Micro Four Thirds that’s Really Micro
I’m convinced that the Micro Four Thirds system and other mirrorless cameras are the future of photography. Maybe I’m wrong but companies such as Sigma, Tamron, Zeiss and even Konica-Minolta (yes that Konica-Minolta) have announced lenses for mirrorless cameras. Adapters, such as the Fotodiox Adapter, that I just added to my system, lets me use Leica M lenses with Olympus PEN and Panasonic Lumix cameras providing a gateway to photographers with film cameras lenses into digital photography. And Fotodiox has many more affordable adapters— my Leica M adapter cost less than $20 on Amazon—and for many other mounts.
Now specialized lenses are being offered such as the Nanoha ultra macro lens for mirrorless cameras that offers a much higher magnification than traditional macro lenses. Made by Japanese lens makers Yasuhara, and distributed and marketed in the US by International Supplies, the Nanoha can achieve up to 5X magnification with a minimum f/11 aperture. The Nanoha features 4X and 5X magnification and offers four aperture settings (f/11, f/16, f/22 and f/32.) The Nanoha uses ten coated spherical lenses in seven groups to reduce reflection. It is made of steel so it is solidly built and it weighs 11 ounces. It has a built-in LED illumination system that consists of three LED’s to assist in shooting extremely small objects. It is powered when connected via a USB cable to a computer or battery pack. The Nanoha ultra macro lens is available in a Micro Four Thirds mount for Panasonic and Olympus Cameras, as well as the Sony NEX camera series and is ideal for macro, nature and outdoor photographers. It costs $499.99, it comes with a USB cable, a portable USB power supply, and a one year warranty.