04 May 2014

First impressions on Lensbaby Circular Fisheye

Lensbaby recently announced a new lens. A dedicated 5.8 mm fisheye optimized for APS-C sensors.
Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 Lens for Canon Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 Lens for Nikon Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 Lens for Micro 4/3 Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 Lens for Sony Alpha

Leaving behind (at least for now) the Lensbaby optic swap system, this is

a dedicated lens.

Luckily, been able to get one and test it out on my Canon 550D, on various occasions, from macro, to landscape to night shots.

What i have learn while using this lens, that might be considered tips are:
Be careful with your feet, therefore when taking a photo, lean your torso forward (the 185 degrees angle of view is so wide that you forget to look to the lower part of the frame).

On your editing software, create a custom cropping template to fit the circular fisheye and the outside reflections (avoid shooting in portrait, it will be easier on post production by using always the same cropping template).

Take the most out of the unique reflective barrel for creative shots, besides the reflective effect, some lovely flair comes up if you point towards the sun or strong lights.

On macro/closer shots, make sure the focus is on the right place. If it suits you, use a monopod/tripod while starting out with the lens (the subject almost touches the lens, if you have the camera on the monopod/tripod its a lot easier to be 100% sure its focused, instead of leaning forward and backwards until you focus it properly).

Heres a few of my shots with this new lens.

* Circular Fisheye lens
* 5.8mm focal length
* 185º angle of view
* f/3.5-22
* Focus type: Manual
* Polished internal barrel for creative flare & reflection
* Focus distance from 6mm-1/4 inch to infinity
* Available for Canon EF & Nikon F camera mounts
* Size/Weight: 2.75” (7cm) high x 3” (7.6cm) wide / 10.5oz (298g)

It will be released on the 12th of May and can be ordered at B&H, Adorama, Amazon.
More info at Lensbaby website.

Lensbaby Circular Fisheye promo video:

Other photographers press kit shots: