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.
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.
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!