Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fisheye Fun

Just picked up my first fisheye lens for a project I'm working on thought I'd share my initial experiences with you.

Cabot Tower Signal Hill St John's Newfoundland Photography
Diagonal fisheye

First of all let me say I am not an equipment junkie, I don't even like to talk about which camera or lens is "best", great photography is not about the equipment. If it hadn't been for an assignment I'm working on I wouldn't have bought this lens, I didn't have it in my plans as something I needed. I always thought fisheye was cool and looked like it could be fun, other than that I didn't know what the images could be used for.

Cabot Tower Signal Hill St John's Newfoundland Photography
Fisheye portrtaiture

The cost of this lens, a Canon 8 - 15mm, is hard to justify simply for the fun factor but I have to admit this is one serious piece of glass. The sharpness is spectacular and the lens flare minimal, I would even say it looks great. It is very well built as all L series lenses are.

Cabot Tower Signal Hill St John's Newfoundland Photography
Circular fisheye

I've shot with a variety of ultra wide lenses from a 14mm prime on up but the 180 degree view is amazing. Freaky is one word that comes to mind especially when you put the camera up to your eye and can see your feet.

Cabot Tower Signal Hill St John's Newfoundland Photography
Just love that lens flare

Fisheye photography is fun and this lens is a serious tool. Thank you for stopping by.