Snapshot Voyager is about my own personal photography journey. I am always looking to try something new, inquisitive as to how it works, and to the end results I might achieve.

Monday, 11 March 2013

The conceptually flawed Fotodiox RhinoCam

The Fotodiox RhinoCam is a very interesting adapter than allows a mirrorless camera (in this case a Sony NEX) to move on a vertical plane so that a small image sensor camera can take many photos stitched together to equal that of a medium format camera.  A stitched together photo would thus have the resolution of a 145MP camera when using a NEX 7.  Very Impressive!

Except that it has one major flaw.  To do this, between 8 and 12 shots are needed to create one image.  Each time you have to reposition the camera, which means enough shots for one image could take 3-4 minutes.  Therefore you'd better have a very static scene.  Almost any outdoor scene would thus be close to impossible to shoot.

Once you've done your shot, then you have to stitch it all together, which flow a work flow view point, will take a lot of time for one image.  Also, you'd have to make sure you get it right on camera as every adjustment you do to one shot, you need to do precisely the same to all others.  Tedious.

The other issue is the lenses.  Medium format lenses are designed for medium format film size and sensors, so often don't respond that well on high density sensors.  So it will be interesting to see some initial photos using the RhinoCam.  The expectation of a super detailed 145MP shot may not be there.

Nikon D2X with Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro

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