Even though more and more of us are taking photographs with our phones, there is still a strong contingent of shutterbugs doing things with dedicated cameras. And there are things you can do with a camera that you can’t with an iPhone, including using special lenses and other accessories. Some of those are pretty all-purpose, but this unique lens from Japanese company Zenjix has a very specific purpose: to let you capture images floating in crystal balls.
Based on an idea from Zenji Uehara, the quirky lens system features a sphere of transparent material affixed seamlessly to the center of a traditional camera lens. When light passes through the ball on its way to the camera’s receptor, it bends in a very specific way that creates the optical illusion that the center of the photograph is captured within a real-world floating sphere.
The lens can be used on mirrorless and DSLR cameras and retails for between $70 and $80. Here’s a video that demonstrates how it works and what kinds of effects you can get.
We realize this isn’t for everybody, but if you’re into balls enough to read this website, it might just be for you. What do you think? Would you buy this special lens?
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