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).
|Setup||Full size sample (ISO500 F4 1/500)|
|Standard 35mm fixed on tripod
|Pentax 17mm fisheye|
|Canon 35mm + Lomo Fisheye|
|Canon 35mm + DIY fisheye|
|Canon 35mm closest focus||F4|
|Canon 35mm + Lomo Macro (part of the package) closest focus||F4
Wide open F2
|Wide open F2||F4||F5.6|
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.