Fifteen MM Fisheye Fun

Downtown St. Louis, MO photographed from the observation lobby at the top of the Gateway Arch.Featured Image -- 6649The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO.2831-0123FICO SEMPRE ENCANTADA COM ESSAS MARAVILHAS

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis photographed from the Mississippi riverside.

“Fisheye lenses are gimmicks.”

Lots of photographers think so. Most have never used one. I don’t travel without one.

The 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens from Sigma is less than three inches in diameter and length. It weighs in at less than twelve ounces. This compact, relatively inexpensive optic offers remarkable creative possibilities. First, it focuses impossibly close to the lens’ front element, less than six inches. Second, its 180º view adds extreme perspective and drama. Third, the 15’s curvilinear qualities bend the world in ways we are unable to see or even imagine with our eyes.

Downtown St. Louis, MO photographed from the observation lobby at the top of the Gateway Arch. Downtown St. Louis, MO photographed from the observation lobby at the top of the Gateway Arch.

I love being able to hold focus on something less than a foot from the lens all the way to infinity. Everything in this photograph, from the…

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