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German researchers of the Saarland University presented a paper describing an accessory that transforms your DSLR in a Lytro-like, refocusable light field camera. This opens new perspectives for multi-spectral and high-dynamic range photography. The prototype will be presented at the Siggraph conference and exhibition in Anaheim, California. The prototype, named KaleidoCamera, is an accessory that fits between the lens and the camera body, and has a beam splitter that enables the camera to record various differently filtered images. Those images are then available for further processing. The paper abstract:
We propose a non-permanent add-on that enables plenoptic imaging with standard cameras which we refer to as KaleidoCamera. Our design is based on a physical copying mechanism that multiplies a sensor image into a number of identical copies that still carry the plenoptic information of interest. Via different optical filters, we can then recover the desired information. A minor modification of the design also allows for aperture subsampling and, hence, light-field imaging. As the filters in our design are exchangeable, a reconfiguration for different imaging purposes is possible. We show in a prototype setup that high dynamic range, multispectral, polarization, and light-field imaging can be achieved with our design.
The paper A Reconfigurable Camera Add-On for High Dynamic Range, Multispectral, Polarization, and Light-Field Imaging is available for download.
Neumannfilms posted a video tutorial about how to use the Magic Lantern hack to get raw video from a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. You can download the RAW file, the H.264 comparison shot, and the raw2dng.exe file here. A tutorial on how to install Magic Lantern can be found here. They say:
The quality is really amazing in this raw video. I would compare it to shooting 1080p moving cr2 files which is the file type that you get with doing raw photography in the Canon cameras. So just having this option in the Canon 5D Mark III and other Canon cameras is just huge. Even if you’re only going to use it twice a year to shoot greenscreen work, having the option in the camera instantly bumps up its worth at least a few thousand dollars.
Neumannfilms produced the video below, Summer in Oregon, which shows what you can do with the Magic Lantern RAW hack.
Since Canon so far does not allow to use sample images shot with the Canon EOS 70D, the video above (by What Digital Camera) compares the EOS 70D with the Canon EOS 7D discussing the features of both cameras. The user manual for the EOS 70D is available for download. Check also the latest independent EOS 70D Dual Pixel CMOS AF test.
Canon USA press release:
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 22, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Canon ranks number 30 on the list of Top 50 Global Green Brands in 2013 by Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy. Canon’s commitment to Kyosei, defined as living and working together for the common good, was highlighted by Interbrand as a strength that helps put sustainability and corporate citizenship at the heart of the brand.