Panasonic | 12.5mm f/12 Lumix 3D G Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount Cameras – $49.99

Panasonic | 12.5mm f/12 Lumix 3D G Lens for Micro Four Thirds Mount Cameras | HFT012.

The $249 lens is currently being sold with a $200 rebate offer, so your cost is $49.99. I just ordered one.

Officially, the little lens does not support video in 3D, but that is supposed to be easy to work around – just put tape over the electrical contacts on the 3D lens and use the feature in the camera (see menus) to use the camera without a lens. The effect of all this is to recorded side by side (left-right) video for the left-right eyes.

The lens is wide at 12.5mm (25mm full frame equivalent) and slow (f/12) but all that is fine for deep depth of field 3D. The main issue is that the lenses are very close together, which is only going to be useful for relatively close in subjects. However, since I currently used paired cameras with a roughly 3″ and 6″ interaxial distance, I figure the narrow interaxial on the 3D lens will be useful for very close in subjects. Looking forward to trying this for 3D video!

Civil War Battle Re-enactment video in 3D – Battle of Deep Creek

This is a ten minute teaser – perhaps a lot more to come! – of the Washington Civil War Association’s Civil War era history, camp and battles at Deep Creek Farms, Medical Lake/Spokane, WA. This video includes scenes from two battles combined into one, plus some camp scenes. I have about an hour and a half (times 2!) of 3D video to use in eventually putting more short videos together from this event.

Need to click on the link since the embedded Youtube video player does not yet handle 3D.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 3D Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 Review | PhotographyBLOG.

I shoot 3D video using two separate cameras with greater flexibility in lenses and audio. However there are many times that shooting 3D with a single camera would be quite nice – in my looking around, I still have not found the right set of features in a consumer priced 3D camera. This one is getting closer but to shoot good 3D video still seems likely to require at least a low end professional camera, or separate cameras.

The main problem with separate cameras is there is – usually – no easy way to get the lens interaxial distance close enough for many types of shots, while most integrated 3D cameras have close lens spacing.

Courts ruling that video recording police in public is legal

It is hard to believe, in this YouTube age, that taking video of people in public could be a crime. But the police are serious about not wanting to be recorded — and they have been making arrests to prove it.

via Adam Cohen: Is Videotaping Police a First Amendment Right? | TIME Ideas |

A U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston, a Court of Appeals in Chicago, and a filing by the U.S. Department of Justice are establishing that the people have a right to record police activity in public. Continue reading Courts ruling that video recording police in public is legal