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Lensbaby Fisheye Optic

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  • Turn your Lensbaby into a fun fisheye lens with the Fisheye Optic
  • Compatible with the Lensbaby Composer, Composer Pro, Control Freak and Scout lens bodies
  • Part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap system
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Lensbaby Fisheye Optic + Lensbaby Creative Aperture Kit 2 + Lensbaby Composer Canon Lens
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm ; 5 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
  • Item model number: LBOFE
  • ASIN: B002TG3XXY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Nov. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,817 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Turn your Lensbaby into a fisheye lens with the Fisheye Optic, part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. The Fisheye Optic’s ultra-wide 12mm focal length captures an eye-popping fisheye view from infinity all the way down to one inch away. The Fisheye Optic is designed for use with the Composer Pro, Composer and Scout, but can also be used with the Muse with the purchase of a special adapter. The Fisheye Optic is not recommended for use with the Control Freak.

The Lensbaby Fisheye Optic features a system of interchangeable aperture disks, with possible aperture settings ranging from f/4 to f/22. At f/4 the edges of Lensbaby Fisheye images will be soft. Stopping down to smaller apertures will increase edge sharpness. At f/22 the entire image will be quite sharp.

Due to the extremely wide angle of view, full frame shooters will generally see a black circle around almost the entire image, and APS-sized sensor shooters will see black at the corners of their images. This black edge is typical for standard fisheye lenses. However, the Lensbaby Fisheye Optic features a unique lens flare effect that causes the edge areas that would ordinarily be black to glow with color whenever there are bright light sources in the image. This lens flare effect is particularly apparent when shooting with a full frame camera.

The Fisheye Optic has a much flatter field of focus than previous Lensbaby Optics. The images created by the Fisheye Optic are sharp throughout the image at darker apertures. At brighter apertures there is some softening at the edges but not the Sweet Spot of sharp focus and dramatic blur that are trademarks of the Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic Optics. Instead of bending the lens, photographers will typically point their Lensbaby straight ahead to achieve a classic fisheye look.

Box Contains

f/4 Fisheye Optic
Hard storage case
Aperture Tool containing aperture disks ranging from f/5.6 to f/22
Microfiber lens cloth
User guide

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rich T BixBix on 1 Oct. 2012
As a low-cost 12mm fisheye this is rather crisp when in focus... which isn't that easy to achieve unless you take a trial picture and check its sharpness before getting your main shot. When I'm happy I've got infinity focus [which is how I normally use this lens] I place a rubber band around the focusing ring and another on the barrel then mark them both so the marks line up at infinity. This makes infinity quick and easy to find for any shots greater than a few meters away.

My main gripe is the poor lens cap and the lack of a filter mount for lens protector. Otherwise it's great.

By the way, it you want to put this in a standard lensbaby plastic pot, remove the lens cloth from the pot, place the lens [with cap fitted] with the front element down in the pot, put the cloth in the side of the pot and put the lid on. OK it's now "upside down" compared to your other lenses but it's safe too...

I've given it 5 stars because it is very cost-effective for what it is and it's way way WAY better than putting a wide-angle adaptor on a normal lens [IMHO].
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By Dena Marsh on 3 Aug. 2013
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I have multiple lenses from the Lensbaby make and I love them!

They enable me to be creative in the moment and enjoy shooting images on the go rather than thinking about post production issues.

Great value for money and I will continue to purchase this product.
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By Sandra arpa on 11 Dec. 2013
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This optic fisheye is a great little lens for the lens baby,takes great photos and is very versatile ,very well packed for delivery
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1 of 18 people found the following review helpful By p wilkinson on 1 July 2011
Hard to rate a product you can not use but did want make people to be aware that this is NOT compatible with Micro 4/3rds cameras.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Optic Swap? More like Optic Stay Put! 25 Jan. 2010
By G. Marsden - Published on Amazon.com
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I was eagerly searching for an affordable fisheye lens for my Canon 40D after seeing some friends really do excellent work with this type of lens. With this Fisheye Optic installed, my LensBaby Composer (View Product) has been transformed from an occasional toy lens to a utility lens that I want to use every single day. It's important to know that this fisheye optic does not reproduce the typical LensBaby radial blur patterns...it simply turns your LensBaby into a Fisheye Lens.

We got this little optic two days before traveling to Costa Rica. My thinking at the time was that I wanted a nice super-wide angle lens to go along with the rest of my gear (a 24-70 f/2.8L, a 70-200 f/4L, and a Tamron 17-35 Wide Angle). On a trip where we expected to be in some tight quarters, small rooms and crowded forests, the lens made sense in order to cram as much of the scenery into the frame as possible.

I ended up using this lens much more than expected because it proved to be surprisingly versatile.

