Shooting Lensbaby’s New Fisheye Lens

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Last week my friends at Lensbaby in Portland, Oregon loaned me one of their new fisheye lenses. The lens is designed to be a circular fisheye when mounted on a Canon or Nikon camera and I attached it to my Panasonic GX7 and GH4 using a Nikon to Micro Four-thirds adapter. Because a MFT camera‘s sensor is smaller than a Nikon’s you son’t get the full circular fisheye affect and I was curious to see how the images would look. I was extremely happy with the results.

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The Lensbaby fisheye is all-manual in both exposure and focus but at this extreme wide angle-of-view it’s almost always in focus. There is a depth-of-field scale on the lens to make it easy to set  focus. I shot these two photos at f/8 using a Lumix GH4 camera, which has focus peaking to make it even easier to manually focus. At only $299 this is a very sharp and fun to use lens. —Mark Toal

Upcoming Events: If you’re in the Portland area later this week, I’ll be demonstrating the Panasonic GH4 with the Lensbaby Fisheye on Friday, May 16 from 10am-5pm at Pro Photo Supply. LA celebrity photographer and Panasonic Luminary, Michael Grecco, will be speaking at a free event on Thursday night, May 15th from 6:30-8:30pm.

On Saturday from 10am-5pm I will be at Kenmore Camera in Kenmore, WA, just north of Seattle for a Panasonic GH4 launch event. I will be speaking about the GH4 from 11-11:45 and 3-3:45 pm. Panasonic Luminary Ben Gunow will also be there. Please stop by and say hi.