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AMc 16th March 2018 05:36 PM

Re: Olympus 8mm Bodycap vs Samyang 7.5mm - thoughts?
 
Read a few reviews that suggested the Body Cap is a bit more of a lens than a toy.

I know Robin Wong could take a good photo with an etchasketch but he was reasonably complimentary.
https://robinwong.blogspot.co.uk/201...ns-review.html

I also found a couple of Flickr groups
https://www.flickr.com/groups/2571568@N22/
https://www.flickr.com/groups/2657674@N23/

So MPB had one in mint condition for a very attractive price so I've bitten the bullet. I'll find out if that was a mistake next week - thanks for your thoughts.
If I really like it maybe I'll look at getting the "proper lens" at some point.

AMc 21st March 2018 03:15 PM

Re: Olympus 8mm Bodycap vs Samyang 7.5mm - thoughts?
 
I've just shot a handful to test it.
For the tiny size and the tiny price it's a bit of a laugh.

Hard to get your head around what a field of view of 140 degrees or so really means until it's on the camera.

Focus Peaking and Olympus stabilisation for the indoor shots are very handy.


#1
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/786/4...4c5fed4f_c.jpg
House - Fisheye lens by AMcUK, on Flickr
Shooting straight into the sun was not the best idea. Other shots show a lot of purple fringing that Lightroom doesn't seem able to fully tame.



#2
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/799/4...c4650ba8_c.jpg
St. Mary's, South Walsham - Fisheye lens by AMcUK, on Flickr
The kind of effect I was expecting.



#3
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/816/4...08ab2890_c.jpg
St. Mary's, South Walsham - Font Fisheye lens by AMcUK, on Flickr
Needed to remember drop the shutter speed a bit more but even at ISO5000 it's OK.



#4
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/810/4...a1a2bbc2_c.jpg
St. Mary's, South Walsham - Fisheye lens B&W by AMcUK, on Flickr


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pdk42 21st March 2018 03:22 PM

Re: Olympus 8mm Bodycap vs Samyang 7.5mm - thoughts?
 
I might have a Samyang for sale.

AMc 21st March 2018 03:27 PM

Re: Olympus 8mm Bodycap vs Samyang 7.5mm - thoughts?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pdk42 (Post 443255)
I might have a Samyang for sale.

Stop it, I'm going on a long haul holiday so I can't afford it ;) :p :D

I might come back looking at the Samyang if I find this to be more than a gimmick on the trip but at the moment I can't justify 3x the price.

MikeOxon 21st March 2018 03:57 PM

Re: Olympus 8mm Bodycap vs Samyang 7.5mm - thoughts?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AMc (Post 443254)
.......Constructive comments are always welcome https://www.avforums.com/styles/defa...foro/clear.png

I think you have proven very firmly that this tiny lens is NOT a plastic toy. My son keeps one permanently on his camera, as a cap that can also capture a grab shot at any time and get a result, before thinking about which lens to use next.

The low level of flare with the sun right in the frame is pretty remarkable and I like your interior shots very much. A good strong foreground is always a good idea with any super-wide lens.

I hope you have plenty of fun with it *chr


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