Nelsonian (tm) Optic, Probe
EF Mount, PL Mount
Full Frame, Super-35
The Infiniprobe TS-160 is a lens like no other. Based on telescope and microscope principles, can focus from infinity to only millimetres from an object and produce world-class images comparable to the best zoom microscopes that do not directly cover formats up to 35mm. It is a universal format system which can work in multiple mounts. It includes a micro lens, a macro lens and three other SFX lenses, which provide a wide range of applications, including being able to hold focus over a wide range of close focus. The manufacturer microsite is worth visiting to explain the differing roles of each optical element.
VMI now include the FlipR lens as standard to correct inverted images during shooting.
Both EF and PL mount options are included in the kit as standard and are easy to change.
The TS-160 consists of a Main Body which contains a patent-pending internally focusable optical system, activated by a Focusing Ring which turns 360-degrees. Inside is a provision for 25mm diameter filters (for example, polarizers or fluorescence types). At its rear is a T24mm tube which allows access to accessories when temporarily removed—or can be exchanged with a mount for use on a stereo microscope stand. A Clamp is available so that the TS-160 can be mounted on tripods or fixtures via 1/4-20 or two “outboard” M4 taps. A Variable Iris allows contrast and aberrational control.
The TS-160 is a radically new approach to macro/micro imaging. It has a Variable Iris, but no f/stops. It focuses internally without any changes to its outer dimensions. Its front lens is a specially-calculated microscope objective or a macro auxiliary. It ranges magnification from 0 to as much as 16x and can focus anywhere from infinity down to 18mm. Almost any camera up to and including those with 35mm sensors can be used with it. It is so easy to use that it literally sets the best image for you every time you focus. It may be a “counter-intuitive” experience even to experienced photographers. It is the TS-160 Robusto from Infinity Photo-Optical Company. Quality macro/micro imaging has become simple and easy.
Recently, new accessories and the availability of a PL Arri-type mount have extended the TS- 160’s uses into advanced cinematographic capabilities. Now, a single lens can be used for imaging from micro and macro to table-top advertising, motion pictures, and wherever incredible depth of field is envisioned. Truly, the TS-160 has now advanced to the front rank of special optics.
Note that the lens elements have unusual names and it is helpful to understand what they mean.
The SFX-3 mounted on the TS160 Infiniprobe, when the focus is set to infinity, will permit all objects to be in sharp focus from 2 inches to infinity, with minimal focus adjustment at the start. Jay Margolis of Infinity Photo-Optical, who is the inventor f the lens describes the best optical performance to be when the lenses are set to infinity, however a slight adjustment is necessary to ensure that the focus is set to ensure that the subjects are focussed within the range of that setting.
In doing so, you will see that there is a much greater range of focus latitude than is possible on conventional lenses.
Deep Focus is perhaps a new concept, since the tradition has usually been to create a super-shallow depth of field, however there are times when not having to set focus (perhaps for super slow motion) or complex camera moves is useful. This great example by DP Chris Vandershaaf shows the Deep Focus capability of the TS160 at its best. Just a 5s clip which is really interesting.
It may be interesting for the cinematographer to read VMI’s white paper on macro and micro cinematography and fully explains the principals behind Infinity Photo-Optical’s Nelsoniantm lenses.
Another very interesting paper with amazing images and in depth instructions on how to get the most out of using these lenses was written by renowned macro authority, Paul Harcourt Davise: Instruction Manual for TS160 and MikroMak Lenses by Paul Harcourt Davies
Infinity Photo-Optical have produced this video as a manual of how to use the lenses to their optimum.
This video highlights exactly what is so great about these lenses. The Digital Cinema Society presents an exploration of Micro/Macro cinematography with three DPs including Bill Bennett, ASC, James Mathers, and Cameron Cannon. The trio photograph a variety of shots in order to evaluate the technology which includes not only the lenses, but also the SiSu Robotic Camera Arm, the Canon C500 MkII, and HMIs lighting, which was provided by K5600. The cinematographers share their insights in behind-the-scenes coverage from the tests that were shot at The Camera Division in North Hollywood, CA.
Peli Case: 36 x 30 x 18cm 3.55kg
Country Of Origin: USA
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