Shoot By Land Or By Sea
With The 8mm f3.5 Fisheye Lens
Designed for digital photography, this full frame 8mm fisheye lets you view and compose dramatic ultra wide-angle "fisheye" images of 180 degrees for dramatic photos with edge-to-edge sharpness.
These results are further enhanced due to ED lens elements that minimize chromatic aberrations, a circular aperture diaphragm for natural-looking background blur, and multi-coating to reduce flaring and ghosting. The dust- and splash-resistant design lets you shoot no matter the weather.
The fascinating effects produced by barrel distortion and an extensive depth of focus, as well as the ability to capture superb wide-angle macro shots as close as 5.3 inches, can also be harnessed underwater.
The 8mm fisheye can be combined with the EVOLT E-300 and the PT-EO1 and PPO-E04 underwater housing and port for impressive capabilities below sea level. The close focus and 153 degree angle of view will let you capture sea life up close as deep as 196 feet.
A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that takes in an extremely wide, hemispherical image. Originally
developed for use in meteorology to study cloud formation and called "whole-sky lenses", fisheye lenses quickly became popular in general photography for their unique, distorted appearance. They are often used by photographers shooting broad landscapes to suggest the curve of the Earth. Hemispherical photography is used for various scientific purposes to study plant canopy geometry and to calculate near-ground solar radiation.
The first types of fisheye lenses to be developed were "circular fisheyes" —
lenses which take in a 180° hemisphere and project this as a circle within the
film frame. Some circular fisheyes are available in orthographic projection
models for scientific applications. These have a 180° vertical angle of view,
and the horizontal and diagonal angle of view are also 180°. Most circular
fisheye lenses cover a smaller image circle than rectilinear lenses, so the
corners of the frame will be completely dark.
Alternative Fisheye Lenses
This high-performance Fisheye Lens has a 180° field of view, and a focal length equivalent to 16mm on a 35mm camera. With great depth of field, exaggerated perspective and extreme deformation, the marvelous image of this fisheye lens broadens your shooting palette. The incorporated ED lens elements greatly reduce chromatic aberrations to provide the highest image quality with high resolution and contrast.
A must to push your creative boundaries
By Ivan Gomez from Redmond, Wa on 9/7/2008
Pros:Consistent Output, Durable, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Best Uses:Special Effects
Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Comments about Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens:
this lense as a prime is excellent in terms of color and sharpness. I am very happy as it compliements my kit to push creativity. The quality of the lense construction is great, very sturdy and the lense cap is made out of metal, giving me a lot of confidence to take out on the field. I[...]