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Friday
Jan142011

The Shot You Can Make Gallery

Many people commented on The Shot You Can Make that they’d love to see this as an iPhone app. Great idea, but I can’t make that happen quickly, so I looked around for other options. It turns out the photo gallery feature of Apple’s MobileMe service (AKA the litmus test of whether you’re totally Steve Jobs’s bitch) has some impressive features that work pretty well for presenting whichever camera and lens combinations I’ve pre-made using the simulator. It’s not the same as a dedicated app that would allow you to enter arbitrary camera backs, focal lengths, and f-stops, but it does do some cool stuff.

From your browser, visit gallery.me.com/prolost. You can browse the pre-rendered images of course. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed to be notified of updates. Images you have not yet viewed are marked with a blue dot.

SYCM Gallery on iPhone

But perhaps the coolest feature is for those who have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Download the free MobileMe Gallery app if you don’t have it already, and add “prolost” as a friend (you don’t need a MobileMe account of your own for this). You can now browse the SYCM gallery using a lovely graphical interface. You’ll see the familiar blue dot next to albums with new images, so it’s easy to see when I’ve made an update. Better still, the app keeps a local cache of images you’ve viewed, so you can continue to browse them even if you’re not connected to a network.

SYCM Gallery on iPad

I’m not ruling out the possibility that this could be a real app someday, but in the meantime, this gives you a taste of SYCM on the go, and it’s free. Do check it out, as I’ve added some of the most requested cameras, including the RED fixed-lens Scarlet and the Sony EX1. I’ve also created a special gallery reserved for images that perfectly match the baseline shot’s AOV, so you can get a more direct comparison of DOF performance on this setup.

Enjoy, and keep those requests coming for cameras and lenses.

Reader Comments (22)

Great work! May I suggest a few f2.0 examples for MFT to reflect the Olympus 14-35 / 35-100 f2.0 zooms? For instance, in the "baseline AOVs", would love to see the GH2 89.5@f2.0.

January 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterXavier Bourque

This is great! A lot of apps are database oriented, ie. all the data exists in the app, you just select which camera and lens you are using. So it feels a lot like an iPhone app.

Q: Is there anything to differentiate the simulations for the 7D, 60D, and 550D?

January 14, 2011 | Registered Commenterbradbell.tv

Xavier — done. Bradbell.tv: there's either no difference among those cameras, or not one worth creating separate images for.

January 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

Bitchin'! Finally a useful use for mobile me gallery. The turtleneck is strong with you.

January 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterFrancis Crossman

very cool, may I request a 72.8mm f1.8 on the GH2, which would be one of the more common focal lengths close to the GH2's equivalent to a standard lens (28mm -> 53.2mm) used with the 1:1 crop mode (2.6x crop in 1080p).

January 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterTimothy Grindall

Let me be clear on this, are you asking for a 28mm ƒ1.8 on the GH2 with 1:1 crop mode enabled? All I need for that is the actual physical dimensions of the area of the sensor used for the crop mode.

January 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

sorry, I have no idea

January 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterTimothy Grindall

okay, well my editing period ran out, but I guess a rough calculation could give you 8.84mm x 4.977mm, but that's assuming I got the calculations right, which I might not have (that's based on a 1.9x crop with a 2.6x zoom on top of that). I might have gotten that wrong. That's assuming a crop and a zoom are the same thing mathematically, right?

January 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterTimothy Grindall

16:9 Pixels: 4976/1920 = 2.5917

Millimeters: 17.8 * (1/2.5917) = 6.8681

So I'm going with 6.87 x 3.87

January 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

This is the most useful thing i've seen in ages. Thanks Stu.
Any chance you could run the following proposed red mini primes through on the 2/3rd scarlet?
6.5mm T1.9
8mm T1.5
16mm T1.5

Would really help in deciding between the two cameras.

January 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterEdward Saltau

Hi Stu,

Any chance of seeing the Voightlander f/0.95 25mm lens on MFT? I know a lot of people (me included) have bought this as their standard prime for the AF100.
Thanks!

January 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterHywel Phillips

Hey Stu, Awesome work BTW. Didn't realise you were so macified!

Any chance of some 7D simulations? Perhaps with the Thrifty 50, variations on the 24-105 f4 L, or/and the 16-35 f2.8 L? Am i asking too much ;)

January 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterToby_B

I've added some crop mode samples for the GH2, as well as the Voightlander.

Toby, I'll add those lenses you've requested to the 60D album, which should be accurate for the 7D as well.

Edward, I'll add those lenses when there's any indication that a 2/3" interchangeable-lens Scarlet is in production. Right now it's not even listed on RED's site as a product.

January 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

Hey Stu, I too thought there was no evidence that there was a an interchangeable scarlet. Until a week or so ago. http://reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=53839
the 6th post down Jannard says there is.
However, that's still not to say that those lenses will be produced, or that the interchangeable scarlet is even 2/3rds...

January 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterEdward Saltau

wow, thanks Stu.

January 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterTimothy Grindall

Thanks Stu, this is absolutely great.

When you get a chance these 2 lenses for Canon 5D Mark II would be great:
28mm f/2.8
35mm f/2.8

January 17, 2011 | Registered Commenterandy mina

Thanks for making this.
Have you seen Artemis iPhone app (sort of director viewfinder)?
Or pCam (also iPhone app) under Field of view (Preview button).
Its kind of in the same ballpark

January 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterKristijan Mrsic

Big fan of both Artemis and pCam. I've had pCam since my Palm V!

January 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterStu

You've listed my top podcasters as well, and CoffeeGeek has been invaluable in my search for consistently fantastic coffee.

February 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterTyler Stalman

What about the Sony FS100? Is it the same as the 60D?

January 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterMichael Beck

Do you still have this posted somewhere since mobile.me no longer exists? Thanks!

October 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterMike Stahl

Working on ideas for that.

October 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterStu
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