K Lens aims to bring back light field photography from the depths

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A German firm is hoping to carry mild subject pictures to the lots with its Okay|Lens, which attaches to a standard digital SLR or mirrorless digital camera instead of the same old lens. 

A Okay|Lens prototype is on present this weekend at Berlin Photograph Week, with the corporate planning to lift capital via a Kickstarter marketing campaign in Might 2020 to place the gadget into manufacturing .

Many shall be acquainted with mild subject pictures via the cameras made by Lytro – which gave up promoting its mild subject cameras final yr, and ended up by being purchased by Google.

K Lens aims to bring back light field photography from the depths

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A giant attraction of sunshine subject pictures is that lets you alter the main focus of the picture, after you could have taken the shot. It does this by taking a number of photographs and making a depth map of the scene. This depth map is also used for a variety of different post-production results – akin to including lighting results which are utilized at totally different intensities relying on their distance from a degree within the scene.

The Okay|Lens gadget is designed to work with full-frame sensors, and works a bit like a kaleidoscope (therefore the Okay within the title). The lens splits the scene into 9 totally different photographs that are recorded on the scene. The Okay|Lens group declare they’re working with an undisclosed big-name optical firm over the development of the sunshine subject lens.

K Lens aims to bring back light field photography from the depths

Cutaway of the Okay|Lens One mild subject lens

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The handbook focus lens is about 250mm lengthy, weighs 1000g, and has a focal size equal to round 80mm. The one controls are the aperture and handbook focus rings.

It’s the manner during which these photographs are mixed by the software program is the place the magic actually occurs. Okay | Lens have an app that can let you present the mixed mild subject picture in your smartphone display screen, and alter the main focus level while within the subject.

Photos shall be displayed in digital camera as a nine-tile mosaic with some makes of full-frame digital camera. However with Canon, at the least, which have permit builders entry to its digital camera’s firmware through its EOS Software program Improvement Equipment, the picture could be mixed in digital camera through a menu choice.

K Lens aims to bring back light field photography from the depths

The nine-image image that’s captured on the digital camera sensor by the Okay|Lens One mild subject lens

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A giant benefits that the Okay|Lens may have over the failed Lytro cameras shall be that not solely will you not want a particular digital camera, however you should have marked enhance in total decision. 

The builders reckon that the mixed mild subject picture may have between 40-50% of the decision of the digital camera’s sensor. So on a 30 megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, for instance, this might give mild subject photographs with a decision of at the least 12 megapixels. The  £1300/£1300 Lytro Illum, had a decision of simply 4 megapixels.