The Fisheye Cometh

“You can rent lenses?” Yes, rhetorical voice of me, lenses can be rented.

Vacation is rapidly approaching. We’re going somewhere very photogenic so I decided to try something a little different. I rented a lens for “Clicky.”

“You can rent lenses?”

Yes, rhetorical voice of me, lenses can be rented.

I ordered a 4.5mm f/2.8 Sigma fisheye lens from BorrowLenses in California. It arrived today. The rental price and shipping is around 15% of what a lens would cost. It’s a lens to play with, not own.

The lens itself is very different than anything I’ve shot before. There are no straight lines. Everything is spatially distorted.

Distances are distorted too. Everything looks farther away and larger than it really is.

Finding the right tricks to make a pleasing shot won’t be easy. I’ve already thumbed through dozens of photos on Flickr to see how others use this lens (yeah–you can do that too).

Here are my first attempts in no particular order. Click any photo to make it larger.

5 thoughts on “The Fisheye Cometh”

  1. I like the 2nd to last one…if he’s on FB, would make a nice profile pic! LOL

    Reminds me of those mirrors you see in drive thrus. Very cool effect!

  2. Geoff,

    Cool pics! But really I wanted to say that you take more vacations than anyone I know of. Good for you! I’m very jealous…

  3. GK

    You are wrong – Obama easily takes more vacations than Geoff. At least Geoff is missed!

    (note: Dave’s comment was edited to remain on topic and to appease me since this is my website. I hope he continues to participate.)

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