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.
Shari Academy launched LuXoculus 2017, to celebrate their Silver Jubilee, with its graduates of the Mastercraftsman Diploma course. The event was held at their brand new colaba premises. The LuXoculus 2017 was inaugurated by Kenichiro Hibi (Managing Director, Sony India Pvt. Ltd.), Hiroyuki Tokuno (Deputy General Manager, Sony India Pvt. Ltd.), Jayesh Mehta (President of AIPTIA), Chandrakant Shah (Hon. Secretary), Mukul Kashyap (Regional Sales Director Indian Subcontinent, Manfrotto), Kakubhai Kothari, Jai Shankar Sharma, Shari Senior faculty members and senior industry members. To add to the celebrations, Sony India announced 4 scholarships worth INR 7 lakhs to the top award winning students. Along with that companies like Zeiss, Manfrotto, Photoquip, Kingston and AIPTIA sponsored a combined reward for all the award winning students of over 14 lakhs (in cash and kind). On the occasion of its Silver Jubilee, Shari Academy formally announced the launch of a new course - Diploma in Digital Video Production, starting on from 14th September 2017.