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!”
In keeping with all things quirky, Lomography is announcing today a couple of new lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Specifically there are three lenses: a fisheye, a 12mm f8 and a 24mm f8. Due to the small aperture, we’re going to assume that these lenses are also made from plastic.
The official name for all three lenses in a bundle together is called the Experimental Exposure kit. According to their press release, “The Experimental Lens Kit is the first lens kit in the world which allows you to take optical multiple exposures using a digital camera. By using the built-in mechanic N/B shutter on each lens, you can take multiple exposures with ease (without having to merge photos together using post-production techniques).” Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras have had a multiple exposure setting for a while built into them, but we’re intrigued as to how the kit works.
Even more quirky are the color filters that they’re adding which seemingly place a gel in the lens.
Wide-angle photography is one of the master disciplines of photography. It’s not something you just do, it’s something that needs a lot of thought, as proper composition is crucial in wide-angle photography. And just like mastering the artistical aspect of it, the construction of a great wide-angle lens is anything but a routine job for a lens designer. In order to honor some of the greatest achievements in the history of wide-angle lens design, here’s The Phoblographer’s list of the top five most extreme wide-angle lenses ever built.
Circular fisheye lenses are a rare breed in general, there just aren’t that many of them out there. These types of lenses are highly specialized and as such, not everyone is going to have a use for them, but for those that do, this is a reasonably viable option for creating some pretty wild images. I had a chance to spend a few weeks with this lens which presented a whole new set of challenges for me.
Head on past the break for our full review of the Sigma 8mm f3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye (whew, that’s a mouthful!).
What? $100k for a fisheye lens? Well, yeah. But not just some fisheye lens. The fisheye lens. Because when it comes to fisheye lenses, there’s nothing that’ll top this beast. What we’re talking about is the exceedingly rare Nikon 6mm f2.8 Ai lens. What makes this lens so special is no so much its scarcity, but the fact that its angle of view is 220°. Yes, 220°. This lens actually sees what’s behind it. At the same time, the aperture is moderately fast at f2.8. Of course, that means a lot of glass, especially for the front element–which is really, really huge on this lens. Who would ever use a lens like that? We have no idea. But if you’ve got money to spend and are into collecting rare stuff, here’s your chance: there’s currently one for sale on eBay, for the above-mentioned bargain price of US-$ 100k.
If you want more info on the Nikon 6mm f2.8 Ai, here’s an article about the lens over at Japan Camera Hunter. Also, past the break, you can find an unboxing video from a guy who bought one. [click to continue…]