Panasonic 8mm f3.5; Fun w/ Fish-Eyes
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
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.
I'm no expert but I like them, fourth one is spooky, my fave is either that 4th or the last one.
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.
I really like the effort you put into the results of #4 & 5 (followed by 6 & 7).
A lovely series.
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.
lots of images: www.roelh.zenfolio.com
my Olympus user field report from Tunisian Sahara: http://www.biofos.com/ukpsg/roel.html
Thank-you. Yes, the AOV certainly makes them distinct-- love it.
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.
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".
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.
Roel; you're quite right. I'm now viewing the world in a completely different way. Thank-you.
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.
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