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 Post subject: FISH EYE LENS
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:16 am 
I really like the look the fish eye lens gives but I don't want to really buy one considering that I don't know if I will be taking many shots like that. Is their a way I can get that effect using let's say photoshop or some other software?

P.S. The next lens IM looking to buy which I feel i'll get a lot of use from is a macro lens. any considerations?

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Hi, if you just want a distorted effect, then yes, you can achieve that with software, but if you want to capture a wider field, then you'll need a wider angle lens like the Nikkor fisheye.

Cameralabs forum member Thomas (Tombomba) has one, and as he's also a macro expert, I'll let him answer this one when he's got a minute!

In the meantime, have a look at his postings about the Nikkor fisheye lens in this very forum for some more details... See:


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sorry for taking a while. As Gordon said: There sure is SW that makes a standard pic look curved like a real fisheye shot, but two things can never be simulated:
1. the wider field of view that e.g. the 10.5mm Nikkor fisheye gives (it's almost 180 degrees diagonally!)
2. the shift in perspective, when you go really close to a subject and the background falls away significantly, like a small flower in the foreground in perspective to the large mountain behind. See one of my favourite fisheye photos over here: ... 264170988/

Some of my own fisheye shots so far can be found on flickr here:
The trick is, that fisheye shots can be straightened out by SW so as to look like a ultra wide angle lense which is a very interesting combination: you can capture the wide angle and the specific perspective and at the same time make a perfectly normal looking picture out of it...
But to be honest, normally a lens starting at 17/18mm captures quite a bit...

As to your macro question:
As a Nikon fan - if you want to buy the best: grab the AF-S VR 105mm 2.8G IF-ED! I own one, and its VR image stab is most important in macro shots, as the large magnification also magnifies your every shake and wobble (unless you carry a tripod with you all the time). As my D80 also allows for continuous focussing, this combination a dreamteam when it comes to macro shots out in the wild.

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