Interesting lens... I've been wanting a wide angle macro for a while, but this really takes it to another level. It does shift too, although personally I think tilt would have been more useful to control DoF in a macro scenario. MFD 0.47cm! You could practically stack a couple of filters on it and rest the subject on that!
As a poor man's alternative, could you just use an extension ring on a non-macro wide angle? Of course, you will lose infinity focus, and I suspect the small extensions needed may not be easily provided with off the shelf ones.
I don't know my snakes but there's plenty of non-venomous ones too.
<a class="bbc_url" href="http://snowporing.deviantart.com/">dA</a> Canon 7D2, 7D, 5D2, 600D, 450D, 300D IR modified, 1D, EF-S 10-18, 15-85, EF 35/2, 85/1.8, 135/2, 70-300L, 100-400L, MP-E65, Zeiss 2/50, Sigma 150 macro, 120-300/2.8, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Olympus E-P1, Panasonic 20/1.7, Sony HX9V, Fuji X100.
To me it seems as if the shift function is a little hotter than the macro option.
06-24-2015, 05:36 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-24-2015, 06:03 AM by Brightcolours.)
The video does not show anywhere near 15mm. The images show close ups and nothing near 1:1... And it does not seem to be 15mm on FF there either? I doubt that 1:1 is even possible, maybe the lens has rather extreme narrowing of FOV at MFD? The lens is about the same length as the Tokina 12-24mm f4 DX, and with that lens and 12mm extension tube at 24mm and MFD the subject touches the lens and is not near 1:1.
The shift function will serve me well in APS-C, that's still 22.5 mm and pretty wide. On the Photo Rumors site this is also confirmed. My other concern is, how do I bring enough light between lens and subject and how to focus on ground level? I think I will have to use CamRanger more oftem. IQ-wise I don't expect miracles but the sample pictures were not too bad. Although I didn't find any EXIF data within the JPGs, but perspective and angle appeared to look believable.
Anyway, I like a bug's perspective and am looking forward to it. I don't expect more performance than a lensbaby would deliver.
No, min. working distance is 0.47 cm (4.7 mm).