Guess How This Photo Was Taken

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That's the question photographer Vincent Laforet poses to the readers of his blog, only saying it's the "camera that has the potential to change things—radically." In the spirit of his game, I'm not going to reveal it yet.


Any thoughts? No?

This image was taken on RED's Epic M camera, and is actually a frame grab rather than photo, shot at 96 frames per second. Laforet used a Zeiss Compact Prime 25mm f 2.9 lens in natural light, and was bowled over with the results:

"The last time my jaw dropped like that – was when I first saw video footage coming out of the Canon 5D MKII when I shot "Reverie" almost 3 years ago. I and many others at that time had never expected to see 1080p footage coming out of a still camera… let alone footage that looked like what we were seeing! (Footage that just 3 years later pales in comparison to what comes out of the Epic today.) The footage that I am seeing coming out of RED's Epic is some of the most impressive footage I have seen – both in terms of latitude and resolution. So much so that I thought that a frame grab was the best way to attest to that fact – as no internet video streaming system available today can come close to doing justice to the 5K video footage produced by this camera."


Laforet urged readers of his blog to click on the frame grab on his site and view it in detail—so mosey on over and have a go. [Vincent Laforet]

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May look good but you are looking at it on a monitor screen, thus at 72 pixel/inch. I would like to see it as 24 x 36 in. print. What is important is the resolution: 1080 = 1920 x 1080 pixels at 72 ppi. For a good print, you will max out at 6,4 x 3,6 inch at 300 ppi (resolution for a litho print). Hardly makes it viable as a commercial camera other than for video.