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1. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 7y

Ok so im looking to purchase myself a Fish Eye Camera ... im not talking lenses here (A: i dont have a camera of that standard & B: budget.) ....

Ive seen Lomo Fish Eye camera's are super common, going by a google.com search, but priced @ just £40 im guessing the picture quality isnt all that?! ... has anyone had any experience with Lomo products? ...

So can anyone advise me on a GOOD fish eye camera?

2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

One trick someone at the camera store showed me is how to make a fisheye from an old SLR with a wide angle adapter.

Basically if you look at the size of one of those wide angle screw on adapters made for prosumer digital cameras, you'll see their diameter is around the same as the front of an old SLR lens.

In my case I have the following combination:
Minolta X-700 manual SLR body
24mm f2.8 MD manual focus lens
0.45 or 0.5x wide angle adapter.

The three pieces screwed nicely into each other and I got a 24mm x 0.45 =~11mm (f3?) fisheye. The whole system (of course I had the body and was originally only interested in purchasing the 24mm for landscape work) would go for $300 on eBay these days. Of course you can shop around for cheaper systems from that era. But Lomo or other cheap fisheyes won't match the quality of this setup. If you've got an old SLR lying around, great ! The trick is to shop around for a cheap wide angle adapter that fits. In my case it screwed right into the filter thread and is really clean and neat. You can always look into gluing or some other way to attach the adapter to the front of a wide angle.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2009, at 10:51 by Q' ]

3. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I've seen art directors on photo shoots carrying Lomo cameras for their own use and quality was never an issue - just the fun and style of the results they gave. But it's all phone cameras now - though if it's fisheye you want and Lomo do one for £40, I'd say go for it.

I've just checked out the site. The 'fisheye' looks very cool. http://shop.lomography.com/fisheyecamera/

4. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 7y

Thanks Q' but im not going to lie, after reading your post i was wayyyyy confused, allmost trippin infact! ... much love for the help tho! ;)

Seems Lomo is the way to go, and with the price, i cant fail - tho i figured i'd *high five* you guys just incase i was missing something - seems not ... Lomo it is!

I thank you please.

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting makka

Thanks Q' but im not going to lie, after reading your post i was wayyyyy confused, allmost trippin infact! ... much love for the help tho! ;)

That's ok. On a good day, most people don't know what the hell I'm talking about anyway. ;)

I don't have any experience with Lomo's. A friend and I had a chat about them a while back. Basically they're cheap. Plastic lens, bits falling off, useless view finder, useless flash, etc. But you get what you pay for and if you're fine with all of that, go for it.

My point was that you can easily make a relatively cheap fisheye camera from a cheap out of date SLR from the '70s and a screw on adapter for around $20. The quality will be much better and you can use the camera system for other types of photos in the future.

6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I don't believe they were ever meant to be a serious option, just mad little cameras that get a lot of attention wherever they go - and they give some very interesting pictures.

7. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

I don't believe they were ever meant to be a serious option, just mad little cameras that get a lot of attention wherever they go - and they give some very interesting pictures.

But nothing really out there that's much better for a low low price unless you make your own like I suggested.

8. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

We could. Most people can't - and are not inclined to.

And it kind of kills it. :(

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

You mean screw or glue two things together ?!? Didn't think it was that difficult.

10. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting Q'

You mean screw or glue two things together ?!? Didn't think it was that difficult.

It isn't difficult - for us. The original poster had no idea. He just wanted to take pictures.