Thanks everyone for the encouragement and constructive comments!
I must say that it means a lot to me for what Alex said about the lens and the photos, from someone who owns so many W/A lenses and has such broad knowledge about photography and optics, and has been judge for so many renowned worldwide competitions. Not to mention having shot and shared so many stunning photos himself. Alex surely gave me much inspiration during our brief meeting in Milan in 2013 discussing future of underwater optics.
After several years of full commitment in underwater lens design I can say that no single one lens is perfect, whether it is Zeiss or Samyang, for land or for underwater. So, this Wet Wide Lens is never meant to be perfect. A good lens design is always a good compromise between cost, size, glasses chosen, complexity and ease of production and quality assurance. I hope I have found a fine and reasonable balance this time.
For some of the questions:
- when used with the RX-100 IV, I had to zoom the camera lens to around 25-26mm equivalent.
- Haven't compared image quality with the Inon lens. I hope someone can do that and tell us what he/she thinks.
- Haven't tried the white balance capability of the camera. All my w/a photos were shot with Magic Filter at sunlight wb and color corrected in post.
- We already tested most versions of Panasonic/Olympus 14-42mm lenses and they all worked with the appropriate ports at all focal lengths.
Had so much fun shooting the new Sony RX-100 IV with our new Wet Wide Lens and the CMC during our Workshop at Club Paraiso, Mactan, Cebu during early August. The image quality with the new sensor of this little camera is just amazing, especially paired with our new lens.
Posted by Edward Lai
on 13 January 2014 - 04:15 AM
We got some time after the New Year for testing the A7 camera briefly in Cebu with the 28-70mm lens, and would like to share some photos here. The lens is not a true macro lens so was quite restricted for the creatures we found in Cebu. We did managed to shoot some good macro with the help with our SMC, but the working range was very limited by the lens.
We have an unique and quite elegant solution for this. Two MP-clamps (we call it Multi-Purpose clamp, shipped with a shackle) and a lanyard with two snaphooks, which can be attached to any housing with two strobe mounting balls. All standard products from our Light Mounting System. We have been carrying rigs as heavy as 10 Kgs with this configuration.
These MP-clamps can hold a strobe mounting ball or YS-style stem instead of the accompanied shackle, for adding more lights to your system.