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fisheye lenses

introduction

  • fisheye lenses are special lenses which are designed to give a 180deg field of view and extreme barrel distortion is a characteristic of these lenses
  • there are 2 main image types:
    • diagonal fisheye lenses - these images fill the full rectangular frame of your image
    • circular fisheye lenses - these lenses give a circular image thus the area of your frame outside of this circle will appear as black
  • fisheye lenses are very much a niche lens which is primarily used for creative photography
  • they are particularly useful for creating visually stimulating images, artistic or humourous imagery
  • their short focal length combined with an aperture of f/8-11 means that most of the image will be acceptably sharp, and it may be possible to have subjects almost touching the lens to be sharp while the background gives a relatively sharp and very wide perspective.
  • their protruberant convex front lenses mean that filters cannot be mounted
  • some lenses allow small filters to be inserted into a rear slot
  • given the niche nature of the lens, when considering purchasing one, it may well be worth considering a reasonably affordable one with excellent optics in a compact, light size so you will actually take it with you in your photographic adventures

fisheye for Four Thirds cameras

Olympus ZD 8mm f/3.5mm fisheye

fisheye for Micro Four Thirds cameras

Olympus mZD 8mm f/1/8 PRO fisheye

Panasonic G 8mm f/3.5 fisheye

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Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 circular fisheye

  • manual focus lens designed for Sony E mount but also in MFT mount although some of the circle is cropped

Samyang / Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye

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Olympus 9mm f/8 bodycap fisheye lens

fisheye conversion lenses

  • these are cheaper, smaller lenses which are placed on the front of other lenses for which they are specifically designed
  • image quality will generally be not as good as a dedicated fisheye lens
  • Olympus FCON-P01 Fisheye Converter
    • converts M.Zuiko 14-42mm MkII kit lens into a fisheye lens
  • Panasonic DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Conversion Lens
    • for use on 14mm f/2.5 and the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm

fisheye for Canon APS-C dSR cameras

Sigma Lens 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM

  • circular fisheye
  • $US1199

Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 circular fisheye

Sigma Lens 10mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM

  • only 167deg field of view on Canon 1.6x crop cameras
  • $US679

Samyang 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

  • no electronic communication thus MF and manual aperture
  • $US409
    • high build quality
    • lateral CA can be high at times
    • good flare control
    • purple fringing better than Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fisheye zoom lens but still an issue
    • near-“stereographic” projection
    • highlights in out-of-focus areas can be annoying

fisheye for Canon full frame dSLR cameras

Canon EF 8-15mm F4 L USM Fisheye

  • unique ultra wide zoom lens which zooms from rectinlear fisheye at 15mm to circular fisheye at 8mm
  • $US1579
    • border quality issues and CA becomes more pronounced at 15mm end, particularly when stopped down
    • excellent flare control
    • some purple fringing
    • AF tends to set infinity focus so maybe best to use MF

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye

  • closest focus 0.2m
  • rear filter holder

Sigma Lens 8mm Circular Fisheye f/3.5 EX DG

  • circular fisheye
  • $US1199

Sigma Lens 15mm EX DG Diagonal Fisheye

  • $US939

Tokina Lens AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5

  • $US799

Peleng 8mm f/3.5 circular fisheye

  • cheap and of lower optical quality than most mentioned here
  • closest focus 0.3m
  • MF, manual aperture
  • $US350

Olympus OM 8mm f/2.8 circular fisheye

  • MF, manual aperture
  • introduced in 1977
  • close focus 0.2m
  • one of the 1st fisheye lenses not to require mirror lockup
  • quite a large lens, weighs 640g
  • this is a rare lens and 2nd hand on Ebay may well fetch over $1500
    • features an ingenious built-in filters design via a revolving filter turret located at the middle section of the lense (early version of the Zuiko circular fisheye has L39, Y48, O56 and R60 as standard while later version provides a combination of L39, Y48, Y52, 056 & R60)

Olympus OM 16mm f/3.5 diagonal fisheye

  • MF, manual aperture
  • introduced c1975-76, MC version started c1982
  • close focus 0.2m
  • only 180g
  • 2nd hand on Ebay for mint condition will set you back ~$1000
    • Original version of this fisheye has three filters built-in ( L39, Y48 and O56) while the later version replaced one of them with a neutral density and retain the Y48 and O56 filter

fisheye for Nikon DX dSLR cameras

Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 DX fisheye

  • introduced in 2003
  • close focus 0.14m
    • some secondary (green-magenta) fringes at the sides and corners
    • primary weaknesses are chromatic aberrations (color shadows at the borders) and purple fringing (color blooming)

Sigma Lens 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM

  • circular fisheye
  • $US1199

Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 circular fisheye

Sigma Lens 10mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM

  • $US679

fisheye for Nikon full frame dSLR cameras

Nikon 16mm f/2.8 D fisheye

Sigma Lens 8mm Circular Fisheye f/3.5 EX DG

  • circular fisheye
  • $US1199

Meike 8mm f/3.5 fisheye

Sigma Lens 15mm EX DG Diagonal Fisheye

  • $US939

Peleng 8mm f/3.5 circular fisheye

  • cheap and of lower optical quality than most mentioned here
  • closest focus 0.3m
  • MF, manual aperture
  • $US350
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