PROS:
- Wide-angle captures 170 degrees in your field of view
- Chromatic Aberration is limited to the extreme edges of the frame
- Even on a cropped image-sensor, you can still replicate the fisheye effect.
- A great lens for shooting the night sky, room interiors, sweeping landscapes.
- The horizontal center of the frame is rendered with little or no distortion or curve, making it possible to have a straight horizon even with everything else bending into the frame.
- Durable construction (it's metal)
- Choose your own aperture, from f/4 to f/22. I stuck with f/8 and am almost always satisfied with the result.
- Macro capability lets you get as close as 1" to your subject and the focus can still be razor-sharp.

CONS:
- It is a little difficult to install and remove from the LensBaby...so much so that I was worried I was forcing it too hard during the optic swap, and had to try two or three times to be satisfied with its position.
- There is no thread at the end of the lens, so you can not use the step-up/shade (View Product) or add any kinds of filters (though they would easily be in the field of view!)
- You'll have to carry around a (provided) second set of aperture discs...and the apertures for the Fisheye Optic are so small that it makes the regular creative aperture kits incompatible.
- If you're not careful, you can make people appear to have some very unflattering physical attributes. Keep them in the center of the frame! (or, for more fun...don't)

I'll get back to what it's like to have this lens on the camera: it's so fun! Things that are round, like rainbows, almost appear without any distortion at all. It's fun to play with perspective on things like the horizon. For instance, looking out at the ocean, if you just tilt the camera down, you can get your feet and the distant horizon in the same shot. In another case, while shooting a waterfall, just tilting the camera up a bit actually brought the tops of the trees behind us into the picture, without losing the bottom of the falls.

There are a few challenges when it comes to using a fisheye lens:
1. Macro photography doesn't end up feeling like it, because the perspective is warped away from the center of the frame, making even an insect or an ant seem somehow further away than it really is. You have to get really inventive with your angle in order to make something like a bug look impressive.
2. It makes really big things seem small. If you're looking at something that is massive, but distant, it'll be so diminished in the fisheye perspective that is will seem unrecognizable. Volcanoes and mountains seemed to flatten out.
3. It's often hard to avoid getting the sun or the moon, or some kind of washed-out light in the frame. You'll have to be creative about what you do with all the extra light sources that aren't being cropped out in the picture.

All told, this is my favorite lens to use. I dare say that with some real patience, you could generate some professional-level results with it. For $150, I have no regrets.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Inexpensive for a fisheye and pretty good 31 July 2011
By Omega Man - Published on Amazon.com
I didn't want to spend $600 on a fisheye lens, and I wanted a Lensbaby Composer anyway, so I bought this to go along with it. It's probably not as great as some $600+ fisheye lens, but to me it's more than good enough for the money.

Using this with a composer, though, means that you're usually going to want to center it in the frame which is a bit of a pain to do. Once you get it centered well enough you'll want to tighten down the tension ring on the composer so it won't move because you're not going to want to have to recenter it over again.

As a previous reviewer stated, there are no threads on the front so attaching accessories is not possible.

While you can insert "creative aperture disks" in place of a normal aperture disk, the maximum aperture for the lens is not large enough to cover the whole aperture disk design area. So you'll end up "cropping" off all but a small part of the middle of whatever standard creative aperture design you pick.

You may be able to cut your own aperture disks with the whole design within the aperture limits of the lens, but I haven't tried this and don't know how well it works in general. I did insert a standard "creative" kit disk with a lot of detail in the middle, and it did work to the extent that it could, so it is possible.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Okay 26 Jun. 2012
By michwilk - Published on Amazon.com
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Previous to this, I owned a cheap opteka fisheye attachment. I expected this to be superior...but it really isn't. I was a little disappointed. (I use it on the composer & i have the double glass optic & 80 optic- I like those optics more & rarely switch out for my fisheye).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun lens 8 April 2013
By Abby - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this optic for use with my Lensbaby Composer, and it's probably my favorite optic. I used to have an add on fisheye for my 18-55mm kit lens, but when I upgraded cameras, I no longer had a lens I could use it with. The only drawback is that you can't zoom like you can with the add-ons, but the image is much nicer, and it's still a lot of fun to play around with.
Explore More Creativity 23 Jan. 2015
By Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the fisheye optic a great deal, but I've not yet had the change to experiment much with it as yet. On a cropped sensor one gets an ultrawide image with heavy vignetting (see attached example). One can get very close to the subject but the "sweet spot" pronounced as with other Lensbaby Optics. If you're looking for a full circle for a cropped sensor camera, you'd be better off saving your money for their dedicated (and expensive) Circular Fisheye lens, which will deliver a full circle even on a cropped sensor camera. If you have a full frame camera (and I don't) you will get the full circle effect. If you have the Composer or Composer Pro you are better off not trying to do tilt-shift with this optic. So who is this for; if you want to play with fisheye and ultra-wide effects and not spend a ton of money this is worth the bucks. I think you'd be happier with this then Lensbaby's wide angle filter. My ultimate goal is to purchase all, or almost all the Composer optics and this just gives me more creative options. The drop in aperture disks are a pain because they have to be placed under the optic, but other than that this optic is fine. My advise is to evaluate your shooting situation and pick an aperture that will best suit your artistic vision and not try to change them often during a shoot.
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