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Fisheye in aerial photo/videography

Discussion in 'Photos and Videos' started by Dobmatt, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. Dobmatt

    Dec 13, 2015
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    First, as for now the Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye lens is not supported or recognized by X5/X5R camera system. Although Go app stubbornly demands lens calibration every time, autofocus feature doesn't work and calibration process must be aborted. Threfore the only option is to focus manually, which in this case is a bit tedious or cumbersome, hit-and-miss procedure. As for all lenses in this format, the focusing ring has no stops or even numeric indicators. Moreover, the focus assistant feature is not accessible and you must rely on WYSIWYG display on tablet screen. Thankfully all lenses of this type exhibits insanely deep field of view at average 5.6 aperture and far distances. Setting the focus manually on distant object with full aperture opening usually provides good results. To do so you need both hands: one for holding the camera body without abusing gimbal motors, another for focusing.
    Second, X5 camera sees the lens hood (vignetting), which requires image cropping in postproduction. Minor annoyance, but may limit videography to 4K only.
    Third, ND filtering is troubled since the lens accepts only gel type filters inserted into a slot located behind.
    Said that, the lens is very well designed and build in Japan, delivering incredibly sharp image with no distortions (other than desired, of course). Good looking, almost sexy piece of glass. With 165 g of weight is significantly heavier than 130 g Oly 12mm or 116 g Oly 45mm, but the gimbal is operating normally without the need for balancing rings.
    Such good quality is reflected by hefty price tag, unfortunately. For a few brave - and rich enough - photographers out there this lens may be a good addition for spiced up imagery from above ...

    Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5 Lens H-F008 B&H Photo Video

    #1 Dobmatt, Jun 14, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2016