Gespottet: Tesla Cybertruck & bahnbrechendes Objektiv | Wunderland-Update #21 | Miniatur Wunderland
Hello and welcome from
to a new
update today with very special topics: The first topic is electromobility, we have been planning to bring more electric cars to the site for a long time, but they don't exist, so we have to build yourself. Gerrit, Stefan and I have been driving electric cars for a long time, but we have far too few here. And topic number two is a new camera lens, which to be honest was actually built almost exclusively for the wonderland, because we've been looking for a lens like this for a long time that takes great pictures, but the best thing to do is find yourself!
I'm standing here in the middle of the America section and our cyber truck has finally been driving here since Monday - at least if it doesn't have range problems. It's like a real electric car - it needs to be charged from time to time. So not always on the go. And why it took two years to get it on the road, even though it's actually been under construction for two years - that's what Axel tells you. When
Tesla introduced the so-called "Cyber Truck" three years ago - an all-electric pickup truck - our team loved the design.
We said we have to put that thing on our territory. When building the model, we looked at a few concept drawings and then decided on this variant. For the very special reason that we can install the power pack in the trailer, it would not have fitted into the actual model. And in the end we're quite happy with that. Of course we wanted to wait until the original came out. But it was delayed many times. Now we've heard that the launch is planned for the end of 2023. We don't want to wait that long, we want to get it out and let it cruise through Wonderland!
Similar to the Elbphilharmonie, which was three years ahead of its original counterpart. Well, now I just have to solder a little thing, assemble it, take a test drive on our test track... and then it's upstairs and I have to explain to the colleagues at the control center how the vehicle is charged. In this case it is special because the car has no mirrors. That means we'll have to connect it directly to the battery with an alligator clip, but that's not a problem. Now I noticed a broken bottom LED. I have to replace it. You may be wondering what the purpose is.
It takes care of reporting the vehicle's battery level to the system. We have installed infrared receivers in the roads at certain points and over time the individual vehicles will be asked whether their battery is empty or almost empty. If so, to turn on the floor LED. The vehicle drives past the infrared LED and triggers a signal which is then forwarded to the program and the program then sends the vehicle to the charging station. "Philipp, wasn't Elon Musk behind the wheel?" - "He shot himself to Mars with a catapult seat, didn't he?" Yes, finally he drives through America!
We also have really great pictures, find them on Instagram, TikTok or on Twitter. Not long, but really nice shots - see for yourself! But now for this funny thing: "A regular camera lens," you think. Not correct! We've been waiting for this for a long time. Now we can finally look around the corner! For example, we can walk into the alley here at St. Peter's Basilica and look around the corner. These are very different shots! We can now see behind things, which we couldn't do before with the camera. We're practicing right now, you can see the first shots, but it's getting better and better.
In the future we will be making fantastic shots with it! Here I have the second generation "Probe Lens" from Laowa - the so-called "Periprobe". The special thing is that it has a modular structure. You have a module that allows you to look straight ahead and a module that allows you to look 90 degrees around corners. That helps us a lot, because now we can finally come around the corner, behind houses or forests, whatever, and on the other side we finally get back on the ground if we somehow want to drive along the street in street canyons. This makes everything look even more realistic and gives us completely different perspectives compared to the first generation.
Another advantage of this lens is that it is waterproof. This is perfect for our Scandinavian tank where we have 30,000 liters of real water and now we can film all the underwater world, take a look at the ships from below which gives you totally different perspectives that we couldn't show before. However, one must always keep in mind that this lens does not capture much light. It has an aperture of 14-40, compared to the lens we're currently using for our shots, which has an aperture of 2.8-22. This simply means that you need either extra light or a very light-sensitive camera to produce well-exposed images.
The lens itself has an LED array on the front, which can be connected via USB and operated with a power bank, for example. The lens is a macro lens with a focal length of 24 millimeters. The advantage of this is that you can get very close and still have a relatively wide-angle view, which means you also have a focus range of just over those two millimeters if you were to do it with a normal macro lens. It just gives a whole different sense of reality when you look at the footage here on the site. We did that with the first generation for the beauty shots of Rio de Janeiro and the world from above (on our bridge), but we haven't had a chance to look around the corner yet.
But we set up a light that then mimicked the sun and it just gave a whole different sense of realism. Now we had the opportunity to try it again with this lens. We've been to Rio de Janeiro, but we've also been to the rest of the area and you can see these shots now! Those are really cool shots and we're full of ideas of what we can still do, where we can look behind the area, behind buildings or something. Maybe you can write your ideas in the comments? What ideas do you have? Where should the camera look?
Yes do it! Well, now you have a few last shots. For me it's time to say goodbye, that's it for today with the Wonderland
update. Enjoy the last days of summer and take care, see you!