With all of these incredible Micro Four Thirds cameras surfacing, I’ve been feeling a bit blue over the lack of lenses available to accomodate this growing market. The smaller size of mirrorless cameras makes for great action shooting. Researching tonight I delved into fisheyes. A fisheye lens is an ultra wide angle lens that gives a spherical view of the environment you’re shooting. The 180º field of view is responsible for the curvature at the edges of the outer corners that gives this lens its distinct look. Fisheye lenses are capable of allowing you to get in close to your subject. This perspective can really exaggerate the fisheye and look very cool for video.
I like YouTube user, JardannM’s usage of his Rokinon 8mm fisheye in the video above. It’s a simple clip but notice how he bends lines and changes up the perspective to emphasize the ultra wide angle. Using a wide angle lens will also reduce the appearance of micro vibrations and hand shake, which is why it’s common to find it camera footage that requires the operator to move around quickly.
180 degrees angle of view
Aperture range of F/3.5 ~ 22
180 degree angle of view
Built-in petal type hood
The Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye is also available for other popular camera companies like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, and Olympus.
Rokinon 8mm for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus
Another very popular lens is the 7.5mm Fisheye found for smaller Micro Four Thirds cameras (found here).
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Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye for MFT