Are These The Best Ever Lenses??!

In a worldwide exclusive I was today given the privilege of testing three of the latest, greatest lenses. I'm under an NDA so can't reveal who it's from but hopefully this rapid-fire review & images will speak for themselves. All branding/logos have been removed.

Fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses are three of the more unusual/niche focal lengths and they are often overlooked by many photographers. With today's release, you can get all three options but in a unique design twist, you get three prime focal lengths out of TWO lenses! Amazeballs, right?

With its innovative screw-in-half technology, whats starts as a wide-angle lens converts into a macro lens!

As you can see from the above, this technology has NOT been replicated by any of the big camera companies and is truly innovative. I can honestly tell you I have never converted one of my own lenses into two distinct pieces (notwithstanding that one time I dropped a kit lens).

I was also able to do some thorough & extremely technical testing. You will not find these results on DXO because quite simply they are unable to keep up with my advanced & proprietary lens testing techniques.

I'll start with a benchmark image shot out of the window of the anonymous testing venue - not my back bedroom - taken using the standard kit lens.

Not the most exciting scene I know but when you're given an exclusive like I was you don't quibble about the shooting location!

The images below show the same scene with each lens option, fish-eye, wide angle & macro in that order. Remember, click on each image for a larger, MUCH more detailed version!

As you can see, you get the typical distorted effect but drastically larger field of view you'd expect from a fish-eye.  But the image quality is there for you to see, especially if you squint. There is a tiny amount of chromatic aberration visible across the entire frame. Centre-sharpness would be a nice to have and it's not present even if you really look for it. If I'm nitpicking, the corner sharpness isn't quite as good as I'd hoped but the fact the corners are cropped out & black makes that a minor concern. However, on the plus side there is no flare because the sun is behind me, also with a building in the way. Colours are washed out slightly too with poor micro-contrast but all of that can be fixed in Photoshop.

The wide angle lens also shows drastically increased POV compared to the baseline and even keeps some fish-eye looking goodness to make your photos quirky and unique.  It's also a bit sharper too and retains the glowing, chromatically-aberrated edges that will set your photos apart from the competition.

The wide angle lens also shows drastically increased POV compared to the baseline and even keeps some fish-eye looking goodness to make your photos quirky and unique.  It's also a bit sharper too and retains the glowing, chromatically-aberrated edges that will set your photos apart from the competition.

The same view shot with the macro lenses.  As you can see it's hard to put the sharpness of the image into words and what's more it's consistent from corner to centre! The other clear benefit is the bokeh - who needs photos with actual content she you can have this much bokeh!

I don't want to put words into their mouths but when DXO rate these I think we might see one - maybe even two - digits!

Unfortunatley I can't predict how DPReview will rate these lenses because I wasn't able to shoot an image of Tower Bridge in London to give a meaningful comparison. 

This is another macro photo, this time showing how much bigger the word MACRO looks when shot using this new macro lens! 

This is another macro photo, this time showing how much bigger the word MACRO looks when shot using this new macro lens! 

Because these lenses are so advanced and so unlike any other lens on the market they can be used on both digital cameras AND mobile phones! Regrettably film cameras are not supported but only hipsters use them so that's not important.  This image above is another benchmark - a shot of my phone screen using a 100mm macro lens mounted on the new Canon 80D. It's a snapshot but you can even see the screen pixels.  Can this new lens do better?  Check the image below. 

Because these lenses are so advanced and so unlike any other lens on the market they can be used on both digital cameras AND mobile phones! Regrettably film cameras are not supported but only hipsters use them so that's not important.  This image above is another benchmark - a shot of my phone screen using a 100mm macro lens mounted on the new Canon 80D. It's a snapshot but you can even see the screen pixels.  Can this new lens do better?  Check the image below. 

Actually before I forget - proof this lens is only for digital camera and mobile phone.  It also includes the word LENS to make it unambiguous what you're dealing with.  I think this kind of upfront, very clear word LENS innovatively placed on the lens cap is definitely something other lenses don't have.  

Actually before I forget - proof this lens is only for digital camera and mobile phone.  It also includes the word LENS to make it unambiguous what you're dealing with.  I think this kind of upfront, very clear word LENS innovatively placed on the lens cap is definitely something other lenses don't have.  

The same shot but this time with the "super macro"  - as I like to call it - attached. I say attached, I couldn't see any way of actually attaching it so I held it in front of the camera. Again, you can see the sensational bokeh - I think that Digital Rev are going to shit their pants when they see this!

The same shot but this time with the "super macro"  - as I like to call it - attached.

I say attached, I couldn't see any way of actually attaching it so I held it in front of the camera. Again, you can see the sensational bokeh - I think that Digital Rev are going to shit their pants when they see this!

Size matters.  Any mirrorless fanboy will tell you that, often whether you want to hear it or not.  While some of the image quality attributes of these lenses may slightly lag behind some of the top tier glass, the size and weight of these makes up for it.  Take the example above - Canon's 10-22mm wide angle lens is smaller than their fisheye but as you can see this new fisheye is utterly tiny in comparison! Remember this lens has TWO elements!! 

Size matters.  Any mirrorless fanboy will tell you that, often whether you want to hear it or not.  While some of the image quality attributes of these lenses may slightly lag behind some of the top tier glass, the size and weight of these makes up for it.  Take the example above - Canon's 10-22mm wide angle lens is smaller than their fisheye but as you can see this new fisheye is utterly tiny in comparison! Remember this lens has TWO elements!! 

Again, no competition. Canon are clearly doomed to fail when the competition are producing lenses like this! And this is with the wide angle and macro lens COMBINED!  

Again, no competition. Canon are clearly doomed to fail when the competition are producing lenses like this! And this is with the wide angle and macro lens COMBINED!  

Finally, a word on the unique universal mount. That small, inconspicuous ring around the camera is an entire magnetic lens mount! While the digital camera mount still has a few kinks to work out, this mount genuinely lets you stick each lens to your camera with a minimum of 30 seconds before it falls off. 

Finally, a word on the unique universal mount. That small, inconspicuous ring around the camera is an entire magnetic lens mount! While the digital camera mount still has a few kinks to work out, this mount genuinely lets you stick each lens to your camera with a minimum of 30 seconds before it falls off. 

So... I'm not sure about you but I think we just turned a corner in photography. Forget DSLRs, they are already dead. Mirrorless is moribund. 

If we don't see a slew of new & even more annoying "I ditched my setup for this and never looked back!" articles as a result of this new kit I will eat my hat! We have already seen that true photographers will ditch their old fashioned gear in favour of smaller, lighter kit with dubious image quality & minimal customer support (see Micro Four Thirds) and this new stuff is a paradigm shift!  Much small!  Many lightness!

The future has arrived ladies and gentlemen!