Soratama | 宙玉

Aerial ball shooting technique : 宙に浮かぶ玉の中の光景を撮影できる宙玉(そらたま)。撮影のためにはどんな機材が必要になるのか? 撮影のコツや作例などを紹介。


Macro lens is suitable for photographing when the shortest photographing distance is very short. It can be said it is suitable for Soratama however there might be problems depending on the focal distance. For example, you need to extend the Soratama Extension Tube when the 90mm macro lens is fixed. Otherwise the size of the ball in the picture gets too big. When using Soratama, lenses from wide‐angle to standard are preferable.

Preferable lenses

The “macro mode” or the “super macro mode” on your compact digital camera can also be said suitable for Soratama as long as the shortest photographing distance is very short. However, the inside of the tube might get reflected on the picture if you do not get close enough to the object even when you photograph in a macro mode. In this case, we recommend to trim the picture afterwards or use a close-up ring.

As this camera, the tulip mark expresses macro mode. The photographing distance differs depending on cameras.

Microscope mode on Olympus TG-3 enables soratama to be installed without using close-up lens.