Thursday, February 28, 2013

I Miss My Fisheye

I used to have a Zuiko Digital 8mm F3.5 fisheye lens for my Olympus DSLR, but I decided to sell it off some time ago, due to the lack of usage, and not that much variety of shots I can come up with it. It was a great lens to give that few extra unusual perspective for some shooting conditions, but it rarely worked if too many fisheye effects were presented in a series of photographs. Not using it as often as I liked, I felt that the lens was not worth keeping, and I sold it off to fund other lenses which I did use more frequently, both for my own shutter therapy needs as well as paid assignment/jobs. Nonetheless, I do admit I miss the fisheye lens a lot. 

Recently I had a chance to meet up with a dear friend Ananda, and I saw his newly purchased Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye lens for Micro 4/3 camera. That Samyang Fisheye looks really gorgeous !! It was reasonably priced for rather impressive optical performance it brings, the only drawback was the absence of autofocus, which was not a main issue since wide angle lenses are less demanding when it comes to focusing, even manually. 

Ronnie trying out Ananda's spanking new Samyang Fisheye. 

Now suddenly I wish I still have my old fisheye lens ! Ahhh... we always want what we do not have. 

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  1. Robin, I have the Samyang 7.5 as well. If we ever do manage to meet up in KL then I'll bring it with me and you can get some shutter therapy with it. It might give you some interesting images for your blog. Believe it or not, I haven't been to KL for several months, so I don't know when that might happen!

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    1. Hey Newzild,
      Please do let me know when you are in KL! Shall do some shutter therapy !

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  2. Hi Robin, Just for fun... what would be the next 4/3 or m4/3 lens you would buy?

    Peter

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    1. Hey Peter,
      Ideally I would want a 14-35mm F2 for my E-5, and perhaps a 75mm FF1.8 for my E-PL1. Considering my tight budget neither of those will happen anytime soon I am afraid. But of course I can always dream !

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  3. Is this the EPM2...? This combo looks like a toy... but nevertheless the EPM2 has the OMD sensor in it! Robin... what's the price in USD of the OMD in malaysia?

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    1. Yes that is an E-PM2, really great little camera. I am not too sure how much it costs though, since I have not been to any camera shops lately but it is normaly more expensive than what you can find in the US pricing.

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  4. Is that Ronnie Oh? I heard you guys were hangin' out '-)

    I saw the red cam and the lens when Ananda posted to G+. Really sweet looking. And the Samyang lenses are not too shabby these days.

    I do know what yo mean about missing a lens though. I sold a nice 100m Nikon back awhile ago and I should not have done it.

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    1. Hey Libby,
      Yes that was Ronnie. He lives very near to me, so we do meet up from time to time. Ananda is a common friend, and we managed to catch him before he flew away to Melbourne after the Chinese New Year holidays.

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  5. Robin, that is so true, I sold my E-5 and lenses to fund my new E-M5, I really miss the 8mm and 50-200mm, I bought a panasonic 45-200, its not even close to the quality. Still I remind myself when I look at my old OM-1 with a 24, 50mm and 70-200 was all I had at that time, we work with what we have and often that improves our output. Your images on the blog are an inspiration, thank you.

    regards
    Bryan

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    1. Hey bryan,
      50-200mm is another gem, and one of the main reasons why I am still using the E-5, and not jumping to micro 4/3 anytime soon.
      Thank you for the encouraging remarks !

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  6. The Samyang 7.5 mm fish eye is a great lens! Even wide open it's sharp and chromatic aberrations and flare are well controlled. I'm sure you would love this glass.

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    1. Indeed it is !! I must stop poisoning myself with such temptations !

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  7. I'm very, very impressed by the recent optical designs of Samyang. Quite a few pros (Kirk Tuck comes to mind) are very enthusiastic as well. I'm tempted.

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    1. I am not surprised Kirk finding Samyang tempting, considering he has focus peaking to aid quick focusing on his current Sony system.

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  8. The Olympus 4/3 fisheye is such an amazing lens. So sharp and lovely colors. I was quite sad when I sold it, but like your Robin, I just didn't use it enough to justify keeping it versus other lenses. The price of the Samyang seems more reasonable for the quality it delivers. I'd love to see your shoot with it soon.

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    1. Indeed Wataru, I just did not see how I can keep the fisheye since I did not use it that often.However the Samyang is less than half the price of the 4/3 8mm fisheye. Though manual focus is needed, I still think it is a very good option !

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  9. Robin, I've had a look at the OMD EM5 here in Mauritius in a small showroom... I was surprised its 'made in China'... I guess 'made in Japan' would have been more reassuring... Any comments on quality control or else? Is olympus moving its factories to China... the land of cheap labour.

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  10. Hi robin. Can you do a review for epm2. Its my new camera now. I have read a lot of reviews already but most of them are based on the pro photgrahers point of view. I like your reviews better. Marco chan

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  11. Hi Robin,

    I bought the Rokinon Fishere more than a year ago ... and I love it. The quality of the lens vs the price is fantastic and it is always on my OM-D ... or very close in the camera bag.

    BTW, I really like you work ! Just too bad you are so far away :)

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