Having had time to get more acquainted with Nikon FC-E8 Fisheye lens I purchased for my infrared converted Coolpix 995 I’ve made a couple of interesting discoveries.
All Images Copyright John Powell, 2011
My main concern was the fact that I wasn’t getting pin sharp images when I engaged the camera in the recommend Fish#1 setting. What the Fish#1 setting actually does is set the cameras zoom to its widest setting. With the FC-E8 attached you get a phenomenal 183 degree field of view. What the camera then proceeds to do is set the focus point to infinity, which is what you don’t want, not with a Fisheye Lens you don’t!
With all ultra-angle lenses you need to get close to your subject and fill the frame. But if the camera is set to focus at infinity you will never achieve sharp images.
To remedy this I have dispensed with the in-built menu settings and created my own, which I have saved and asigned to the FUNC1 button.
My settings now read as follows:
Coolpix is reset to Normal Lens Mode
Metering is set to Centre-Weighted
Focusing is set to:
Manual Area AF (you choose AF area)
Single Point AF (you choose AF point)
Focus Confirmation: On
As you can see from the images shown, focusing is no longer an issue, keeping one’s head, feet and shadow out of shot is!
Update: Saturday 29th January, 2011 – Slide Show Feature Added