The Lumix G Fisheye 8mm F3.5 is the 8th lens Panasonic has launched for Small Four Thirds, and recognizes the company going away from popular optics towards something a little unique. Fisheyes are ultra-wideangle contacts which venture pictures in a different way from conventionally-corrected rectilinear styles – directly line is delivered as shapes unless they successfully pass directly through the middle of the structure, with the curve ever-increasing towards the sides. Essentially, recognizing this excessive gun barrel distortions causes it to be possible to style a lens with a much bigger position of perspective than is normally possible.
The 8mm F3.5 is a so-called ‘diagonal’ fisheye, which indicates it has a 180 level angled position of perspective and the estimated picture includes the whole structure. This is on the other hand to ‘circular’ fisheyes, which give a 180 level position of perspective in all guidelines, but only type a round picture in the middle of the structure enclosed by a non-illuminated dark boundary. Panasonic statements it’s the world’s tiniest and least heavy of its type, and that’s easy enough to believe.
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- 180 levels position of perspective across picture diagonal
- Compact light and portable design
- Micro Four Thirds install for Olympus and Panasonic cameras
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm F3.5 Design and Operation
The 8mm is a small little lens, typically Panasonic in design and similar to nothing so much as a mixture of the 20mm F1.7 Hot cake and the 7-14mm F4 wideangle zoom capability. The non-removable bonnet consists of dense black nasty, and the gun barrel seems as strong and well-made as we’ve come to expect. The thin concentrating band has a ridged nasty hold, and the gun barrel area next to the is finished in Panasonic’s trademark steel greyish. Focusing is inner, so the length of the lens never changes during function.
Lens body system elements
- The lens features the Small Four Thirds install, suitable with cameras from Olympus and Panasonic. Interaction is all-electronic, via the gold-plated connections.
- Like all fisheyes, the lens has no narrow line (the 180 degree position of view makes front-mounted filtration impractical). Instead there’s a non-removable bonnet defending that large domed front side factor.
- To secure the lens when it’s not in use, you get this deep push-on cap that slips over the bonnet and is held in place by rubbing (just like the one used on the 7-14mm F4).
- The ridged hold on the main concentrate band is just 7mm wide.
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm F3.5 specifications
|Price||• US: $800
• UK: £730
|Date introduced||June 2010|
|Maximum format size||Micro Four Thirds|
|35mm equivalent focal length||16mm|
|Diagonal Angle of view||180º|
|Lens Construction||• 10 elements / 9 groups
• 1 ED glass element
|Number of diaphragm blades||7, rounded|
|Minimum focus||0.1m / 0.33ft|
|AF motor type||Stepping Motor|
|Image stabilization||via camera body where available|
|Filter thread||• No filter thread
• Rear holder for gel filters
|Supplied accessories*||• Front and rear caps
• Lens storage bag
|Dimensions||61mm x 52mm (2.4in x 2.0in)|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|