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.
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.
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!