Tag Archives: Optical Equipment

This Fisheye Lens Is So Freaking Wide That It Can See Behind Itself

This is a fisheye lens built by founder of Lensrentals, Roger Cicala. It is not just any fisheye lens. It is a hyper fisheye lens. Why hyper? Because it is so freaking wide that it can see behind itself. Well, that kind of make it a 360 camera, doesn’t it? That said, can you still call it ‘fisheye’? I mean, I am just throwing out there, you know. Anywho, Cicala built it the prototype 4.9 mm f3.5 hyperfisheye lens from scratch and he is sharing how he did it. Continue reading This Fisheye Lens Is So Freaking Wide That It Can See Behind Itself

Photographer Proved That Iceberg Ice Can Focus Light To Capture Images

Camera lenses are made of glass, or in the case of some low-fi imaging devices, plastic. Whether it is of glass or plastic, they both have one thing in common: a clear, transparent material that allows light to be focused. We didn’t think other than those materials, there are anything else that could do the job, until now. What you see here is a camera lens that has optics made out of ice from an iceberg. Out of curiosity, photographer Mathieu Stern decided to experiment if ice could focus light and took six months to realize a working iceberg camera lens. Continue reading Photographer Proved That Iceberg Ice Can Focus Light To Capture Images

The Weirdest Macro Lens Is Now A Thing Money Can Buy

Remember the weird macro lens we saw last year Venus Optics’ Laowa? You know, the lens that sport a long and narrow barrel that resembles that of a rifle? Yeah, that. Well, it is now a thing money can buy. Venus Optics is calling the Laowa 24 mm f/14 Probe Lens “the weirdest, but the most genius macro lens ever.” Well, I am not a photographer enough to be a judge of whether if it is indeed a genius, but it sure is weird alright and I do not need to tell you why. Continue reading The Weirdest Macro Lens Is Now A Thing Money Can Buy

PolarPro Sets New Bar For Light Transmission With New Lens Filters

Shooting pro-level kind of images is not by accident. You will need to know how to work a camera and sometimes, you need a little help from filters. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. The fact that smartphone makers are fervently pursuing the filter route by the way of software should offer a hint of how filters can vastly alter the quality of images. But you can’t really do the same with DSLR, mirrorless and cinematic cameras. Granted, you can add the magic during post production, but if you are seeking for ultimate in light transmission and clarity right there and then, there is the PolarPro QuartzLine line of lens filters that will do the job. Continue reading PolarPro Sets New Bar For Light Transmission With New Lens Filters

This $25 Accessory Uses A 3-Lens System To Let You Dive Into The Micro World

These days, our phones are capable of so much more; sometimes, all it needs is a helping hand from an accessory and/or an app. The 60x Clip-on Phone Field Microscope, a STEM Engagement Venture of South Australia-based Sensibility Pty Ltd., is one such accessory. Clip-on microscope for smartphone isn’t new, however, what makes this super affordable microscope stands out from its competitions is that it uses a multiple-lens system to afford a crisp, magnified image with less distortion and chromatic aberration over the single lens or bead variety. Continue reading This $25 Accessory Uses A 3-Lens System To Let You Dive Into The Micro World

olloclip’s Mobile Videography Kit Comes A Sleek Case From Incase

If you are into videography with your smartphone, then must be a believer in add-on optics and articulated mobile grip. If so, here’s something from olloclip and Incase which you may want to ponder about. In a press release dated July 17, olloclip, maker of add-on optics for smartphone, announced a collaborative effort with Incase that will have your mobile videography covered. Called olloclip x Incase Limited Edition Filmer’s Kit, it boasts olloclip Core Lens Set for iPhone 7/7 Plus, featuring multi-element Fisheye, Super-Wide and Macro 15x lenses, olloclip Active Lens Set for iPhone 7/7 Plus that comes with multi-element Telephoto and Ultra-Wide lenses, and a olloclip Pivot articulating mobile video grip for a more stable videography experience. Continue reading olloclip’s Mobile Videography Kit Comes A Sleek Case From Incase

This Lens Will Turn Any DSLR Into One That Captures 360-Degree Video

When it comes to 360-degree videoing, you will have to ditch your beloved DSLR for something a lot more dedicated, but a startup called Sphere Optics Company is here to change that. With the company’s (sphere) 360-degree Lens, you can turn your trusty DSLR into one that captures breathtaking 360-degree video with 180-degree field of view vertically. Billed as the first and only single camera full-spherical video capture solution for VR, (sphere) (it’s ‘sphere’ stylized with brackets) negates the need for multi-camera setups and more delightfully, dispense with the need for stitching software when recording 360-degree footages. Continue reading This Lens Will Turn Any DSLR Into One That Captures 360-Degree Video

olloclip Lenses For iPhone 7 Have Similar Perspectives As DSLR Cameras

Since the launch of the iPhone 7, there have been praises about its new camera system (well, mostly), but as always, the stock lens may not be the cuppa for really, really serious iPhonegraphers and this is where olloclip Lens Sets for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus aims to address. Altogether, the new olloclip Lens Sets for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offers three lens sets to suit different iPhonegraphy style: Core, Active and Macro Pro. Whichever you choose, each set will come with the new Connect interchangeable lens system, as well as an innovative hinged lens base that keeps the optic flushed with the device’s camera while not impeding on the use of most screen protectors. Continue reading olloclip Lenses For iPhone 7 Have Similar Perspectives As DSLR Cameras

Venus Optics Has The Weirdest Macro Lens That’s Smaller Than Your Pinky

It doesn’t take a photography enthusiast to know what a camera lens looks like, but this one lens from Venus Optics will surely leave even an enthusiast bewildered. Venus Optics has no doubt broke the lens design convention with Laowa 24mm f/14 Replay 2x Macro Lens. As you can see, this macro is no doubt a little on the weird on of the scale as far as optics are concerned. On one end, it has a regular Nikon and Canon-friendly mount, but that’s as normal as it gets. Beyond the mount, the lens seems to go on a telescopic path, thinning off (in diameter) towards the lens end like Continue reading Venus Optics Has The Weirdest Macro Lens That’s Smaller Than Your Pinky

Shot Wants to Bless Your iPhone with Immersive Virtual Reality, Usable with Google Cardboard

As far as immersive virtual reality is concerned, iPhone is lacking behind its Android counterpart, but if Spanish outfit Shot have their way, iPhone 6/s and iPhone 6/s Plus users can say goodbye to envy and get into the whole immersive photography and videography thing. Shot consists of two parts, a lens attachment and a companion app. The real magic weighs heavily on the software, which looks to have an Instagram-ish feel to it. The app is, first and foremost, responsible for piecing together the captured still or video to enable tilt viewing, VR experience. Continue reading Shot Wants to Bless Your iPhone with Immersive Virtual Reality, Usable with Google Cardboard