Nanoha lens preorders! SLRmagic Poll.

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Yasuhara didn’t manage to find any supplier in in oversea countries. And that’s why they decided to deliver the Nanoha lens directly to the users. You can preorder the lens directly at Yasuhara.co.jp. The current price is 479.50 USD. The shipping cost is not included in it. This price may be revised. Reminder: he Nanonha is a macro lens for m43 with 5x magnification. On Nonoha’s website you can find a description written in English: “The magnification is much more than ordinary macro lens. The magnification is up to x5. It means 1 pixel on the picture is about 1 micrometer on the shooting target. With NANOHA, you can find small wonders easily without using microscopes. And we added some patented features for your good shooting.” Yasuhara made some really nice lenses in the past like the MC 50mm/f2.8 (Click here to see that lens on eBay). The company went bankrupt or something around 2004 I think, and this is new starting project.

In the meanwhile we heard that the SLRmagic 50mm f/0.95 fullframe and high quality lens is under development and that there are three focusing options. I am now curious to hear what kind of focusing mode you would chose:

What kind of focus ring do you like?

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Explanation: Scalloped focus ring is the one used by the Nokton f/0.95 (Click here to see it on ebay). Focs Tab is what for example the Leica Summicron uses (Click here to see it on ebay). Regular barrel is what Zeiss lenses use (Click here to see it on ebay).

 

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  • Thyl

    Since I have the funny feeling that this lens will be used mostly for video, I suggest whatever focus ring is used, it also be provided with a cine-style gear ring, i.e. 0.8 Module, for use with focus pullers.

    • deniz

      its a fixed focus lens

      • flash

        It is not a fixed focus (it has a focus ring), but a fixed focus distance. The focus ring changes the magnification. http://www.yasuhara.co.jp/nanoha/use-e.html It looks intriguing.

        I think a bit of information is hard to understand due to the translation.

  • BigQ

    re the Nanoha:

    Why haven’t they attracted a distributor?

    Is the lens likely to be contaminated with radioactivity? Not kidding; does anyone know?

  • http://www.43rumors.com/members/gearvs/ Noah

    I think the fact that the lens is a rip off is why they haven’t attracted a distributer. All it is is a lens that is mounted backwards. You can get a reverse macro adapter for $10 which will let you do the same thing with lenses you might already own. http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Filter-Thread-Reverse-Adapter/dp/B001G4NBSC combine that with a Nikon to MFT adapter and screw on a lens with a 52mm thread.

    • cL

      It has built-in LED lights for macro and it doesn’t use an adapter for attachment so it has certain value to some people (niche market). It’s for convenience. If you think this is rip-off then there are quite a few designs on the market today you would label as rip-off…. So far both Sigma and Voigtlander lenses for m4/3 are merely ported FF lenses to m4/3 format. The basic design is still the same (Voigtlander Nokton f/0.95 doesn’t even do AF).

      As for why Nanoha couldn’t attract “distributors” (not suppliers!), I believe it’s because it’s such a small company. The market for such lens is so small to begin with, who wants to take the risk to carry such item that may sell maybe one or two lenses in a month and create an account on their accounting book for a supplier (Nanoha is the supplier) who provides only one product? The carrying cost is just too high….

  • Thyl

    Deniz, Flash: i was of course referring to the SLR Magic poll, not the macro lens from Nanoha.

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