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Cinema Cliché Binoculars

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When someone is depicted looking through a pair of binoculars in the cinema, inevitably the view shows two touching circles, with the image displayed as a panorama in wide angle format.

When you look through "real" binoculars, this is not the case, as we all know, until now.

With the Cinema Cliché Binoculars, what you see when you look through them is a replica of the cinema view format. This is because their internal mirrors and optics have been modified, so that they not only provide the parallax of conventional binoculars, but they do so in wide angle, double circle cinema format.

xenzag, Sep 15 2010

http://www.google.i...&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0 binocular cliché view [xenzag, Sep 15 2010]

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       I'm not sure I get it - you can't traditionally have both have a long focal length (i.e. magnification), and a wide-angle format at the same time - unless perhaps you somehow project the magnified image into the eyes from a wider projection surface.   

       Hmmm - that wasn't all that clear, what I mean to say is, say normally, without any magnification, your eyes have a 50mm view of the world, that is, if they look directly ahead and can't move around.   

       When you look into a tele-micro-or-binocu-scope, you change your normal 50mm view of the world into a 100mm or 200mm view - magnifying the centre, but cropping the edges.   

       To get magnification AND wide-angle, you need to allow the eyes to pan around the projected image, making up for the cropping that magnification normally supplies - like sitting too close to the cinema screen, everything is much bigger, but you have to scan the screen in order to take it all in.   

       I'm not sure how you'd do that, except perhaps in a sort of camera obscura type arrangement where the image is projected onto a screen (maybe located within the viewing device) that allows your eyes to focus on whatever detail they choose to. You're still going to get some croppage though compared to your un-magnified view.   

       If you took out all the lenses and just had flat glass, and put a double-circle shaped mask in there somewhere, you'd get the overall effect you're talking about, but you'd lose all magnification, and could instead just hold up a bit of black card with the double-circles cut out of it and look through that.
zen_tom, Sep 15 2010
  

       A wiff of smoke will blur the edges realistically, and the mirrors will take care of the rest :-)
xenzag, Sep 15 2010
  

       //you can't traditionally have both have a long focal length (i.e. magnification)//   

       //their internal mirrors and optics have been modified, so that they not only provide the parallax of conventional binoculars, but they do so in wide angle, double circle cinema format.//   

       The description doesn't say anything about magnification. Anyway, who cares?   

       The Real Deal Movie Binocs...love 'em! [+]
Boomershine, Sep 15 2010
  

       $3000?
pocmloc, Sep 15 2010
  
      
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