Weird photography: Game Boy Camera meets Canon telephoto lens

game boy camera canon telephoto lens
Bastiaan Ekeler

Soon after the Game Boy Camera launched in 1998, Nintendo broadcast a TV ad confidently announcing that it would “turn photography into fun-tography.” But it turned out the claim was even fuzzier than the images that the basic camera produced, and it failed to catch on.

As a result, the Game Boy attachment was eventually scrapped by Nintendo.

Fast forward a couple of decades, however, and you’ll see that at least a few folks out there have actually found ways to enjoy some “fun-tography” with this old piece of equipment.

Take Bastiaan Ekeler. The designer recently built a mount that enables him to attach Canon lenses to his aging Game Boy Camera.

Ekeler created the mount in Rhino 3D — computer-aided design software used by professionals. Using his skills in industrial design, Ekeler could complete the project in just a couple of hours, building the attachment using a Monoprice Select Mini v2 3D printer. The setup looks odd to say the least, but it worked as planned.

game boy camera canon telephoto lens mod
Bastiaan Ekeler

So what about the results? Well, it’s worth noting that the Game Boy Camera produces images of just 128 x 112 pixels, a fraction of what you get with today’s digital cameras. Oh, and the images are all monochrome, too. If you hadn’t already noticed, this is no Nikon D5. Or even a Coolpix 600, for that matter.

“The Game Boy Camera has a sensor size of about 3.6mm² which seems equivalent to a 1/4-inch sensor,” Ekeler explained in a blog post.

“This gives the Game Boy Camera a crop factor of about 10.81. With my 70-200 f4 mounted on a 1.4x extender, this gives me a max equivalent focal distance of about 200×1.4×10.81= 3,026.8mm.”

That’s powerful enough to capture some stunning shots of the moon. Or at least, some shots of the moon. Take a look for yourself (Ekeler converted the files to PNG and cropped them to make them square):

game boy camera canon telephoto lens images
Bastiaan Ekeler

Ekeler also snapped some pictures of different birds, images that he says feature “surprisingly creamy bokeh for a 2-bit, 14 kilopixel image.”

And there are some pictures of a boat, too. Or is it an oil rig? Hang on, it’s a lighthouse.

Ekeler isn’t the first to mod the Game Boy Camera. In fact, he says he was inspired to embark on his project after reading about Tim Binnion, who recently used the device to shoot the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

And then there’s Jean-Jacques Calbayrac, who bought a second-hand Game Boy Camera more than a decade ago and continues to use it for his gameboycamera Instagram feed.

Photography

Obsbot Tail camera uses A.I. to follow the action (or a pet) for you

Want to capture more epic action selfies, or see what your pet is doing while you're gone? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action.
Movies & TV

Stranger Things season 3 is coming! Here’s everything we know so far

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season, premiering in July 2019.
Movies & TV

Study up for season 8 with the best Game of Thrones theories

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is still on the horizon, meaning there's still time to brush up on the best theories about the show. Whether you're one of the last adherents of the Cleganebowl or a King Aerys truther, here are our top theories.
Mobile

The Black Shark 2’s Ludicrous Mode promises the smoothest mobile gaming

Xiaomi-backed Black Shark has a follow-up to last year's Black Shark gaming phone, complete with high specs and a low price. Here's everything we know about the Black Shark 2 gaming phone.
Mobile

The Apple iPad Air is the power-packed tablet for everyone

The iPad Air is the less serious cousin to Apple's iPad Pro range, and it's the perfect addition to your coffee table. But it's no less powerful. Here's everything you need to know about the iPad Air.
Social Media

Twitter takes a cue from Instagram and Snapchat with new quick-swipe camera

Twitter is giving the "what's happening" treatment to photos and video by allowing users to access the in-app camera fast enough to catch and share the moment. The new Twitter camera is now accessible with a swipe.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Photography

The Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35 mimics tilt-shift blur for less cash

Want to create a tilt-shift image on a budget? The new Lensbaby Composer II with Edge 35 mimics the look of a tilt-shift lens for under $500. The new Edge 35 optic is part of the Composer Pro II optics system.
Photography

Loupedeck Plus can now edit video, audio with Final Cut Pro

The list of Loupedeck Plus-compatible software is growing. The photo-editing console now works with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition for video and audio editing. The controls can be configured to be used on either platform.
Photography

Photography News: Taking a smartphone photo probably saved this guy’s life

A man was snapping a photo in Australia when the smartphone stopped an arrow shot at his face. In this week's photography news, see Canon's plans for a stabilized mirrorless, Hasselblad's newest accessories, Samyang's latest lens, and more.
Deals

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…
Computing

Nvidia’s A.I. Playground lets you edit photos, experience deep learning research

Nvidia is making it easier to access information on deep learning research. It has launched an online space with three demos for image editing, styling, as well as photorealistic image synthesis. 
Photography

Paper designs digitize in real time using an Illustrator-connected paper tablet

Love graphic design, but prefer the feel of real paper? The new Moleskine Paper Tablet - Creative Cloud Connected syncs with Adobe Illustrator in real time, turning paper sketches into digital drawings.
Photography

Insta-checkout? New Instagram service lets you shop without leaving the platform

Shopping on Instagram no longer means leaving the platform to checkout in a web browser. Instagram checkout launched in beta today with a handful of retailers, allowing users to checkout without leaving the app.