Lens is set to launch an ambitious new camera lens that the company claims is the first to bring 3D light field depth mapping to any full-frame camera.
Lens has been in contact with PetaPixel regarding its in-development lens system for several months. Although the actual design of the lens has changed slightly since initial outreach (photos of the final lens are not the same as the 3D models in example videos), the technology behind it remains the same. Lens has created what it claims to be the world’s first light field imaging lens that works for both still images and video and on full-frame cameras.
Lens pitches its optic as capable of delivering on those promises in a usable way instead of just what was essentially a gimmick.
Because it projects nine different perspectives onto the camera sensor simultaneously, the lens is very large. According to the company, it’s like viewing a scene with nine cameras at different angles simultaneously. Lens comes from.
Lens One provides additional data beyond any other optic in the world, specifically in what K
For example, below is a photo taken with the K|Lens One:
Which is captured by the camera as below (click to view full resolution):
From that data, the below depth information was recorded:
Below is another photo, the nine images captured by the K|Lens, and depth information from the center of the frame:
Lens relies on software to make use of those images. According to the company, there are many options with this data: focus pulls and depth-based editing as well as refocusing and extended depth of field.
Lens One photos and videos are also a perfect match for all 3D displays, be it stereo, holographic, or light field,” the company says. To make the user experience more vivid and real, light-field content is also possible to be integrated into web applications. Users have multiple perspectives to choose from when creating scenes.
Although the software will be shipped with the lens, the company has not yet specified what mounts it will make available. Examples photos show the lens attached on DSLRs. Lens will launch on Kickstarter on November 29 and will be available to back for $2,049, which is a significant discount off what the company plans to eventually sell the lens for ($4,099) when it becomes commercially available. An additional five-inch monitor will be available with native software that aids in image capture. Lens says it will be able to deliver finished lenses by the summer of 2022.