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Have you used a fisheye lens on your rangefinder camera?
Old 01-08-2019   #1
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Have you used a fisheye lens on your rangefinder camera?

Did you use a film camera or a digital camera, and what are your feelings on using a fisheye lens?

Is there hope for arriving at an excellent image with a fisheye lens or is it a bad idea to get a fisheye lens?

Do you have images with your fisheye lens that you can share here?

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I have very few saved images from a fisheye lens. This one is from a Canon FD 7.5mm/5.6 on Leica M6.



I found another one:

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I do on occasion. Here's a Canon FD 15mm on a Leica M240. Cropped a bit.



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Another, same combo, Canon FD 15mm on a Leica M240.



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Last one (for now). Canon FD 15mm on a Leica M240.



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I have a 12mm Fujinon C-mount lens to adapt to my Fujifilm XT-2. Does that count (well other than the rangefinder part)?

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Old 01-08-2019   #7
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The only fisheye I've ever used in the 8mm f8.0 Fisheye-Nikkor. I used it on a Nikon F, but with the mirror locked up to mount the lens and the separate viewfinder, the setup was exactly like a rangefinder camera. I took pictures inside a cathedral. Unfortunately I've never scanned any of the slides to be able to show them.
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I have adapted my Nikkor 8mm f/2.8 circular fisheye and 16mm f/3.5 full-frame fisheye to my Leicas and other RF cameras.

I found a simple viewfinder on eBay for the circular fisheye - basically a door peephole on a shoe. It worked well enough. I don't do this often - but it does make it possible to shoot some specialty lenses on the Leica from time to time, rather than bringing an additional SLR.

I really want the Nikkor 7.5mm circular fisheye as it's much smaller but I haven't found one at a price I could stomach, yet. The penalty is speed though.

Here's one from my 8mm, shot with a Bessa L. The whole thing kinda fit in my large pocket...

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I have a Pentax 17/4 fisheye. I have used it maybe once so far.
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I really think a fisheye belongs on an SLR or DSLR so you can see what you are doing! Rangefinders do have their limitations.
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The closest I got was with a CV 4.5/15 Super-Wide-Heliar III with very nice results.
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I really think a fisheye belongs on an SLR or DSLR so you can see what you are doing! Rangefinders do have their limitations.
I'd tend to agree. I have a 10-17mm fisheye zoom for my Pentax SLR system and it's very useful to be able to see exactly what the lens is going to capture.
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Not on a rangefinder, but I made a fisheye lens out of some bits of lenses I had lying about. Front element is a middle element from... something... concave on both sides. Rear element is the front element from a half frame camera. Mashed onto a cheap plastic trash cam. Still tweaking the focus.



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I have used my 16mm f/2.8 Nikon fisheye on my 35mm Nikon film cameras, my Nikon digital cameras, my Fuji mirrorless cameras, and my Leica M6.

There are times when I really need the distortion and/or the coverage of the fisheye lens.

It is a lens that I rarely use (about once every three years) but when I need it, it is indispensable.

I personally prefer the rectangular fisheye lenses verses the circular fisheye lenses.


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The Fuji lens has it wrong! The earth is not flat
Nikon got it right!
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