Going Fisheyed with the Nikon 10.5mm

In previous posts in my photography tag, I’ve documented my learning process and acquisition of new equipment. I’ve long eyed getting a fisheye lens; it’s not an overly practical lens versus a fast prime or a fast telephoto, but it can be used to create some interesting photos. I lucked out last summer and found the Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye lens at a rather good sale price.

The image below shows the fisheye lens alongside my trusty Nikon 18-70mm everyday lens.

The fisheye lens has an interesting slipcap lens cover, the reason for which becomes apparent when the lens is bared. The front element bulges outward such that an ordinary lens cap would not fit. The fisheye is similar in heft to the 18-70mm lens though they are obviously different sizes.

Suffice to say that the lens performs quite well in daylights, both in speed and sharpness. The default fisheyed look is obvious at times, less noticeable at others depending on the image composition. Angling the camera up or down had a noticeable effect on any straight lines, while objects near the center remained about normal. Both of which are expected behavior with a fisheye lens, but the result was striking all the same.

Using processing software such as Lightroom, it is possible to “de-fish” an image captured with a fisheye lens. In Lightroom, this is done by choosing the lens correction option for relevant images. Corrected images are very wide-angle, but not obviously having come from a fisheye lens. Some of the image is cut off doing this, which may or may not be an issue. Below are two images, one in the original fisheyed state, and the other a de-fished version.

Following is a gallery of pictures snapped on some different trials of the lens. Some are in their original fisheyed state, and some have been de-fished.