This rare medical lens shoots super-sharp macro photos

Feb 12, 2019

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This rare medical lens shoots super-sharp macro photos

Feb 12, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Non-photographic lenses such as projector or spy lenses can be used for taking some stunning photos. But have you considered using a medical lens? Mathieu Stern got to test an Elicar 90mm f2.5 Macro Medical V-HQ, a relatively rare lens that was used by medical professionals in the ‘80s. And it turns out that it’s super sharp and great for close-up shots.

The Elicar 90mm f2.5 Macro Medical V-HQ was aimed exclusively at the science and medical industries in the early ’80s. It was used by dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and dentists. Since it’s not a photographic lens, the aperture scale is calibrated in ISO values and not f-stops. Mathieu put it on a test and took some close-up shots and portraits with it. He notes that it doesn’t focus to infinity, which can be very frustrated. But, it’s great for close-up photos, and it’s exceptionally sharp. Here are a couple of test shots Mathieu took with this lens:

At the time of writing this, a couple of Elicar 90mm f2.5 Macro V-HQ lenses can be found on eBay, costing between $225 and $440. Still, these weren’t made for medical purposes, and I wasn’t able to find the “medical edition” online. Still, it’s always interesting to see how a non-photographic lens can be repurposed, and sometimes the results are surprisingly good.

[This Rare And Weird Medical Lens Shoots Amazing Macro | Mathieu Stern]

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3 responses to “This rare medical lens shoots super-sharp macro photos”

  1. Franco Kailsan Avatar
    Franco Kailsan

    u do NOT want to see a macro of your teeth. its very depressing. i look after my teeth well. but when I saw it using those HD telescopic cameras, i was shocked.

  2. Ryan Matthew Barrett Avatar
    Ryan Matthew Barrett

    ” He notes that it doesn’t focus to infinity, which can be very frustrated”

  3. Sada Avatar
    Sada

    I think this lens isnt so intresting this sharpenss can be achieved even with the old canon 100mm usm or even better :D
    If u want to get some real intresting lens get a Medical Nikkor 120mm f/4.0 IF that lens is intresting at every level but so rare :)