Macro photography can be super fun. And with the warmer weather being right around the corner, there is no better time to get out there and photograph some beautiful new life than right now. To get better photos though, we recommend that you take a couple of pointers first.
Egami seems to have found new patents from Tamron showing that they’re trying to go after the more affordable APS-C budget friendly crowd. The patents are specifically for a 30mm f2.8 and a 28mm f2.5. We’re not quite sure why they would create two lenses so close in aperture range and focal length. Perhaps they just put in the patent and will only produce one of them. There also isn’t any major indication of whether the lenses will be a 1:1 Macro or something close.
Many macro lenses are already at the f2.8 aperture and if you plan on focusing in the super duper close ranges at that aperture, good luck. You’ll need to stop down heavily in order to get anything in focus at all due to the way that depth of field works.
When we tested the company’s 90mm f2.8 Macro, we were quite impressed with how it performed. Given this, we’re expecting great results from these upcoming lenses when combined with the new 20+ MP sensors that seem to be coming out and good lighting.
As of today, iPhoneographers have one more reason to be happy. Olloclip, maker of photographic lens attachments for the iPhone, has just introduced a new 3-in-1 macro lens featuring 7x, 14x and 21x magnification. Just like Olloclip’s previous products, the new macro lens attaches directly to the iPhone’s top corner where the camera is located, without taking up much space. The lens elements are made out of multi-coated ground glass, which promises high image quality.
Olloclip has had a macro option before, with the original 3-in-1 lens which consisted of a fisheye, wide-angle and a macro lens. The 3-in-1 lens, however, is limited to 10x magnification. Another, even more versatile option is Olloclip’s new 4-in-1 lens, which adds 15x magnification on top of the fisheye, wide-angle and 10x macro.
The 3-in-1 macro lens is available for the iPhone 5/5S and can be pre-ordered now for US-$ 69.99. More information is available on Olloclip’s website. Their products are also available from Amazon.com.
All photos by Sam Dorado. Used with permission.
Sam Dorado is a hobbyist photographer with a knack for tinkering and solving problems. He uses the OMD EM5 and also recently acquired the Body Cap Lens; then he discovered a couple of problems with the lens and modified it to make it better. With that said though, we need to warn you that this isn’t something that everyone should do. But if you’re brave, don’t hold us or Sam responsible.
Earlier this year, Zeiss anounced that a Touit 50mm f2.8 Macro lens for APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras was in the making. Finally, at the Photo Plus Expo 2013 in New York, we had the chance to take a closer look at it. Unfortunately, the lens is still not 100% final, so we weren’t allowed to take any pictures with it yet. We were able to fondle it a bit, and we can already say that it looks and feels absolutely great. And if Zeiss is keeping the same level of quality as we’ve come to know from their other Touit offerings, the 50mm f2.8 is going to be one serious contender on the mirrorless lens market.
Months and months in the making, the Phoblographer staff has been working hard to finish a guide that we’re finally proud to say is ready for release. In the past couple of years, Sigma has stated that they have improve their QC measures in manufacturing lenses and also released the plans for a new vision of their future products. Today, they are separated into Art, Contemporary and Sports. And one of the leading third party manufacturer of lenses, they helped to vanquish the ideology that third party products just aren’t as good as the first party.
And with that in mind, we bring you our guide to Sigma’s Prime Lenses–featuring the entire list of Sigma fixed focal length glass.
Editor’s Note: This guide was not sponsored by Sigma. It was done by the Phoblographer staff with complete Editorial credibility being kept intact. However, before you make a purchase, we recommend that you give them a try first. And we recommend no one else but BorrowLenses.