Jun 04

DIY Next Generation: Custom 3D-printed 49 mm Lytro Filter Adapter

DIY Next Generation: Custom 3D-printed 49 mm Lytro Filter Adapter (photo: Perry-Myworld) We’ve seen quite a few filter adapters for the Lytro LightField Camera before, but Perry’s solution takes the “Do it Yourself” spirit one step further:
Perry used a high resolution 3D printer (Objet24, 28 µm layer thickness) to print a custom filter holder for his Lytro camera:

My goal here is to create a filter holder for my 49mm filters. After printing today and testing, it holds my +2 and +4 close-up filters very well. No slippage, no hint that anything would fall off. (The macro filters provide little benefit except being able to close focus and the Lytro’s longest focal length, down to 5 1/2″ at 51.4mm.)

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Apr 01

Lytro Accessory Review: Nimbus Cloud Dome for Lytro LightField Camera

Lytro Accessory Review: Nimbus Cloud Dome for Lytro LightField Camera When you’re taking pictures with any camera, hard shadows from direct light aren’t always desirable. In some cases, such as product photography, they can be very detrimental to the cause – and this is exactly where the newest third-party accessory for the Lytro LightField Camera comes in: The Nimbus Cloud Dome for Lytro Camera.

The original Nimbus Cloud Dome (funded via Kickstarter) is a portable miniature photography studio. It creates evenly diffused lighting situations without harsh shadows or strong specular highlights, which makes it an ideal tool for small product photography, especially for jewelry and other reflective surfaces.
Viewpoint Laboratories, LLC (think Lytro filter adapter) and Cloud Dome Inc. have partnered up to create a version specifically designed for the world’s first consumer LightField camera.

We’ve taken a close look at the Cloud Dome over the past week, and have put our experiences into the following review. Continue reading

Jan 21

Review: Viewpoint Laboratories’ 37 mm Filter Adapter for the Lytro LightField Camera

Lytro LightField camera with attached Viewpoint Laboratories filter adapter and +10 macro converter lens. If only this picture was refocusable! Last month, Viewpoint Laboratories launched what we believe is the first third-party accessory specifically designed for Lytro’s LightField Camera: a 37 mm filter adapter that is attached to the camera via high-strength neodymium magnets.

Viewpoint Laboratories was kind enough to provide us with a test sample, and we examined and tested it on several occasions over the last week.

Does the adapter keep its promises? Should you get one? Find out in our in-depth review, coming up right after the break! Continue reading

Jan 05

Homemade Lytro Modifications and Accessories: DIY Ring Light, DIY Filter Adapter and a LightField Microscope

Homemade Lytro Modifications and Accessories: DIY Ring Light, DIY Filter Adapter and a LightField Microscope (photo: Peter Lee) Lytro’s LightField Camera is the first consumer product of an entirely new category of camera, so it’s no wonder that technology enthusiasts are attracted by its new features. It is that same tech-excited target audience that likes to play around with things to see what they can use them for.
In this article, we’ll show you some interesting DIY inventions and modifications for the Lytro camera, that we’ve recently come across:

First up is Twitter user @jgeorge, who has created his own Lytro LED ring light, using a 4 $ LED flashlight and some breadboard:

DIY: Homemade Lytro Ring Light by jgeorge DIY: Homemade Lytro Ring Light by jgeorge in use DIY: Homemade Lytro Ring Light by jgeorge in use

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