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More than $10 million awarded to 671 Washington State arts and culture organizations through the Community Accelerator Grant program

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Today, ArtsFund and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced the 671 grantees of the Community Accelerator Grant, a historic investment in Washington’s arts and culture sector. Administered by Arts Fund and funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the program provides just over $10M in $2,500 to $25,000 grants across Washington state. The distribution comes just six months after the partnership was announced, in response to the continued sector need. Funding will provide essential resources to Washington organizations whose primary mission is to produce or support arts and culture activities. The unrestricted funding will boost arts organizations’ ability to invest in their missions and essential roles serving communities across the state. “We are so proud to highlight the breadth and depth of Washington’s rich cultural landscape and celebrate the leadership and vision of the Paul G Allen Family Foundation in funding this program,” said ArtsFund CEO and President, Michael Greer. “Our hope is that their philanthropy inspires others to continue to invest in this sector and see how possible it is to make an investment that is meaningful, equitable, and expeditious.” Grants were awarded to every eligible organization that applied, with an average award of $14,909. The total funding pool of $10M responds to approximately two-thirds of total requested funds. Nearly 70% of the grantees reported annual budgets of less than $500,000. Organizations in 35 of Washington’s 39 countries are included. “This community-driven model distributes urgently needed capital quickly, equitably, and efficiently to arts and culture organizations that are so important to a vibrant, healthy community,” said Lara Littlefield, executive director on behalf of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. “We are heartened by the diversity and geographic reach of this program as well as the speed and efficiency in which it was administered thanks to ArtsFund and the Community Advisory Panel.” The Community Accelerator Grant program prioritized funding to communities that are underrepresented in other funding programs – specifically, in rural communities, and for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. The application was designed to be low-barrier, with the goal that no organizations would find it too complicated, or that the information requested was too cumbersome. All eligible applicants received a grant. Applicants were asked to what degree they felt that this grant might positively impact their ability to build capacity and increase their sustainability. Organizations reported anticipating an additional $2 raised for every $1 of their grant. Representation of priority populations was an important consideration for the program. More than half of the grants are to organizations with a minimum 25% BIPOC representation on both Board and staff. See the complete list of grant recipients HERE. Community Advisory Panel The program was informed by a Community Advisory Panel who advised ArtsFund on the application design, outreach, evaluation and outcome. Panelists included: Beth Takekawa, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (retired) Ginger Ewing, Terrain Jane Broom, Microsoft Corporation Karen Hanan, ArtsWA (Washington State Arts Commission) Katie Carter, Pride Foundation Lorin Schmit Dunlop, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Manny Cawaling, Inspire Washington Michael Greer, ArtsFund Molly Sanchez, Innovia Foundation Shelly Wynecoop, Spokane Arts Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Phila Engaged Giving Troy Coalman, Wellspring Family Services ArtsFund considered applications based on representation of and centering of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities, geographic location, and on the reported potential impact of the grant on organizations’ fundraising. Grant funds are unrestricted and may be used as each organization self-determines. Grant recipients cite the top uses for funding, in order of priority, include salaries and labor; programming; rent, mortgage and facility upgrades; personal protective equipment and COVID preparedness; and communications and marketing, with more than 80% of organizations citing salaries and labor, and programming as their top needs. The initiative follows two and a half years of pandemic impacts on the arts and culture sector, which experienced drops in revenue, challenges with reopening logistics, audience hesitation to return to pre-pandemic levels of cultural participation, and workforce impacts, as detailed in ArtsFund’s COVID Cultural Impact Study: ArtsFund.org/CCIS that was partially funded by the foundation. This $10 million investment in the sector responds directly to the study’s recommendations to expand and sustain support for arts and culture organizations as a strategy for social impact, and to provide unrestricted funding in support of the long-term adaptation of the industry. To receive updates from ArtsFund and find out about future opportunities, please sign up for ArtsFund Newsletter | ArtsFund About ArtsFund About ArtsFund ArtsFund supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grantmaking in order to build a healthy, equitable, and creative Washington. Founded in 1969, the Seattle-based nonprofit has been building community through the arts for more than 50 years. ArtsFund was originally founded to bring corporate and civic leaders together to help establish and sustain our region’s arts and cultural institutions. Over its grantmaking history, ArtsFund has supported more than 650 arts organizations with more than $100 million in grants, and provided valuable leadership and advocacy. Learn more at www.artsfund.org About Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Founded in 1988 by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, the foundation invests in communities across the Pacific Northwest to enhance the human experience of arts & culture, center under-served populations, and mobilize young people to make impact. In addition, the foundation supports a global portfolio of nonprofit partners working across science and technology solutions to protect wildlife, preserve ocean health, and create lasting change. The foundation also funds the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, which works to advance cutting-edge research in all areas of bioscience. Learn more at www.pgafamilyfoundation.org. Contact Details Calandra Childers, VP of Strategic Initiatives & Communications ArtsFund +1 206-788-3051 calandrachilders@artsfund.org Company Website http://www.artsfund.org/accelerator

April 04, 2023 07:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Ultrack Enters Acquisition Agreement with Successful Medical and Wellness Company

Ultrack Systems, Inc.

