Panasonic 8mm f3.5; Fun w/ Fish-Eyes

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JohnLock
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Panasonic 8mm f3.5; Fun w/ Fish-Eyes
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My first ever use of a fish eye lens, though I'm a long time photographer.  I was tempted to try and save money with a manual focus lens but now I'm glad I didn't.  I couldn't have focused some of the photos shown below w/ a manual focus lens due to eyesight issues.   I really needed an AF lens, and I sure like this one.  The 8mm Panasonic fish-eye is sharp, contrasty and not all that prone to flare-- especially considering it's extreme AOV.  And the AF is fast, accurate and quiet.  I think using this fish-eye is the most fun I've ever had with my clothes on.  All images were processed in Paint Shop Pro X6-- including de-fishing where needed.  I suppose I've made all the mistakes a beginning 'fish user could so I'm open to C&C.

Please click on and open the image for best sharpness.   Thanks.  John

All beginning 'fishers must do this?

A 40-50% crop from previous image.

Sunset Bay St. Park, Oregon Coast

Considerable PP work done to de-fish and open up foreground.

Similar to above.

This is why it's called Sunset Bay St. Pk.

As above.

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In reply to JohnLock, 5 months ago

Where fish eyes rule out is for landscapes and to capture the curvature of the horizon in its natural state. They are a very purpose specific lens.

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In reply to JohnLock, 5 months ago

I'm no expert but I like them, fourth one is spooky, my fave is either that 4th or the last one.

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In reply to Impulses, 5 months ago

The 4th one pretty much nails the ideal use for a fish eye to create a dramatic and expansive landscape with an angle of view that can't be matched by a standard rectilinear wide angle lens.

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In reply to JohnLock, 5 months ago

I really like the effort you put into the results of #4 & 5 (followed by 6 & 7).

A lovely series.

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In reply to JohnLock, 5 months ago

Looks indeed like you are having fun.

I am addicted to my fisheyes.

They allow me to take images that sometimes even baffle me while I was behind the camera.

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You have done a very nice job on the last four of which my preferences are four and six.

Andrew

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Thank-you.  Yes, the AOV certainly makes them distinct-- love it.

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In reply to Impulses, 5 months ago

Impulses;  Thank-you.  The 4th and 5th are the ones I like too-- they do have a kind of eerie character to them that a "normal" landscape doesn't.

John

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In reply to Lumixdude, 5 months ago

Lumixdude;  thank-you.  That's my initial impression too, and I also like #4 (and 5) for that reason.  No other lens can provide that "look".

John

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In reply to Bob Tullis, 5 months ago

Bob;  thank-you very much.  This fish-eye can impart a sort of surrealistic character to images that surprised me when I got home and looked at them on a big screen.  I wish I had gotten a 'fish lens much sooner as I'm really enjoying it.  Of this series I like #4 and #5 too, but also the Pickle Weed close up-- it's much sharper on my NEC Pro LCD monitor though.

And BTW, I'm a big fan of your NYC photos.

John

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In reply to RoelHendrickx, 5 months ago

Roel;  you're quite right.  I'm now viewing the world in a completely different way.  Thank-you.

John

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In reply to 19andrew47, 5 months ago

Andrew;  that's a great place to photograph-- very inspiring.  Perhaps a local cliche' of sorts but this fish-eye lens presents a new and unusual way of looking at it as a "place".  Thank-you.

John

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