It may be of very little interest to some, but for me and anyone else who happens to enjoy ultra wide-angle photography, owning a Fisheye lens must come pretty high up on their wish list.
I have to confess my, Fisheye lens isn’t a true lens as such, but Fisheye attachment, designed for the classic Nixon Coolpix 995.
Although the Nixon FC-E8 (official title) dates back to 2001 its still a very much a sort after accessory, so much so, its taken ages to track one down. I got mine from Cash Generators in Manchester for a ridiculous price of just £40!
The perspective you get from this type of lens is phenomenal. With the Coolpix 995 you have the choice of two settings, Fish#1 or Fish #2.
Fish#1 gives you a full 183 degree circular view, equal to a 8mm Fisheye lens.
Fish #2 gives you the equivalent of a 15mm full frame Fisheye.
In addition to my wide-angle obsession I also love to capture images in infrared. The combination of eerie monochrome images along with an exaggerated perspective creates some very interesting results.
The four sample images shown here were all taken with my infrared modified Nikon Coolpix 995 using the Nikon FC-E8 in Fish #2 mode @ 200 ISO.
More about the Nikon FC-E8 Fisheye Adapter
Originally developed for scientific or industrial applications, Fisheye lenses are now also widely used in advertising, commercial and general photography. Fisheye lenses create a dramatic effect, showing the viewer the world as a fish might see it. With coverage up to 220? – virtually seeing backwards – Nikkor Fisheye lenses can add a new dimension to your photography.For special effect photography, as well as a variety of scientific and industrial applications, the Fisheye lens FC-E8 for Nikon CoolPix digital cameras is ideal. All-encompassing 180? Fisheye coverage records everything in front of the camera, and produces a circular image on the film. Bright f / 2.8 aperture for dim light or fast shutter speeds. Close-focusing is now down to 33cm (1 foot), full-aperture viewing and metering. Easy filter interchange; 5 filters are built into a revolving turret inside the lens.