Saga launched their new macro lens called the Trio at the first day of DEMA and so we popped by to chat to them about this and their other underwater photography products. Saga are based in Spain and all their gear is made in Barcelona. We chatted to Jordi Benitez, who is part of the Saga team; an excellent photographer too.
The Trio lens is 4 lenses in one. Why Trio then I hear you say? Well this new product works in a way that you can attach it to your port, and you can use the lever system to have no diopters in front of the lens; with a simple turn of a lever, you have a +5 diopter, turn another lever and you have a +10, and finally, with both levers in use you have +15. No flipping, unscrewing and changing to the wet lens you want; you have all of them (or none) at your fingertips. The lens is designed to be used with the 100mm or 105mm lenses and is attached to your port via a 67mm thread. If this does not work, then Saga will look to make an adapter for you. You can even move the front of this lens around until you have found the perfect position for the levers to suit your camera setup.
You can see this great new innovation in use here:
Saga also have plenty of other great products and Jordi talked us through them. Their macro lenses and flip dioptre holders are market leaders. They are quality items for those that love their macro photography. But, after the new Trio lens, it was some of their lighting innovations that caught our eye. Whilst not new at DEMA, their ring flash is something to behold. They have adapted this to also work with the new Trio, as well as for normal lens ports. The system works by fitting an adapter onto the front of your strobe and fibre-optics running down to the front of the port to give you a perfect ring of light around your subject. A great deal of thought has gone into the design, with the underwater photographer being able to easily remove the system, whilst underwater, with no fuss at all. The adapter can be removed from the strobe and the fibre optics retracted from the front of the port, taking you back to a “normal” system with ease.
Saga also produce a snoot. For anyone that has tried snoot photography, it can be challenging and require a bit of patience, but Saga have made it all much simpler for you. The spotting light from your strobe is carried via fibre optics down through the snoot and shines on your subject whilst you are composing the shot. You can size of the snoot using a dial at the front of the snoot, as well as the focus.
Also on display was the Saga Magic Ball lens. This is a fun lens that will be in the kit bag of many creative underwater photographers. We will be taking this lens on our next trip and reviewing it on the Scubaverse site very soon.
To learn more about Saga Diving Technology visit www.sagadive.com.