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LensbabyFisheye Optic
 
4.3

(based on 20 reviews)

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    (12)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (11)
  • Durable (8)
  • Easily interchangeable (8)
  • Strong construction (6)
  • Consistent output (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Macro photography (8)
    • Weddings (5)
    • Video (3)
    • Wildlife photos (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent macro images!

    I have been putting off getting a proper fisheye or extra wide angle lens for a long time. But, when I ordered my Lensbaby I knew I had to get this too. Great...Read complete review

    I have been putting off getting a proper fisheye or extra wide angle lens for a long time. But, when I ordered my Lensbaby I knew I had to get this too. Great decision. While this is by no means a substitute for a proper, higher end fisheye lens, it is an excellent add-on for the Lensbaby, and is more than adequate for extreme fisheye images. More importantly, it allows you to create stunning, ultra close-up macro images. The first thing I did to experiment with this was to take a couple shots of a cactus on my porch. I was able to capture THE TIP of one needle in perfect focus, with everything else completely out of focus. Really cool. On a recent road-trip with a client I was able to capture some excellent candid shots inside of the car, which is obviously often difficult with even decently wide angle lenses (16 to 18mm). And, as with the Lensbaby itself, the price is so good for such a unique little tool, it is almost impossible to pass up.

    Keep in mind, though, this takes some practice to use effectively. It is 100% manual, to the point where you actually change the aperture discs by hand. It takes some patience, but it gets you more invested in your work and I think that helps you to create better images.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    High quality but lacking a lens cap?

    Like another reviewer I'm addicted to lensbaby and have collected almost everything they've produced! The products are innovative and have really helped me to have more fun!

    You will need the...Read complete review

    Like another reviewer I'm addicted to lensbaby and have collected almost everything they've produced! The products are innovative and have really helped me to have more fun!

    You will need the Composer lens to use this optic attachment or you will have to buy an inexpensive conversion ring (sold on their website) to use with the Control Freak or Muse. This is the highest quality optic attachment they've produced so far but strangely doesn't have a lens cap!! Afraid that i may scratch it I immediately remove it after using it, since i don't want to leave it attached to the lens in my camera bag...

    Also if you don't own a digital camera with a full frame sensor, like most of the Nikon DSLRs some of the frame will be cut off and you won't have the perfect fisheye circle. Of course upgrading to d700 or d3 would remedy this.

    Normally i would give this 5 stars but the lack of lens cap is a major flaw in my opinion!

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    4.0

    Nice Fisheye

    By Phil

    from Seattle

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

        Good addition to Lens Baby Optic Swap System. Economical alternative to a standalone fisheye.
        Excellent fisheye image on full-frame. However, on a Canon crop-frame, it is not a lot different from than 10mm setting of Canon 10-22 zoom.

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        5.0

        Great additions to camera system

        By MsMartha

        from San Diego CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

            I was so pleased with the basic Lensbaby, that I added this one to my camera bag. They give me the flexibility of creating in-camera effects like my Lomo cameras, but digitally instead of on film. Sure, I could do some of this in Photoshop, but I like the live, take-a-chance factor.The Lensbaby line are good products at a reasonable price. This one's a beauty.

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            4.0

            Great Alternative

            By Kiki

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                  This optic is a great alternative to the expensive Canon Fisheye Lens. It's also small and very light which is a bonus.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent macro images!

                  By TurboTigerJaws

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Extreme macro
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                    I have been putting off getting a proper fisheye or extra wide angle lens for a long time. But, when I ordered my Lensbaby I knew I had to get this too. Great decision. While this is by no means a substitute for a proper, higher end fisheye lens, it is an excellent add-on for the Lensbaby, and is more than adequate for extreme fisheye images. More importantly, it allows you to create stunning, ultra close-up macro images. The first thing I did to experiment with this was to take a couple shots of a cactus on my porch. I was able to capture THE TIP of one needle in perfect focus, with everything else completely out of focus. Really cool. On a recent road-trip with a client I was able to capture some excellent candid shots inside of the car, which is obviously often difficult with even decently wide angle lenses (16 to 18mm). And, as with the Lensbaby itself, the price is so good for such a unique little tool, it is almost impossible to pass up.

