So you like the interactive Refocus feature of Lytro’s LightField Camera, but not its 400+ $ pricetag?
There’s a way to achieve the same effect using an ordinary DSLR or Compact System Camera (interchangeable lens camera), and in this post, we’ll tell you how to do it!
Making your own DIY LightField Camera is not very hard, provided that you have a DSLR camera with detachable CCD back.
One of the things that may be hard to get is an array of microlenses – e.g. the cosine film mask we mentioned in our earlier Do it Yourself post is virtually impossible to come by these days.
Microlense sheets are available at reasonable prices from a few sources, but their specifications may not be ideal for your camera or image sensor (e.g. size, focal length, …).
That doesn’t put off real LightField fans, though: Mats Wernersson shows you how to create a microlense array yourself.
Lytro may be the first company to release lightfield cameras for the consumer, but other companies have also been working on this technology, some for years.
One prominent example is Adobe, who developed the PDF-format and – more importantly – Photoshop.
As far back as 2007, Adobe successfully demonstrated a plenoptic camera prototype with continuous refocusing, and also showed what an integration of Lightfield in Photoshop could look like: Continue reading
Would you like to convert your digital SLR into a full-fledged LightField camera? What if I told you that it costs less than 10 US-Dollars, and only takes a few minutes?
ComputationalPhoto has released a short Youtube-cip explaining how you can build your very own lightfield camera: