Fish-eye is an interesting topic in the photography. Most of the time there are just two opinions with the people. They love this kind of lens or they hate it.
Lets be precise. There are two types of Fish-Eye lenses. The circular Fish-eyes like my MEIKE 6.5mm f2.0 lens. the image produced is circular. The lens is imaging diagonal, vertical as well horizontal 190° degrees. You must be very careful that no feet’s of the photographer can be seen on the image. The distortion is very high and of course on 50% of the images you have some where the sun in your picture that creates extra effects and needs to be handles clever by the photographer or the images quality can be drastically reduced. On the other hand those images can be very spectacular. in the 70th i joined a airport tour at the big airport of Düsseldorf and they took us with special cars that close to the airplanes (safety/security was no big issue at that time) that I was able to to take a circular image of one of the turbines of Boing 747. That picture has been spectacular. It´s a shame that this picture got lost during one of my moves.
The other type of Fish-eye lenses are the landscape types. For example the new 7Artisans 7.5mm f2.8 MKII Fish-eye. Those images are having also strong distortion and offer a diagonal and horizontal angel of 190° degrees but less in the vertical direction. So you get a landscape orientated image. Some “smart” guys with even “smarter” software often try to correct the heavy distortion of these Fish-eye images. This is not possible without loosing a lot of image quality. I prefer to use the special look of those landscape fish-eye pictures to change the view of people. You even can enforce the message you want to express in your image.
Those tests and examples I will produce next week-end and also compare the same image situations between the first version of the 7Artisans 7.5mm f2.8 and the new 7Artisans f2.8 MKII Fish-eye.
Here a link to my unboxing movie of the new 7Artisans 7.5mm f2.8 MKII Fish-eye: Unboxing movie of the new 7Artisans 7.5mm f2.8 MKII Fish-eye