This blog is devoted to the application of optical fibers in photography. I have several homemade (DIY) flash adapters channeling the light from the flash close to the lens. The technique can be used mainly for macro photography, but I will show examples for wide angle close focus techniques as well. The recent version is called fiberstrobe V3, hence the name of the blog is "fiberstrobe".

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Freelensing versus 30mm macro with fisheye adapter

Just a quick try to compare the freelensing technique with the 30mm macro lens with the fisheye adapter attached. The first picture is the fisheye lens itself (SEL16F28 + VCL-ECF1). It's stopped down but the closest subject is still not sharp enough and the background dominates:

In the freelensing photo below the background is blurred and the closest subject is really sharp. The lens was set to infinity before it was detached from the camera.



Stopping down the lens doesn't make much difference. Setting the sharpness is easier around F8. The last picture is with the SEL30M35 lens combined with the fisheye adapter (VCL-ECF1).

Considering the close-up distance the field of view is really nice but not as dramatic as in case of the freelensing technique. Which one to choose is really a matter of taste. I will use both techniques in the future.

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