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UPDATED: First 3D lens hands-on!


Image courtesy: Quesabesde

UPDATE: More images of the camera+3D lens have been posted on engadget.

As you already know Panasonic will launch the new 3D lens for MicroFourThirds cameras. Quesabesde had the chance to hold one of those lenses (Click here to read the google english translation).

Here a short list of the most interesting parts of the text:

– “The lens simulates the vision of both the left and right eye, so it is possible to form a three dimensional image using a single sensor

– “We tested the lens on the Lumix DMC-G2 and it has been possible to verify that the camera body automatically detects the presence of the 3D lens.”

– “The resulting files do have a size of 904 x 1600 pixels. In addition to the 3D file extension MPO, the camera also stores a JPEG image that displays the picture “normal” on the camera screen.

– “It also seems unlikely that this modality 3D is compatible with Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus

Thanks Quesabesde!

  • spanky

    “The resulting files do have a size of 904 x 1600 pixels”

    Huh. So, only good for the web then? What exactly is this lens good for again? Can we please have some actual lenses released soon please! This sure seems like the gimmick I thought it was when it first came out as a half-assed attempt to at least say they have a 3D lens for their cameras.

  • mpgxsvcd

    Looking at how small the glass of each lens is I would say they are something like F8.0 or above at max aperture. Have fun with that lens!

    How in the world do they expect people to view 3D anyway? No chance I am ever wearing or buying those glasses.

  • That 3D stuff is so over-hyped. Honestly, WHO WANTS THAT?!

    If they finally produce some decent fast prime lenses then I’m onboard.

    • Mikefellh

      3D photography is just as popular now as it ever has been. Even the Photographic Society of America has a division just for stereo photography. I’ve been doing it for more than a decade, but I have two P&S camera mounted on a metal bar. This would make things a LOT easier (if it works). There have been other gadgets like Loreo 3D lens in a cap, but it doesn’t work with FourThirds. I admit I’m disappointed doesn’t work on FourThirds either, but it could be the thing to make me jump into Micro FourThirds.

      As for image size, remember you are splitting the sensor in half…if you want the full image size you either have to take two pictures and move the camera between the two shots, or use two cameras.

  • Miroslav

    Have you noticed they covered all the marks on the camera? This is not G2, this is GH2, people!

    • I cover all the markings on my cameras/lens. I think less people ask me questions if they cant figure out what the camera is exactly.

      but yes this could be the GH2.

  • Ren
  • TempTag

    +1 on not caring about 3D video. Despite all the focus on video what I would really like to see from a new Panasonic G series camera is improved still image quality. The quality of the GH1 stills (IMO) are not good enough to justify even the new reduced price (yet I still bought one early on) and is closer to low end Nikon and Canon cameras. I love the size of the m43 system but it still is playing catch up…

  • FEDman
  • FEDman

    oops sorry :)

  • mpgxsvcd

    Maybe they went with a single mono microphone for the GH2 because they know that two mics close together does nothing for the stereo affect. They know that people who really want stereo will use external mics. It is much better to have one very good mic than two mics that are just put in where ever they fit.

  • the Aperture is 12?

  • I like video, i really do, 3d is good and nice feature, but said all this, i have to admit that the MFT line is still lacks allot of essential type of lens and it makes me sad to see panasonic going after their own interests to develop glass instead of the photographer interests,

    we all know that the hottest field in consumer electronics is flat panels, and after they have gone terribly cheap manufacturers like sony panasonic now trying to push 3d into consumer market to revive the profit’s again, now we are witnessing 3d enter abruptly into photography even thou the interest among mft users is very low

  • I think this looks like a fun lens, and I am sure it brings a lot of attention to the Micro Four Thirds system, which is good. There are other, more serious lenses on the roadmap as well, so I am not worried.

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