What is soratama?
“soratama” is a photographing system designed by Zenji Uehara in 2009. It is a lens filter for digital single lens reflex cameras which provides a special effect to the pictures. The clear ball fixed in front of the lens makes it possible to photograph sceneries in a ball, floating in the air.
→ Pictures taken with soratama (Gallery)
Make it yourself
Soratama can either be bought or made by yourself. Because it is very difficult to make the ball part, the acrylic “soratama for DIY” is recommended when you are making by yourself.
→ How to make soratama by yourself
Necessity of Close-up Photographing
Close-up is necessary in order to take soratama photos. There are macro lens, close-up lens, and Macro Extension Tube to take macro photos with your camera.
→ How to set Close-up mode
→ What is a Macro Extension Tube?
Release Version with High Quality
There are “soratama 72” and “Extension Tube 72” in the release version. “soratama 72” uses the optical glass ball lens, and the “Extension Tube 72” is used to adjust the length of the lens tube. Also, step-up rings can be fixed onto the camera side. For example, if the diameter of the lens filter is 52mm, step-up rings of 52→72 makes it possible to fix “soratama 72” onto the camera lens.
→ What is “soratama 72”?
→ Step-up ring and Step-down ring
Wide-angle lenses Recommended
Wide-angle lenses are recommended when taking soratama photos. This is because the lens tube will be too long if telephoto lenses are used.
→ Preferable lenses
In order to photograph correctly, the length of the lens tube must be adjusted. We have been experimenting soratama photos with many different cameras. Please see the links below as references.
Purchase and Contact Information
Soratama are available on Amazon, GIZMOSHOP and Yodobashi Camera.
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