Here’s what a Leica M4 rangefinder camera looks like when taken apart. It’s crazy how so many small parts can work together so seamlessly and reliably.
We shared a video of Canon’s Image Stabilization technology in action in the beginning of the year, but that was on a pro telephoto lens and inside a glass display case. What would the same technology look like in a cheaper, consumer lens? Preston over at Camera Technica decided to find out, disassembling a Canon 18-55mm kit lens to capture this short video of the IS mechanism in action. I had no idea the thing used springs, did you?
The Science of Image Stabilization Technology [Camera Technica]
Inspired by Todd McLellan’s photos of disassembled gadgets, electrician and photography addict Kelly Hofer decided to do the same thing with his broken 4-megapixel Canon PowerShot A520. Check out the high-res version, or the behind-the-scenes video he shot while arranging the pieces.
Image credit: Photograph by Kelly Hofer and used with permission
Here’s an interesting look at the guts of the pellicle mirror Sony A55 and how the camera works. The camera being examined in the video is already disassembled and neatly organized by layer. If you haven’t seen or read much about the A33/A55 before, this video will bring you up to speed on the advantages of having a translucent mirror instead of a traditional one.
(via 1001 Noisy Cameras)
So this is what the new Fujifilm Finepix X100 camera looks like when it’s completely disassembled…
Apparently there’s such a high demand for this camera that Fujifilm is currently experiencing a shortage. The company says it’s trying to boost production to meet the demand, but if you’re clamoring for this camera you might be seeing some delays.
Image credit: Photograph by Fujifilm
What would it look like if you tripped and with a Pentax Spotmatic F camera in hand, and it somehow smashed neatly into its most basic components? Artist Todd McLellan gives us an idea by taking one apart, neatly arranging it on a table, and photographing it in a style similar to Carl Kleiner’s IKEA baking book shots.
If you’ve always wanted to see what a Canon 5D Mark II looks like opened up, you’re in luck. zakums06 over at DCHome converted his 5D Mark II to a mirrorless version for filmmaking purposes, and documented the whole mirror removal surgery:
To see the rest of the 23 photographs zakums06 posted, check out this forum thread. The mirrorless camera can still do photography, but you’ll have to use LiveView since the whole viewfinder system is gone.
Needless to say, don’t try this at home!
(via Canon Rumors)