RhinoCam – Shoot Medium Format with Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras


Hi everybody, Bohus here for FotodioxPro.com,
and in this video we’re going to talk about the RhinoCam, which is our medium format imaging
system. We let you take a beautiful medium format lens and use your camera as a digital
back for that lens, and create giant 645 format images or even panoramic images, and it’s
a very compact little system. Now we introduced the RhinoCam a while back, we had a Sony E-mount
version, but now we’re introducing several new models that we’ll talk about in just a
second. Now I hope that you’ve experimented with taking giant photos, it’s as close as
your phone, you know, lot’s of phones will let you kind of sweep your arm and then the
phone’s software will correct that arced image into looking like a nice flat big image. Of
course you lose some resolution when you do that. Same way if you use just a regular camera
to take panoramic shots. You can pan on a tripod, there are electrical motorized devices
that will take multiple exposures. But when you’re shooting on an arc your stitching software
has to correct it to look flat, and you’re going to lose a little bit of resolution that
way. So with RhinoCam we had this idea: what if we used a medium format lens that has a
really big image circle, and built a system where the lens stays completely still and
just have your camera–acting like a digital back–move behind the lens and cover that
image circle. Well that’s what RhinoCam is. So in this video we’re launching all-new models
of the RhinoCam–we now have five. We started off with the Sony E-mount version, and now
we’re adding the Canon EOS M and the Fuji X, if you’re sticking with the mirrorless
camera style, plus, we’ve got what everybody’s been asking for, the DSLR sized RhinoCam.
So here’s the Nikon one all set up and ready to go, and in this fitted case we’ve got the
Canon version which we’ll be opening up in just a second. So let’s talk about the compact
mirrorless version of the RhinoCam right now. There are now three versions, and at the time
that you order you just choose weather you’d like the E-mount version, the EOS M version,
or the Fuji X version. And at the same time, choose which lens mount you’d like for your
RhinoCam: you can mount either Hasselblad V, Mamiya 645, or Pentax 645 lenses. So on the mirrorless RhinoCam if you want to shoot a panoramic image you’ll shoot six exposures.
If you want to do a 645 aspect image you shoot eight exposures. And if you want to see a
step-by-step breakdown of how this works, just click on the video you see right here, we demonstrate the process with a Sony E-mount camera. Okay, now if you’re ready to go big
with RhinoCam we’ve got the DSLR version. We’ve gotten a lot of requests for this. Now,
what’s nice is it’s not really that much larger than the regular RhinoCam–I mean, it’s a
little bit bigger because you have to scale everything up because of the bigger camera–but
it’s still a very portable way to take big beautiful medium format pictures. So when
it’s time to for you to order you choose between the Nikon mount or the Canon mount, and it’ll come pre-installed with a Hasselblad V lens mount on the front. Now, depending on the
size of your sensor, if you’ve got a full frame camera you will take a full 645 aspect
image with six exposures. If your camera has an APS-C sensor, then you’ll get that 645
image with twelve exposures. Now one question we get a lot about the RhinoCam is how many megapixels is the image? Well that depends entirely on the camera that you’re connecting
to it. And fortunately the math is really easy–I went to art school, not a big math
fan. All you do is take however many megapixels your camera delivers and then multiply it
by the number of exposures you’re going to take, So, like with this guy I know I’d be
taking six exposures because it’s a full frame camera, so it’s however many megapixels times
six, and then you just take off a little bit, you’re going to lose a little bit in the overlap
areas where the stitching software is gonna glue the parts of your image together, but
it’s very minimal, because, remember, we’re not correcting for any curvilinear distortion,
it just has to overlap a teeny bit so some small percent is what you lose, no big deal.
