Bodie Ghost Town- Bower 8mm Fisheye lens Review

A few weeks back I was able to test out the Bower 8mm fisheye lens designed with the APS sensor in mind.

The model I tried was labeled Bower, though there are many other names on the same lens produced by Samyang/Rokinon.
Supposedly an all manual lens I found the Pentax version functioned in both A & ATV priority as well.
The exposure settings on the lens seemed to be true to my camera, about 1/3 less needed in post. I only tried f5.6 & 8, as most reviews I’d read mentioned sharpness dropping off after f11.
The Bower 8mm fisheye lens instructions suggest focusing in live view. I didn’t find this helpful and found the focusing ring the best option. Other reviews mention having to calibrate the focusing ring to infinity for the model/brand camera you own. I found this to be the correct. At 1.5 feet it seemed accurate but noticed the ring would go past infinity on the scale and would be a bit out of focus.

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The price is about 2/3’s less than the Pentax 10-17mm I rented a few years back and I would say the image quality of the Bower is as good. Also, I think there is less distortion than with the Pentax.
If you find yourself needing a fisheye for a project, I would consider renting a Bower 8mm fisheye/wide-angle lens. For the price they seem to be a  quality lens.
More images taken with the Bower 8mm fisheye lens may be seen in archives/ghosttowns.

Create Beautiful Monochrome Images

A few weeks back I watched a very nice tutorial presented on Fstoppers by Austin Rogers about how to “Create Beautiful Monochrome Images Quickly in Photoshop.”
The presentation is by photographer Dave Kal Piper and is very well done. Clean, concise and easy enough for a non-photoshop pro to follow and understand. Continue reading