Nikolausz

Nikolausz

Lives in Germany Leipzig, Germany
Joined on May 10, 2006

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I like wider angle macro fotography. I also use frequently my 30mm sony macro lens. Such affordable macro lenses are welcomed to any system.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 11:57 UTC as 52nd comment
On article Sony a6300 gallery updated with Raw conversions (137 comments in total)
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Mister Joseph: The e-mount 10-18 f4 is pretty good though, especially with the small form factor of the body and the nice tilting screen.

Photozone is a joke.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 07:53 UTC
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Mister Roboto: Too expensive, I am using a Generic 8mm f/3.8 Fisheye lens that I bought for 60 bucks.

Many fisheye lens has good close-up capability but the they're far from macro. The closer part of the text in your photo is not sharp and the background is not blurred. The same picture with the Laova lens would be completely different. I played a lot with various wide angle close-up options:
http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2015/09/freelensing-versus-30mm-macro-with.html

http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2014/09/put-sel30m35-lens-into-perspective.html

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
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Mister Roboto: Too expensive, I am using a Generic 8mm f/3.8 Fisheye lens that I bought for 60 bucks.

a) why couldn't you use an extension tube?
The extension tube for a fisheye or extreme wide angle must be very thin (1-2mm) otherwise it would focus inside the lens, but it's a good way (below I wrote about a freelensing technique, which has actually the same effect)
b) why would you want to?
For such pictures:
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4907250161/photos/3316712/mycena-sp08

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
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Mister Roboto: Too expensive, I am using a Generic 8mm f/3.8 Fisheye lens that I bought for 60 bucks.

Can you do wide angle macro with it? Probably not.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 18:41 UTC

Thomas Shahan was mentioned in this article, so I think it's OK to link his youtube review about this lens:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZcYXUMkhek
Worth to watch

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 16:23 UTC as 44th comment
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Kamox: In the rare cases I need strong macro, i use an inversion ring.
Cheap and effective.

It's a special lens. I also have a reverse ring, 3 macro lenses, achromate lenses, tubes but I still consider to buy this one. If you need this special effect, $500 is not that much. If not, of course, a reverse ring might do the job.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
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Kamox: In the rare cases I need strong macro, i use an inversion ring.
Cheap and effective.

It's not just strong macro but wide angle macro. Simple inversing a lens will never give this perspective.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 15:29 UTC

It's not just strong macro but wide angle macro. Simple inversing a lens will never give this perspective.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 15:28 UTC as 51st comment

I think it's quite a unique lens and in the hands of an expert it can achieve excellent results. However, it's not for everybody and most of the photographers would produce mainly crap with it.
A similar result can be achieved by freelensing, holding a wide angle lens few mm away from the camera:
http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2015/09/freelensing.html
You may check first whith this approach whether this kind of wide angle close-up photography is for you or not.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 13:48 UTC as 59th comment
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joe_leads: Hey Sony, if you are at it: I'd like to have a proper on-camera AF assist light for better AF in low light. Not the one that is integrated into my camera, because it is hidden by the lens most of the time, and not integrated in a flash, because I want to use it with my studio flash. Can you do that?

Sony had previously a hologram laser pattern focusing aid. My friend praised it.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 07:50 UTC

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

http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2014/08/praying-mantis.html

But this one was really designed for wide angle macro.

Cool.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 20:35 UTC as 49th comment
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1085 comments in total)
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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...? :/

Playstation??

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 06:35 UTC
On article Das ist Gut: Hands-on with the Leica Q (63 comments in total)

Ugly soap box design. No grip. Overpriced.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:17 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

Finally an interesting macro flash product!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 10:28 UTC as 5th comment
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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.html
but 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.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 13:44 UTC
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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.

Promaster has a similar system.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Promaster-LED-Macro-Arm-Light-/251181682800?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7b985070

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:34 UTC
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Nikolausz: I've been making such things for couple of years and document many things on my blog:

http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2012/06/flexible-hoses.html

http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2012/07/twin-flash-adapter-step-by-step.html

http://strobist.blogspot.de/2011/03/if-you-cut-one-light-off-three-more.html

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.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:32 UTC
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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.

Olympus has one for 50 USD
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755142-REG/Olympus_260547_Macro_Arm_Light_MAL_1.html

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:29 UTC
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Nikolausz: I've been making such things for couple of years and document many things on my blog:

http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2012/06/flexible-hoses.html

http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2012/07/twin-flash-adapter-step-by-step.html

http://strobist.blogspot.de/2011/03/if-you-cut-one-light-off-three-more.html

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.

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).

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 05:04 UTC
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