I’m glad I remembered to stuff the tiny Olympus Fisheye lens in the top netting of my camera bag. It’s a toy lens, really. Optically, my lowest quality. But, boy, is it fun for the right applications and at about $100, it’s hard to go wrong. I slid it out when shooting at the The US Freedom Pavilion at The National WWII Museum, like a secret unexpected weapon of image capture.
As you may recall from my post a couple of days ago, even with my Olympus 9-18mm wide-angle, I struggled to capture the entire scene. And while this fisheye is also a 18mm equivalent, it has a larger, and characteristically distorted super wide-angle view. I think it’s perfect for these kinds of fun shots, as long as you don’t expect perfection.
Olympus does have a optically fine, Pro Fisheye. A 16mm equivalent with a bright f1.8, but I’m not up for spending $1000 for the privilege. Fisheyes are fun but not that fun. I’ll take the “crappy” $100 version, which fits just about anywhere. It truly is body cap sized, albeit a slightly fat cap.
Its other big limitation, it’s a fixed f8 aperture. But as I discovered at a bar at night, it’s surprisingly usable thanks the terrific in-body image stabilization of the new Olympus cameras.
This is my last post from The National WWII Museum. I hope you got a good feel of the place. Excellent for its history and photography, as I discovered. Highly recommended.
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