Review of Lomography Fisheye Adaptor (standard)

Noticed I named the title ‘Lomography Fisheye Adaptor (standard)’, simply because 1) not to confuse with my previous DIY lomo fisheye, and 2) my friend James Tseng had kindly donated his standard lomo fisheye adaptor to me for any fun project and review.

I didn’t have any prior experience with these hipster lenses other than making my own, so I decided to do some simple test comparison to see what’s so special about these ‘genuine lomo’ effect (or are they just some cheap imperfect optics).



Test setup:

Left to right: DIY 18-55mm tilt shift lens (in case if I am adapting the fisheye on my APS-C sensor, this is the only APS-C lens I have left), Pentax Takumar 17mm F4 native fisheye, DIY fisheye, the official Lomo Fisheye, Canon 5D II with 35mm F2, and the box of adapter rings that my friend gave me together with the fisheye, that contains adaptor for 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm and for Holga mount.
Setup Full size sample (ISO500 F4 1/500)
Standard 35mm fixed on tripod
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Pentax 17mm fisheyesc_82 May. 27 14.45.jpg IMG_5845.JPG
Canon 35mm + Lomo Fisheyesc_83 May. 27 14.46 IMG_5847.JPG
Canon 35mm + DIY fisheyesc_83 May. 27 14.45  IMG_5846.JPG
Canon 35mm closest focussc_84 May. 27 14.46  F4IMG_5849.JPG
Canon 35mm + Lomo Macro (part of the package) closest focussc_85 May. 27 14.46.jpg F4IMG_5850.JPG

Wide open F2



Wide open F2 F4 F5.6
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First conclusion

The official lomography fisheye adaptor live up to its name, the imperfectness optic minus off the cross processing colors of the film effect while using modern digital camera sensor. In another words – just another blur edges fisheye adator. The combination with 35mm lens produced a rough 17mm view with vignette, much like a non-true circular fisheye.

However it did shows a major improvement over the original plastic DIY Lomo Fisheye. Note that all the pictures are shot at F4. The macro ring is quite impressive if not for the poor chromatic aberration, I have not yet tried any other ‘close-up’ filter to compare the quality and magnification.

The thing is, the DIY Lomo Fisheye quality is so poor that it’s so fun (check out the special effects here), this official lomo fisheye seems like it’s somewhere in between. Is it of any use? I will be taking it out for some field tests and update on this page soon.


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