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Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.8 (S-S50) lens introduced



Panasonic has introduced the Lumix S 50mm F1.8 (S-S50) fast standard L-Mount lens. It is the fourth f / 1.8 maximum aperture in the Lumix S series. They all share the same size and control layout, making it easy to swap lenses on a cinematographer camera with only minimal gear adjustments. It is also convenient that all these lenses are designed for filters of the same diameter.

Another advantage related to the use of the Lumix S 50mm F1.8 (S-S50) for video shooting is the focusing mechanism that excludes “focus breathing”, that is, the change in the focal length of the lens depending on the distance at which it focuses. Finally, microstepping aperture control lets you smoothly change exposure to create professional-quality videos.

Panasonic Lumix S 50mm F1.8 (S-S50) lens specifications:

  • focal length – 50 mm;
  • aperture – f / 1.8 – f / 22;
  • lens optical design – 9 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspherical elements, a UHR element and an ED element;
  • the number of aperture blades – 9;
  • the minimum focusing distance is 0.45 m;
  • maximum magnification – 0.14x;
  • installation diameter of filters – 67 mm;
  • diameter – 74 mm;
  • length – 82 mm;
  • weight – 300 g.

The lens is dust and splash resistant. A lens hood is included in the package. Sales are due to start in July for $ 450.

In addition, the company announced that L-Mount lenses with a maximum aperture of f / 1.8 and focal lengths of 24mm and 35mm are under development.

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Apple’s mixed reality headset will be more powerful than many laptops. She will receive SoC Apple M2



Apples mixed reality headset will be more powerful than many

Apple’s mixed reality headset should get the M2 single-chip system. Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman thinks so.

Apple's mixed reality headset will be more powerful than many laptops.  She will receive SoC Apple M2

Earlier it was said that the headset will receive SoC M1, but apparently Apple has changed the configuration. It is also worth remembering that the current leaks speak of two platforms, and the second will be responsible for processing data from the device’s numerous sensors.

The headset will receive M2 with 16 GB of memory, that is, the performance of the device will be higher than that of many laptops on the market. At the same time, various rumors suggest that Apple has previously encountered the problem of overheating of the headset, so such a powerful platform, apparently, is also a minus.

At the moment, the headset is expected to be introduced in early 2023. It is also likely that for the first time Apple will show it at an event in the fall, but the device will enter the market next year.

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Impressive new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope: “Dive into the astronomical treasure trove”



Impressive new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope Dive into

The Hubble Space Telescope website has published a new impressive photo. The photograph captures the brilliant globular cluster NGC 6569 in the constellation Sagittarius.

Impressive new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope:

As noted on the website under Image of the Week, the observatory explored the “heart” of the cluster with its Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for Surveys, revealing “a brilliant array of stars in this astronomical treasure chest.” The authors of the note poetically invite everyone who wants to carry out “Immersion in the astronomical treasury”.

Globular clusters are stable, closely related clusters containing tens of thousands to millions of stars. The intense gravitational pull of these dense star clusters means that globular clusters are a regular spherical shape with a “populous center” – as seen in the center of this image.

Previously, researchers have avoided globular clusters close to the center of the Milky Way, as dust scattered throughout the center of our galaxy blocks light from these clusters and changes the colors of the stars within them. The latter factor is especially important for astronomers studying stellar evolution, since the colors of stars can give astronomers an idea of ​​their age, composition, and temperature.

Recall that the Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project of the US Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA)

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The Pixel 7 Pro could be a catastrophic loser to the new flagships. SoC Tensor 2 parameters data appeared



The Pixel 7 Pro could be a catastrophic loser to

The Pixel 7 Pro smartphone will be released this fall, which means that at first it will have to compete with flagships based on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 8 Plus Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000, and in the second half of its life cycle already with the new Qualcomm and MediaTek platforms. But new data indicates that, at least in terms of performance, there will be a very large gap between Google’s new product and future flagships.

The Pixel 7 Pro could be a catastrophic loser to the new flagships.  SoC Tensor 2 parameters data appeared

The Pixel 7 Pro prototype revealed some details about the configuration of the smartphone. In particular, about his SoC Tensor 2.

The new platform will retain the 2+2+4 configuration. At the same time, the junior cores will still be Cortex-A55. Early leaks indicated that two Cortex-X1 cores would also migrate to Tensor 2 with the current SoC. That is, only two middle nuclei remain unknown. The current Tensor has a Cortex-A76 pair.

Considering that already current platforms use Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710 and Cortex-A510 cores, the performance difference between the conventional Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Pixel 7 Pro should be huge. It is great even now, when Tensor is compared with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but if Tensor 2 as a whole is very similar to the current platform, the difference can become about two times if you focus on the same AnTuTu benchmark. Although we don’t know anything about the GPU yet, so at least on this point no conclusions can be drawn.

As for the rest, the Pixel 7 Pro gets a new Samsung S6E3HC4 panel that delivers a maximum brightness of 1000 cd/m2 against 800 cd/m2 on the Pixel 6 Pro.

We should also expect improvements in haptic feedback technology, as the smartphone will receive a new generation Cirrus Logic CS40L26 chip.

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