and Trace thumbnails have been added to help make the cameras more intuitive to control by adding visual thumbnails for both presets and for recorded trace movements in the camera’s user interface and in the latest version of the Remote Camera Control Application.
  • Option for Still image display between presets helps to enhance a user’s viewing experience by eliminating any distracting video while the camera is moving from one preset to another.
  • SRT adaptive bitrate enables stable video distribution in accordance with the network environment and available bandwidth.
  • Multiple Free-D protocol destinations which can behelpful for shooting in virtual production environments with multiple image processors.
  • Partial restore option allows for partial settings restoration so that items such as baseline video settings can be restored from a backup, while infrastructure items such as networking configuration and administrator credentials can be retained.

In addition, the Remote Camera Control Application (RCCA) for Windows and Mac will have new functionalities including the preset thumbnail display, trace thumbnail display still image between presets, and will add support for the CR-N100 PTZ camera.

Additionally, the firmware update for Canon’s RC-IP100 remote camera controller will allow users to control settings for the Add-On Applications via the hardware controller; introduce a new On-Off setting to aid in efficiency; a new reversible Tele-Wide direction setting of the Zoom lever; and an additional mode that only allows pan, tilt, zoom, focus, preset, and trace control, so users may not accidentally make image settings changes when using the controller.

Canon Multi-Camera Control App

Lastly, Canon is introducing a new app to work with a compatible iPhone device, that controls up to four cameras from a single device. The EOS C500 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark III, EOS C70, and XF605 cameras will be compatible with the Canon Multi-Camera Control App, which provides the ability to control multiple cameras from a compatible iPhone device via Wi-Fi connectivity. The free app allows for control over recording start and stop, focus, zoom and iris, ND Filters, ISO, Shutter, White Balance, and Custom Picture control while viewing the image.

To download the firmware updates once available, or for more information regarding the firmware updates, the app and all of Canon’s professional video products and solutions, please visit usa.canon.com.