I’ve had a fisheye for about a year and a half now. Fisheye lens’ range quite a bit in expense. Because I just wanted one to goof around with, I purchased this one on Amazon. It’s been a lot of fun to mess around with. The downside of it is, it’s manual aperture, and manual focus. It’s also hard to tell if your shot is in focus or not through the viewfinder. A trick that I’ve learned is you need to judge how far away your subject is, and set the focus based on how many feet away it is. It’s very forgiving if you do it this way. The other thing that I’m not particularly fond of is the lens cover. Because the lens sticks out quite a ways, it’s got a small lens hood that the cover clamps onto. Because it’s got such a huge wide angle, depending on the lighting, you can get a shadow from the lens hood. I took mine off, but then I can’t get the cover on it, so I need to be extremely careful not to scratch the lens. The upside to this lens is, it’s 6.5mm, so it’s a huge wide view. If you’re not careful, you could get your feet in the shot 🙂
Because it’s a fisheye, it will distort things, especially on the sides of the picture. But the distortion is pretty cool with landscape pictures (like the one displayed on the top of this post) It shows what looks to be the curvature of the earth depending on how your holding the camera.
I haven’t messed around with video using this lens, but it’s something that I’ll like to do!