Fisheye Lens – Everything You Need to Know

What is fisheye lens?

A fisheye lens, also called an “ultra-wide” or “super-wide” lens, is a type of wide-angle lens that captures an extremely wide photo, typically around 180°. The images they create are highly distorted, giving them a dynamic, abstract feel.

Fisheye Lens History

The fisheye lens has roots dating back to 1906. Inventor and physicist Robert W. Wood developed a lens based on how a fish would view the world beneath the water. The lens grew in prominence in the 1920s when it was used to study cloud formations in meteorology. But the lens didn’t really rise to prominence until the 1960s. This was the time when the fisheye lens was finally mass-produced.

What is the Use of Fisheye Lens?

Fisheye lenses are well-known for capturing extremely wide panoramas of landscapes,  the sky, and shooting close-up subjects such as crowds, architecture, and interiors. They are also used to photograph action sports such as snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing.

Many photographers have adopted fisheye lenses due to the unusual, distorted photos they produce. They use them to take attractive photographs of any subject, from still life to portraits.

Fisheye lens features:

In a nutshell, you can use your creativity and employ fisheye lens usage in:

  • Creating an impression of viewing through a peephole

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What are the Types of Fisheye Lens?

There are two types of fisheye lenses, 

  1. Circular
  2. Full-frame

Circular Fisheye Lenses

A circular fisheye lens captures a full 180° view in all directions, resulting in a circular image with black frame edges. These fisheye lenses tend to be used for artistic purposes like skateboard photography or shooting unusual landscapes and cityscapes.

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