2 accessories to use with the Olympus PEN EPL-5
Pairings for the Olympus PEN EPL-5 include the NANOHAx5 lens by Yasuhara and a case for the camera, lens, and accessories by Explorer Case
While I was testing the Olympus PEN EPL-5, I looked around for accessories that would improve its utility for forensic examination. I discovered excellent pairings for the Olympus PEN EPL-5 in the NANOHAx5 lens by Yasuhara and a case for the camera, lens, and accessories by Explorer Case.
In order to get this kind of magnification with this kind of accuracy, photographers generally use a bellows lens and often get edge distortion or cropping.
With this lens, I was able to magnify a human hair and have edge-to-edge clarity.
Photographers familiar with shooting at this magnification will know that the trick is to account for chromatic aberration. This is when all of the elements in a lens fail to focus all of the colors at the same point on the plane of the sensor.
Think of the colors of the rainbow shining through a prism. It looks like different color “ghosts” and “auras” in a photo. The NANOHAx5 does an excellent job rendering true and accurate colors.
I got to playing with the NANOHAx5 and discovered some things that blew me away. With the Olympus PEN EPL-5, setting up the photos in live view is pretty standard for still photos. Using the 1080 video function, I focused on my hair sample, running the camera from one end to the other, adjusting the focus, and touching the LCD screen as I filmed. Each screen touch tripped the shutter for a still photo. This feature is most dramatic when the user is filming/photographing three dimensional objects.
The NANOHAx5 is smaller than most standard telephotos, weighs 11 ounces, and in my opinion opens a whole new world in investigations.
They come in 26 different sizes, including one that will definitely work for three-gun shooters. They are mil-spec waterproof, dust and sand proof. They come in black, orange, and green (some cases also come in sand). They’re manufactured in Italy and are deployed all over the world.
I like the unique closure system on these cases and the pick-foam option for the lining. They are easily customizable and are lighter than they look.
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