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 Patent: RF 70-200mm F2-2.8 DS, RF 70-135mm F2.5 DS, More Lenses

Canon Patent

A new Canon patent application for RF mount lenses with “Defocus Smoothing” (DS) optical technology. More about Defocus Smoothing is listed here.

Canon patent application 2023170260 (Japan, published 12/1/2023) discusses optical formulas for a bunch of RF mount lenses:

  • 70-200mm F2-2.8
  • 70-135mm F2.5
  • 28-70mm F1.6-2
  • 80-150mm F1.8

All, apparently, have DS on board. From the patent literature:

  • An object of the present invention is to provide a variable power optical system that obtains a uniform and good apodization effect over the entire zoom range and suppresses peripheral dimming.
  • Background Art
    Conventionally, in order to obtain an appropriately blurred image, an optical system equipped with a filter having a transmittance distribution, such as an apodization filter whose transmittance changes as the distance from the optical axis increases, has been known. There is. Patent Document 1 discloses an optical system in which apodization filters are arranged before and after the aperture of a single focus lens.
  • However, since the optical system disclosed in Patent Document 1 is a single focus optical system, it is insufficient as a method for obtaining a sufficient apodization effect in each zoom state of a variable power optical system. Further, in a variable magnification optical system, it is required to suppress peripheral dimming and to obtain a good apodization effect during variable magnification.
  • Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to provide a variable power optical system that obtains a good apodization effect over the entire zoom range and suppresses peripheral dimming.

Example 1

  • Focal length: 71.79-193.181
  • F value: 2.00-2.85
  • Half angle of view: 16.77-6.39
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Total length: 161.48-219.93
  • Back focus: 15.67-31.62

Example 2

  • Focal length: 28.91-68.11
  • F value: 1.60-2.06
  • Half angle of view: 36.81-17.62
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Total length: 157.90-179.46
  • Back focus: 19.11-33.77

Example 3

  • Focal length: 35.02-68.11
  • F value: 1.80-2.06
  • Half angle of view: 31.71-17.62
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Total length: 162.01-179.46
  • Back focus: 22.26-33.77

Example 4

  • Focal length: 78.18-145.50
  • F value: 1.87
  • Half angle of view: 15.47-8.46
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Total length: 300.20-300.18
  • Back focus: 70.00

Example 5

  • Focal length: 72.00-135.00
  • F value: 2.50
  • Half angle of view: 16.72-9.10
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Total length: 250.00
  • Back focus: 40.00

More Canon patents are listed here.

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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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Cyber Week Deals At B&H Photo, Canon USA, Adorama, And Others

Cyber Week

There are still some decent Cyber Week deals to grab out there.

B&H Photo has the Datacolor SpyderX Mobile Pro Kit calibration tool on offer at $124.99 (reg. $249.99). Then they have Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x UHS-II SDXC Memory Card (2-Pack) on sale at $170 (reg. $329.99, $160 discount when added to cart). Also interesting are the Lensbaby Pro Kit for Canon EF and RF on sale at $699.95 (reg. $1399.95). To see all of B&H Photo’s Cyber Week deals click here.

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A Few Days After The Quad Pixel AF Patent, The Same Surfaces As A Rumor

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Still having doubts about how shitty the rumor industry is?

A few days ago, a Canon patent for Quad Pixel Autofocus was spotted. Today, it became a rumor.

After the patent, now there is “a strong likelihood of Quad Pixel Autofocus being featured in the EOS R5 Mark II“, although “confirmation on this aspect is not as concrete at the moment“. Of course it is not.

If you want to see for yourself what and how much bs has been spilled so far about the EOS R5 Mark II, have a look here. Believe me, no one knows anything and before the few, reliable Japanese sites post something, no one will know anything. They are just pretending.

Forget rumor bs, use your brain and your camera for photography.

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