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Photographer turns himself into living, fully-functional DSLR

By dpreview staff on Oct 25, 2011 at 22:12 GMT

Michigan photographer Tyler Card has turned himself into a DSLR for Halloween. Not content with building a wearable DSLR costume, Card proceeded to install his real Nikon DSLR, a Speedlight and a laptop into the design. He had the foresight to shoot a video of the process, which we thought was too good to not share. (via PopPhoto)

Comments

Total comments: 52
mattb351
By mattb351 (Nov 17, 2011)

That's radical dude! Where does one insert the battery?

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DNG2
By DNG2 (May 11, 2012)

Do have to ask ? LOL

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ras enam
By ras enam (Oct 31, 2011)

Totally awesome man!

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AlexBakerPhotoz
By AlexBakerPhotoz (Oct 29, 2011)

Most excellent, dude!

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krassphoto
By krassphoto (Oct 28, 2011)

WOW, that's awesome ! He just has to be extremely careful not to fall. And make sure nobody tries to close down the flash. :)

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ianz28
By ianz28 (Oct 27, 2011)

Awesome costume and I wish I had thought of something like that. Imagine the crazy photo's you'd get out on the streets and in the bars in a college town!

His from the "chest" photography and nicely separated light source produced better party results than I'm used to achieving normally. GOOD JOB!

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Oct 27, 2011)

Why a smallish kit lens?
Why not a 70-200 or a 300 F2.8 lens?
Or a macro lens that extends a lot when needed...and would easily contract afterwards...
Then the girls would like it more???

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FodoR
By FodoR (Nov 26, 2011)

Hmmm... Why not the sigma 800mm fF5.6 monster?

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kiwi2011
By kiwi2011 (Oct 27, 2011)

It needed to be big to fit this type of Card in....

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backayonder
By backayonder (Oct 27, 2011)

This is so typical of DP review.
They show favoritism by reviewing the cardboard homemade halloween costume Nikon DSLR but totally ignore the Canon, Sony, Pentax models. I spent weeks making a Leica version. In hindsight using a painted manhole cover for the red dot was not the best idea, but you live and learn.

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firefighteremt3100
By firefighteremt3100 (Nov 17, 2011)

I don't see how it is 'favortism' as it's an article of someone who has no assocation with DP. Also...did you or someone you know submit pictures and/or video to places on the net for word to get around?

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Trees
By Trees (Oct 26, 2011)

I shutter to think how long it took to make this...

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backayonder
By backayonder (Oct 29, 2011)

Groan

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satureyes
By satureyes (Oct 26, 2011)

RAW?

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FodoR
By FodoR (Nov 26, 2011)

It is a RAW camera, dude ;) !
:D

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Oct 26, 2011)

This is magnificent. The man who first swam the English Channel, Captain Matthew Webb, had the words "nothing great is easy" engraved on his headstone, and I can't think of any more appropriate words to describe this... this man-beyond-superman transcendence. Nothing great is easy.

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Rriley
By Rriley (Oct 26, 2011)

cameras seem to get bigger and bigger all the time

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csdotam
By csdotam (Oct 26, 2011)

Um. This is a D5000.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Oct 26, 2011)

Jump the shark.

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Bob Meyer
By Bob Meyer (Oct 26, 2011)

Nothing new here. I went to a halloween party as a camera about 30 years ago. I'll admit this one looks a bit nicer, but it's not a new idea. (And, of course, I didn't have a digital camera and laptop computer in mine.)

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kevinlundoh
By kevinlundoh (Oct 26, 2011)

Dude, this is a fully-functional costume. Not just any costume. So I think it's new. The design maybe not.

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sravpes
By sravpes (Oct 26, 2011)

Will Canon respond?

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Oct 27, 2011)

yes! Instead of a nerd I think that Canon will put a girl inside

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 26, 2011)

The perfect incarnation of a camera freak. Or else a warning of the metamorphosis to inflict people, when consigned to hell, who spent too much time with photography.

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alex
By alex (Oct 26, 2011)

How lame.....

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itsastickup
By itsastickup (Oct 26, 2011)

Best return to bone breaking, teen tricks and funny cat videos on yourtube then.

5 upvotes
scrane
By scrane (Oct 26, 2011)

This story is a waste of timem

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 26, 2011)

Well I'll stay an extra 10 minutes this evening, working on reviews to make up for it. So sorry to have wasted your time.

4 upvotes
jotor
By jotor (Oct 26, 2011)

...and commenting on it wasn't?

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Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Oct 26, 2011)

I like the bit where he makes a cardboard camera.

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Marcel
By Marcel (Oct 26, 2011)

Nikon Promotion Campagne ?

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carsten böttcher
By carsten böttcher (Oct 26, 2011)

Joke #1: Nikon V1, Joke #2: Nikon Costume. What's coming up next?

4 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Oct 27, 2011)

D700 limited edition with 70 colors to choose from

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Taikonaut
By Taikonaut (Oct 26, 2011)

That is the new D800 :)

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Kerry Munroe
By Kerry Munroe (Oct 26, 2011)

Awesome! A lot of fun. Reminds me of college days when we had time to do things we wanted to do! Don't stop Tyler! You have only just started.

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Fraucha
By Fraucha (Oct 26, 2011)

Pretty cool!

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jabakus
By jabakus (Oct 26, 2011)

beautiful and creative !

... Perhaps this is the only way to have the D800 immediately !!

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DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (Oct 26, 2011)

Where does he stick his memory card?

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (Oct 26, 2011)

that aint halloween, thats christmas!

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Chengdu nanhai
By Chengdu nanhai (Oct 26, 2011)

I knew Nikons were made of cardboard!

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TaxiDinner
By TaxiDinner (Oct 26, 2011)

Tyler, you are a genius!

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Tlipp
By Tlipp (Oct 26, 2011)

Looks good but that curly maple interior has got to go!

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Oct 26, 2011)

That is a hellava costume pal! I hope your video goes viral and Nikon should send you a DSLR for the free promotion. Afterall you could have built a Canon Rebel T3i or something. Hope you didn't trash the PC.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Oct 26, 2011)

DPReview should definitely review this camera.

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TomBa1
By TomBa1 (Oct 26, 2011)

I prefer this one:
http://whattheduck.net/strip/68
:-)

4 upvotes
SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Oct 25, 2011)

A :POP: photographer if I ever saw one!

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nativetree
By nativetree (Oct 25, 2011)

A D3 with built-in flash? Nice :)

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Oct 26, 2011)

A D3 with built-in flash, but without a portrait grip, and has a DX lens mounted on it!!!!

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KSQPhotography
By KSQPhotography (Oct 25, 2011)

Pretty creative! I am impressed.

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JackM
By JackM (Oct 25, 2011)

Nerd! ;)

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justinwonnacott
By justinwonnacott (Oct 25, 2011)

THIS is art! Great . . ./

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nikonboi
By nikonboi (Oct 25, 2011)

Brilliant. Loved the way he incorporated the notebook screen into the costume.

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Total comments: 52