iZugar Makes Super Fisheye Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

(Zugar MKX22 fisheye on Black Magic Cinema 4k)

iZugar, a Hong Kong-based company known for their VR work has just launched a nice little 220-degree fisheye lens. Yes, that's what I said the 220-degree angle of view. The IZugar MKX22 for MFT is a 3.5mm F2.5 super fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. 

Let's look at some footage taken of the Bellagio fountains.

 
(Shot with GH5 + iZugar MKX22, ISO3200, f/2.5, 2880*2880@60 mode)

It looks like those round mirrors old drugstores have in the back of the store instead of cameras so they can catch you stealing razor blades. It's that warped of a view. I don't really know how this fits into anything unless they want to use multiple lenses for VR purposes. Look at how small the image is on the frame. It makes it appear you're stuck in a box and can only see out of a tiny hole, but the keeper of the box won't let you put your eye right up to the hole. That's what this image screams to me. I just want to put my eye up to the image and open it up. It's very claustrophobic. Granted this was all viewed on a laptop and not on a big screen. Perhaps that would make a difference. When I think of fisheye lens footage, I think of the Beastie Boys, who seemed to use it in at least part of every video they made. It looks so distinctive that you remember the last time you saw someone use it, which may or may not be a good thing.

The new lens is said to offer "edge-to-edge sharpness" with suitability for 4K video recording, a 0.6m minimum focusing distance, fully circular 10mm design, and extra-slim build for better parallax control, according to iZugar.

KEY FEATURES

  • Model: iZugar MKX-22
  • Format: 10mm full circular
  • Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount (MFT)
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 3.25mm
  • Aperture: f/2.5 (fixed)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.6m
  • Lens Groups/Elements: 10/11
  • Angle of View (MFT-4k): 220 x 150

The iZugar MKX22 is currently available on the iZugar website for $499.00, which is a lot of money for a niche lens. However,  if you're someone who likes to collect lenses and wants to use a lens once every six years, this might be the one you've been waiting for. 

Source: DP REVIEWIZUGAR