This is a very interesting and innovative lens. I had similar perspecive results when I attached a fisheye converter in front of a wide 30mm macro lens:http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2014/08/sel30f35-vcl-ecf1-lens-combo.html
But this one was really designed for wide angle macro.
pkosewski: What happens here is Sony finally succeeds to become the "Apple of something".They wanted to become the "Apple of PCs", "Apple of notebooks" and "Apple of smartphones", but it never worked because the actual Apple was already there.
I's all the same. Nice design, nice features, high prices.We can already see reviewers just melting when they talk about Sony's cameras - some sponsored and some hopefully honest (I'm sure DPR is the latter).
I'm almost sure that if Canon released a $3000 body without weather sealing and with this kind of ergonomics they would be bashed in reviews (even if it was as advanced as a7RII). I'm pretty sure Sony a7 won't be, because - as some say - this is a camera for different people and different needs. But the same people often add that this camera will replace SLT and SLR.Logic horror. :/
And all this hype results in Sony still NOT making a robust MILC. It's not that hard to put this sensor and mount into A77 body (sans mirror). So where is it...? :/
Ugly soap box design. No grip. Overpriced.
Finally an interesting macro flash product!
massimogori: For a moment I thought it was crap, then saw it is on Kickstarter and found myself relieved.
Seriously, there are thousand of producers of useful accessories that DO EXIST on the market ant that YOU CAN ACTUALLY BUY AND TEST. Still Dpreview prefers to keep an eye on Kickstarter, which demonstrated to be mainly a trap for unsavvy enthusiasts.
Most of the time a single flash with a softbox does the job.the fiber optic kit from elinchrome is an option:http://www.elinchrom.com/light_shapers/special-effect-lights.htmlbut it's not really mobile.You can try the DIY route. I can do easily f22 at iso 200 with my systems (when the arms are close enough to the subject.
Promaster has a similar system.
Nikolausz: I've been making such things for couple of years and document many things on my blog:
What I can conclude from my experience is that this LED based system will be OK only for tripod home-studio photography. For real macro (hand-held), you need a short duration but huge amount of light (flash). The optical fibers "eat" the light big time. Adding diffusers, modifiers as well.
The main problem is your handshake. You need extra short impulse of flashlight to freeze this small movements, which kills your resolution. For tripod photography it would be OK.Sometimes I have such problems even with my systems.
Olympus has one for 50 USDhttp://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755142-REG/Olympus_260547_Macro_Arm_Light_MAL_1.html
Sure, sorry if I was not clear on that (actually that's why I call my blog fiberstrobe, the fiber referrs to the fiber optics).
You don't need such high-tech FabLab!You can buy such bending tubes from the shelf (loc-line ariana etc).It's designed for aiming high pressure drilling fluids for industrial applications and it has high quality (I would say a bit overkill for photography, but surely sturdy enough)
I've been making such things for couple of years and document many things on my blog:
Nikolausz: Sony a600 should be the winner here. OK, It's won the mid-range category hands down but it would be also contender here.
I'm not a whiner, I've just stated my opinion. The grouping was wrong IMHO. Why to have two sonys in the lower category and none here? Based on the specs the samsung might be a better camera, and I don't really care the finalist much. On the web I can find places where sony is winner (e.g. bythom) I also don't care much.However, regardless of the final placing, the a6000 should be in this category according to its specs. (consider that the nikon 1 V3 is also here)
Sony a600 should be the winner here. OK, It's won the mid-range category hands down but it would be also contender here.
Nikolausz: This a sad tendency in my country (I left 10 years ago and probably won't move back). This is just another part of the antidemocratic movement of the Orban regime.
Have you recently watched TV (M1-M2) our listened state radio? Have you got anything else than governmental propaganda?? Read free internet resources and you will see where the problem is.
The new underwater speedlight seems to be a re-badged Sea&Sea YS-D1. I'm curios how much more it will cost as nikon design.
This a sad tendency in my country (I left 10 years ago and probably won't move back). This is just another part of the antidemocratic movement of the Orban regime.
Nuno Souto: Have any of the reviewers of these "underwater" cameras actually tried to change a setting while underwater? It's virtually impossible to read anything on a lcd screen while diving. That goes for just about all the "underwater" cameras I've tried so far. And of course, I've tried them underwater. Not in a hotel room...
Try a scuba diving mask.
Boerseuntjie: for that price why would jou get an underwater housing for the Sony NEX-6 at $1600http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/02/15/Nauticam-introduces-NANEX6-underwater-housing-for-Sony-NEX6
For 100 Euro/USD you can get a cheap but compact housing for nex-5:http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3526653
Nikonos reborn? Not really.It's not for scuba divers. Depth rate is only 15-20 m and there is no real wide-angle or macro option.Can be good for snorkeling or other outdoor activities.