Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Mount Cameras
The Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Mount Cameras is a super-portable fisheye lens designed to capture an impressive 180 degrees perspective when used with a Micro Four Thirds camera. Hybrid advanced aspherical lenses and multi-coating help you to produce sharply defined images with a minimum of ghosting and flare. It has a maximum aperture of F 3.5. A compact and lightweight manual focus 7.5mm lens has the capability to focus as close as 4" (10cm) from the lens for totally awesome wide-angle distortion effects. A built-in petal lens hood is included to prevent against accidental impact. This 7.5mm fisheye lens is offered in new condition only!
From the Manufacturer
The Bower ultra compact wide-angle 7.5 mm f/3.5 lens for Micro Four-Thirds System is a super-portable fisheye lens designed to capture an impressive 180 degrees perspective. Its advanced aspherical, multi-coated optical glass reduces flare and ghosting for superb image quality. This lens is extremely compact and lightweight should serve photographers as an excellent wide-angle lens with dramatic panoramic capabilities and remarkable 4" minimum focusing distance. It includes built-in tulip lens hood, front and rear lens cap and lens pouch.
Reviewed by 1 customers
I've been using this lens for about 6 months now, first on an Olympus E-PM1 and later on an E-M5. I can't say a bad thing about it! I love the super wide field of view. I love the feel of the focus ring and the aperture ring. Best of all, this lens is sharp! It may be one of the sharpest lenses on micro four thirds, although it has some serious competition from the Leica 25mm f/1.4 and the f/2.8 pro zooms from Olympus and Panasonic. I use this lens most often indoors in low light, social photography and outdoors when shooting landscapes. I often shoot extreme close-ups with it using its superb depth of field to include the background in the shot and to give a sense of equal scale to small foreground objects and large background objects. (eg: putting a toy truck and a real truck in the same shot at the same scale.) The close-focusing distance is almost on the surface of the lens, so it's even possible to get somewhat shallow depth of field effects in some situations. I think I'm safe in saying that it's also (currently) the best super-wide prime available, and certainly the fastest. If you software correct the distortion, this makes it a magnificent landscape lens, equivalent to about an 8mm. You lose the 180 degree corner view but that's it. Keep in mind that because the OIS doesn't have a 7.5 mm setting on Olympus cameras that you might be better off just turning off stabilization. I find it can soften shots. A lens this wide doesn't need it and the bigger concern becomes subject motion. To remind me to do so, I just set the manual focal length of the stabilization really high so I notice right away that it's on, rather than noticing subtle softness on all shots when it's too late to do anything about it. You don't need to worry about focusing this lens for subjects a meter (yard) or more away. The hyperfocus distance puts everything from about two feet out in sharp focus at any F number. I use the zoom mode for focusing this lens for close-up shots, especially less than a foot away from the surface. Because of the extreme depth of field, you won't see a distinct "snap" into focus, but zooming in will reveal that it does become very sharp at the focal point. It's just subtle. It really pays to make sure you have focus exactly where you want it if you really want to draw attention to a particular subject which is very close to the lens. It's also super fun for video! You can shoot great video while being part of the action. Poke your head over the top of the camera and you're in the shot. Depth of field means you won't have to refocus every time someone moves, great for birthday parties and social events. The fish eye effect is less pronounced on video mode because of the cropped frame, and it's less noticeable in general with videos. It feels a bit like having peripheral vision. You'll also need to watch the positioning of your fingers and hands. I would have liked the lens to be a little larger because it's hard to focus without getting your hand in the extreme corner of the shot. Overall, at this price, get it. You'll love it!