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Right Angle Spy Lens

Discussion in 'Lens Matters' started by Stephen Rundle, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

  2. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    There's a blast from the past!
    My uncle was the only one I knew who ever used one. Got it to take pics of family members who always shied away from cameras.
  3. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I don't know how loosely the recent upskirting law has been drawn but I think there is a fair chance that use of one is illegal now
  4. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    I think it would depend on HOW you use it that could make it illegal !
    Go around doing that and you probably would get arrested ( or punched ) .

    Likewise , using it in a crowd would need care .
    Two reasons , if anyone spots what it is , it looks suspicious .
    Secondly , while your taking a shot , the lens appears to be pointing direct ahead.
    So while your taking a picture of the tramp sat in a doorway , the father of the little child that the lens appears to be now pointed at comes over and plants one on your chin while calling you a peado !
    In the meantime with all the commotion the tramp moved on and you missed your shot anyway ......
    Something to be aware of , and make sure it's not pointing somewhere inappropriate , which means you can't concentrate on getting the shot you want , at the moment you want it .

    Another issue with these lenses , with anything other than telephoto lenses you get severe vignetting .
    So other people on the street block your view , and if they didn't , your far enough away to take a shot without being obvious anyway , if that's your goal .

    Having a shorter lens on , set to manual focus , pre-focussed at the required distance works well .
    At the right moment , lift it to your eye and shoot . With no faffing around to focus , it'll be that quick no one takes any notice .
    Or use a wider lens , and shoot from the hip or chest height .
    Being able to judge distance and having a lens with distance markings helps here .

    I have one of these devices that I glued into a glass box ( essentially a tall fish tank ) so I could hold it under water to take shots of fish and so on .
    Probably still have it somewhere .
  5. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    50mm lens from the chest works well.
  6. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    While controlling the camera from your phone?
  7. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    That is certainly a good way to do things, something not possible in the stone-age when I originally tried it.
    I would simply point in roughly the right direction and hit the button.
  8. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    It has arrived, of course a one touch zoom is a pain

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  9. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    My very first post on the AP Forums was about a right angle lens !

    Huw, (for those that remember the Dude) replied and then actually sent me an old one that he had sitting around at the back of a cupboard.

    Had great fun with it :)
  10. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    It is just a laugh fun thing but we will see, I am NOT a street photo person, get me trackside away from people :), the first problem is as I said the stupid single action tele lens, focus and the thing rotates, so f11/f16 it is


    Link to your post :)
  11. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Why does one need a lens? Surely a lenshood plus mirror should be sufficient?
  12. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    As I said above ? "It is just a laugh fun thing but we will see"

    I wonder if you would stand in the street holding a mirror in front of your camera and try to focus whilst it moves !!!!

    And it isn't a lens

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