Nikon returns to outer space! The President of Nikon, Michio Kariya, announced a Holiday gift to Nikon from NASA with an order of Nikon D3S DSLR’s for use on the Space Shuttle.
The week before Christmas, December 21, 2009, Nikon made public an order from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for eleven Nikon D3S digital single lens reflex cameras and seven AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lenses. I guess they already had a few Nikkor lenses in house! NASA has indicated that these are part of their ongoing documentation work with the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS).
NASA continues their highly innovative technology work, (see NASA Technology) and long term use of Nikon cameras. The full press release from Nikon includes a chronology of Nikon and NASA history dating from 1971 to the present.
The Nikon D3S is the latest FX format (full frame) DSLR from Nikon that includes very high performance specifications (see article Low Light King below). Ranging from wide ranging ISO capability to HD video, this camera will provide NASA with many options for its documentation mission.
Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 ED lens is a wide angle full frame (35 mm equivalent) lens with a f/2.8 aperture at all focal lengths. This is an award winning lens with continued excellent reviews for performance and image quality. It also provide close focusing as well as wide angle ability.