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Saturday, 01 April 2017


The flat lenses one is actually quite plausible.

There is a fellow in Cabo San Lucas who plays a guitar with a Mariachi band. He has an enlarged arm and hand exactly like this one pictured, even the irregular hand. He often arm wrestles. He makes his living off tips from his guitar and side bets on arm wrestles challenges. If you're in CSL don't take the bet ! It was some sort of genetic thing.

Actually, in the future you're not going to,need lenses at all...

I wish Ming Thein the best, he is a talented and exacting photographer with a formal background in corporate strategy.
I commend Hasselblad for being the only camera company to choose an actual photographer for a position of influence.
Hasselblad obviously had the right idea with the X1D, bit I fear that their success will be more determined by Capital and manufacturing capacity.
I wish them well .

They will still be optical things that focus light, but the word lens refers to the shape not the function, lens coming from the latin lens (genitive lentis) "a lentil"
In other words, will the magic beans still be called beans when they aren't bean shaped?

Actually, the flatness is the least interesting thing about them. Things like negative index of refraction, no actual aperture, and cool compound lens tricks are a lot more interesting. That and the fact that the cost of manufacturing one of a kind "lenses" will be really low.

Eventually the model of a lens and film will be replaced by a monolithic thing that functions as both sensor and optics. We are now in a weird transition stage with photographic tools, sort of like the horseless carriage period between the age of the horse and the automobile.

And I only see a 100megapixel sony at that link. I'll still need to stitch my photos for the foreseeable future.

Flat lenses? Sort of. I have been forecasting this for a while and it is starting to happen. Check the iphone with two small lenses that assembles the images to give dof. I think we are going to get much more of this with something like a panel of small lenses that will collect info at different focal lengths and f stops and then allow these to be assembled either in camera or PP in different ways. Advantages? Lower cost, greater dynamic range, pp selective of focus point and dof, controlled pattern of bokeh (ie, you will be able to choose the kind of creamy or otherwise bokeh that takes your fancy.) Some of this is already being done of course with sequences of shots. Having the lenses on a panel is better because all the images are taken at the same moment.

150 Mega Pixels! I'm gonna have to add a room to store all the pictures.


You want an excellent April Fool's post try the link above for A.D. Coleman. Well done.

I went to a tonnelliere in France once. All the workers hammer arms looked similarly outsized.

My father was an anesthesiologist. Today's anesthesia ventilators offer comprehensive automation. My father's career in anesthesia started in the early 1950's, and the more simple ventilators that were available in those early years required the anesthesiologist to do a lot of "bagging", a term used to describe the act of squeezing the gas bag on the ventilator to breathe for the patient while the patient is under general anesthesia. My father "bagged" with his left hand, and charted the patient's vital signs with his right hand. As a consequence, he had an extremely powerful left arm. No one, not even my gym teacher cousin who was half my father's age, could beat my father at left arm wrestling. And I never heard one complaint from my father about repetitive stress injury or carpal tunnel syndrome.

I was actually wondering if the blogger named to a high position at Hasselblad might be somebody linked to TOP.

For the "medium format" 100Mpx and 150Mpx sensors


has a screengrab from the video. You can see a bigger version of the screencapped image from the video here


I'm not sure at what conference this video was recorded: perhaps the just finished CeBIT 2017?

The type 3.6 inch sensors (43.8mm x 32.9mm) include the current IMX161 50Mpx which is almost certainly used in the Fuji GFX 50S and Hasselblad X1D medium format cameras.

In 2018 there will be a 100Mpx type 3.6 inch backside illuminated IMX461 (so a higher pixel count). Fuji did hint that their lenses are designed for at least a 100Mpx sensor so we might expect that sensor in future version of the Fuji medium format camera (a GFX 100S?).

The type 4.2 inch sensors are even bigger (53.7mm x 40.4mm). The 100Mpx IMX211 is in the Phase One XF 100Mpx camera and Hasselblad H6D and looks like it will now go to all OEMs.

There will also be a monochrome version of the IMX211 this year! I presume they must have some camera manufacturers with an interest in it: from still camera makers? Perhaps. More likely from scientific instrument makers or airborne photomapping/reconnaissance camera makers. I might guess the latter one might be more likely especially given the cost of the sensors (they won't be cheap -- the Phase One XF retails for about $50,000).

In 2018 there will be a 150Mpx type 4.2" backside illuminated IMX411 in both color and monochrome versions.

In all of these sensors backside illumination will improve acceptance angle fro the lenses (allowing older less telecentric designs for film to be used with fewer issues) and improving the quantum efficiency of the smaller pixels. I suspect this also means we'll see 24x36mm back illuminated sensors being sold openly (currently they only appear in Sony made cameras).

All are 4:3 aspect ratio.

Note: the shape of the boxes on the diagram means nothing -- initially I though they were showing the shapes of the sensors (but the IMX161 is clearly wrong).

More details of Sony medium format sensor in


This also includes overviews of their other new sensors in the Starvis (starlight/low-light illumination) and Pregius (global shutter) ranges. Both available in type 4/3 inch with reduced pixel counts. I don't think you'll see them in a mainstream camera though.

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