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09-04-2008, 08:59 AM   #1
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The future of lenses?

I came up with an article this morning that looks pretty interesting... I don't know when it will be available to us humans or how much it will cost, but I definitively want to try one.

Here is the article, and a video about it.

Too bad they don't show us what it looks like through the lens.

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Looks like a manufacturing catastrophe to me. Good for applications where thin is paramount, all else is a compromise.
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Maybe, though I think we still have to see what it looks like in real life.
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Just looks like a fancified and miniaturized version of a mirror lens. The multiple bounces provide a longer than obvious focal length as compared to the depth or physical length of the lens. From their diagram though I think they are misstating their concept. The light bending elements don't appear to be etched on "one surface" as they claim but on opposite surfaces of a monoblock piece of glass.

These lenses will suffer from the same donut shaped bokeh of other mirror lenses too... I'll pass...

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Nice to know... thanks for the explanation!
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These have been around for some time, but it's the first time I see such a small design.

It works, but as others said, it has drawbacks, and quite severe ones.
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Hey, not much to grab hold of when it comes to manual focusing
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