McapMediaWire --Ultrack Systems Inc. (OTC: MJLB ), a total fleet-management GPS tracking and monitoring solution provider, is pleased to announce that Ultrack has entered into a formal contractual agreement with Supreme Products to both acquire and market their "Pet Tracker" product which is a wearable GPS device for pets. Notably, Carl Lamonte from Supreme Products will join Ultrack as an Officer of Brand Development Officer Earlier this year Ultrack noted in a release that the Company is actively seeking joint-venture relationships and/or acquisitions within recession proof sectors. Today's announcement is the initial fulfillment of that goal with more planned to come. With years of experience, resources, and relationships within the GPS industry, it makes sense for Ultrack to expand to the developing vertical market of pet tracking hardware and software. Currently, the global pet market is worth roughly $261 billion with the sub "pet care" market coming in at around $79 billion as of 2021. Current forecasters project that the U.S. pet market alone is projected to grow to $325 billion by 2028 with a projected sustained growth of pet ownership up to 14% by 2030. (Source: https://www.hepper.com/pet-industry-statistics-us / ) Ultrack CEO Michael Marsbergen commented: “Pets are big business and Millennials and Gen Z are leading the way for the foreseeable future. We believe that pet ownership and pet care is a recession-proof industry because people are simply not going to give up the things that they truly love, no matter how hard the economy gets hit. I'm delighted that Mr. Carl Lamonte will be joining Ultrack and helping the Company to establish sure footing as a new face and voice for our “Pet Tracker” product." Some of the ways the Company intends to provide a superior device include potential features like: 1. Health monitoring: Monitor a pet's health by tracking their activity levels, heart rate, and other biometric data. This information could be shared with veterinarians or pet owners to identify potential health problems early on. 2. Behavior modification: Modify a pet's behavior by providing real-time feedback on their location and activity level. For example, a device could be set up to alert a pet owner if their dog has strayed too far from home, or if their cat is spending too much time in a certain area. 3. Predictive analytics: Collect data on a pet's behavior and use machine learning algorithms to predict future behavior. This could help pet owners anticipate potential problems and take preventive action. 4. Social media integration: Integration with social media platforms, allowing pet owners to share their pet's location and activity level with friends and family. This could create a community of pet owners who share information and support each other. 5. Virtual fences: Create virtual fences around a pet's home or yard, alerting the pet owner if their pet strays beyond a certain boundary. This could be especially useful for pet owners who live in areas with high levels of traffic or other hazards. Ultrack and Supreme Products are planning a full-orbed marketing plan through multiple strategies including: As technology and AI evolves, the Company will seek for new ways to add more benefits to its line of pet care products. Investors can anticipate updates moving forward regarding details of the development and deployment of the new "Pet Tracker" product. Furthermore, the details of the contract with Supreme Products involves a marketing partnership to bring appropriate exposure to the new Pet Tracker product. These initiatives include but are not limited to: 1. Social media advertising: Social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram offer targeted advertising options that allow businesses to reach pet owners directly, especially young pet owners. 2. Influencer marketing: Partnering with influencers in the pet industry can be an effective way to reach a wider audience. 3. Pet store partnerships: Starting with pet stores in Canada and established relationship, the Company believes this strategy will be well-received and well-rewarded. 4. Trade shows and events: The Company is looking ahead to three of the largest North American pet-focused trade shows in which to have a meaningful presence. The Company invites current and future shareholders to check back regularly at our website http://ultrack.ca, Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UltrackSolutions and Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ultracki About MJLB: Located in Concord, Ontario, Ultrack Systems Inc., ( www.ultrack.ca ) is a publicly traded company listed on the OTCMARKETS under the MJLB trading symbol. Ultrack Systems Inc., is a provider of GPS tracking solutions. We develop, implement, and distribute electronic monitoring and tracking systems for companies in leasing, transportation, construction, disposal, and many other services driven industries. Our platform includes live tracking, reports, and alerts on a web-based platform. Our mission is to provide the best fleet tracking, reporting systems and our commitment to service. The Company plans to launch a new ELD product in 2023 in partnership with major corporations that will take the trucking industry by storm. Safe Harbor Statement: This Press Release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company has tried, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "plans," "intends," "potential" and similar expressions. These statements reflect the Company's current beliefs and are based upon information currently available to it. Accordingly, such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or advise in the event of any change, addition or alteration to the information catered in this Press Release, including such forward-looking statements. Michael Stephen Marsbergen Ultrack Sytems Inc. +1 800-893-9506 sales@ultrack.ca Visit us on social media: Facebook Twitter Contact Details Ultrack Sytems Inc. sales@ultrack.ca Company Website http://ultrack.ca/

April 04, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise Opens at Walt Disney World® Resort

Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise is thrilled to continue its collaboration with Disney Parks and Resorts and help shape the future of Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom ® Park as presenting sponsor of TRON Lightcycle / Run. Now open at Walt Disney World ® Resort, TRON Lightcycle / Run is one of the fastest coasters at any Disney theme park in the world and masterfully blends thrills with speed, visual effects, music and a one-of-kind system to create an experience like no other. Guests, also known as Users, are digitized into a mysterious game world. As members of Team Blue, they board high-speed Lightcycles for a thrilling race through a dark, computerized world, facing off against a fierce group of Programs known as Team Orange. “As a global leader in providing solutions to help move people and goods more seamlessly, Enterprise jumped at the chance to serve as the presenting sponsor of this innovative and groundbreaking attraction,” said Kyle Sanborn, Vice President of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing Activation at Enterprise Holdings. “No matter the need – from business and leisure travel to trucks and replacement rentals, vehicle sales and exotics, even custom solutions for business and fleet programs – the Enterprise team is up for the challenge. Intuitive and flexible, we strive to adapt with you as your needs evolve – now, and into the future.” Enterprise branding has been incorporated throughout the attraction experience including on the marquee sign, in ambient signage, in the entry queue and instructional signage, and at the attraction’s post-show space. After competing in an epic race and returning to Tomorrowland, Team Blue Users are introduced to a bold new race team being welcomed in the post-show space presented by Enterprise: Team Green. Serving as a centerpiece is Team Green’s one-of-a-kind, powerful and state-of-the-art Lightcycle. The latest and most-advanced iteration to join the competition, this formidable vehicle has been exported from the Grid into the real world. As it awaits its turn to race, its engine revs with pulsating green lights – creating an incredible photo opportunity. Enterprise adopted TRON’s Team Green moniker to showcase a range of programs throughout the post-show space that embody the competitive advantage and shared vision of Enterprise Holdings, which is constantly innovating to deliver an exceptional experience to meet customers’ unique travel needs and preferences. Stories about the 12 team members of Team Green will rotate throughout the display in the post-show space, providing returning Users an opportunity to learn more about Team Green on future visits to TRON Lightcycle / Run. St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, which manages the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, has developed and cultivated a broad portfolio of business lines over 65 years designed to meet the evolving needs of customers and deliver innovative solutions for both consumers and businesses. “When you ride with Team Green, you’re supported by a collective of more than 80,000 global employees linking you into one of the largest transportation networks in the world,” said Sanborn. “Empowered to help you succeed, Enterprise is here to help you understand and harness the power of our latest advancements. Our people, vehicles, and infrastructure are a gateway to emerging and advanced technology.” “Enterprise and Disney share a dedication to incredible guest experiences,” said Erika Shen, Vice President of Alliance Management at The Walt Disney Company. “We were delighted to build upon our existing relationship with Enterprise through an elevated sponsorship opportunity of TRON Lightcycle / Run. Our collaboration on the post-show space which embodies Enterprise’s innovative vision, tells the story of their brand, and showcases a one-of-a-kind Lightcycle for guests to see.” Enterprise is in a multi-year alliance relationship with Disney Parks & Resorts, and is the Official Rent-A-Car of Walt Disney World ® Resort, Disneyland ® Resort, Disney Vacation Club ®, Disney Cruise Line ® and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa ®. In addition to serving as the presenting sponsor of TRON Lightcycle / Run, Enterprise signage and support can be found at Walt Disney World ® Resort and Disneyland ® Resort locations, including: The Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom Park ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the courtesy shuttle carts onsite at the property run Disney ® Events at Walt Disney World Resort – Enterprise is an official sponsor of run Disney and has race-day branding at events including Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, run Disney Springtime Surprise Weekend and Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. For more information about TRON Lightcycle / Run, visit DisneyWorld.com/TRON. For more information about Enterprise, visit enterprise.com. About Enterprise Holdings Enterprise Holdings is a leading provider of mobility solutions including car rental, fleet management, carsharing, vanpooling, truck rental, luxury rental, retail car sales and vehicle subscription, as well as travel management and other transportation technology services and solutions, to make travel easier and more convenient for customers. Enterprise Holdings’ subsidiaries and franchisees, together with its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, manage a diverse fleet of 2.1 million vehicles through an integrated network of more than 10,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport rental locations in more than 90 countries and territories. Privately held by the Taylor family of St. Louis, Enterprise Holdings manages the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo brands. About Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Disney Parks, Experiences and Products brings the magic of The Walt Disney Company’s powerful brands and franchises — including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, Twentieth Century Studios and National Geographic — into the daily lives of families and fans around the world to create magical memories that last a lifetime. When Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955, he created a unique destination built around storytelling and immersive experiences, ushering in a new era of family entertainment. More than 60 years later, Disney has grown into one of the world’s leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences, with iconic businesses including six resort destinations with 12 theme parks and 53 resorts in the United States, Europe and Asia; a top-rated cruise line fleet of five ships with three more planned in the coming years; a luxurious family beach resort in Hawaii; a popular vacation ownership program; and two award-winning guided tour adventure businesses. Disney Imagineers are the creative force behind Disney theme parks, resort hotels and cruise ships globally. Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing includes the world’s leading licensing business; one of the largest children’s publishing brands globally; one of the largest licensors of games across platforms worldwide; and consumer products at retail around the world. Contact Details Enterprise Holdings Mike Wilmering michael.wilmering@ehi.com

April 04, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Cooperstown All Star Village Partners with Sodexo Live! to Enhance Dining Experience for Players and Families

