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Old 03-01-2012, 01:17 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
I recently bought the Canon 8-15 and I have been very happy with it. A fisheye may not be a lens you will use every day, but I do feel that it deserves a spot in most peoples kit and it adds some variety to your portfolio. I have not taken many railroad images with it, however a few examples are below.



Space Shuttle Enterprise

Enola Gay

A nice, cheap alternative is the Pro-optic 8mm. It sells for around $300. The lens is very, very soft at F3.5, but once you stop down a little it becomes quite sharp. It is 100% manual.

Discovery's Flight Deck
Walter, I count myself as someone who has traditionally looked at fisheyes as "artsy" or "gimicky". The series you posted makes a strong case that some of us need to take a second look. Those are all really nice photos and definitely not in the "oddities" category. I especially like the shot of the Enola Gay from the walk bridge. Yeah, it's probably not a lens that most of us would reach for a lot, but it definitely has its place in the bag of any serious photographer.

Thanks for adjusting my attitude! I always enjoy looking at your stuff and have your site bookmarked.
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