One of the good things about doing a 365 photo a day project is the fact that you are encouraged to use all the gear you have piled up but don’t use that much. I’ve certainly suffered from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and I have the additional failing that I hate selling on kit, just in case I might possibly need it one more time!
So, today’s piece of occasionally used gear was the fish-eye lens I have for my Sony A6000. I use the Samyang 8mm f2.8 lens (this shot was taken at f8, with a fish eye that’s pretty much everything sharp). I do like the Samyang lenses, I have a few of them and I find that they perform really well, so long as you understand their limitations – the main one being they are manual focus. This does mean they are cheaper, so ideal for filling that GAS without bankrupting you. This lens currently costs £249.52 at the time of writing. If I was to buy the Nikon equivalent for my D800 we’d be looking at about £675 for the Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16 mm f/2.8d lens (which is half as wide as the 8mm) or, and if you fancy treating me for Christmas feel free, I’d love the Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED Lens but at around £1,200 I won’t hold my breath. So, I think you’ll agree, with a budget limitation Samyang is the way to go 😉
This is the usual tree that I photograph fairly regularly on my morning walk. I don’t think I’ve ever photographed it with the fish eye before and I don’t think i’ve shot it straight up from next to the trunk, so it was well worth taking it out. I fiddled with it a little (of course) in photoshop to give it the hedge surround just to finish the shot off.
Here’s one of my more successful fish eye shots that I took of the Cecil Brewer staircase in Heals, London using this same lens.