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A fisheye lens is an ultrawide-angle lens that produces strong visual distortion intended to create a wide panoramic or hemispherical image. Much like that of looking through a fish bowl.

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What can a fisheye lens be useful for?

I have a variety of lenses in my camera kit. One that I do not have, and has me curious, is a fisheye lens. I mostly understand what it does: it captures an image with distortion similar to what you ...
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What software should I use for converting fisheye photos to normal rectilinear photos?

Can you recommand me a software for doing this job? I shoot using Sigma 8mm lens and I would like to be able to obtain a normal image out of that. The camera is canon 550D.
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wide angle and macro lens converter or adapter

I'm new to the world of photography and also have a pretty tight budget, so I'm interested if anyone has tried using a wide angle + macro lens converter/adaptor such as this (Forum discussion about ...
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How would one use filters with the “bulb”-like shape front element lenses?

I am toying with the idea of picking up either the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC or the 8mm f/3.5 Aspherical Fisheye lens. These lenses have a built-in petal-shape hood and a "bulb-like" front ...
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Why don't more people use fisheye lenses as a cheap wide angle lens?

From my understanding, a fisheye lens usually has a coverage of 180 degrees or close to it. Given the extreme coverage and the availability of software that can turn fisheye images back to a ...
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What is the correct, standard EXIF metadata to add for Rokinon 8mm fisheye lenses?

I own a Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount. This is a manual lens not electrically connect to the Canon 60D body I use it with. With exiftool I want to add the correct ...
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How wide can a lens be before it begins to produce distortion?

Some lenses will produce distortion near a photo's edges (lines that should be straight begin to curve). Fisheye lenses definitely do this, and some ultra-wide lenses will do this too. I like wide ...
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Can anyone identify this lens?

I read once, in a book, about a lens that was an "inverse fisheye". Basically a hemispherical mirror mounted at one end of a glass tube. I can't remember what it was called, nor can I find any ...
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Is it worth buying cheap lens attachments for my camera?

I'm considering buying a fisheye/wide-angle modifier. The brand-name modifier costs around £150 for a single wide-angle modifier which also requires an adapter ring. I've also seen, on ebay, kits ...
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What is the proper exif tag to mark a lens as a fisheye?

I'm shooting panoramas with a manual 8mm fisheye lens on my Canon 60D DSLR (APS-C, 1.6x crop factor). Since the camera cannot talk to the lens, the exif data in the pictures is all wrong. I know how ...
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Why doesn't my fisheye adapter gives fisheye distortion on my APS-C DSLR?

I'm new to photography and I have questions about fisheye distortion adapters. I bought a Spiratone/Soligor/Kenko Fisheye lens adapter for my lens, because I didn't want to spent a lot just to try ...
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How do I choose which low-cost fisheye lens is right for me?

Background: I'm an amateur photographer who wants to start taking pictures with a fisheye lens, my gear is a Nikon DX D5100. I would like to buy a fisheye lens, I know the Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF ...
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Cheap panoramic setup

I'm looking for a cheap panoramic 360x180 (approx. don't mind the "feet" as long as it's close) setup with decent resolution. I weighed my options and thought up the following: cellphone with ...