Making a 130-megapixel camera from a flatbed scanner and an old camera lens

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What do you get when you combine an old Epson flatbed scanner, a 50mm Canon lens, and a little elbow grease? A 130-megapixel camera perfect for shooting ridiculously high-rez photos of your desk.

The project is the work of this fellow, an amateur photographer with a lovely eye for light.

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10 Responses to Making a 130-megapixel camera from a flatbed scanner and an old camera lens

  1. zapan says:

    This thing begs for a steampunk casemod. I mean, sure it is Hi-res, but also slow, so for portraits, it requires a tripod and a photographer that yells “stay still !”.

  2. Dean W. Armstrong says:

    Join the fun at http://www.flickr.com/groups/632239@N24/ — the scanner photography project. It’s very satisfying to make your own camera.

  3. Anonymous says:

    impressive! too bad no one posted a pic in full res so far. would have been interesting to see the quality. i have an 88 megapixel image. the detail is just astounding. 130 megapixel must be jawdroppingly awesome. that is, if there is no noise in the picture

  4. kaka says:

    would have been interesting to see the quality. i have an 88 megapixel image. the detail is just astounding. 130 megapixel must be jawdroppingly awesome. that is, if there is no noise in the picture Accreditation

  5. kaka says:

    detail is just astounding. 130 megapixel must be jawdroppingly awesome. that is, if there is no noise in the picture
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  6. kaka says:

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  7. kaka says:

    have an 88 megapixel image. the detail is just astounding. 130 megapixel must be jawdroppingly awesome International Education accreditation

  8. dculberson says:

    Totally sweet. I wonder if he could do a double scan of the same area, maybe after moving the camera just a hair, and use image stabilization techniques to get rid of grain and fringing? Imagine a completely noise free 130 megapixel image.

  9. Anonymous says:

    ISTM that what you REALLY want is to use the scanner parts to make rotating panoramic camera like the CIRKUT. And yes, brass gears and a leatherette case would fit right in.

  10. Anonymous says:

    brilliant. besides the urgent desire to build my own, im enjoying the adventure of free-scrolling around the full-sized image on flikr.

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