Cameras/camcorders and some related info

Got a connectivity problems with Canon DSLR 10D and Windows Pista (vista) Here is a solution that came my way.

 

Get a better perspective, shoot 3D..

Here is where the challenge of 3D photography really begins. I got the best images from two point and shoot film cameras. Two Ricoh ff-7's and 9's. Great shots, until i got to the developing expense and the 1hour photo thing, making images from jpg's rather than tiffs, and putting only jpegs on the digital disk, rather than the guality files, equivilant to what negative film offers. Tiffs were given when i started this project in november09 and by december 09 the idustry started short-changing the consumer and just giving 500kb jpgs rather than 6000kb tiffs.

You'd say go digital, Great idea, too bad manufacturers have departed so far from certain features which were main-stays of good photography, 'Remote triggering capability', optics that are well aligned and very precisely tuned. I'm not saying all are bad, just that if you've got the money to spend on two cameras of real good quality, you may be ahead in areas of frustration over matching image quality and other considerations if your subjects are animated. Shutters that fire at the same rate is one hurdle but pictures can get real weird when exposure and focus enter into the twinned camera game. Fixed or manual exposure and focus control are good to have. You might think those boxy looking cameras will help with alignment issues, that could be true but you may want to stay away from CMOS cameras. So far they have not impressed me but i'm giving the self proclaimed number one a chance, a boxy thing called gopro. So far image quality is not consistant and there are other issues that keep this from being a good choice. gopro's only get real good shots under idea lighting conditions. Make another choice if you are shooting in any other conditions. I have succeeded in hacking into the gp3's, installing a remote shutter release capability, now i get closely timed shoots with three cameras , but i'm seeing some missed shots but that may be due to write-lag and me firing the next shot too soon for the slow writer. In trying to explore this option i think i should have spent the big money on something else, but what, is an even bigger question. For my use however, I needed a wired remote capability, that is light weight and small. It seems that these CMOS cameras struggle when the subjects are not close, also they struggle with exposure, having control or choices here is helpful. There are some other options in the cheep-cam area of CCD types but haven't gone far enough down that path to have anything specific to say other than CCD would be my choice. if i had the money and they were configured correctly to my use and twinned-camera setup requirements.

More on this subject later when i've got some more info under my belt. At this point i've been getting crash-cams, ones that i wouldn't cry over if my fieldmods failed or they took a fatal tumble on landings. So if you are wondering why my image quality is so poor, that is why. The economics of exploration means some sacrifices to test ideas and learn. I was told that two identical cameras were important but identical is possibly unrealistic in consumer priced cameras. Efforts with alignment is if greater importance then quality issues in order to maintain comfortable viewing of paralell viewed 3D images. Two images with slight focus issues are easier to view that two images that are not aligned or matching time-wise. Video camera are very useful in getting shot to work with if you don't have two still cameras with remote capability. However be sure to get a video camer that offers good access to function controls when fixed in place next to another camera so you don't have alignment changes after accessing controls.

Your input and tips are welcomed. 3dzp@para-az.com