We took Lomography out for a spin a few months ago and wound up with some pretty neat results. We tested out the Lomo Fisheye 2. The Fisheye 2 is a second generation fisheye lomo camera, complete with a new look.
Wait, what’s a fish eye? Back up. A fish eye, formally a super wide-angle lens, is a camera lens that has such a wide angle that it bends, or appears to look like you were shooting from the inside of a fish bowl. These lenses don’t come very cheap and can be extremely expensive if bought in glass for SLR cameras. Lomography decided to make a plastic version so we could all enjoy a day in the life through your goldfish’s eyes.
Moving on. Since I wanted to get this post uploaded as soon as possible after our last one, we didn’t have time to go out and buy the actual Lomography film to re-shoot. I know I said don’t use professional film but I had a few extra rolls lying around when I shot these, so I cheated.
The product description from Lomography’s website says,
“The world’s greatest compact Fisheye camera is now more amazing than you ever thought possible! Not only does it have the same 170-degree wide-angle view and stunning fisheye barrel distortion, but the Fisheye No. 2 adds a bulb setting for long exposures and a switch for multiple exposures on the same frame. It also has the ability to fire both a hotshoe flash and a built-in flash. In addition, it features a true fisheye viewfinder, and a “full metal jacket” body treatment. With this new arsenal, the possibilities for your Fisheye Lomography are endless! Uses normal 35mm film that can be developed anywhere.”
The metal outfitting is pretty sweet, allowing it to be way more durable than plastic. The flash was cool and useful but also posed some problems we’ll discuss in a minute. First, let’s get to those results!
Now, those look pretty cool taken outside in bright daylight. Right on. We ran into some problems when using the flash. The lens is so big that it creates a shadow on the subject if not held a certain way…..
How do you fix the shadow? My only suggestion would to be mindful of how you are holding it relative to your subject. Lomography also has a ring flash that attaches to the lens on the front which can be helpful since the flash is located to the right of the lens which is where the shadow is cast. A ring flash will go around the lens, not off to the side.
Like our results? The Fisheye 2 retails for around $80, which isn’t too steep. I had a lot of fun shooting and getting distortions of reality. The double exposure setting was pretty neat as well. Happy shooting 🙂