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StephenL
16th April 2013, 03:10 PM
Having sold another under-used lens, I decided to buy a Samyang 7.5mm fisheye lens today, and these are my first attempts with the lens.

With the exception of Dibnah's snout, they were all set at f8 and focussing was just a notch back from infinity. Dibnah's focus was roughly set by the scale on the camera.

Again, all except Dibnah had a lens profile applied in Lightroom - either the Tokina fisheye or the Canon 15mm, to "de-fish" the lens.

So far I'm quite happy with the lens - it seems sharp, considering I didn't bother with setting focus exactly due to the vast depth of field. The only let-down is the lens cap, which is held on by two sprung clips rather like Olympus caps, except that already one side has lost its spring. SRS have promised to get me a new one.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-4162659.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-4162667.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-4162674.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-4162682.jpg

Dogcow
16th April 2013, 04:17 PM
Hi Stephen,

I found these profiles for you:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3150131


Cheers, Karel

Chevvyf1
16th April 2013, 04:43 PM
Stephen, I bought one of these and took it to a wood with tall thin trees and to the Beach Huts ... I shall try and find the images :) ... now where did I file them ...

I like your last :) I don't like Dibnah elongated :( she is prettier than that :)

Imageryone
16th April 2013, 05:24 PM
Those are very sharp, looks like a good buy.

StephenL
16th April 2013, 05:25 PM
Thanks Chevvy. This was Dibnah's first introduction to the lens, which she HAD to sniff. After that she just turned round and refused to co-operate.

StephenL
16th April 2013, 05:27 PM
Those are very sharp, looks like a good buy.

Not bad value at 219. I got the last one at SRS. I would have preferred the silver version, but hey ho.

Swordfish
16th April 2013, 05:33 PM
I like those photos a lot.

Damn, another lens to desire!

Martin

Jetset95
16th April 2013, 06:43 PM
Glad to see the 9-18mm funds went on something good. RM tried to deliver today, I'll pick it up tomorrow and try it out, thanks.

StephenL
17th April 2013, 06:46 AM
Glad to see the 9-18mm funds went on something good.
And I had change left over for a box of choccies. No, not for SWMBO, but more importantly for her boss, whose birthday it was!

al_kaholik
17th April 2013, 08:15 AM
Its nice, the last shot is an excellent wide angle.

Its a pity that wide angles cost a fair amount. Its probably the one thing that I would get the most use out of as a prime.

StephenL
17th April 2013, 09:07 AM
Its nice, the last shot is an excellent wide angle.

Its a pity that wide angles cost a fair amount. Its probably the one thing that I would get the most use out of as a prime.

Thanks. It makes as good a wide angle as it does a fish-eye. And I don't see this lens as being too expensive compared to many, even though it is all-manual.

I can see me using this lens more than I first anticipated.

Ian
17th April 2013, 10:40 AM
The last three look very normal rather then fisheye-look.

Ian

StephenL
17th April 2013, 11:07 AM
The last three look very normal rather then fisheye-look.

Ian

Indeed Ian. As I commented in the introduction to the shots, I applied a lens profile in Lightroom to give them more of a wide-angle view than fish-eye. I shall post the original images for comparison.

Probably not the best subjects for a fish-eye, but it shows the lens' use as a wide-angle as well.


http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/fish-4162682.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/fish-4162674.jpg

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/fish-4162667.jpg

Ian
17th April 2013, 12:51 PM
Ah! Serves me right for speed-reading the thread :D

Ian

Bikie John
17th April 2013, 01:58 PM
Ah! Serves me right for speed-reading the thread :D

Ian

Not at all - it was interesting to see the originals for comparison. Thanks Stephen for posting them.

Ciao ... John

StephenL
17th April 2013, 02:20 PM
And just for completeness - this was taken from the same point with the 12mm lens.

Unfortunately I no longer have a 9mm for a further comparison ...

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/em5-4172688.jpg

linus1884
17th April 2013, 03:02 PM
stephen cracking photos! i got my samyang fish last year from ukdigital they offered me a 3yr warrenty on it, which i think is standard now,

just out of curiosity did you get the newer version with the 1m distance marker? see below for comparison

http://www.ukdigital.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/s/a/samyang-7-5mm-black.jpg



http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4ca7bC47smY/T0vktXflsoI/AAAAAAAABx8/-lYYtFE9AAE/s400/fisheye%2Bsamyang%2Bvs%2Blumix%2Bsamyang%2Bfocus%2 Bscale.jpg

mine didnt but that hasnt bothered me, might be useful for others :)

StephenL
17th April 2013, 03:11 PM
No, I wasn't aware that they had produced one with that. Though I have heard of owners making their own mark. Might do that myself as I find that, unless it's a close-up, I don't bother with viewfinder focussing and just set at an approximate hyperfocal distance. Setting to 1 metre and f8 should cover just about everything!

Dave in Wales
11th December 2013, 05:44 AM
I love this lens...BUT.

I keep blowing hot'n-cold, I have just rerturned one in favour of the 7-14.

A lot more expensive I know, but more versatile.

The Samyang is a fun lens, should I rebuy it.......????????

Perhaps I'll treat meself for Xmas...*smileysanta

I have the Fisheye-Hemi programme, seems a shame to waste it :D

UPDATE.......Order placed.

Just for interest, some interesting images here........http://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=16458

Examples of Fisheye-Hemi Programme.........

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8123/8618980377_430734dde4_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59378220@N04/8618980377/)
P3270006-RS (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59378220@N04/8618980377/) by Dave in Wales (http://www.flickr.com/people/59378220@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8256/8620084910_5afdcf14d3_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59378220@N04/8620084910/)
P3270006-RS-DF (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59378220@N04/8620084910/) by Dave in Wales (http://www.flickr.com/people/59378220@N04/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8114/8618980719_4ffe7da736_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59378220@N04/8618980719/)
P3270005-RS (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59378220@N04/8618980719/) by Dave in Wales (http://www.flickr.com/people/59378220@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8532/8620084600_2e095bca68_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59378220@N04/8620084600/)
P3270005-DF-RS (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59378220@N04/8620084600/) by Dave in Wales (http://www.flickr.com/people/59378220@N04/), on Flickr

StephenL
11th December 2013, 08:15 AM
I'll have to have a look at that program, thanks.