India’s first online digital platform ‘Pixlent.com’ was launched on the occasion of World Photography Day in Pune by landscape & fine art photography expert, Lalit Deshmukh at Sumant Moolgaokar Auditorium. Pixlent.com is conceptualised and designed by Dr. Yashodhan Joshi. In the inaugural speech he said, “The main motive behind this concept is to develop the skills behind the lens and to bring aspiring photographers and passionate photography experts together for the sole purpose of professional photo reviews and critiquing”. The first segment of the launching event had a group discussion amongst Pixlent experts who are also some of the best names in photography. It was moderated by Prashant Desai. The topics for the discussion were: What goes into taking a good shot and how to give your photo the extra edge. The experts also shared their stories and talked on the journey of Film Photography to Digital Photography. The second segment of the program contained Live Photo Critiquing On Pixlent.com by Lalit Deshmukh and fashion and glamour photographer Sameer Belvalkar. Experts also answered the questions asked by the audience. The program ended with the vote of thanks given by Sameer Belvalkar. The show was hosted by Tejashri Dharane.
ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 recently launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 copassenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This event marked thirty ninth consecutively successful mission of PSLV. One of the 30 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C38 was CE-SAT 1, a fifty-kilogram (110 lb) microsatellite built by Canon Electronics, Japan. Canon will use the spacecraft to demonstrate a high-resolution imaging system in orbit, with a ground resolution of up to one meter (3 feet). About 60% of components of the satellite are manufactured by Canon, and the company targets a 100% inhouse production in the near future. The company also plans to sell the satellites, related components and the image data collected by the CE-SAT 1. The small-size satellites are expected to be sold for 1 million yen (approximately).
Venus Optics recently unveiled the Laowa Magic Shift Converter (MSC) for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras. The Laowa Magic Shift Converter is a lens adapter built with a patented optics system, which expands the image circle of the ultra-wide angle lenses. The shift mechanism on the adapter takes advantage of the enlarged image circle and shifts the camera sensor along the axis. The MSC is specially designed for the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens and it converts the lens into a 17mm f/4 Zero-D lens with +/- 10mm shift capability. It comes with a close-to-zero distortion feature. Additionally, the MSC comes with a 360° rotation structure which allows the user to shoot in both horizontal and portrait orientation. The lens structure includes 5 elements in 4 groups. Its dimensions are 69.6 x 44.1mm and weighs about 360g. The Laowa Magic Shift Converter's Canon variant is currently available on the official website of Venus Optics (http://www. venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers. The shipment of its Nikon variant is expected in two months.