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New Madoka 180 fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds (from Yasuhara)


Yasuhara (Click here) announced a new fisheye lens for Mirrorless cameras (and I bet they meant Micro Four Thirds too). It will be called “Madoka 180” (180 degrees). The image on top shows on of the two image samples you can find on their website. Click on image to view the full size version.

So after the Panasonic 8mm fisheye lens, after the amazing tiny Samyang 7.5mm fisheye lens we will get our third fisheye from Yasuhara. Hm, is it not to much? Good that Olympus dropped the fisheye lens they had on the 2011 m43 lens roadmap :)

The Panasonic lens costs around 600-700 dollars/Euro and is available at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
The Black Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).
The Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).

  • Jim

    seems medioca…

    reasonable sharpness and ok contrast…. some (not too offencive, but deffinatly present) CA towards the edges.

    No AF


    I have a feeling the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye will be better!

  • Brod1er

    This is a circular FE, unlike the Panny and Samyang which are rectangular (the image fills the whole frame). Circular FE lens are wider showing 180 degrees in all directions, rectangular are only 180 across the diagonal. Unfortunately they only produce a circular image in a black frame and much of the frame is unused. Definitely a niche lens, but means you can now do something new with a MFT camera.

    • Mr. Reeee

      Shoot 1:1.

  • Brod1er

    Ps If the circle fills the frame of an APSC camera it will not work well for MFT as you will get a crop and won’t be able to see the full 180 circle. It will be a half way compromise between a rectangular and circular FE image – not good.

    • Good comment.

      Due to the different aspect ratios, the height of the sensors are not that different:

      APS-C: 22.5mm x 15mm

      4/3: 17.3mm x 13mm

      So one could hope that they designed the lens for the smallest of these, causing 1mm of unexposed sensor area above and below the image circle on APS-C cameras. That sounds like a reasonable price to pay for having the same lens work on both types of cameras. But then again, I did not design the lens.

  • Duarte Bruno

    Yup, the Samyang definitely looks much better…

  • If the price is reasonable, then this could be a fun novelty lens.

  • Mario

    Sorry Andrea, but it seems to be for the Nex System, the Image Examples show the Model “Nex 5” in the Exif Data

    • admin

      Not it is for all mirrorless systems (m43 and NEX included).

    • Frederic Hew

      That company manufactures it’s previous lens (5x macro) upon receiving customers oders, and makes them available in E and m43 mount. I did not understand much from the translation but can assume the same will apply for the fisheye as well.

      As Bord1er suggested, though, the image circle is probably too big for the 4:3 sensor anyway.

  • Simon

    I want a m43 equivalent of the new Canon fisheye zoom allowing for rectangular as well as circular images. Oly, bring it on!

  • bilgy_no1

    Olympus didn’t drop the FE lens at all: they created the FE-convertor for the 14-42mm mkII kit lens. So, there are indeed four fish eye solutions available.

  • brudney

    anything on its price? thx!

  • Henrik

    Hm, is it not too much?

    It ain’t. You can never have enough fisheyes and kit zooms.

  • st3v4nt

    Too much fancy lenses….why don’t they make Macro lens instead….

  • Mr. Reeee

    Wow! Now every M4/3 user can have a DIFFERENT fisheye lens in EVERY pocket! Just THINK of the possibilities! ;-)

    At least this one is different.

  • snowflake

    I am glad to see this announcement from Yasuhara for 3 reasons.

    1. First and most important it is a sign that Japan’s recovery from unprecedented hardship is making progress.
    2. I am glad to see that The 5 x macro 4/3 lens, which I have been following with interest, appears to be now available sometime this month. It was delayed. (I am on their waiting list).
    3. I am glad to see a new lens being offered. More choices, the better the appeal of the system.

    I would like to know the following
    1. Obviously the price
    2. How much of the m4/3 sensor is covered.
    3. Most importantly, How close it will focus.
    4. f stop range.

    The ability to focus close makes these lenses much more attractive for underwater work. If all you can see clearly is a distance of 5 feet, it is advantageous to get as much into the frame as possible, Also, close up shots seem to be more appealing to me if I am going to use a fisheye since the subject is emphasized.

    • Jim

      Gonna take a fair few lenses to make a recovery…

      What is this 5x macro you speak of?

  • Ant

    By now I think I’m a lot more interested in which girl they will name their third lens with.

    • snowflake

      Hi Jim,

      On our “rumors site” information about the upcoming macro lens was presented on August 2.

      It is a fairly restricted use lens, I like to photograph creatures that live in swamps like mosquito lava. Things about 1mm can be photographed.

      One of the joys of this site is the information about new equipment that can be used on our cameras.

      • Jim

        missed that one….

        That realy is a MACRO – looks nice, like the built in LED light rig!

        And boy is it for CLOSE ups! – quite a poor DOF i should imagine :) – not convinced it can captrue razor sharp images? looks ok but very slighty soft, maybe just the sample I saw?

  • Hitoribocchi

    Trivia: the lenses that Yasuhara produced are named after popular anime characters (Nanoha – Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Madoka – Puella Magi Madoka Magica).

    • Ant

      Apparently, Madoka also mean circle.
      But then, with the name of their other lens, hard to think it’s just a coincidence :D

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