When Galileo first posited that objects don’t, in fact, fall at a speed proportional to their mass and that – with a complete absence of air resistance – two balls of different size and weight would fall to the Earth at identical speeds, everyone thought that that cunt was cooked as. That’s how visionaries always appear to others: as completely cooked cunts.
When product designer Bastiaan Ekeler set out to mount a hefty (and quite expensive) Canon telephoto lens on the most esoteric camera body in the world, the Nintendo Game Boy Camera, people probably told him that he was crazy – cooked, if you will. But, as they often are, this strange man was vindicated by history when he made it work.
Ekeler managed this particular bit of technological sorcery by using a 3D printer to craft a cone that screwed into the back half of the Game Boy Camera and featured a regular Canon EF mount at the front.
Thanks to the combination of the incredibly tiny sensor size and the fact that the lens is also on a 1.4 extender, he’s working with an insanely long zoom. The smaller the size of the sensor, the smaller the part of an image is captured – a camera sensor is usually around the size of a postage stamp, the one on the GBC is way, way smaller.
By his maths, the 3.6mm² sensor has a crop factor of just over 10 (any Canon camera you are likely to buy will probably have a crop factor of only 1 or 1.6, by comparison). Attaching a 70-200mm lens, you are looking at a maximum focal length of just over 3000mm, which is categorically insane.
The images, as you might remember, are a stunningly detailed 128 x 112 pixels, rendered in beautiful grayscale, and it appears you definitely can’t polish a turd – although you can zoom in very, very close on that turd.
As he points out himself, that photo of the seagull has some “surprisingly creamy bokeh” for an extremely low-resolution child’s toy from 20 years ago.
You can read Ekeler’s full dive into how he did it in the write-up posted on his website right here. What a legend.Image: Bastiaan Ekeler