                    Keep in mind, though, this takes some practice to use effectively. It is 100% manual, to the point where you actually change the aperture discs by hand. It takes some patience, but it gets you more invested in your work and I think that helps you to create better images.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Fun alternative

                    By altprocess

                    from Manchester, CT

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                      The Lensbaby fisheye optic offers an inexpensive alternative for those seeking an extra, extra wide option. It is super wide on a crop sensor, giving vignetting on the corners, or a circle on full-frame cameras. The optical glass is good for the price although color fringing occurs on bright days. It's certainly worth the price.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      great lens

                      By ally xander

                      from san diego

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Affordable
                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Good quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                      Great product and so affordable. I have had a great time playing around with lens. I have been wanting to get a fisheye forever but just didn't wanna spend the cash so this was a perfect option. I purchased the composer last year and loved it too. lens baby rocks

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                      4.0

                      Wow! Great value

                      By Scott

                      from Sydney

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Great value

                      Cons

                      • Hard to focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                      A great addition to the composer, easy to swap. Sharp focus right up to the glass, although focus is dificult at anything other than infinity. Aperture disks are fiddley and unlike the composer lens there are no magnets holding the disk in place, they are screwed in behind the fish eye. If they where held with magnets the lens body could have been used creatively without the fish eye.
                      Combined with the composer, this set up is still way cheaper than buying a dedicated fish eye lens.

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                      4.0

                      Great effect for low cost

                      By Szoet

                      from Cerritos, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to Clean

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                      This is a good way to play around with a fisheye effect for a fraction of the cost of a fisheye lens.

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                      5.0

                      Worth every penny!

                      By FallingLeavesPhotography

                      from Alberta, Canada

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                        I was looking for a fisheye to use with my Canon 5D MK II and after hours of searching and review reading I came across the Lensbaby. I picked up the Composer Pro with Double Glass, Single Glass, Pinhole/Zone, Fisheye, Macro Kit, Wide Angle/Telephoto, and a few other cases and accessories, all from B&H and couldn't be happier.

                        The lens performed admirably, and produces very unique full circle photographs on a Full Frame sensor. The photos are very sharp and have great contrast and colours present. On my crop body XTi it does not appear as a full circle image, but simply a very wide angle 18mm equivalent. I love the look of the photos on both bodies, and am thrilled to not have had to spend 5x the amount on getting a fisheye. It does exactly what I had hoped and even more. Speaking of the more, this lens works wonders as a macro. With it's 0.5" minimum focus distance, and super wide (160°) viewing angle, you get some very unique and mind blowing macros.

                        If you're in the market for a high quality fisheye look no further.

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                        4.0

                        Great add on

                        By Ryan

                        from Broomfield, CO

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                          I use this for wildflower photography.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Top Notch Fisheye!!

                          By vlad

                          from CT

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Lens cap

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoor
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                          I've used the Canon fisheye lens, as well as cheap auxiliary add-ons. This optic rivals the output from the Canon lens!

                          You'd be hard pressed get a good USED fisheye lens for this price. I love it, I use it a lot for indoor shots with many people (or interesting decorations) since it captures so much more than my 16-35 f/2.8L can. The fisheye effect is pretty severe, which makes for fun novelty images, but with an Aperture plugin I can quickly and easily de-fish the shots and get extreme wide angles with no barrel distortion and very little loss. This lens also does a terrific job of controlling chromatic aberrations, lens flare I can't comment on as I havent had the chance to shoot with it outside in full sun, but with my flashes I haven't experienced much flare (I'd guess the low number of elements in the lens has something to do with this).

                          The build quality is impressive. It feels sturdy. I recommend it! The only possible con is that the friction-mounted lens cap can come off at times, this hasn't been much of an issue for me, though. This should be the first lens you buy for your Lensbaby.

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                          • Yes

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                          4.0

                          inexpensive alternative

                          By Rowdy

                          from Vancouver BC Canada

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                            I'm quite a fan of the lensbaby system. So many options that are relatively inexpensive. The fisheye attachment gave me a new perspective on shooting and it may lead to me buying a much more expensive and proper circular fisheye in the future. It truly is a great way to decide whether or not you like this style before dropping serious amounts of coin on a real fisheye lens. Solidly constructed, easy to use readily interchangeable. There were previous complaints about the lack of a lens cap. However mine came with one! The lack of an autofocus system has taught me a great deal on how to properly manually focus and set up my shots. I dont really have any complaints. I use it in conjuction with my lensbaby composer and APS-C camera.. so I dont get the full circular effect.

