Creative or pure gimmick? Check out this unusual camera lens by Soratama

Soratama crystal ball lens
(Image credit: Sony Alpha Rumors)

Regardless of whether you like it or loathe it, the Soratama crystal ball lens is unlike any optic we’ve ever seen. Falling somewhere between a filter and a crystal ball, this bizarre invention enables the user to shoot scenes that appear to be floating inside a glass ball.

Shooting with a crystal sphere is nothing all that new; tools like Lensballs are very popular  among photographers who want to shoot something a little different to your average landscape or portrait. Lensbaby even makes an entire range of creative lenses including the super affordable, tilt-shift Lensbaby Spark 2.0 and the Lensbaby Velvet 28. However, this lens invented by Zenji Uehara is slightly different in that the crystal ball is fixed to a filter that you attach to the front of your lens via an extension tube.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.