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    My Lytro arrived today

    More to come . . . this will take a bit to figure out.

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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    Allright Woody, I waited 3 hours. What's going on?
    That has some very interesting possibilities.
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    Maybe Woody realized, that the jpg exports didn't match his standards?

    Sorry for , but that's the thing, which keeps me away from this (first of it's kind) camera. I'm pretty sure that ongoing development will greatly improve them, tho.

    Anyway, let's see something Woody!
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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    Don't bother with this thing.

    The focus stuff actually works - that part is amazing. So . . . at least there's no focus lag.

    Problems:

    The dinky screen is very hard to use in daylight. It's guess and shoot.

    Remarkably poor jpegs. I haven't seen anything like this from a camera since 1998 or so.

    These are show stoppers for me so it doesn't make sense to spend the time to explore this odd object any further.

    No way to export images from proprietary software except online sharing services.

    I resorted to screen shots.

    Here's an example demonstrating the foregoing. In one I selected the label on the spotlight as a focus point, in the other it's the chrome bow light. On the actual boat the white lines on the deck aren't outlined with black lines - that all jpeg artifact. Pretty amazing.






    I'm keeping it. It may have value as a curiosity some day.

    The packaging was really nice. They seemed to have learned this much from Apple.

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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    wait till you lose your lens cap ...

    this they learned from design school ...

    I used mine to make portraits of people with their film camera...

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    Oh wow, that does really look even worse, than I expected.
    Basically I like the idea, but for now it doesn't seem usable, unfortunately.
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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    So I suppose this is not my next street camera.
    With all the buildup this is actually a big letdown.
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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    Indeed Woody Campbell, think it will be a good collectible item maybe in the future as the first lytro camera to be released to the masses.

    Pity about the inability to export JPG properly. I suspect they want the viewers to be able to change the point of focus as they please and ability to only export to online sites that support lytro rendered images, rather than you choosing it for a single focal point JPG.

    The concept is good, the implementation seems too beta to me.

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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    Was there really an expectation that this would be more than a cool toy? I will probably get one for our imaging center and explore the technology for some scientific applications.

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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    Pity about the inability to export JPG properly. I suspect they want the viewers to be able to change the point of focus as they please and ability to only export to online sites that support lytro rendered images, rather than you choosing it for a single focal point JPG.
    This was ultimately my deciding factor of not getting it and watching from the sidelines. I am the one who wants to control my image. I want to pick my focus point and show my vision to the viewer.

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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    Woody, Thanks for the report!

    Despite the prominent coverage on the big sites, I never thought this is a viable device. Good to know its limitations from an actual user.

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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    I don't see the problem. Until the technology is improved treat it as a digital Holga, so the type of photograph you make with it has to be different from what works with normally expected levels of sharpness and tone. It looks like good fun

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    Re: My Lytro arrived today

    Quote Originally Posted by 250swb View Post
    I don't see the problem. Until the technology is improved treat it as a digital Holga, so the type of photograph you make with it has to be different from what works with normally expected levels of sharpness and tone. It looks like good fun

    Steve
    It was made to take photos for the social media sites and as such, low res. I agree that it is like a digital Holga, use it as such.

    As far as losing the lens cap, shoot them an email and if you ask nicely, one will be in the mail free of charge.
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