Ripken Baseball

Cooperstown All Star Village, the youth baseball resort located in baseball’s birthplace, announced a new partnership with Sodexo Live!, a global leader in hospitality for the world’s most iconic venues and events. Starting this summer, Sodexo Live! will deliver new menu concepts at the onsite restaurant and overhaul the dining experience for more than 10,000 families that visit Cooperstown All Star Village each summer. The complex will also add more “live” cooking options with pizza ovens, BBQ pits, and additional restaurant seating with live music. Sodexo Live! serves a wide range of major and minor league sports, including the Seattle Mariners’ T-Mobile Park, touted as the #1 dining experience in Major League Baseball ( Thrillist ). They also provide the optimal nutrition for student-athletes at the University of Michigan and the University of Florida, as well as the athletes who will compete in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. “We want our families to have a world-class experience when they visit and compete at Cooperstown All Star Village – and a significant part of that experience is how they fuel their bodies when they spend a week at our resort,” said Rick Abbott, CEO of Cooperstown All Star Village. “Sodexo Live! is responsible for the nutrition of athletes at top Division I programs and even Olympians. Our young athletes and their families deserve to be in that company.” New menu concepts for the All Star Tavern, the onsite restaurant at Cooperstown All Star Village, will focus on local and signature specialties to reflect the culture and influence of the region. The team dining experience will be highlighted by fresh selections that maximize nutrition. Sodexo Live! will serve three meals per day to all participants for 12 consecutive weeks of programming. “Cooperstown All Star Village is a rite of passage for any young baseball player and something they’ll remember for a lifetime,” said Sal Ferrulo, Executive Vice President of Sodexo Live! “We want the dining experience for players and their families to be part of those unforgettable memories. Our mission is to meet their needs and help optimize their performance on and off the field.” Sodexo Live! has existing relationships with local suppliers and purveyors in the region through their operations at Holiday Valley, and multiple venues within Lake Placid through its partnership with the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority. About Cooperstown All Star Village Cooperstown All Star Village™ is a world-class youth baseball experience and family resort located in the birthplace of baseball. In addition to major league-style baseball fields and amenities, Cooperstown All Star Village offers onsite lodging for the whole family, full-service dining, heated swimming pools, and entertainment. As of 2023, the facilities at Cooperstown All Star Village are part of the Ripken Baseball family of complexes. Learn more at cooperstown.com. About Sodexo Live! Sodexo Live! manages prestigious conference, cultural, and sporting venues and major events all over the world. With 40,000 employees and 500 sites, Sodexo Live! offers clients a range of bespoke catering, sales, and event management services, helping to transform the consumer experience into unforgettable memories. Sodexo Live! commits to unlocking customers’ full potential while favoring local communities. Sodexo Live! contributes to the success of prestigious events such as Royal Ascot, the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup and soon the Paris 2024 Games, and showcases exceptional venues such as the Eiffel Tower Restaurants, Bateaux Parisiens, Yachts de Paris, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Hard Rock Stadium, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. About Ripken Baseball: Ripken Baseball® brings teammates, coaches, and families together through its Big League Experiences while teaching children how to play sports the right way – the Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through tournaments, camps, clinics, and spring training at their state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities – The Ripken Experience® Aberdeen (Maryland), The Ripken Experience® Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), The Ripken Experience® Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), The Ripken Experience® Elizabethtown (Kentucky), and Cooperstown All Star Village (New York). Ripken Baseball also brings its youth sports experience to satellite locations through Ripken Select Tournaments. Learn more at ripkenbaseball.com. Contact Details Eric Nemeth nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://cooperstown.com/

April 04, 2023 08:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Cave Cay Club And Resort Announces New Leadership of its Board Of Directors

Cave Cay, LP

Cave Cay Limited Partnership announced today that it has a new Board of Directors. The new Board of Directors of the company is composed of Mr. Emile Haddad, Mr. Issam Hamid, Mr. Omer Maqsood, Mr. Javier Guerra, and Mr. Felipe MacLean (CEO of the company). Mr. Haddad, who is also an investor in the project, will be the Chairman of the Board and will chair the Executive Committee. Mr. Hamid will chair the Finance Committee. “We are very excited to have Mr. Haddad take this leadership role. His experience in building some of the largest and most recognized mixed use master planned communities in the world will be critical as we move into the execution phase of the project,” said Mr. MacLean. “With the recent approval of the Heads of Agreement by the Government of the Bahamas and a world class leadership team, Cave Cay is poised to be one of the best resorts in the world,“ added Mr. MacLean. Cave Cay is approved to build over two hundred luxury residences, a seventy key hotel and a marina which could accommodate up to one hundred yachts. “I am very happy to be a part of the team that will be building Cave Cay. Mr. Maclean has done an excellent job and I am looking forward to working with him as we turn his vision into reality. This is a unique opportunity not only because of the natural beauty of the island, but because we all will play a hands-on role as the project moves forward,” stated Mr. Haddad. For further information, contact management@cavecayclub.com Contact Details John P. David +1 305-724-3903 john@davidpr.com

April 04, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Zamaz "buy and build" strategy to continue

Zamaz PLC

Zamaz PLC (LSE:ZAMZ) co-founder Dominic White speaks to Proactive after releasing a trading update for its for its wholly owned luxury food subsidiary, Bella Dispensa. White discusses the company's "buy and build" strategy and the three acquisitions made since listing on the LSE main market last year. He says that Zamaz continues to "look at acquisitions" both of new brand companies and of new retail technology. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

April 04, 2023 07:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Celebrate the Second Annual California State Parks Week June 14-18, 2023

