I’m eating crow. In my last post, I said that I’d be good with what I have…
I’m blaming the Interwebs. I never knew that a bodycap fisheye for m4/3 existed! Anyway, I got one…and a body to go with it. I’ve taken some test shots, and with a fixed f/8, it’s pretty much useless indoors – the cheap Panasonic GF1 I got for it isn’t exactly a high ISO winner, but for outdoors, it’s pretty good – I should know…this is the second time around for GF1 ownership for me – but outdoors, it’s great.
When I had the Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye, I still had to fiddle with focus. With the bodycap fisheye, there are THREE focus points – infinity, hyperfocal, and ‘macro’. I don’t have reason to complain about focusing a manual lens anymore.
The best part about the GF1 with bodycap fisheye – no lens cap. The focus lever has a fourth position for a built-in lens cover. What this means is that should an occasion to get a WIDE shot occur…all I need to do is grab, point, and go. No focusing necessary. Since a fisheye won’t be used too frequently, this should work – in theory.
EDIT: Here are the shots from today’s outing – a birthday party for one of my son’s friends at a nearby amusement park. These are SOOC JPEG from the GF-1 using the ‘dynamic’ jpeg setting. Resized for the Interwebs.
If not already evident by the picture above – the sun was BEATING DOWN ON US. There was PLENTY of natural light, which was perfect for a fixed f/8 fisheye lens.
In other news, here’s a picture of a flowering artichoke.