3D Street Photography: The Future?

The Panasonic Lumix 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens. The future is here!

Recently my friend Jimmy Hahn sent me a link of the new Panasonic Lumix 12.5mm f/12 3D lens for the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras: the GF2, G2 and GH2. When he first posted the link on my Facebook, I was taken back by how odd and funny it looked. Upon closer inspection, I was fascinated to see that not only is it a prime lens, but it is incredibly thin as well.

Side of the Lumix 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens

First of all this amazed me because I wasn’t aware that 3D photography was already becoming so available to the average consumer. Sure 3D monitors and glasses still cost a pretty penny, but everyday this technology is getting cheaper for the average buyer. Before we know it, all of our cameras, smartphones, and even cereal boxes will be fitted with some sort of “3D” function.

Panasonic Lumix GF-2 and the Lumix 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens. The future of street photography?

Of course, this got me wondering how this may affect street photography. Imagine the near future in which we take our street photographs in 3D. Imagine capturing The Decisive Moment in three-dimensions, being able to see the man hop over the puddle like Henri Cartier Bresson’s iconic image or vividly see a large group of children scuttling by you as portrayed in Doisneau’s photos.

Would you ever buy a 3D Camera/Lens for street photography? Do you think that this will be a positive or negative thing for street photography? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think and your predictions for the future!

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  • http://www.thisisjoe.net Yousif Jawhar

    f/12 street photography? In mid-day, it might work.. I don’t think I’ll go for it, but for night photos.. HELL NO.

    • http://www.erickimphotography.com Eric Kim

      Definitely agree Yousif. F/12 is pretty damn slow

  • http://rpix.tumblr.com Jeff R.

    I wonder how the LCD looks on the back with those lenses? Double image?

    • http://www.erickimphotography.com Eric Kim

      Good question Jeff. Maybe you have to use the 3d glasses to see the rear LCD? :P

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  • http://www.juwandickerson.com Juwan Dickerson

    It will be kind of cool and interesting to see 3D photographs and there’s something intriguing about what it could add to street photography. It may lend to making the viewer feel like their really inside the image instead of just seeing it flat. However, I feel that from a technological standpoint 3D is still pretty new and in it’s gimmick phase and I hope that it doesn’t catch on too soon that photographers feel they need to keep up and change their whole approach. But who knows, I may be a curmudgeon I remember the time when the first digital cameras were introduced and rejected by the professional photography community. Time will tell.

  • http://gabihelfert.com Gabi

    Oh no. Not yet another technology shift. Now that almost everyone’s finally ditched film and gone digital, do we all have to get 3D equipment too?

  • http://thegrabble.com King

    Here’s an article about 3d from the moviemaking aspect. I agree with it.

    “Why 3D doesn’t work and never will. Case closed.”

    • http://www.erickimphotography.com Eric Kim

      Thanks for passing this along King!

    • Erik

      He makes a valid point!

      My prediction is that 3d in photography will follow roughly the same curve a HDR: First a niche thing catching on with the broader mass. Getting overdone quickly, then frowned upon by certain (larger) groups. Then it will be an ever present minority with certain examples of good implementation.

      No idea about its role in cinema though.

      • http://www.erickimphotography.com Eric Kim

        Fascinating point Erik. I think you hit the head on the nail!

  • http://www.larissaphotography.com/blog TJ McDowell

    Yea, I didn’t realize we were at this point either. It looks like they’ve definitely addressed a number of the concerns I brought up in this blog post I wrote a while ago: http://www.larissaphotography.com/blog/2010/06/3d-photography-challenges/

  • http://www.schmalschlaeger.nl/ René Schmalschläger

    Non of the arguments Walter Murch mentions against 3D film apply to still photography. 3D photos where hugely popular for decades in the 2e half of the 19th century. But when everybody started to make there own photos, 2D was so much easier than 3D because of the necessary 3D viewer, I guess. Same thing happened with every revival of 3D (I saw 3D on TV 30 years ago). So people love 3D photos but they hate the glasses. Today’s situation: the fast majority of photos is being watch from an electronic screen. To see a 3D photo you don’t need any viewer anymore, just a 3D screen. So what do you think is going to happen? 3D is going to be big and then it’s going to stay. Is it going to replace 2D? Why would it? Why even ask that. But it is an extra tool you have, like video, to put your expression into the fitting form of your choice.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/piotr_golebiowski/ Piotr

    I think that 3d is another unnecessary technology gimmick served to us by the equipment manufacturers. We see the huge rise of 3d television sets, cameras, etc. Maybe it’s a good thing, but I won’t say it’s revolutionary until it all will be convenient for consumers. Most of this 3d stuff requires the special 3d glasses to see the 3d photographs, videos properly. There are some tv sets that don’t require the special glasses, but this technology is in it infancy and is not perfect yet.

    I think however, that in 5 years there we will see 3d technology working just fine, pushed to our homes by the camera and tv manufacturers. Wouldn’t it be great to see these great street photographs by Bruce Gilden in 3d with people photographed so close that the viewer almost feels like passing right by them?

  • http://web.me.com/jayavant Greg Williamson

    There is very little separation between the two elements of that lens. Surely one needs much more to get a good 3D image…?

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