Save the Redwoods League

The public is invited to celebrate the second annual California State Parks Week, June 14-18, presented by California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Parks California and California State Parks Foundation. Through special community events and in-person and virtual programming, this week-long event celebrates California’s 280 state parks and the people who visit and help protect these iconic places. A complete list of the week’s events and how to participate are available at CAStateParksWeek.org. “We are excited to host the second annual California State Parks Week and build upon last year’s inaugural successes,” said Armando Quintero, director of California State Parks. “California State Parks Week serves as a reminder that state parks belong to all who call California home. Everyone deserves to enjoy them, to stay healthy and active, find inspiration and connect with nature and areas of cultural significance.” Launched in 2022, California State Parks Week offers a full week of specially themed days with in-person and virtual activities and events in parks across the state. In its inaugural year, California State Parks week welcomed visitors to all 280 parks to participate in more than 143 events statewide. California State Parks Week advances the Outdoor Access For All initiative championed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, as well as the California Outdoors For All initiative. These efforts expand outdoor access to all Californians through focused investments in open space infrastructure, outdoor programming and improvements to permit applications, with a priority to expand access in underserved communities. Why California State Parks Week? California’s 280 state park units preserve and protect the state’s natural and cultural history. In recent years, it has become abundantly clear that public lands play a critical role in making communities stronger, happier and healthier. Our shared parks are places where everyone can connect with nature and find inspiration and joy. California State Parks Week is a fun way to celebrate the wonder and sense of community that the outdoors provide to Californians and visitors from all over the world. “We are excited to celebrate California State Parks Week and once again encourage access to so many joyful experiences and benefits of nature,” said Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League. "Research has confirmed the many health benefits of getting outside, being in nature and experiencing awe. California’s state parks are the access point to these experiences for everyone, whether they’re standing at the foot of a majestic redwood, hiking to a ridgetop vista or getting immersed in history at a cultural heritage site.” California State Parks protect the best of the state’s natural and cultural history; more than 340 miles of coastline; the tallest, largest and among the oldest trees in the world; and deserts, lakes, rivers and beaches. Across 280 parks statewide, there are more than 5,200 miles of trails, and 15,000 campsites, prehistoric and historic archeological sites, ghost towns, historic homes and monuments — all waiting to be explored. “California State Parks Week highlights the many benefits parks have to offer to the community,” said Kindley Walsh Lawlor, president and CEO of Parks California. “From opportunities to learn about history and biodiversity to exploring these scenic spaces with family, we are excited to celebrate with communities across California.” “For the second annual California State Parks Week, we are celebrating wellness, stewardship, community and adventure,” said Rachel Norton, executive director of California State Parks Foundation. “These are all gifts that our incredible state parks system gives Californians to enjoy each and every day of the year.” California State Parks Week 2023 Themed Days Wednesday, June 14: Explore New Experiences With 280 state parks that offer everything from the magic of ancient redwood forests to epic beach days, we encourage everyone to visit a state park and try something new. Curious about camping, or adventures like surfing, boating or off-roading? Ever hiked to the top of a ridge or learned about ecology on an interpretive hike? California State Parks Week is your invitation to explore a new activity — or a new park — you might fall in love with. View all events. Featured: Smith River Watershed Wednesday Flotilla! (Redwood Forest Region/North Coast) Forest Bathing at Mt. Tamalpais State Park (Redwood Forest Region/Bay Area) Gold Rush Cooking at Columbia State Historic Park or virtually via Facebook Live (Sierra Nevada foothills) Tidepool Exploration at Crystal Cove State Park (South Coast/Laguna Beach) Thursday, June 15: Nourish Your Health and Well-being Studies have shown that time in nature can boost our physical, mental and emotional well-being. California’s state parks give all of us places where we can find refuge, inspiration, challenges and joy. View all events. Featured: Guided Forest Meditation Walk at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (Redwood Forest/North Coast) Kayak Safety Tour at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area (Central Coast) Sunset Yoga at Historic Adamson House (South Coast/Malibu Lagoon State Beach) Friday, June 16: Support Climate Resilience California’s forests, oceans, grasslands and other ecosystems are not just beautiful — they store huge amounts of carbon, making them some of the most powerful tools in adapting to climate change. We invite you to explore a park near you and learn about how to support California State Parks and its partners’ efforts to expand protected areas and restore forests and wetlands to build resilience in the landscapes that help protect us all. View all events. Featured: Water Quality Sampling at Huntington State Beach (South Coast/Orange County) Fall Creek After Fire Guided Tour at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (Redwood Forest Region/Santa Cruz) Let’s Talk Pollinators! Walk and Discussion at Pismo State Beach (Central Coast) Saturday, June 17: Celebrate Community and Culture California’s state parks are for everyone. We reaffirm this truth by elevating the perspectives and experiences of communities that have historically been underrepresented in public lands. Join us for celebrations and cultural events that honor Black, Indigenous and communities of color at parks statewide. View all events. Featured: Cultural Hike and Traditional Salmon Feed with the Tolowa Dee-Ni' Nation at Tolowa Dunes State Park (North Coast) Juneteenth at Black Miners Bar at Folsom Lake State Recreational Area (Woodland/Plains/Sacramento) Chinese Railroad Double Happiness Art Project at Donner Memorial State Park (Sierra Nevada/Tahoe) Sunday, June 18: Care for Our Shared Lands It takes our full community to care for public lands. Partners and volunteers are vital to keeping California’s state park system healthy, beautiful and rich in biodiversity. Discover how you can get involved in efforts to protect and steward California’s state parks — as a professional staff member, volunteer, partner or one of many other opportunities. View all events. Featured: Be the Change, Sea the Change! Beach Clean-up at Cardiff State Beach (South Coast/San Diego) Rooting out Invasive Plants Volunteer Workday at Trinidad State Beach (North Coast) Arts in the Parks: Kids Theater Workshop at California Citrus State Historic Park (Desert/Inland Empire) * * * For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Robin Carr at 415-766-0927 or redwoods@landispr.com. To access hi-res images and b-roll video, please visit the California State Parks Week newsroom. California State Parks Week Presenting Partners: The California Department of Parks and Recreation, popularly known as California State Parks, and the programs supported by its Office of Historic Preservation and divisions of Boating and Waterways and Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov. Save the Redwoods League is one of the nation’s longest-running conservation organizations, and it has been protecting and restoring redwood forests since 1918. The League has connected generations of visitors with the beauty and serenity of the redwood forests. Our 240,000 supporters have enabled the League to protect more than 220,000 acres of irreplaceable forests in 66 state, national and local parks and reserves. For information, please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org. Parks California is a statewide nonprofit working to ensure state, regional, and local parks thrive. As the statutory partner to California State Parks, Parks California has a simple mission — to help strengthen parks and inspire all to experience these extraordinary places. From redwood groves and desert springs to urban parks and lighthouses, the organization works with partners to steward these natural wonders and make California’s parks more welcoming, accessible and relevant to all visitors. For more information, please visit parkscalifornia.org. California State Parks Foundation is an independent, member-supported nonprofit that mobilizes a diverse network of Californians to be active champions for our state parks. At California State Parks Foundation, we believe that all Californians are essential to sustaining our state parks. Every day, we inform and inspire current and future generations of park champions, enabling them to be the passionate advocates our state parks need. Because when we build a movement of park supporters, we ensure the long-term sustainability of our incredible state park treasures. Learn more at www.calparks.org. ### Contact Details Landis Communications Inc. Robin Carr +1 415-766-0927 redwoods@landispr.com California State Parks Gloria Sandoval Newsroom@parks.ca.gov Company Website https://www.savetheredwoods.org/

