Lensbaby has been creating lenses for DSLRs and many mirrorless camera systems for a while now, but today they’re announcing that their higher end lenses will be available for Fujifilm X series users. This includes the Composer Pro with Sweet 35 optic, Sweet 50 Optic, Circular Fisheye and Velvet 56 Portrait lens. Of all of these, we’re most excited about the portrait lens due to the fact that Fujifilm is lacking a bit there in terms of what’s available to users. Considering how soft these lenses are wide open, you’re going to want to stop them down to take full advantage of what the X Trans sensor is capable of doing.
Fujifilm cameras also have focus peaking, and that makes manually focusing with these lenses easier especially when you combine this with the APS-C sensor. At a given aperture, more will be in focus as opposed to with a full frame sensor.
Of course, the lenses won’t have AF communication chips, so it will be just like shooting an adapted lens except that you don’t need to use an adapter.
Prices for each lens will be the same, and availability is immediate at your favorite photo retailer.
All images by Sam McGuire. Used with permission
Sam McGuire grew up very punk rock. Those origins influenced his love of skating until later on he embraced his creative side to combine it with photography. Today, he shoots and does loads of tutorial videos for a living. Though skaters are only part of his portfolio, they’re a major passion of his that stems from his roots in Iowa. Sam’s dedication stated while he was young and lead to his learning lighting, composition, and marketing your images.
Along the way, he’s taken quite a few bumps. But he always got back up smiling.
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Ever wondered what the world would look like through the eyes of a fish? If you have, and even if you haven’t, the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 II fisheye lens is here to satisfy that curiosity. With 180-degree field of view and a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 12mm, Rokinon’s lens is here to satisfy special purposes and give Go-Pro users an alternative. Like all of Rokinon’s offerings, it has an aperture ring and large focusing ring, giving you considerable control of the glass. And like all of the company’s offerings, the lens is a fully manual focus offering. [click to continue…]
It’s been a while since Lensbaby announced anything new; but now it seems like they’re going for the extreme end of things–and by that we mean extremely wide. The company announced a brand new 5.8mm f3.5 fisheye lens for APS-C Canon and Nikon DSLRs. However, it can be used on full frame DSLRs too. In terms of design, the lens looks like an old Nikon optic. The 5.8mm f3.5 has a fully manual aperture ring, manual focus, and something totally different too! This lens isn’t compatible with the Optic Swap system–and that sort of makes sense. The Optic Swap system is supposed to allow users to swap optics on their camera and tilt-shift their lenses. But the benefits of tilt-shift is some glorious bokeh. Unfortunately, you can’t really get any bokeh with something this wide.
We’re in the process of calling one in for review, but in the meantime you can pick one up from Adorama for $299.95.
Image by Bernard Dery. Used with permission
Bernard Déry sent us a link to a 360 panoramic image shot with the Sony A7r and a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens. The stitching is of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal at Place d’Armes. When you click the link and zoom in on the details, you’ll see that the sensor and lens are capable of doing something quite remarkable together. Bernard has pointed out that at the current moment, no Canon sensor in a camera currently on the market is currently capable of resolving 36MP; though the A7r surely can do so while using Canon glass.
Head on over to this link to check out the image in its full glory.
Japanese optics manufacturer Toda Seiko has announced a new 12mm f7.4 diagonal fisheye lens for both the Fuji X-system as well as Sony’s NEX cameras. The lens has both a fixed aperture and fixed focus, with everything inbetween 20″ and infinity being approximately in focus. So while specs-wise this lens isn’t really special, what might make this lens interesting to some is the fact that it’s actually made in Japan–and not it China, Taiwan, Thailand or elsewhere.
Back in the good old days of film SLRs, the “Made in Japan” branding hat quite a significance in the photographic world; today, one rarely sees it printed onto products. Is that a reason to buy this lens, though? Probably not. While it does have multi-coated lenses, its specs really don’t make it very desirable, especially considering that there are alternatives such as the Samyang (Rokinon) 8mm f/2.8 fisheye lens.
Still, it’s always good to have choice. So if this lens speaks to you, it can be yours for JPY 25,000–about US-$ 245. Not quite a steal, but hey, it says “Made in Japan!”
Via Imaging Resource