Before You Buy That New Lens, Read This:
(last updated 11/19/2013)
IEEE Spectrum presented new optics that can capture wide fields of view in fine detail. The new lens was demonstrated at an Optics Conference in Orlando, Florida. The intent of the demonstration was to showoff the extreme reduction in lens volume while improving image quality with little or no post processing. The image above shows a $1,300, Canon EF 8-15mm f/4.0L USM Wide Fisheye Zoom Lens in competition with a little 3/4in diameter “marble”. The gist of the article is that the marble won the competition. This development is particularly interesting because we have seen digital sensors and other technologies, such as the introduction of Auto Focus, change the equipment of photography dramatically, but we have not seen significant changes in optics, up to now, limited by the physics of optical lenses.
Does this announcement mean you should delay a new lens purchase? No. In September of 2010 Canon announced that it had successfully developed an APS-H-size CMOS sensor that delivers an image resolution of approximately 120 megapixels (13,280×9184 pixels), but we have not seen that on the market yet. When IEEE is demonstrating something we are even further away from a market debut than Canon demonstrating something. If you can’t wait for this new technology to make all your existing equipment obsolete feel free to follow this link. Buying something from Adorama after following this link contributes to the budget for additional reviews, comparisons and studies on this site. Thanks!