April 03, 2023 08:07 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Freshen Up Your Dating Game this Spring

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With warmer days around the corner, women-first dating and social networking app Bumble is sharing fresh dating tips, trends, and ways to spring clean your Bumble profile as many prepare for dating this season. Recently, Bumble’s Sex and Relationships Expert, Shan Boodram, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss tips and advice on freshening up your dating game this spring. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/5Qvf-g0dhg4 Bumble recently ran a survey* across the United States to unearth dating trends that highlight the top traits people are looking for in a date, the most attractive qualities in a partner, how people feel about dating this season, and more. According to the survey, an overwhelming majority (79%) of respondents are open to using dating apps to meet someone this year. Sixty-one percent (61%) of respondents said they’re looking forward to having fun with their dating journey, and many respondents feel positive about dating this year (79%). The survey also revealed the importance of shared values. Based on the survey, one of the most attractive qualities in a potential partner is having similar values, and the top traits that respondents are looking for in a potential partner include honesty and respect. A majority (59%) of respondents are also open to dating outside of their “type.” In fact, based on Bumble’s 2023 Dating Trends survey, which was conducted in October 2022 with a sample of 14,300 Bumble members around the world, an overwhelming majority of global respondents (63%) are doing away with physical requirements when dating. If this trend resonates with you, try Bumble’s newest product feature, “ Speed Dating,” which brings retro speed dating to the online dating experience, allowing Bumble’s community to prioritize personality over physical appearance. Available every Thursday between 7-8 pm local time in the app, speed dating is a fun, pressure-free way to briefly chat within a timed conversation without sharing any photos. After three minutes, each person is asked if they would like to continue the conversation. If both people choose to match, their chat will live in their Date Mode queue, and their profile will then be available to view following the event. If you're looking to make romantic connections this spring and beyond, download the Bumble app and take advantage of its many features, including Speed Dating, Profile Badges, and more! For more data-driven tips, expert advice, and resources to help guide your dating journey this season, visit Bumble.com * Unless otherwise stated, all research was commissioned by Bumble and carried out online by Censuswide from March 7th to 20th, 2023. Surveys were conducted within the United States amongst a sample of more than 1,000 adults who are actively dating, or open to dating this year. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society, which is based on the ESOMAR principles. About Shan Boodram: Shan Boodram is a certified sex educator, dating coach and intimacy expert. Boodram is host of the top podcast, "Lovers and Friends" and the best-selling author of “The Game of Desire.” She was previously a resident expert on Netflix's “Too Hot to Handle,” in addition to starring in Peacock’s “Ex-Rated with Andy Cohen.” She is an ambassador for AIDS Healthcare Foundation and WomensHealth.gov, and a member of the American Sexual Health Association. About Bumble app: Bumble, the women-first dating and social networking app, was founded by CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd in 2014. Bumble connects people across dating (Bumble Date), friendship (Bumble BFF) and professional networking (Bumble Bizz). Bumble is built on the importance of equitable relationships and how crucial they are to a healthy, happy life. They've built their platform around kindness, respect, and equality – and their community plays an important part in that. Bumble holds its users accountable for their actions and strives to provide them with an experience free from hate, aggression, or bullying. Bumble is free to download and is widely available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the web. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

April 03, 2023 09:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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SIGMA Releases New "I series" Lenses, Adding Ultra-Wide and Classic Prime Focal Lengths to the Compact, All-Metal Lineup

