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10-10-2019, 04:09 AM   #1
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What lenses are these on the ISS?

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Noticed these while messing around with google maps. Can anyone figure out what they are?

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They're Nikon FX lenses. The large zoom is the 70-200 f/2.8, I'm sure. The smaller one looks like it might be the 17-35 f/2.8, while the prime could be the 180mm f/2.8...

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QuoteOriginally posted by ZombieArmy Quote
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Noticed these while messing around with google maps. Can anyone figure out what they are?
Never heard of this feature of Google maps. How did you get there?

And I thought my place was a[n organized] mess...
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They are Nikon. That's the system everyone uses in the ISS (sadly...)

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I follow NASA on Instagram and they post some stunning images. A recent one of Paris they commented was taken with a D4 and 400mm lens.
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I think they also have a Sigma 50-500 OS in there too. Well good to know that if I ever wanted my Bigma to be lighter, I just need to take it into space...
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Never heard of this feature of Google maps. How did you get there?

And I thought my place was a[n organized] mess...
You go to google maps and scroll out until you're into space. On the top left there should be a tab that lets you pick out different celestial bodies.
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Here's a 4 minute video about photography on board the ISS. You can see some of the equipment, as well as some amazing photos they've taken.


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They also have some waterway views. I stumbled on this by clicking the wrong place:

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Nice pictures, and thanks for showing us that Google maps can also guide you inside ISS.
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I have a book of photos by Tim Peake, the British astronaut who spent time on the ISS. He mentions the Nikon D4 cameras used and the impact of radiation on the sensors - you get more dead pixels up there over time than on Earth.
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Noticed these while messing around with google maps.
Somehow the thought of hanging lenses on a wall with Velcro disturbs me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ZombieArmy Quote
Google Maps

Noticed these while messing around with google maps. Can anyone figure out what they are?
NASA and Nikon have worked together for decades with the only exception of specially made Hasselblads during the Apollo missions to the moon. Canadian astronaut Chris Hatfield has a whole series of videos from the ISS and has many videos regarding his photography in orbit:

The fat short lens on the top left is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II (nearly $6k).
The long lens below it is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II.
The third lens on the left is some Nikon probably 70-200mm VR, but I'm not sure the exact model.

Canon has tried for years to replace Nikon, but apparently the G forces and micro vibrations during launch adversely affect Canon fluorite lenses that causes hairline cracks. Nikkor ED glass is not affected during launch based on simulated tests.
Back in the film day the Pentax 67 and Pentax primes were heavily used by other US-based government agencies for both scientific and intelligence imaging.
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I'm sticking with the 70-200 f/2.8 (not sure which version) for the longer zoom lens. And the prime (i.e. the only one with just one rubber control ring) still looks like a 180mm f/2.8 to me. But the short, fat lens - definitely a zoom, with two rubber control rings - is, I believe, the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S:

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The dimensions and markings are spot-on...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote
NASA and Nikon have worked together for decades with the only exception of specially made Hasselblads during the Apollo missions to the moon. Canadian astronaut Chris Hatfield has a whole series of videos from the ISS and has many videos regarding his photography in orbit:
Chris Hadfield's Snapshots from Space - YouTube

The fat short lens on the top left is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II (nearly $6k).
The long lens below it is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II.
The third lens on the left is some Nikon probably 70-200mm VR, but I'm not sure the exact model.

Canon has tried for years to replace Nikon, but apparently the G forces and micro vibrations during launch adversely affect Canon fluorite lenses that causes hairline cracks. Nikkor ED glass is not affected during launch based on simulated tests.
Back in the film day the Pentax 67 and Pentax primes were heavily used by other US-based government agencies for both scientific and intelligence imaging.
Do you have any places I could research the 67 in space please?
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