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                            4.0

                            Works Great

                            By 3D

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                                Cheap! Functions great as a low budget fisheye. Extreme angle of view and decent optical quality. There are two reasons it doesn't get the full 5 stars:

                                On a full-frame sensor like the Canon 5DmkII it forms a concentric circle in the middle of frame - leaving you with black on both sides.

                                Like all lens baby optics, the iris discs are kind of a bummer for quick changes in the field. I recommend finding your stop with a regular lens then switching over.

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                                4.0

                                Good fish-eye option

                                By Schmick

                                from Southport , Australia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                                  An inexpensive fisheye option if you already have a lensbaby
                                  easy to install and very compact!

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                                  3.0

                                  High quality but lacking a lens cap?

                                  By Whispersiren

                                  from Los Gatos, CA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                                    Like another reviewer I'm addicted to lensbaby and have collected almost everything they've produced! The products are innovative and have really helped me to have more fun!

                                    You will need the Composer lens to use this optic attachment or you will have to buy an inexpensive conversion ring (sold on their website) to use with the Control Freak or Muse. This is the highest quality optic attachment they've produced so far but strangely doesn't have a lens cap!! Afraid that i may scratch it I immediately remove it after using it, since i don't want to leave it attached to the lens in my camera bag...

                                    Also if you don't own a digital camera with a full frame sensor, like most of the Nikon DSLRs some of the frame will be cut off and you won't have the perfect fisheye circle. Of course upgrading to d700 or d3 would remedy this.

                                    Normally i would give this 5 stars but the lack of lens cap is a major flaw in my opinion!

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                                    4.0

                                    doesn't replace but good price

                                    By Filet Post

                                    from Halifax, Nova Scotia

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                                      I like the lensbaby line. Kind of addicted. So when they came up with a fisheye I was intrigued because I want to own a fisheye lens but can't justify the expenditure. So we bought this one. It really is a good 140 degree world with it on, but I admit I was surprised how much of the frame is lost to the surrounding black in the globular world. I picture using this in special circumstances and the light weight aspect will make it a no-brainer to keep in my kit.

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                                      4.0

                                      Pretty nice bargain on a fisheye

                                      By Potar

                                      from Huntersville, N.C.

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Affordable
                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Great Picture Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Artsy portraits
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                                        Just got this a few days back so just getting a feel for it, but so far I'm really happy with it. Like all the Lensbaby products, it's easy to swap with other optics for the Composer lens, though it's not as easy as changing lenses outright -- in fact, I'm sure some people find it tiresome over time, carrying the various optics around in their little jars, using the special lid/tool to insert or remove optics, using a magnet to change apertures, etc. -- but so far for me I love using all the Lensbaby stuff. The fisheye seems to me to be one of the highest-quality components they offer -- solid-feeling and it produces nice images.

                                        There is one big negative -- this thing does not come with a lens cap and there isn't one available. The Lensbaby cap that works with the other optics does not work on the fisheye. That just seems crazy to me that a lens company would sell a product without an available cap. So be ready to improvise on that.

                                        Despite this I'm glad I have this lens. It's a lot of fun at a cheap price.

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                                        4.0

                                        Excellent Alternative

                                        By Bubbles

                                        from Rockland County, NY

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Durable
                                        • Great Picture Quality
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • No Lens Cap

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Family Photos
                                        • Household Pets
                                        • Landscape/Scenery

                                        Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                                        This optic takes a little getting used to, but for the price it's a great alternative to an actual fisheye lens. I did have some difficulty getting the hang of it in combination with the Muse, but once I did I got some great photos. [...]

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                                        5.0

                                        a playful thing

                                        By udini

                                        from Cologne, Germany

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Great Picture Quality
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Simple Controls

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Close -ups
                                          • Fast Action

                                          Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                                          I like that it doesn't make a harsh circle, but "blends" it in. Lots of fun to play with, like all LB products!

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                                          5.0

                                          A Fish Worth Catching!

                                          By jad

                                          from North Carolina

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Great Features
                                          • Great Picture Quality
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Close -ups
                                            • Creative
                                            • Special Events

                                            Comments about Lensbaby Fisheye Optic:

                                            This fisheye optic is an excellent addition to the Lensbaby line. It helps the photographer be even more creative and can set you apart from the average shooter. I do have to say that it works better on a full frame camera, because you get the full circle of the fisheye. Excellent lens addition. The company is working on a fitted lens cap that will help protect the front of the lens.

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