Reviews and Problems with Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye
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Have a blast!
FotoFlash, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: Great fun to play with and give a different perspective to old views. Use the distortion to advantage, including the reflections on the inner barrel. Since it has 180 degree view, mind getting your feet, elbows, or ball cap bib in the picture -- unless that is what you want! Be prepared to go back to "old school" photography skills -- manual exposure and focus. A little pricey but great if you can snag a sale price!
Excerpt: I expected more, but I wanted a fish eye lens and did not want to spend thousands. I got what I paid for. It's better than nothing. In time I am sure I will figure out the best use for this lens.
Excerpt: No, it's not a Canon "L" series lens, nor does it weigh as cost as much as one. My 5 star rating is simply based on how well it does the job its intended for, at its price point. Note that though it will mount on a full frame Canon body, the image circle will only fill the frame for an APS-C size sensor. For me, with it mounted on a 5D Mk. III, that's not a problem as I still have lots of pixels to mess around with.
Summary: For under $300, you can't beat this lens. Super fun, full 180+ degree circle, and an education in rethinking how you frame images. At the start, you'll forget your fingers and feet are in the frame because of the eye candy when looking through the lens. Also, an exercise in depth of field considerations ... this lens will focus as close as 1/4 inch and at f22, you only get a few inches DoF.
Excerpt: I have never used a Lensbaby lens before. However when I saw some of the photos taken by others using this lens, I decided to experiment with it.I am very pleased with the circular feature especially for interior architectural photos. It provides a very unique perspective.
Excerpt: This lens is fully compatible with our Canon APS-C size sensor cameras and is easy to use in spite of it being a manual lens (must manually adjust focus and aperture) We like the interesting effects provided by this fisheye lens and we are having fun learning how to get the images we desire. Special effects provided by this Lensbaby Fisheye is only limited by the user's imagination.
Summary: I really like this lens and I would buy it again. Here are the details: I first saw it on Adorama’s YouTube channel. They had a couple of different presentations and the lens looked like it would be a lot of fun. I don’t know anyone who actually has this in their kit, or anything close, so I couldn’t ask a personal source for input and the reviews I found just didn’t give enough specifics for me to get a real feel for it.
you like to push the boundaries of your photography
28 October 2014
Summary: If you're looking for an old fashioned fisheye lens, go look somewhere else (and bring your wallet, it's going to cost you). If, however, you like to push the boundaries of your photography, if you want to bend your perspective, if you love to see in a new way (there's a reason why this is their slogan), this is a fantastic lens for you. No, it doesn't have autofocus, but the barrel is conveniently marked with distance markers, and it's easy to focus using this.