addendum to older post on 180-degree auxiliary lens

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by JDMvW, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. I discussed these more generally at
    Spiratone 180º Fish Eye (auxiliary) Lens

    so this is by way of an redux/extension of that post
    Samigon 180º Fish-eye 1973-02 MP.jpg
    This is the Samigon 0.15X converter on a Canon digital camera (it differs only in detail from the Spiratone version):


    Here's my Billy Bookcase o'cameras taken with it


    For something approximating sharpness with this sort of auxiliary lens, you need to stop down much more than I did in these hand-held shots.


    If you only want to "play with" the 180-degree idea, this is an affordable option.

    If you buy one, make sure it comes with an adapter ring, they're nearly impossible to find otherwise.
  2. I've got a Peleng 8mm fisheye with 180 degree coverage, it's made in Belarus. It's gives a very nearly circular image on a full frame camera like my D700, with just a little clipping at the top and bottom. The depth of field is enormous but you actually need it, as you don't realise until you use one how close you have to be to the subject - a few inches sometimes - to get an interesting result. Also you have to review your camera holding technique.

  3. AJG


    The fingers add a nice touch...
  4. I also have a Berolina 12mm fisheye and a Spiratone 7mm fisheye. Both are 'primary lenses, not auxiliary.

    I may get to these someday - trying to catch up....
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  5. Thank you for using the term 'primary' a.k.a. 'prime' in its true meaning! A rare thing nowadays.
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  6. It must have been your influence from discussions long ago and far away;)

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