Mirrorless 3D Photography

Lumix G 12.5mm f/12 3D-lens

I’ve been a fan of Three-Dimensional photography since the 3D film Bwana Devil was released in 1952. When I heard Panasonic offered a 3D lens—the Lumix G 12.5mm f/12—for their mirrorless camera system I knew I had to get one. While apparently no longer available, some lenses are available through Amazon for $139.94. I’m sure you can find one at KEH Camera, eBay or all the usual used camera sources.

 © Joe Farace

When the Lumix G 12.5mm f/12 is attached, the Lumix Mirrorless cameras left-eye and right-eye images are captured simultaneously by the two lenses, and recorded using the side-by-side method. You can view them on a Panasonic Viera 3D TV but not alas on my Samsung 3D television. You can create your own anaglyphic 3D images that can be posted on your blog, like the above, by converting the file using free software, such as StereoPhoto Maker, a Windows-only program that Mac OS users can run under Apple’s Boot Camp and a copy of Microsoft windows.

 If you want to view the image here in 3D, you can pick up red/cyan 3D glasses from many sources including Amazon, who even offers clip-on’s for eyeglass wearers.—Joe Farace