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Old Jul 4, 2007, 7:55 AM   #1
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what does it do ??

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Old Jul 4, 2007, 10:16 AM   #2
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Hi Roy,

The only thing that comes to mind is that the Magic Image was originally a pinhole camera (or actually lens). Perhaps it somhow replicates the look of a pinhole camera?

Obviously a guess. . .

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Old Jul 4, 2007, 1:29 PM   #3
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here's the link

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Old Jul 4, 2007, 2:36 PM   #4
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That looks like some kind of diffraction grating on both lens surfaces. By rotating one independently of the other you could probably get all kinds of light streaks in different directions/configurations.
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Roy - I have 2 of them (different ones) and will post pictures tonight if you are interested. One of them is the classic 5 point prism, where the center image is reflected/repeated along the sides (does that make sense to you? Not sure that's the best explanation). The one they have in the ebay ad looks like my other one. That one repeats the image to the side several times. My father had bought them years ago, they are nice with film, but the effects can be done in photoshop. Probably faster to do them with the filters than with software.
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Old Jul 5, 2007, 10:46 PM   #6
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Here's a bit about magic image filters. They made several different types - I think the one in the ad is a 2C version (features 2 prism facets and a flat center area to give three images of the subject), not one of the ones I have(the first time I looked at the ad I thought it was a 6M, but now I don't think so). In any case, they all work in similar fashion.

I'd never make a living doing product photography, so bear with my not-so-great pictures.

Both of mine (6M and 4C)have the same case:
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One of mine has a page that describes the different types. Since I thought it was a 6M when I took the pictures, that's what I concentrated on. You can see the configuration of the 5C (a classic prism pattern) above it:
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Holding the 6M up:
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My subject for the experiment:
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Finally, with the filter on. It surprised me just how difficult this one is to focus (taken withthe K100 and anM 50mm 1.7 lens). But it gives the effect it has.

Now you know probably more than you really cared about these. I won't apologize, since it gave me an excuse to take some pictures. These were all taken in raw, converted with no adjustments in raw (notice the white balance isn't quite right), resized in CS2 as bicubic sharper without any further pp at all - not worth spending any time on them.
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