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SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce two new prime lenses in the Contemporary line, designed exclusively for mirrorlesss camera systems. The SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary ($599 US) and the SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary ($639 US) are stylish "I Series" full-frame lenses featuring all-metal barrels. These two lenses are offered in Sony E-Mount and Leica L-Mount. Both lenses will be available through authorized retailers in late April 2023. The SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary delivers supreme compactness in the widest "I series" lens to date. This super-compact, ultra wide-angle lens weighs just 225g (L-Mount), with a length of 48.8mm, and is designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless systems. It is an exceptional lens in terms of angle of view, optical performance, and build quality, with a design inspired by SIGMA CINE lenses. As an I series lens, it features a metal barrel with knurled focus ring, aperture ring and lens hood. Both metal magnetic and snap-on lens caps are provided. By shortening the overall length of the lens and making changes to the focus configuration, the 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary lens is capable of focusing as close as 12cm with an impressive magnification ratio of 1:3.6, allowing for unique close-up photographs with expansive backgrounds, making it particularly appealing to vloggers, hikers, landscape photographers and more. A stepping motor offers swift, precise AF for both still and video applications. The SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary adds the classic standard prime lens focal length to the I series. This is the fifth F2 I series lens to date, joining the 20mm, 24mm, 35mm and 65mm lenses. All F2 I series lenses feature an arc-type AF/MF switch and a stylized ring on the all-metal barrel. This DG DN lens is designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless systems and is offered in Sony E-mount and Leica L-Mount versions. The metal lens hood, manual-focus and aperture ring are knurled for a pleasant tactile experience, and the F2 maximum aperture delivers gorgeous bokeh effects; while the optical design delivers performance comparable to the 50mm F1.4 DG DN | Art lens in a much more compact form (37% shorter length, 48% less in weight.) The lens is also resistant to backlighting and produces minimal flare, even in difficult conditions. AF is driven by a stepping motor for fast, reliable AF for both still and video use. This is a best-in-class standard prime lens for everyday use, combining exceptional I series build quality, strong optical performance, and a compact, fast-aperture design. Learn more about the SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/17mm-f4-dg-dn-c Learn more about the SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/50mm-f2-dg-dn-c Exclusively designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras C | Contemporary SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN Ultra-wide in sight. Tiny in size. "Ultra-wide-angle lens" that matches the optical performance standards set by the SIGMA Contemporary line of lenses. Expanding the I series lineup. "Creating pictures that are beyond beautiful". Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor Supplied accessories: Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF55-01M), Petal Type Hood (LH576-03), Front Cap (LCF-55 II), Rear Cap (LCR II) Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount * The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change. * Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA17mmF4Contemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMAContemporaryPrime #SIGMADGDN #Iseries #SIGMAIseries Compact, lightweight and high-performance ultra-wide-angle 17mm lens with an impressive minimum focusing distance. Now available as a "Premium Compact Prime" I series lens. "Compact, lightweight and high-performance ultra-wide-angle lens". Using the latest technology, the 17mm has been created without compromise, despite this challenging design concept. Its wide-angle of view creates impactful landscape images with a unique perspective and, thanks to its minimum close focusing distance of 12cm, the lens can be enjoyed in a variety of alternative ways, including close-up photography and handheld selfies. The optical design has been created exclusively for mirrorless camera systems, which helps reduce lens flare and ghosting that results in excellent image rendering. The all-metal lens barrel highlights SIGMA's craftsmanship and attention to detail, making the SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary a pleasure to use on every shoot. [Key Features] 1. "Ultra-wide-angle lens" that matches the optical performance standards set by the SIGMA Contemporary line of lenses. The lens construction consists of two SLD glass elements and three aspherical lens elements. Aspherical lenses are used for both the front and rear optics. This not only keeps the size of the lens compact but also helps with correcting lens aberrations. As a result, the lens features a 55mm filter thread (which is smaller than comparable lenses of similar focal lengths) which makes it easy to change filters between SIGMA I series lenses that share the same filter size.* Its construction also helps minimize flare and ghosting that is commonly found in ultra-wide-angle lenses, creating clear images in any environment. This is a lens with truly modern performance, thanks to the advanced processing and production technologies at SIGMA's only production facility in Aizu. *In addition to the 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary, I series lenses with a 55mm filter thread include the 24mm F3.5 DG DN | Contemporary, 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, and 90mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary (as of April 2023). A highlight of using the 17mm is the impressive minimum focusing distance of 12cm. Capture close-up macro style images in remarkable detail with expansive backgrounds. It is also suitable for selfies and vlogging, where items need to be shown at an arms-reach. A quiet, high-speed stepping motor drives the AF delivering fast and accurate results in both stills and video. 2. Beyond "beautiful pictures" ― the value provided by the SIGMA's I series The SIGMA I series features full-frame compatible lenses that offer new value to mirrorless systems. The combination of superb optical performance with a level of compactness that is perfectly suited to smaller and lighter modern mirrorless cameras will bring you new opportunities for a perfect shot. SIGMA is aware that in today's world we have a wide range of camera choices, especially with the increase in mobile phone ownership. But with many photographers looking for something more than something that simply captures images when they choose to own a camera and lens, I series lenses offer the ultimate combination of superb optical performance, outstanding usability and compact form-factor. SIGMA's excellence in development and production technologies has been built up since our founding in 1961 and became increasingly sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision brand in 2012. With this as a base, SIGMA has given careful thought to the quality of the products, the feeling of using it and the pleasure of owning it. This is how the I series was born. 3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA's cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA's CINE LENS line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use. What is more with the I series is that this high build quality is condensed into a palm-sized lens body. The SIGMA 17mm F4 DG DN | Contemporary is one of the smallest in the series. Combine with multiple I series lenses to create a remarkably compact shooting system that is lightweight and small in size. [Additional Features] Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups with 2 SLD and 3 aspherical lens elements Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus Stepping Motor Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction *Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model. Support DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only) Super Multi-Layer Coating Aperture ring Focus Mode Switch Petal Type Hood (LH576-03) Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF55-01M) Mount with dust and splash resistant structure Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 7-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount "Made in Japan" craftsmanship Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship/ [Key Specifications] The figures below are for the L-Mount version: Lens Construction: 9 elements in 8 groups (2 SLD and 3 aspherical elements) Angle of view: 103.7° Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F22 Minimum focusing distance: 12cm / 4.8 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:3.6 Filter size: 55mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 64mm x 48.8mm / 2.5 in. x 1.9 in. Weight: 225g / 7.9 oz. [Product