fish-eye Tag

I have not reviewed many fish-eye lenses in this column over the years - not for any sinister reason, mind, but really because I am at a loss as to what images will be best captured with them.I do not swim underwater with the fish and rarely go to pop concerts or inaugurations that might have tens of thousands of people attending them. I rarely go into caverns or cathedrals, and generally do not take the wide view of the place. So for me, the fish-eye view is a novelty.For others, it can be the exact way they see the world...

There have been a number of photographic equipment manufacturers in the past who have made what are termed "fisheye" lenses. I can recall seeing examples from Olympus, Nikon, Canon, Tokina, and Rokinon in my time at the shop. Doubtless there have many others - even down to Saga or Spiratone who made a fisheye adapter that we all bought in the 35mm era.Did I include Sigma in that list? I should have, because they have made a number of these...

This post will appeal to those photographers who have done with the boring old representation of reality. Because the fish-eye lens is one of the easiest ways to depart from this.Now, if you are a fish, you can dispute this. When we couple a short focal length lens to a digital camera and allow it to see widely with noticeable curvature on the margins of the image - it appears perfectly natural to a herring. Halibut find no inconsistency. Tuna are bored, but then tuna never really respond to the visual arts. They are more into music - particularly keyboard music. We have all heard of a piano tuna...