New Lens for macro

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by kanasgowatom, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. kanasgowatom

    kanasgowatom Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 11, 2011
    I just saw an ad for a Yasuhara macro lens for Olympus MU 4/3rd's and other cameras. This lens, with it's built in macro lights and image quality seems to good to be true at $499.00. Has anyone heard of this lens? It is for sale at B&H, I read of this lens on the Photography Bay Newsletter.
     
  2. slith

    slith Mu-43 Regular

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    Alfonso
  3. kanasgowatom

    kanasgowatom Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 11, 2011
    That is exactly the lens I mentioned. Seems well received. Thank you for the link.
     
  4. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    Fred
    This is a very specialized lens. It only focuses from 4x to 5x magnification. It's more like a low power microscope attached to the camera. It seems to produce nice sharp images if that's the magnification range you need.

    Fred
     
  5. kanasgowatom

    kanasgowatom Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 11, 2011
    Thank you, Fred.







    Kanasgowatom
     
  6. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    IMO it lacks sharpness, and generally sucks at macro. Novel concept, but poor implementation.
     
  7. CUB

    CUB Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 19, 2012

    In your opinion? Have you tested one personally, or are you basing your opinion on the review that was linked to?

    Mr Yasuhara has a very good track record. Just over a decade ago he designed two 35mm rangefinder cameras, one with a fixed lens and the other with interchangeable lenses using the Leica screw mount. A few thousand were made and cameras and lenses were highly rated. At the time, he was hailed as the youngest ever designer of a rangefinder camera.

    I have read another review of the new macro lens which rated it very highly for resolution and contrast plus an almost complete lack of distortion and CA. While it is obviously a highly specialised lens, there is certainly a niche for it. If I can find the review again, I will post a link.
     
  8. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Obviously my opinion. That's what IMO means. I'm basing my opinion on the photos posted by the manufacturer and by other reviews a year ago when this lens was first introduced. The enlarging lenses I use for my macro work produce much sharper images. Why does it matter what my opinion is? Kinda the point of stating a personal opinion.

    Irrelevant. I said nothing about Mr Yasuhara, and I have no idea who he is. Doesn't matter to me what he may have done in the past. Doesn't change my opinion of the quality of the images produced by this lens.

    Also irrelevant. Reviews are like, well, you know. I don't put much weight behind reviews, but reserve the right to form my own opinion based on the information posted.