Light’s load of lenses

Light’s new L16, a multi lens 52 megapixel slimline form factor camera, looks like a phenomenal piece of kit. Once the initial ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ subside, the fundamental question is – do we really need all those pixels? We asked MB’s Motion Director, Glen Yeoh, for his opinion:

“Photography is just a hobby for me, but as someone who has been eternally drawn to the captured moment, visual narrative is heavily interwoven into my every day. And from that perspective, there’s lots to get excited about with this product.

The immediate and most pragmatic appeal of this setup is the staggering weight of flexibility. As the name subtly suggests, 16 individual lenses/cameras combine together to capture data which results in a single 52 megapixel image. The claim is that this state of the art computational technology allows for highly refined post production adjustments to aspects of the photo, including depth of field and optical zoom.

However, do we need a camera that captures 52 megapixels? Does this just equate to long hours of post production and painstaking decisions about depth of field, focus, cropping and colour correction? And will it make the judgements made at the time the image is captured less important?

What makes the photography of Martin Parr, Vivien Maier and Wim Wenders outstanding is not their ability to capture everything, but their desire to isolate those moments that speak of human emotion, and the stories that lie behind them. With the L16, there’s a shift from precise decisions at the time of capture to the open-ended possibilities of post production. Perhaps the advancement of cameras such as these mean that the photographer is no longer the sole narrator.”

This originally appeared in Moving Brands Wednesday 20151014.

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