A Wide Subject

At the Photo Fair (Nikon D7000, Walimex f/3,5 8mm, f/16, 1/60 sec., ISO 6400, diverse Nik Software filters)

At the Photo Fair (Nikon D7000, Walimex f/3,5 8mm, f/16, 1/60 sec., ISO 6400, diverse Nik Software filters)


There is no affordable super wide-angle lens for Nikon DX but this one:
Walimex Fisheye f/3.5 8 mm

Walimex Fisheye f/3.5 8 mm


Variously sold in other locales under the brand name Samyang, Falcon, Bower, and Rokinon. On Nikon’s APS-C sensors, it throws a frame-filling image with a 180° diagonal viewing angle.
Bulbous Building (Nikon D7000, Walimex f/3.5 8mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 1100, diverse Nik Software filters)

Bulbous Building (Nikon D7000, Walimex f/3.5 8mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 1100, diverse Nik Software filters)


As a fisheye lens, of course it doesn’t depict in a rectilinear fashion. That effect is fun to use sometimes, but gets old quite fast.
There is software to “defish” fisheye images, I used the Fisheye-Hemi™ Plug-In for this self-portrait at my place of work to get from here:
Examination Room 1 (Nikon D7000, Walimex f/3.5 8mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 3600, diverse Nik Software filters)

Examination Room 1 (Nikon D7000, Walimex f/3.5 8mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 3600, diverse Nik Software filters)


to there:
Same as above, only "defished"

Same as above, only "defished"


And what is the image quality of the Walimex fisheye lens like?
Well, it certainly isn’t a Distagon in the corners, and image space manipulations as mentioned above stretch information in the corners even further. I think it will be ok for nature shots, but wouldn’t even think of photographing architecture with it with any aspirations of correctly depicting a building. If it was purely for the “Wow!” effect, well, that’ll be worth an occasional try.
I especially liked working with this lens in crowds like in the lead image. The Fisheye-Hemi™ Plug-In is specialized for these situations and bends the verticals straight again, but not the horizontals. If one wanted a rectilinear image made from fisheye RAWs, one would use the PT-Lens plugin. It takes a much smaller crop out of the original field of view and leads to odd eggheads at the borders of the image.

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3 Responses to “A Wide Subject”

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  2. Stefano (@StefanoXYZ) Says:

    The Fisheye-Hemi™ Plug-In seems for “normal” (or generic) fish eye lenses, while samyang is a near-stereographic projection…

  3. chammann Says:

    That would be a good thing now, wouldn’t it? But then again, of no consequence to me, the lens has been sold a long time ago.

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