Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and his DSLR in Space

Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and his DSLR in Space

FS Reader Clifford Pate brought these images to our attention, asking if the DSLR Russuian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka was using on the International Space Station was a Nikon or a Canon. That legendary DSLR battle aside, it's cool to see how the cosmonauts work with a DSLR, and the kind of equipment that goes into the process (beyond just the camera).

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, Expedition 32 commander, uses a still camera during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) to continue outfitting the International Space Station. During the five-hour, 51-minute spacewalk, Padalka and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (out of frame), flight engineer, moved the Strela-2 cargo boom from the Pirs docking compartment to the Zarya module to prepare Pirs for its eventual replacement with a new Russian multipurpose laboratory module. The two spacewalking cosmonauts also installed micrometeoroid debris shields on the exterior of the Zvezda service module and deployed a small science satellite. Click images for larger size.

Oh, and I think it's a Nikon, since that looks to be a 24mm Nikkor lens.

[Via NASA]

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Adam Cross's picture

and I think it’s a Nikon"  pretty sure everything DSLR related on the ISS is Nikon, (if you look at the EXIF data for these photographs you can see that the first was taken with a Nikon D2Xs and the 2nd with a Nikon D3s) the US definitely use a bunch of D3x and D3s cameras, most recently for the awesome aurora time lapses that have been doing the rounds online

on the lens says "AF NIKKOR 24mm" ... sooooo.... i guess it might be Nikon ;) and it is well known, that Nikon is commonly used on ISS

+1 :) Canon does sports, Nikon flies in space :P

Bogdan Radu's picture

Nikon has always been a gear-head/geek brand.. perfect for this type of situations.

Ashkan Ahmadi's picture

So what it's a Nikon?

Even NASA has to save money. Armstrong and Aldrin had Hasselblads back on the moon.  :o)

Nikon *in* the photo, but the photo was probably taken with an iPhone  ;P

Joe Prego's picture

When it's a once in a lifetime use a Nikon

A wedding in space?
Shoot it with Canon! :-)
(I have a Nikon)

RUSS's picture

hmmm I wonder, what brand space suit is he wearing?

Gio's picture

doesn't it get destroyed by the vacuum of space?
like the battery?

Stan Horaczek's picture

Very likely that it's a nikon with a radiation suit on. NASA has been using that set up for a while. Much more info here.