Barcode] L-Mount: 0085126415693 Sony E-mount: 0085126415655 [Accessories: Supplied] Product Name / Barcode Magnetic metal lens cap SIGMA FRONT CAP LCF55-01M: 0085126938680 FRONT CAP LCF-55 III: 0085126930066 Petal Type Hood (LH576-03): 0085126940478 REAR CAP LCR II (for L-Mount): 0085126937256 REAR CAP LCR II (for Sony E-mount): 0085126929879 [Accessories: Optional] Product Name / Barcode SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126878696 SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 55mm: 0085126930912 SIGMA PROTECTOR 55mm: 0085126931049 SIGMA WR UV FILTER 55mm: 0085126930653 SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 55mm: 0085126930783 [Contact] For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA Service Station listed here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/world-network/ [Information] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/ Product information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c023_17_4/ SIGMA I series special page: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/special/i-series/ Exclusively designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras C | Contemporary SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN Compact 50mm. Big Surprise. "Standard lens" that matches the optical performance standards set by the SIGMA Contemporary line of lenses. Expanding the I series lineup. "Creating pictures that are beyond beautiful". Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor Supplied accessories: Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF58-01M), Hood (LH633-01), Front Cap (LCF-58 III), Rear Cap (LCR II) Available mounts: L-Mount, Sony E-mount * The appearance and specifications of the products are subject to change. * Sony E-mount lenses are developed, manufactured and sold in accordance with the E-mount specifications licensed under a license agreement with Sony Corporation. * L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. #SIGMA #SIGMA50mmF2Contemporary #SIGMAContemporary #SIGMAContemporaryPrime #SIGMADGDN #Iseries #SIGMAIseries Performance beyond expectations condensed into a small body. 50mm F2 joins the "Premium Compact Prime" I series. The SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary features high optical performance with a bright F2 aperture, that creates expressive images with a shallow depth of field and beautiful bokeh effects. With its compact size, this popular classic focal length is perfect for portraits, street and everyday photography. The lens has been designed to be used over a long period of time. Using that same technology that SIGMA used to create the SIGMA CINE lens range, the 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary uses an all-metal construct that is robust and provides a premium feel. All these elements combine to create an exceptionally versatile lens that can be used in a variety of creative ways to create images in outstanding definition. Perfectly suited to new photographers looking to take the next step, professionals who require reliable lenses and photographers who prefer smaller full-frame lenses that offer the best optical quality. [Key Features] 1. "Standard lens" that matches the optical performance standards set by the SIGMA Contemporary line of lenses. SIGMA I series lenses are developed around the concept of "compact everyday lenses with outstanding image quality" and the SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary is exactly that. It features high-quality optics in a compact size, perfect for a wide variety of photographic styles. Built from the ground up for mirrorless cameras, the SIGMA 50mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary is constructed using a single SLD glass element and three aspherical lens elements that are excellent at correcting various types of aberration for clear, high-definition images. The conflicting ideals of improving optical performance while reducing body size and weight are achieved through the latest optical design, and the processing and production technologies at SIGMA's only production facility in Aizu. The 50mm focal length is mostly known for portrait photography, so careful consideration was taken when designing the lens, focusing on the smoothness of the bokeh created by the F2 aperture. Its optical design gives smooth transitions from in-focus to out-of-focus areas, and helps minimize flare and ghosting caused by backlit environments. The quiet stepping motor provides quick, reliable autofocusing for both stills and video. 2. Expanding the I series lineup. "Creating pictures that are beyond beautiful". The SIGMA I series features full-frame compatible lenses that offer new value to mirrorless systems. The combination of superb optical performance with a level of compactness that is perfectly suited to smaller and lighter modern mirrorless cameras will bring you new opportunities for a perfect shot. SIGMA is aware that in today's world we have a wide range of camera choices, especially with the increase in mobile phone ownership. But with many photographers looking for something more than something that simply captures images when they choose to own a camera and lens, I series lenses offer the ultimate combination of superb optical performance, outstanding usability and compact form-factor. SIGMA's excellence in development and production technologies has been built up since our founding in 1961 and became increasingly sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision brand in 2012. With this as a base, SIGMA has given careful thought to the quality of the products, the feeling of using it and the pleasure of owning it. This is how the I series was born. 3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA's cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA's CINE LENS line-up for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use. A smooth hairline cover ring is used between the focus and aperture rings to act as a finger hold when attaching and detaching the lens. [Additional Features] Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups with 1 SLD and 3 aspherical lens elements Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus Stepping Motor Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction *Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model. Support DMF and AF+MF Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only) Super Multi-Layer Coating Aperture ring Focus Mode Switch Hood (LH633-01) Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF58-01M) Mount with dust and splash resistant structure Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 9-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount "Made in Japan" craftsmanship Learn more about SIGMA's craftsmanship here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/craftsmanship [Key Specifications] The figures below are for the L-Mount version: Lens Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups (1 SLD and 3 aspherical elements) Angle of view: 46.8° Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F22 Minimum focusing distance: 45cm / 17.8 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.9 Filter size: 58mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 70mm x 68mm / 2.8 in. x 2.7 in. Weight: 350g / 12.3 oz. [Product Barcode] L-Mount: 0085126314699 Sony E-mount: 0085126314651 [Accessories: Supplied] Product Name / Barcode Magnetic metal lens cap SIGMA FRONT CAP LCF58-01M: 0085126938642 FRONT CAP LCF-58 III: 0085126930141 Hood LH633-01: 0085126940393 REAR CAP LCR II (for L-Mount): 0085126937256 REAR CAP LCR II (for Sony E-mount): 0085126929879 [Accessories: Optional] Product Name / Barcode SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 for L-Mount: 0085126878696 SIGMA WR PROTECTOR 58mm: 0085126930929 SIGMA PROTECTOR 58mm: 0085126931056 SIGMA WR UV FILTER 58mm: 0085126930660 SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER 58mm: 0085126930790 [Contact] For further information, please contact your local authorized SIGMA Service Station listed here: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/world-network/ [Information] SIGMA Corporation: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/ Product information: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/c023_50_2/ SIGMA I series special page: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/special/i-series/ About SIGMA Corporation Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA Cine lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA Cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production. Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with over 35 award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. ### For information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog for helpful information about our products. Follow SIGMA America on social media! SIGMA Photo: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram SIGMA Cine: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Contact Details SIGMA +1 631-201-7381 SIGMA.PR@Sigmaphoto.com Company Website https://www.sigma-global.com/en/

April 03, 2023 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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