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08-20-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Pentax HippoCam: 72MP Full Frame Panorama Camera

Before you go soiling yourself, this is not a new Pentax model from
Ricoh. It is a camera I'm in the process of building. (If Pentax isn't making
a full frame camera fast enough for you, build a reasonable facimile yourself.)
For those who doubt the "full frame" part, images produced will be approximately
the size and resolution of two Nikon D800 frames butted up side to side (oriented horizontally).

Some of you might have seen the Fotodiox RhinoCam, which is a clever
idea for taking a series of overlapping images with a NEX7 across the image
circle of a medium format lens (of your choice).

I like the idea, but am not wild about the fact that it only works
with a Sony NEX7. It was with these thoughts rolling around in my mind
that I suddenly saw my fully toasted Pentax 6x7 body in a new light. I
realized that it contained most of the essential bits to create a DIY
RhinoCam, which I have dubbed the Pentax HippoCam (she's got a WIDE
body, baybee!).

The Pentax HippoCam is designed to make use of an even larger image
area (7 cm wide, rather than 6) and to use Pentax 6x7 lenses (only)
and (hopefully) both Pentax DSLRs or the K-01 on the backside. It also
makes use of the Pentax 6x7 prism finder, something the RhinoCam does
not offer. Best of all (perhaps) it does not require the purchase of a
Sony NEX7.
: )

The Pentax K-5 sensor is 16MP and 15.7mm x 23.7mm. Panoramas made with
this adapter should be 23.7mm x 70.2mm wide (before any cropping) and
approximately 72MP in the final image.

For those interested, I started a blog to post my progress:
Pixelsmithy's Forge

For those who wish to start at the beginning, here's the first post:
Pixelsmithy's Forge: A Few Random Thoughts about the Fotodiox RhinoCam™

08-20-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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Well there is 3d system for gopro, so that could also turn into panarama I guess:

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Ahh, and here I thought you were goign to stitch together a set of sensors in a compound type system where you fire off multiple ones at once, then use software to stitch them all together.
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I will be following this project with interest. Good luck!


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