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My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye


Being such a nice warm and sunny winter's day I decided to jump on a train to Melbourne
to checkout digiDirect's pre-strocktaking bargain price of $909.00 on the Zuiko 8mm Fisheye F1.8 PRO.
I think it and I are going to be very close friends, it couldn't wait to show me just a skerrick of what it can do!


Processed from RAW with shadow/highlight adjustments but absolutely NO sharpening applied.


You naughty, naughty, naughty, 8mm Fisheye!

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Re: My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye

I like fish-eyes a lot. As well as exploiting the fish-eye effect, the results can be 'rectilinearised' in software to give an equivalent (or wider) result to 'conventional wide-angle lenses. I have virtually given up using my Olympus 9-18mm because my Meike 6.5mm is much faster (f/2) and is a remarkably good performer for the low price.
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Re: My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye

Looks like we'll be treated to a whole new look on the world
Congratulations on your new toy. I love my 7.5mm Samyang but it's not in the same league as the Oly.
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Re: My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye

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Very impressive Mark. The fisheye provides a totally different perspective.

Out of interest, was this taken on an XPT train? It looks very similar to our Mk 3 carriages.
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Re: My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye

Great price, great lens, great shots. Love mine even though it cost more.

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Re: My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye

Thanks all. Now all I need do is learn how to fly this baby.
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Re: My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye

Very nice, Mark. I got a mint-condition second hand one last month from one of our reputable U.K. dealers and Iím pleased. I sold my Samyang to contribute to the cost - the Oly is optically a tad better and doesnít flare so much, but itís the brightness and weather sealing that were what I was after.

Iím going to do some astrophotography at a friendís farm in a dark-sky area of South Africa in the autumn, and the excellent performance at full f1.8 aperture is said to be a winner for this.

Iíve only played with it so far, but Iím planning to practice over the summer. Iíll be interested to see how you get on.
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Re: My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye

Hi Mark, You did well to acquire a second hand 8mm in mint condition. When you considered buying a fisheye, did you face the same decision as I, to buy the 8mm or 7-14mm?
As I have a 12mm-60mm SWD + converter, I decided to go with the 8mm prime that exerts a kind of discipline over its user. I'm having to think and see subjects as a fisheye will see them.
I hadn't considered astrophotography. Wangaratta is a perfect location, clear night skies, zero air pollution and ten minutes out of town no city lights - only one snag, it's now a bit chilly for star gazing.
I will certainly post any images of UFO's if I happen to spot any, and Ill keep an eye on your posts for the same.
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Re: My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye

There’s quite a lot of information around the web (and on this site) about Astro and how to optimise the particular balance of m4/3 advantages and disadvantages for it.
The basic settings for a Milky Way shot with the M1 and the 8mm seems to be full aperture for 20s at ISO1600, with a dark frame. The sky’s the limit for various techie developments after that, including stacking of multiple images etc, but I’ll begin with that and probably add some light painting of foreground objects.
You need to be careful with infinity focus, apparently best achieved by hitting the lens lock button.
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Re: My M1.2 has a New Wide Eye

Thanks Mark, I'm looking forward to giving it a try. Presumably moonless nights are best.
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