We’ve all seen the dramatic effects created with fisheye lenses. I have one for my Minolta cameras, and my Lomo, but do I really need a fisheye for my medium format Mamiyas? Probably not!
About five years ago I found a reasonably priced fisheye option, the Zenitar, a Russian made lens. First I was skeptical that the lens would actually arrive in one piece. I had paid through PayPal, but the lens had to be shipped from Ukraine. It arrived fine, and works well. But although I had always wanted a fisheye, I’ve used it less than a dozen times. It is really a novelty item. But I didn’t pay exorbitantly for it, and it is there when I feel like going a little crazy. The results are far superior to any Plastic Camera, but if you just want to take a spin around the fisheye, try the Lomo.
Camera: Minolta X-700
Lens: Zenitar f/2.8 16mm
Film: Ilford ISO 400
Paper: Ilford with Sepia Toning