NASA Buys 48 Nikon D2xs For Upcoming Spaceflights.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by =?iso-8859-1?Q?Rita_=C4_Berkowitz?=, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. I wonder why NASA would select this ancient beast over the Canon Mk III? I
    know that the D2xs is very robust and bulletproof, but it doesn't have the
    high ISO performance of the Mk III. Does NASA know something we don't?


    =?iso-8859-1?Q?Rita_=C4_Berkowitz?=, Aug 5, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    Yes, if you replace "we" with "I".

    Ordered with 12-24mm and 10.5mm fisheye lenses, SB-800
    speedlights, and requiring a spaceflight approved lubricant suggests
    that it will be used in cramped quarters, and there's no particular
    need for high ISO performance. The Canon Mk III wasn't requested
    because the head of procurement reads Rob Galbraith's web site. :)
    ASAAR, Aug 5, 2007
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    PixelPix Guest

    I once read that Canon's are not used in space because they use
    fluorite lens elements. These tend to shatter/crack in the deep cold
    of space.
    PixelPix, Aug 5, 2007

  4. No, that's wrong. The real reason is to do with the non-proliferation of
    weapons in space.
    Some administrator in Washington or Moscow vetoed the use of canons in

    Fred Anonymous, Aug 5, 2007
  5. LOL!!!!

    =?iso-8859-1?Q?Rita_=C4_Berkowitz?=, Aug 5, 2007
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    GregS Guest

    It would take a lot of testing before a camera is approved. Might take years.

    GregS, Aug 6, 2007
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    SMS Guest

    Two reasons they chose Nikon.

    1. NASA already had Nikon some lenses.
    2. They got a good deal on gray-market D2x bodies.

    Notice that they were _not_ purchasing them from Nikon USA.
    SMS, Aug 6, 2007
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    CoolPix Guest

    On Sat, 4 Aug 2007 21:23:43 -0400, Rita Ä Berkowitz <ritaberk2O04> wrote:

    Great thats all we need is more space junk
    CoolPix, Aug 6, 2007
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