Commissioned by Pope Benedict XVI, the ‘Vati-Cam’ comes in an all-white body with matching strap, and an extra-large lens for peering into the bedrooms of suspected apostates.

I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that a GA who assumed we’d be fooled by such an obvious scale gaffe would also assume we would not notice an oval-shaped lens, either.  Note how this oversized lens partially covers both the flash lens and lens release button. That, plus the lack of drop shadow against the white body, are dead giveaways.
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Thanks to everyone who sent this in!  You can see the original on Engadget

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  • http://twitter.com/khendar khendar

    Actually it might not be as bad as it appears:


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ariel-Alejandro-Castro-Olguin/100000767641055 Ariel Alejandro Castro Olguin

       It is phothoshoped… or… don’t you notice how the front button appears in half in the PSD image?? in your photo that button is full.

      • sacke

        I have seen cameras where the release button itself is the one keeing the lens in place, thus seemingly covered.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ariel-Alejandro-Castro-Olguin/100000767641055 Ariel Alejandro Castro Olguin

           yeah… but in this (has you can see on khendar’s photo) it shouldnt.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=184101241&ref=tn_tnmn Arec Barrwin

            It looks like someone just took out the piece of the lens that attaches to the body.

  • Sean Bonner

    Sorry, but that’s not a shop, nor is that a flash it’s covering. This is a Rangefinder and that window just let’s light into the viewing window. That is a crazy famous lens and it’s true to size here, it curves in on the end to mount. You can see it from another angle here:


  • teleromeo

    At least the reflection seems to be ok …

  • S. Bevan

    I fail to see why this post warrants such an obviously anti-Catholic bias. Unless you have a theological statement, stick to critiques of PSD work. Your ignorance, or perhaps simply a prejudicial sense of humor, is not appreciated by this Catholic.

    • MD

      This former Catholic thinks it’s hilarious, though.

      • RD

        This former one still thinks it’s in poor taste.

    • sacke

      Catholics are ridiculous. Period.

      Orthodox, on the other hand…

    • Yo_momma

       Ricky Santorum thinks you are cool.

    • Waldobaby

       If  god doesn’t have a sense of humor, then what good is heaven anyway? I bet god can take it; I bet the dude’s got a pretty thick skin.

    • Bargonzo

       Jesus DID have a sense of humour. If you can’t joke about your religion, you’re not worthy following it.

  • Ben

    There’s an image of the original (non-white) version taken from a similar angle on Engadget, but of course that has a different (more normal-sized) lens.

    Taking that into account with the above photos of the real thing, it’s probably a pseudo-disaster in that the lens really is that big: the main effect used in the publicity shot appears to be a soft focus effect to give the metal parts a more muted / matt appearance.

  • Bev

    This photo would be vastly improved by a tiny disembodied thumb.  Amirite?

  • Kelly Bailey

    Came here to point out that it is not a PSD, but a couple of others have pointed out the obvious.

  • http://profiles.google.com/hteasley Harry Teasley

    This is not a bad photoshop, save that someone scaled it non-uniformly. The lens tapers at the back, side view here: 
    http://us.leica-camera.com/assets/gallery/4459.jpg . You’re assuming the lens meets the body where you see the edge of the aperture scale ring: you’re wrong.

    It is not covering the lens release button, and the degree to which it frontally obscures the frameline illumination window (not a flash) is immaterial and not a flaw or evidence of bad photoshopping.

    • http://profiles.google.com/hteasley Harry Teasley

      Interesting to note that PsD’s thumbnailing feature distorts linked images in a manner similar to the problem in the complained-about photo. Awesome.

  • Ralph McTell
  • Gammu

    Not a PSD, just an oddly focused photo taken at an awkward angle making the lens appear improbably oversized.

    In other news, a $32,000 camera doesn’t make you a competent photographer.

    • Bargonzo

       It’s not the lens that’s the problem, it’s the release button.

      • Bargonzo

         Umm sorry, didn’t read the rest of the thread. The shadows at the top of the Lens, however, look still wrong.