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By Kaspars Valainis
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About

Introduction

First in the World - Rambex 105mm f/8 Universal and DIY Camera Lens v1.0 - are conceived, designed and developed in the South-West Englad, United Kingdom. We've been in photo industry for more than 15 years, and previously we've been creating camera lens mount, telescope and filter adaptors.

p.s. For picture samples - scroll page down and click on 'SHOW FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION', or check video and picture samples through the website: http://rambex.com/samples.html

Rambex 105mm f/8 Universal Camera Lens v1.0 has a unique design and several advantages over any other camera lens. The Universal Lens is fully manually operated and focused by sliding focusing tube forwards or backwards. 

Focusing - lens collapsed
Focusing - lens collapsed

 

Focusing - lens extended
Focusing - lens extended


It is simply made and comes with all the necessary parts for successful photographing, however user has a chance to replace and modify diaphragm (aperture hole) and lens elements in such way changing focal length, photography effects and picture quality. 

The camera lens mount part is removable, therefore, for each camera type user needs to use a specific mount that comes with the lens. 

As a camera mount ring is used standard 58mm Macro Reverse Ring. Both ends of the lens has a 58mm x 0.75mm pitch Female thread, so the mount ring can be placed in any of the camera ends.

Rambex Universal Lens with a Nikon F mount
Rambex Universal Lens with a Nikon F mount

 

Rambex Universal Lens without camera mount
Rambex Universal Lens without camera mount

 

58mm Macro Reverse Ring
58mm Macro Reverse Ring

Each camera type has a specific focal flange distance, that is, the distance between sensor and rear lens element, in order to be able to focus infinity. So, this lens allow you to place rear lens element in distance you need. The rear lens elements are connected with the diaphragm ring that can be moved backwards-forwards by simply screwing it to one or other direction:

Diaphragm ring
Diaphragm ring

 As lens elements for the Universal Lens are used a standard set of 52mm Close-up filters with magnification of +1, +2, +4 and +10. So you can buy Hoya or B+W if you need better quality. 

4 Lens elements in the standard KIT
4 Lens elements in the standard KIT

Art photography always been about experimenting and this lens is ideal for those who want to create unique images. Also this lens can be used as your standard lens where you can photograph everyday events, nature, parties and wedding. It is perfect as a travel lens - lightweight and very durable.

Use your chance buy and support us now as after the campaign prices will be higher.

With Nikon D200
With Nikon D200

 

With Canon EOS 30D
With Canon EOS 30D

Macro Mode

Both of the lens ends has a 58mm thread to which you can attach camera mount ring or other accessories. When you use lens in reverse position - you get increased magnification and ability to focus in very close distance which is perfect for Macro photography. On top of that to improve your Macro shoots further - you can attach any standard Macro Flash light. Can you do this with any other lens? NO! Take advantage of it as this is possible with the Rambex Universal Lens only.

Olympus E410 + Lens in reverse + Macro Flash
Olympus E410 + Lens in reverse + Macro Flash

***Unfortunately Olympus E440 and similar small DSLRs has a small body with pop-up flash very close to the mount, therefore need to use two additional stepping rings to extend the lens mount when the Lens is attached in reverse position to the camera.

Another 'Macro Mode' picture with Samsung NX-1000:

Samsung NX1000 + Lens in reverse + Macro Flash
Samsung NX1000 + Lens in reverse + Macro Flash

Key Features

  • Fits to any camera/camcorder. Extremely durable, indestructible and lightweight. Very affordable and perfect for travel;
  • Use as it is or modify/change lens elements *DIY lens*! Lens elements are widely available from B+W, Hoya and others;
  • Diaphragm shape can be changed and special effect filters can be placed inside the lens. It comes with standard round diaphragm. We will offer differently shaped diaphragms for separate purchase after the campaign;
  • Fast and easy manual focus *slide* and built-in lens hood.
  • Perfect tool for experimenting and teaching photography basics.

Technical Specifications

Focal length (approx.): 105mm
Aperture (approx.): F/8
Lens elements in standard KIT: 4 lens elements in 2 groups
Lens mount ring thread size: 58mm Front lens filter thread size: 58mm Filter attachment size inside the lens: 52mm
Size extended: 157mm
Size collapsed: 90mm
Weight *with 4 lens elements, without camera mount ring*: 530g
All lens body parts are made of metal (anodized Aluminium)

3D design
3D design

 

Parts
Parts

Samples

 

 

 

 

If you support us - we will reward you!

If funding amount reaches £100,000 we will upgrade all Rambex lenses with a lens pouch, a retail box and an Instruction Manual with several suggestions how can you combine lens elements to achieve different focal length, different effects, etc.

p.s. Sorry, forgot to add: Fujifilm X camera mount ring will be added as well to the Reward 4, and you can choose Fuji X mount ring as from one of the option for Reward 2, 3. Also, different F-rings (aperture rings) will be available for purchase later, so you can experiment.

Reward 2 and 3
Reward 2 and 3

 

Reward 4
Reward 4

 

Risks and challenges

If you like the product, the only risk you're bearing is that of missing out on a true piece of delight by not backing it!
No but seriously, as with any new project, there are always some risks associated with manufacturing and supply chain logistics. We are working with an incredible manufacturing partner and feel confident in the work they will produce for our backers. We understand the unique challenges that come with our type of our product and are familiar with how to avoid and mitigate any issues that arise.

The final product is made and tested, and factory is ready to manufacture it in high quantities.

We aim deliver the product within 1 month time after our Kickstarter campaign end. If there will be huge interest in this product delivery may be delayed up to the February 2017.

However we can't guarantee delivery times for overseas customers, but all parcels will be posted via tracked services. For the UK customers all parcels will be sent via Royal Mail Special Next Day Delivery service.

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    Rambex PDF Catalogue

    Thank you and Special Edition 'First in the World Rambex Universal Lens' catalogue in PDF format.

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    Early Bid - Rambex Lens + 1 mount ring

    1x Rambex 105mm f/8 Universal & DIY Lens v1.0
    1x Camera Lens Mount Ring by your choice: Nikon F, Nikon-1, Canon EF, Canon M, Pentax K, Sony A, Sony E, Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds, Leica M, Samsung NX

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    Rambex Lens + 1 mount ring

    1x Rambex 105mm f/8 Universal & DIY Lens v1.0
    1x Camera Lens Mount Ring by your choice: Nikon F, Nikon-1, Canon EF, Canon M, Pentax K, Sony A, Sony E, Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds, Leica M, Samsung NX

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    Rambex Lens + Extras

    1x Rambex 105mm f/8 Universal & DIY Lens v1.0
    1x 58mm Lens Front cap
    Set of Camera Lens Mount Rings (11x): Nikon F, Nikon-1, Canon EF, Canon M, Pentax K, Sony A, Sony E, Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds, Leica M, Samsung NX
    Set of extra Lens Elements (4x): 52mm Close-up Filters +1, +2, +4, +10.

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