See the beauty of the RhinoCam system is no matter how big the sensor is in your camera,
it’s going to yield a gigantic picture–remember, you’re shooting medium format–this is like
having a medium format system except you and I know you didn’t spend ten to twenty thousand
dollars on it. Okay, let’s unwrap the Canon version of the RhinoCam and see just how easy
this is to set up. It comes in a fitted case so you can see how compact it is, easy to
travel with this. And there it is right there. We’ll move the case over here. This is where
the medium format lens goes on the front, and your camera goes on the back. So let’s
put the lens on, and you just mount it like you would any other lens, you just line up
the dots, clicks into place like so, it’s got the little release down there for when
you’re done. Okay, now we mount the camera on the back, remember we’re kind of using
the camera as if it were a digital back. Now both the Canon and the Nikon full frame versions
of the RhinoCam will allow you to use either your full frame sensor camera or an APS-C
sensor camera, they both have these markings to let you know exactly how far to move the
plate. So let’s mount my 5D on the back. Okay, now you’re ready to shoot your RhinoCam picture, and first thing is obviously this needs to be on a tripod, because you’re taking multiple
exposures that you’re then going to stitch together into one giant picture. So, I will
be doing this by hand, they’ll be shaking around, just pretend it’s on a tripod. First
step: slide this focusing screen into place. What this does is give you a preview of your
composition so you can see what the lens sees. It’s going to be upside down in the screen,
but this way you can focus and see what it is that you’re shooting at. Once you’ve got
that set, now you’re ready to start taking multiple exposures. Now you’ll notice there
are these dots along the bottom, this is a full frame camera so we’re going to follow
these orange dots, and we’re going to take the images in two rows–a top row and a bottom
row, three on top, three on the bottom. Now the camera slides left and right but it also
slides up and down, so we need to make sure that we’re lined up with that orange dot right
down there. Right now our little lever indicator is pointing at the white dot, so we’ll hinge
it out of there and there we go, it’s underneath this peg and it’s pointing at the orange dot.
So now we’re ready to shoot the first row of images using the red dots. So we want to
line up these two red dots, and this is what’s going to be the right edge of our picture.
Take a shot, line these guys up, take a shot, and line these up, take a shot. Okay so that’s
one row. Now we need to drop the camera down, and see there’s another little orange dot
down there, slide it so that it is underneath that peg pointing to the orange dot, and now
we just slide the camera again and take three more shots. We’re already registered there,
take our shot, go in the middle, take the shot, and back there, take the shot, that’s
it. So now you’ve got your six images that you’re going to need to stitch together in
whatever stitching software you use; we use Photoshop and it takes like a minute, and
then you’ve got your gigantic image out of that. Now if you’re shooting with an APS-C
sensor you’re going to use these white dots along the top and you’re going to take twelve
shots instead of six. There are also white dots along the side here, and just follow
the exact same process, just make sure you’re pointing at the white dots when you do all
your camera alignment. Now one of the coolest aspects for us in introducing the RhinoCam has been seeing all of these beautiful images that have come in from RhinoCam users. There’s
even a Vizelex RhinoCam group on Flickr, and these pictures are big and beautiful, and
a lot of these folks tell us they would never be able to take images like this because a
medium format rig costs tens of thousands of dollars, and here we give it to you in
a small portable package that pretty much anybody can afford. As far as the Flickr group,
we’d like to point out some of the work of Dierk Topp, Tom Hoyle, Horst Whitman, Arthur Sloth. So thanks for all these stunning images and if you want to see more just click on
the link down below this video, you’ll be taken right to the Flickr group and you can
see some of the beautiful and majestic RhinoCam images that are there. If you click right
here you can check out a video from DP Review’s GearShop, where they take a close look at
the Sony E-mount version of the RhinoCam. We also heard from Stan Horaczek at Pop Photo.
He had this to say about the RhinoCam: “a nifty idea … likely to be popular with landscape
photographers and studio shooters looking to crank up their resolution without spending
tens of thousands on a full-on medium format rig.” And we got another review from John
Neel of LensGarden who said: “The Rhinocam has allowed me to create images that have
a resolution almost impossible to create by any other digital method.” So as you can see, there’s a whole world of RhinoCam photographers out there who are capturing beautiful images
using the RhinoCam system. So whether you’re using a mirrorless camera like the EOS M,
the Fuji X or the Sony E-mount, or if you’re using a full frame camera like a Nikon with
a full frame or APS-C sensor, or a Canon with a full frame or APS-C sensor, we’ve got a
RhinoCam for you, and basically we’re letting you capture all of the beautiful imagery that
a medium format lens can deliver. Just click on the link down below this video and we’ll
take you to a catalog page that will show you all of the RhinoCam models that we have
to offer starting today. The mirrorless RhinoCams have been discounted, you can get those at
a very affordable price, and you can pick up the new full frame versions of the RhinoCam
as well starting today. And don’t forget to click right here to subscribe to our YouTube
channel and you’ll get more videos just like this one. My name’s Bohus, thanks for watching.

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