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Published: 06.07.2012

The Hungarian photographer István Takács got the MADOKA 180 serial No. 00005 to try the quality and performance of the new Yasuhara fisheye lens. István is testing the lens with SONY NEX 5 camera.

István Takács

I live in Budapest. Panorama photography is a hobby for me, but sometimes I do it as job. I always try to do my best and I always try to find the way for a better picture.


First impression:  The MADOKA 180 lens is amazing. The lens is much better than I expected.

After a few days:

PRO: 4 pictures around for the full 360 degree panorama picture.

CON: I need to drop 7,5 megapixel from the 14.  The final “pano” is around half of what I use to make with my Samyang  8mm (with Pentax k-5) but of course this is circular fisheye, so it understandable.

My pano head is huge for SONY NEX5 and MADOKA, (but working of course). A special pano head should be used in the future.  I miss a remote control for the camera. This will be the first, I have to buy.

Mr. Yasuhara

MADOKA is a fisheye lens with Orthographic projection system.


It is very rare system.

In Orthographic projection fisheye, the center image is enlarged compared to ordinary fisheye lens

and the edge is much more compressed.


So, if you use it for VR panorama, it is better not to use the edges.


If you rotate the camera on horizontal plane, you have to take at least 3 (every 120 degree) +1(top) pictures.


If you want to omit the top picture, you have to tilt-up the lens at least  10 degree.

But, if the top is important in the panorama picture, we recommend you to  take 1 more top picture.

István Takács

I have made some pictures and I love this lens! I have presented them to some friends (pano and "normal" photographers too) and they gave me a very positive feedback.  

My personal experience with the lens is the same what Mr. Yasuhara  wrote.  For the first test I took 4 pictures, but now I think is much better if I add +1 more to the top/bottom.


See the very first pictures taken by Yasuhara MADOKA 180 lens. Click on the pictures bellow, to see the VR panorama.

Madoka 180 VR panorama 1
István Takács, The Planet (click the picture to see the VR panorama)
Madoka 180 VR panorama 2
István Takács, The Church (click the picture to see the VR panorama)
Madoka 180 VR panorama 3
István Takács, The Night over Danube (click the picture to see the VR panorama)





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