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New Milky Way Survey Maps 3.32 Billion Distinct Celestial Objects

Researchers from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) used over 10 terabytes of data from 21,400 individual exposures of the southern sky taken by the Dark Energy Camera at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile to catalog over three billion cosmic objects. The majority of the stars and dust in the Milky Way are located in the galactic plane, which is seen as a bright band across the center of the newly released Dark Energy Camera images. The Dark Energy Camera data was enhanced by integrating it with observations from other telescopes.

The Dark Energy Camera features 62 charged-coupled devices (CCDs), which record a total of 570 megapixels per snapshot.

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Firmware Updates Fujifilm

Fujifilm X-H2S Firmware 3.00 Adds Drone and Insect AF Tracking Modes

X-H2S Firmware Update Ver.3.00

The highest AF performance for X Series has been further improved with the enhanced subject detection based on AI and improved algorithm Optimal for fast moving objects such as sports, bird photography

FUJIFILM Corporation is pleased to announce that it will release free firmware update Ver.3.00 for ”FUJIFILM X-H2S (X-H2S)” on January 12, 2023.

“X-H2S” is the X Series flagship model equipped with the back-illuminated, stacked, 26.16MP “X-TransTM CMOS 5 HS” sensor capable of fast reading signals and the high-speed “X-Processor 5” image processor. Since its sales launch in July, The AF performance of “X-H2S” has been well received by users. The AF performance will be further improved with this firmware update.

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Lenses Sigma

SIGMA Announces 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports Ultra-Telephoto 10x Optical Zoom Lens for L-Mount and E-Mount

The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports is the ultra-telephoto 10x optical zoom lens for L-mount and Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. A newly developed linear motor “HLA (High-response Linear Actuator)” promises fast and precise autofocusing. The lens is optically image stabilized, with up to 7 stops at the wide end and 6 stops at the telephoto end. Other features include Dual Action Zoom, Dust and Splash Resistant Structure, as well as customizable functions to meet the needs of various sports shooting situations. The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports will be available Feb 17, 2023 for US $1,999 / €2,349 / £1,999.

  • One-of-a-kind 10x zoom for mirrorless
  • High-response Linear Actuator (HLA) AF motor
  • 6-7 stops of optical stabilization
  • Dust and splash-resistant structure
  • Supplied accessories: Case, Hood (LH1144-02), Cover Lens Cap (LC-740E), Shoulder Strap, Tripod Socket (TS-121), Front Cap (LCF-105 Ⅲ), Rear Cap (LCR Ⅱ)
  • Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount
SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports at 600mm

SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports at 600mm

Product information
https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/s023_60_600_45_63/

Impression:

Sample Gallery: 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports Sample Gallery

Presentation: https://youtu.be/SGGZ__9PE3M(YouTube)


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Photo Shows 2023

There are a number of Photo Shows you may want to mark on your calendar for 2023:

  1. We are in the midst of CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2023, held in Las Vegas, NV & Digital from Thursday January 5 to Sunday January 8, 2023.
  2. The CP+ (Camera & Photo Imaging) Show 2023 is the world’s largest camera video equipment show. It will be held in Japan on-site and on-line digitally from Thursday February 2 to Sunday February 26, 2023.
  3. The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show 2023 is the premier event for content professionals in the broadcast, media and entertainment ecosystem. It will be held in Las Vegas, NV from Saturday April 15 to Wednesday April 19, 2023.
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Lenses Nikon

Nikon Announces Development of Ultrafast NIKKOR Z 85MM F/1.2 S Portrait Lens and Pancake NIKKOR Z 26MM F/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens

Nikon has announced at CES that it is developing two new full-frame lenses for its Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras: the NIKKOR Z 85MM F/1.2 S, an ultrafast mid-telephoto prime lens ideal for portrait photography, and the NIKKOR Z 26MM F/2.8, a slim pancake wide-angle lens ideal for landscape photography and vlogging. There’s not much detail concerning these two new lenses for now.

PRESS RELEASE

NIKON IS DEVELOPING THE NIKKOR Z 85MM F/1.2 S, A FAST MID-TELEPHOTO PRIME LENS, AND THE Pancake NIKKOR Z 26MM F/2.8 Lens, A SLIM WIDE-ANGLE PRIME LENS FOR THE NIKON Z MOUNT SYSTEM

LAS VEGAS -CES Booth #17914 – Nikon Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S, a fast mid-telephoto prime lens, and the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8, a slim wide-angle prime lens, for full-frame (FX-format) Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras.

NIKKOR Z 85MM F/1.2 S

NIKKOR Z 85MM F/1.2 S

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S is part of the S-Line1 NIKKOR Z lens series, and realizes both superior rendering performance and large, beautiful bokeh. It expands possibilities for users capturing portraits in areas such as weddings and fashion.

NIKKOR Z 26MM F/2.8

NIKKOR Z 26MM F/2.8

The NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 achieves outstanding slimness and lightness, as well as high rendering performance, making it an ideal lens for advanced amateur photographers who take their camera everywhere and not miss a moment.

Nikon will continue to pursue a new dimension in optical performance while meeting users’ needs, contributing to the development of imaging culture, with the hope of expanding possibilities for imaging expression.

These lenses will be displayed at Nikon’s booth (Central Hall #17914) at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 5-8, 2023.
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