This is a record of using a digital camera with a wide-angle lens, HIPOLION 19mm / F8 (F4 – F8 is soft focus), made by Ms-optics (Miyazaki Optical).
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Sample photos by LEICA M-P Typ240(Digital Range finder camera)
The lens is thinner than a body cap, making it suitable for snapshots. Because of its thinness, basic operations necessary to use the lens, such as changing the aperture and adjusting focus, are a bit difficult to perform. However, this is a drawback that can be compensated for by the way of shooting, since the lens can be used almost pan-focus when set to f/8.
Color blurring and image distortion on the periphery is a concern with the LEICA M TYP240, so I feel it is better to use the lens with a four thirds sensor or an APS-C.
Even in soft mode at f/4, the center of the image is well rendered, and although I would get tired of using the lens in this mode continuously, I think it is good for occasional use.
Orion 15, a famous symmetrical lens, has a focal length of 28mm f/6, while Horogon has a f/8 focal length with no aperture, and especially Orion is clearly at its maximum aperture when stopped down. This appears to be a limitation.
In contrast, Miyazaki’s approach is to use the characteristic soft rendering that can be obtained when the aperture is opened to its maximum, which I assume allows the user greater freedom in shooting. This seems to be part of the creator’s philosophy of preferring freedom over restriction.
With a lens thickness of 2.6 mm, it is Ms-optics’ thinnest lens, thanks in part to its lens format.
Gerz’s HyperGon is a famous symmetrical lens composed of two pieces of glass, and the name of this lens, “Hyporion,” is a tribute to HyperGon.
|Maximum aperture||4||The lens can be opened up to F4, but the image will be soft, and practical from F8.|
|Minimum distance(m)||0.5||Distance meter not linked|
|Lens length(mm)||1||Distance from mount frange|
|Lens max diameter(mm)||50|
|Official price||60,000 Yen|