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少量現貨, 最好先預留, 門市有DEMO, 可先試後買, THANKS. =D
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“Soratama” is a photographing method which I have designed in 2009. The clear ball fixed in front of the lens makes it possible to photograph sceneries in a ball, flowing in the air. As I was testing different lenses, I came up with an idea of using a clear ball as a lens.
This is a common technique used to take pictures among photographers all over the world. However, many people have set those balls on something, or hold them with their fingers when they photograph. For this, the fingers or the object used as a platform get reflected on the picture. The Soratama was designed to prevent this happen. It makes it seem as if the clear ball is floating in the air.


When I first used the clear ball to photograph, the ball’s surrondings weren’t clear.

The first idea was to use a clear vinyl chloride. Pile up two vinyl chloride and cut out a circle. Then fit the clear ball into the circle. Although the quality wasn’t high enough, I knew it would be a good product. The next thing I did was asking a glass artist make a soratama.
This time, the quality was good enough to release the information of making process public. However it was very costly. Then I came up with an idea of using an acrylic ball and an empty snack box.
Despite the lookings, thanks to it’s chepness and easiness this method had spread gradually among many photographers.


The first step was to use two vinyl chloride and fix the clear ball.





There are three ways to enjoy using Soratama. The first way is to use a “handmade Soratama kit.” This kit comes with an acrylic board with a clear ball in the center.
The acrylic board in the kit has a diameter of 70mm. It perfectly fits the lid part of “Chipstar,” a Japanese potato snack. Also the bottom part of the box perfectly fits a 67mm step-up ring. Because this box is made of paper, it can easily be cut with utility knives.


The bottom part of the box perfectly fits a 67mm step-up ring.

The second way is to make it by yourself. Because there is a need of cutting out holes in the acrylic board and fixing the clear ball onto it, it will be a tough work. However, the size are adjustable free. Not only you can change the size of the ball but also add more balls and take unique photos. You can also change the acrylic ball to a glass ball or even a crystal. There are various ways to enjoy Soratama if you make one yourself.


Using the reamer to enlarge the hole.

Finally, you can purchase the “Soratama 72.” The diameter of “Soratama 72″ is 72mm and it works with the Soratama Extension Tube or step-up ring. The best thing about this is you do not have to handmake anything. Also, the clear ball is made of an optical glass.

The most important feature when using Soratama is to take pictures in a close-up photography. By close-up photography, you are able to enlarge the size of the clear ball in the picture.
Below are the tips to take pictures in a close-up photography.


Because close-up mode is required when using soratama, lenses with shortest minimum focus distance are preferable. The shorter the minimum focus distance is, the larger the size of the clear ball in the picture can be. In this mean, macro lens is the better choice.
However, we do not recommend using a telephoto macro lens. In order to adjust the ball to a suitable size, the soratama extension tube needs to be extended. In this case, there is a possibility of damaging the lens because of the weight. Also, there are cases where you cannot get close enough to the object even if you are using a standard macro lens. In this case, please use a macro extension tube as well.


The lens tube is too long. This will cause damage on the lens.

Talking about the focal distance, lenses around 24-50mm are recommended (35mm equivalent focal length.) It can still be photographed with lenses that are out of this range. However, the lens tube will get long if the focal distance gets too long. In addition, the soratama ball and the lens will touch each other if the focal distance was too short. The distance from camera lens to soratama is proportional to the focal distance of the lens. The shorter the focal distance is, the more compact it gets.

The easiest way is to fix close-up ring onto the standard zoom lens. By zooming, you can control the size of the ball appearing on the picture. The advantage of this is that you do not have to be too sensitive about adjusting the tube length.
When using a single focal lens, there is a need of adjusting the Soratama extension tube to change the size of the ball. It is a little troublesome compared to the zoom lens but once you have set the tube length, you do not have to adjust anything.

As long as the focus is on the target, the soratama can be used. Please try on many lenses and find out what works best for you.


The standard zoom lens is easy to adjust

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