Another unique offering: the Sigma is a full 180° spherical fisheye for DX sensor cameras. It provides a full circular 180° field of vision, used both for interesting photographic effects and for scientific measurements of angles and area. The lens has HSM (hypersonic motor drive) which provides rapid focus and full-time manual focus override.
The image will appear as a 180° ‘circle’ in the middle of the photo. Also, screw-on filters will not fit on this lens due to the curvature of the glass.
Full disclosure here: I’m not a fan of the fisheye look, especially the full circle fisheye look. But I will say this is a sharp lens with a huge depth of field. And the images are incredibly panoramic when ‘defished’ in software, which is what I do with them, mostly. In case you don’t understand what a spherical fisheye is, the lens takes a circular image which shows up in the center of your rectangular shot — this type of fisheye does not fill the entire frame of your picture.
We get asked a lot (and even worse, not asked by people who don’t know) what the different focal length fisheyes look like on different cameras. Here’s the short summary:
- 4.5mm – is a circular image in the center of your picture on a crop frame camera. A very, very small circle on a full frame.
- 8mm – is a circular image in the center of your picture on a full frame camera. Nearly, but not completely fills a crop frame.
- 10mm – is the classic, corner to corner fisheye look on a crop frame camera. Doesn’t fill a full frame image.
- 15mm – is the classic, corner to corner fisheye look on a full frame camera. Slightly fisheye look on a crop frame.
The image below should give you an idea of what you get with each type of camera.
- Filter Size
- NA (rear gel)
- 1.0 lb.
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 0.4 feet
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (crop frame)
- 180 degrees
- Zoom method
- Image Stabilization
- Focusing System
- Internal, A/MF switch, Hypersonic motor, full-time manual
- Aperture Blades
- 6 curved
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Nikon F
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