Nanoha macro lens prototype with 5x magnification for Micro Four Thirds

The Japanese company Yasuhara showed a prototype of a new Nanoha macro lens for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras ($499.99). The lens can provide 5 times magnification (regular macro lenses provide 1:1 magnification). Price is expected to be around ¥50,000 (aprox. $600). The lens is currently in the final stages of development. Manufacturing is expected to begin in late June. Here are the basic specs:

  • Only manual focus
  • Weight: 320g
  • Size: 64 x 84mm
  • 10 elements in 7 groups
  • Aperture range: f/11 - f/32
  • Can focus as close as 11-19mm
  • Built-in LED lights (powered by mini-USB)
  • Includes also a "target holder" that can be attached in front of the lens

Sample photo of a 1,000 Japanese Yen bill taken with the Nanoha macro lens:

More info and sample images can be found at DC.Watch. Two years ago, I was able to achieve similar results with the Nikon Fabre Photo EX portable stereoscopic microscope attached to a DSLR camera. Interesting stuff!

The manufacturer Yasuhara has produced some rangefinder cameras and lenses in the past. More info can be found here and here.

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