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Topic # 182521 19-Oct-2015 15:44
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I've pre-ordered a "Light L16" camera. US$1699 (US$200 "reserve" pre-order now). Plus another couple of hundred off for early order. 

It looks really cool. But it won't ship - all going well - until "late Summer 2016".....which could be any time up until September 21st in the northern hemisphere.....so almost a year away. 

Looks awesome......can't.....wait. LOL! 

 

 




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  Reply # 1412837 23-Oct-2015 14:51
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Although I doubt it "packs DSLR quality", I'm keen to see your photos and opinions when you get it!





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  Reply # 1412866 23-Oct-2015 15:08
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Looks amazing. How are things going with the Lytro? I've seen a few 1st gen specialed new at usd$99 now and then but I told myself i can't buy one until I use my existing gear a lot more first : ).

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1412870 23-Oct-2015 15:11
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Lytro aren't really getting much ground or good press. People have found much better and easier ways to do the same thing (MTC m8?) There just isn't enough applications for the product. I'm surprised they haven't been quickly bought out by a phone company etc to ingrate there technology into a device people will actually buy.







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  Reply # 1413774 26-Oct-2015 00:15
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gzt: Looks amazing. How are things going with the Lytro? I've seen a few 1st gen specialed new at usd$99 now and then but I told myself i can't buy one until I use my existing gear a lot more first : ).


I took the Lytro camera with me when I went to Europe this summer. 

I got some reasonable photos with it, but they do take some thought and setting up and I was with other people who had no interest in spending time on that, so I was considerate of them for the most part....and limited my Lytro time. 

As the weeks progressed, I used it less and less. It's heavy. The shots require thought as they need a near field of interest as well as the far one......and that wasn't always possible in an *interesting* way.....

But the thing that causes me the most trouble was the way it handles the balance between light and dark in a same frame. It tends to allow the darker area to be overwhelmed by a light source....and it is possible to ramp up the dark part, but then the lighter part is completely washed out. This requires checking in almost every shot. That means more time and more thought and another variable to consider......which is fine if you have all day to plan and frame shots.

I love the camera......but my use of it has been limited by the overheads it imposes. I'm sure if I use it more and become more experienced with it, the best mode for a given situation will be more automatic for me to set up.....as the camera doesn't really have the smarts to do it as well as I would like.

Not sorry I bought it. It's a cool tool. But I haven't really made good use of it for the reasons above. 

By the end of next northern summer, perhaps the Light L16 will do the same sort of thing in less time - for better capturing those shots you can't plan  for.....they just happen. 

 





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Update....the Light 16 camera is now scheduled to ship in "early 2017".

Their email today said (in part): 

 

"When we launched the L16 for preorder last October, we were overwhelmed by the response and actually had to revise our shipping estimate within a few days of the launch. When you placed your order, your shipping estimate was autumn 2016. We’re contacting you today to let you know that we now estimate your camera will ship in early 2017."

"Since our launch, we have become intimately familiar with the mantra, “hardware is hard.” In addition to building a world class, mobile device from the ground up, Light is also developing a breakthrough optics system which is powered by revolutionary imaging software. We have made a monumental amount of progress thanks to a remarkable team. Along the way, though, we encountered an unforeseeable delay in production of a critical, highly customized electronic component. This is the cause of the anticipated shipment delay, and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We are truly excited to get the L16 to you as soon as it is ready."

 

They are also adding improvements. The optical zoom range will go from 35-150 to 28-150 and the internal storage increases from 128GB to 256GB. 

 

They also say they have secured funding from "GV" (formerly Google Ventures") to all support their ongoing efforts to ship this camera (which is actually 16 cameras in one). 

 


So only 6-9 months left to wait! :-) 

 

 

 

 





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