Friday, July 29, 2011

Canon's New Fisheye Lens

So I ordered a new lens today, hoping it would get here before my trip.

I've always wanted a fisheye lens but could never afford one. Even if you can afford one, the digital crop vs. full frame and fisheye full frame vs. circular debate will make your head spin. Luckily for me, it would appear Canon has solved this problem (of sorts.)

Canon has an L-series fisheye zoom lens that allows you to operate it as a circular fisheye (you know those shots, with the whole world appearing in a circle, rather than rectangular, like a "normal" photo) on a full frame camera but also use the zoom mechanism so that it can also be used as a full frame fisheye on either a crop sensor or (with the zoom) on a full frame.

To put it in a nutshell, this means I can have my circular fisheye goodness on my full frame Canon while also still enjoying some square frame fisheye love on my crop sensor Canon cameras. It's kind of like the best of both worlds, only a bit more bug eyed and wider.

The only problem? (What? Like you knew there would be a catch.) It's on back order and not sure I will get it before I leave for my trip.

Now, I know you don't much think of me as a fisheye shooter and that's because I'm not, at least, I haven't been. But, secretly, I've always wanted to do some sky shots on the fisheye, some landscapes, maybe an ocean series. You know, I've always wanted to do it. I've always been one of those people that, if I'm going wide, I'm going W-I-D-E, none of this 45mm crap for me. No, it's either go fisheye or go home. If I'm going to do anything slight, might as well leave the nifty fifty on there and go all normal on you right? And, well, let me just put this one to the crowd...when have I ever been anywhere near normal? Can you recall? (Nope. Didn't think so.)

So, fisheye it is!

I have so much gear to get before my trip, it's not even funny. Wish me luck, for the postman is going to be bow-legged once again. *Sigh*

Until next time...

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