Showcase Olympus 9mm f/8 Fisheye Body Cap Lens

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My garden pond.
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The second one, I've cross-posted to the Art Image thread.
Both cropped slightly.
 

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Reunited with this lens. I don’t know why I got rid of my last one.
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I don't normally Cross Post my images but I thought this little unloved accessory deserved a boost, so I've included them here in addition to the Golden Hour & Blue Hour thread.
A couple of nights ago I was busy browsing this forum (as ever) when I became aware of a wonderful glow outside my window.
Realising that the rain and mist had cleared and that it was around sunset, I thought it might be worth having a look.
I grabbed my OM10 with 9mm body cap attached, jumped in the car and drove 2 miles to the coast, just in time to see the sun disappear behind the cliffs.
However, I gave it a go and managed these few shots of a reasonable sky.
jpegs, cropped and sharpened ever so slightly.
I feel they're not too bad with the 9mm that Olympus only classify as an accessory, not even a lens.
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A couple comparing my vegetable garden (June & August).
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Taken today at Saunders Foot.
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Nice shot Phil and glad you brought a bit of sunshine to Pembrokeshire.
Technically, I think you may have been in Wiseman's Bridge, but Saundersfoot (one word) will do. ;)
Enjoy your time here. :th_salute:
 

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Nice shot Phil and glad you brought a bit of sunshine to Pembrokeshire.
Technically, I think you may have been in Wiseman's Bridge, but Saundersfoot (one word) will do. ;)
Enjoy your time here. :th_salute:
Thanks I stand corrected. 😊 we did park in the harbour and walked through the tunnel to the doggie bit. Chips from the shop at the entrance to the car park we’re stunning.
Phil
 

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A handful from taken with my 9mm Olympus fisheye - mounted on my Pen E-P3.
The first, taken behind my old farmhouse (and using the camera's Pinhole 'Art Filter')---

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The second, my Vespa scooter---

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The third and last, coming in even closer on the scooter's headlight for some ultra-wide-angle distortion---

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The more I use this lens, the more I like it.
 

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Using the ultra-close-focusing position on the tiny plastic-lever-controlled lens - and guess what? This tiny little lens really is capable of nice semi-macro-style-close-up imagemaking---

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Using the ultra-close-focusing position on the tiny plastic-lever-controlled lens - and guess what? This tiny little lens really is capable of nice semi-macro-style-close-up imagemaking---
I quite like what you do with it!
Image really tells a story... (a weird one, perhaps?)
What kind of filter have you used here?
 

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I quite like what you do with it!
Image really tells a story... (a weird one, perhaps?)
What kind of filter have you used here?
Thanks for your comment, shreebles!

I didn't just use one 'filter' but rather did a little bit of post-processing.

This image started out as a RAW file, taken with my Olympus E-P3 (at ISO 200, obviously). I imported it into Lightroom 6.14 (aka LR6) - the last standalone version of LR, before they went to their newer monthly-subscription format, which never appealed to me. Then I used a Lightroom plug-in - from the old (and free) Nik series --- in this case, it was Nik's "Silver Efex", which features an immense amount of tools, presets, sliders, etc, for creating black and white or monochrome images. I used the Silver Efex 'Fine Art' setting, and then tweaked contrast, 'structure', and a few other variables until it more or less approximated what I had been hoping for when I took the picture.

The E-P3's now 'ancient' 12.3mp sensor is still quite a fine one, for some kinds of photography, at least - and the qualities of this tiny lens, which many pundits have dismissed, and dissed for being optically inferior to some excellent but much more pricey fisheye lenses, continue to surprise me pleasantly.
 

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I guess the thing about distortion is - either you love it - or you like it - or you really aren't all that fond of it.
I fall into the first camp.
And on occasion I even go so far as to enjoy its FOV and curved-field effects for portraits---
And for self-portraits.

The only trick when shooting indoors, with limited natural lighting, is to try to get a hand-holdable shutter speed, without pushing the ISO's up to crazily unusable numbers.
If you can manage that, then all you have to do is guesstimate the focus distance - set the tiny little plastic focus lever on the front of the lens to the appropriate setting, and...

Press the shutter.

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Little selfie action. Not sure why I am holding my breath though...
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Sometimes, a person just feels a need to see how much those tiny rubber frogs actually weigh---

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But then, one also feels compelled to check the scale itself...to make sure it is weighing them accurately--

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Halloween of this frightening year (2020) is less than one week away - and everywhere one looks, one sees monsters coming out of the woodwork. Or, in this case, perching atop the 'woodwork' of an old timber post---

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