An idea of telephoto lens for wildlife picture shooting

Discussion in 'Cell Phone Cameras & Camera Phones' started by szkorotko, Dec 22, 2017.

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  1. szkorotko

    szkorotko TPF Noob!

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    Hi, it might not be the best place to post this thread so please be lenient :)

    I have an idea of telephoto adapter for smartphones. Everyone carries a smartphone in a pocket so why not use it for wildlife photography? The only missing piece is a reasonably narrow FOV, which will give large magnification. So I came up with an idea of developing one because I couldn't find any good quality telephoto adapter on the market. There are many telephoto adapters, but actually, all of them are rubbish.

    The idea itself is very simple, I just designed the optical system based on the telescope design (quite fast F/5 telescope). You can compare my solution to a mirror lens, below are renders of the design:

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    The main pros of this solution are:
    - small size and weight
    - very good image quality (this is Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope)
    - easy and repetitive mounting solution (not visible)

    The whole setup you can mount on the tripod (still I am thinking how to solve it) and shoot wildlife from a decent distance. As you can see on the renders the picture shooting is very ergonomic, because the telephoto adapter is mounted sideways. This means that when you are taking pictures of an object in front of you, then you do not have to put a smartphone in front of your eyes just to see what is on the display (I hope you can visualize this :) ).

    What do you think about such solution? Would that be a good idea to proceed with a prototype? What do you think is important in wildlife photography from equipment perspective? Any answers would be much appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Simon


     
  2. goooner

    goooner Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Do you have any sample fotos taken with your lens?
     
  3. szkorotko

    szkorotko TPF Noob!

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    Well, no because it is still not manufactured. I need to know if there is a potential market for such solutions :) But I have some renders from optical software, where I have designed the optical system. You can check the renders here: Magnifico.tech on Twitter (the second one is an image simulation showing image quality of available adapters on the market).
     
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    jaomul Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Will it focus fast enough to be useful.
     
  5. szkorotko

    szkorotko TPF Noob!

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    The focus is on this adapter manual, which means that you need to rely mostly on your skills.
     
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    FotosbyMike No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Will Smart Phone cameras focus close enough to be able to focus on the mirror inside the lens? Then trying to hand hold this at the focal length is going to be tough.

    Cool idea, nice CAD work but not sure it's for me.
     
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    szkorotko TPF Noob!

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    No, it is not possible to focus on the inside mirrors :) From simulations it seems that the closest focusing plane would be about 5-6 meters away from the lens.
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    You don't focus on the mirror. You focus on the subject.
     
  9. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    f/5 is quite fast for a catadioptric lens, and being that fast the lens won't give as much magnification as a slower (longer focal length) lens.
    The field curvature at a focal ratio of f/5 will be quite noticeable.
    Meade and Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes have a system focal ratio of f/10 that results from using an f/2 primary mirror and an f/20 corrector mirror.
    The corrector plate and the secondary mirror for a Schmidt-Cassegrain are some what complicated to make.

    The greater the 'reach' the steadier the mobile device would have to be mounted.

    Simpler, and cheaper to make is the Maksutov negative meniscus lens corrector used for a Maksutov-Cassegrain. At f/5 chromatic aberration may be an issue.
    Schematic image of Maksutov-Cassegrain. Use license: CC BY-SA 3.0 Author: Halfblue at the English language Wikipedia
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    szkorotko TPF Noob!

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    Yes, that is true, but we do not want to compromise on image quality and size. This is our first priority, it must be high quality and compact. Modern smartphones cameras have very large resolution sensors (usually 12 MPx). It will drive the cost up, but with large volume production, there are manufacturing technologies that can reduce this cost significantly.

    Here you can see my telephoto adapter system layout:
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    Actually, the biggest challenge was to design reasonably small "eyepiece" which will project an image from the telescope into wide FOV smartphone camera lens :)
     
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    FotosbyMike No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    How is the smart phone camera going to focus first, then the lenses will focus on the subject.
     
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    Moved to an appropriate forum.
     

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