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03-29-2010, 07:35 PM   #1
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Fisheye Lens Suggestions

So I got a new fisheye lens. I've played around with it a little, but I haven't been impressed with what I've done so far.

Any suggestions on how to use this lens properly. I want to get some really interesting angles in my picture with it, but I just haven't been successful.

Any help would be appreciated.

03-29-2010, 07:42 PM   #2
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Couple of ideas:

A vast landscape, then crop the image from top and bottom in your image editor.

Get up close to an object (car, person, whatever).

Vertical shots of buildings, canyons.

Did you get a fish-ehe lens designed for the APS-C sensor format? If you got one designed for a film camera the fish-eye effect will not be terribly pronounced, but then you can stich more photos together like I did here:

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I got one for the APS-C format, I've had some success with it, but nothing that I would say is great. I know it'll take some time to get what I want out of the lens, but I was just asking around to see where others had learned.

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll try those suggestions.
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This thread should have an idea or two.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/33549-fisheye-...ye-photos.html

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I don't quite get it.

You must've seen plenty of shots taken with fisheyes that you liked before you decided to buy one, no?

Anyway, here's a cool little tool you can use called Fluidr.


Fluidr / photos and videos tagged with "fisheye" on Flickr sorted by Interestingness


That's just a link to Flickr shots tagged with "fisheye" sorted by "interestingness". Not all are good, mind you but there's bound to be some you'll find cool (I love the 3rd pic; I'd faved it a while ago).
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Give up and sell it to me. I will give you $50, it is obviously useless, it is like I am doing you a favour!

Or you know try, try and try again... I'll bet your first few pics with a dsrl where not great either... which fisheye did you get?
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First, what fishy lens dig you get? Apparently is isn't a true 180 degree full-circle lens. Good ones are horribly expensive; most cheap adapters suck but the Kenko and Spiratone 180's (sold under various names) aren't bad. Or is it a frame-filler, like the DA 10-17 or the Zenitar 16/2.8? The DA can be pretty fishy on a dSLR, the Zenitar not so much so but it's still fun. I was out shooting both of those today. Subjects:

* building ruins, with walls and cavities at strange angles
* landscapes with close rocks and trees and nearby hills
* close plants with power towers looming, marching off
* wall murals and store fronts from too close
* intimate portraits of a curious horse
* culvert-underpass-tunnel structures
* cemeteries with flowers on graves
* arms-length self-portraits (ugh)

I'd planned to use my Kenko 180 also, but the weather deteriorated too quick for me to consider hauling out the tripod. Maybe when this storm passes I'll have another go at it. Planned subjects:

* more culvert-underpass-tunnel structures
* looking up at open towers from underneath
* shooting straight down from a fire lookout
* full-sky shots with ominous clouds, etc
* really horrible too-close full-face portraits
* looking into anything circular or oval, etc
* making square & rectangular stuff circular
* turning mountains into molehills or pits
* wagon wheels mounted on rustic fences
* the interior of a car filled with cats & ferrets

Remember, ultrawides and fisheyes push the distance away and stretch-out the nearby. Nothing is as it appears, except a circle.
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I got a basic fisheye, from a local camera store. Wasn't horribly expensive, and I wasn't planning on spending much on the first one. It's an adapter lens. I really just wanted some suggestions on things to shoot with a fisheye lens that others have had success with.

Thanks for the suggestions and I'll keep working with it in the future. I've gotten a few descent shots, but nothing spectacular.

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try looking up



also when you use it you need to consider how lines converge. I have done some ultra wide shots where the main lines converge into the middle from the corners. In this way you tend not to see distortion.
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I think that was the main problem I was running into. I think that I wasn't getting much distortion, and maybe that I had to do with the lines.

Thanks for all of your help.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kmire Quote
I got a basic fisheye, from a local camera store. Wasn't horribly expensive, and I wasn't planning on spending much on the first one. It's an adapter lens.
I think that is the problem.

Most people are turned off by their first "fish-eye lens," which is not really a lens but a cheap adapter.

I haven't yet seen/read about a good FE adapter.

QuoteOriginally posted by kmire Quote
Any suggestions on how to use this lens properly
It makes a wonderful paperweight.
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Well my reason for purchasing the cheaper adapter lens, was that I didn't want to spend much money, if I wasn't going to like using it, since I heard not so great reviews from some of my friends about FE lenses.

I'll keep working with it and maybe try purchasing a full lens in the future.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kmire Quote
Well my reason for purchasing the cheaper adapter lens, was that I didn't want to spend much money, if I wasn't going to like using it, since I heard not so great reviews from some of my friends about FE lenses.

I'll keep working with it and maybe try purchasing a full lens in the future.
I have a similar adaptor lens which I use on my P&S when I want wide angle shots, and it seems to work OK, BUT when I put it on my 24mm to get a 11mm semi fisheye, I note 2 things

first of all focus is bad at the edges, and second it is not radical eough.

the shot I posted above is with a Bower (AKA Samyang) 8mm F3.5 fisheye. I like it a lot more than the front end adaptor. and it was only $280 at adorama
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
try looking up
I just went out into my rain forest with the 10-17 and looked up, but all I got was wet. Oh well, it could have been worse.
Oh, the eagles they fly high over Fresno
Yes, the eagles they fly high over Fresno
Well, the eagles they fly
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* You can also point it at the ground, very low -- feet sometimes included.
* Or hang it high in an enclosed space / room, facing down, triggered wirelessly.
* Looking into round stuff is always good. Certain plumbing fixtures are roundish.
* Center the view at the intersection of three or more lines. They radiate.
* Are there any monsters under your bed? Poke it down there and see.
* Straight down at your dinner plate, soup bowl, turkey on a platter, etc.
* We won't speak of drilling a hole in a locker-room wall, no we won't.
* Close up to your TV, monitor, favorite painting, blood-smeared walls, etc.
* On tripod very near sports course; Catch-In-Focus; continuous shooting.
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blood-smeared walls, etc.
Does this happen often in your home?
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