Going ultra wide - my new toy


Like any other photography enthusiastic it was clear to me that my vacation in NY will include a trip to B&H (actually there were 3 of those trips :) ).

Since the last lens I purchased was ~ 3 years ago I knew I won't be able to hold myself from buying a new one.

For some times now I had my eyes on the Nikon 10.5mm F2.8 fisheye, but it was very expensive where I live.

I found a perfect condition second handed lens in B&H which made the decision real easy for me.

Gold fish

I know a lot of beginner photographer are eager for some telephoto lenses.

Numbers like 300mm, 400mm, X20 and X30 optical zoom mesmerize these photographers without considering the use and experience you need to get decent photos with these lenses.

It take you some time to appreciate these ultra wide angle lenses.

I'll try to convince you exploring this world with these following first examples.

First of all - you get everything within your image,

look at this next photo and check out how much scene from the street is within the image:

NYC yellow taxis

Second cool thing is the effect you get by the fisheye, in these next photos you can see what happens to the NY buildings.

I'm loving this effect and hope it will help selling.

I bet there are at least thousands of photos of NY, not sure how many of them are "fisheye".

I hope this will be a differentiator helping these images to "pop" and picked up by buyers looking for something special:

Times square

Empty Times square

Third thing is the amazingly low distance this lens can focus, this fact gives you th opportunity to make some really cool and different product images.

In addition even in crowded places you can take your photos:

New york souvenirs

Tomato souce

Last but not least, the way this lens knows how to deal with low light conditions.

While using a 300mm lens you'll need you at least a 1/300 of a second (and some will say more) to get a deacent image,

with this lens, since it's 10.5mm, you can shoot in very low speeds.

With nowadays cameras' ability to use high ISO values with good results that means you can practically take images everywhere. Like in this dark supermarket:

Meat stand

Cheese stand

Bottom line - I don't recommend the beginner photographers to buy it as their second or even third lens, after all it is a gimmick, but if you feel that your range is pretty much covered and you want to explore some new photography experience, this is definitely the lens for you.

Hope you enjoyed my blog, feel free to ask any question you might have... :)


Photo credits: Amilevin, Yap Kee Chan.
  • Amilevin
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September 15, 2012

Great info! Another thing that I love is the tack sharp focus on my 10mm fish eye! Wide angle and fish eye lenses are a great addition to anyone's gear bag IMHO.


September 02, 2012

my favorite shot is the one of the Times Square - so full of life - love it!


September 02, 2012

Really interesting photos.


August 31, 2012

Thank you guys for your kind words! :)


August 31, 2012

Great lens and great photos! Still I think it`s expensive for me :)


August 30, 2012

Thanks for sharing.


August 28, 2012

Thanks guys, I'm really happy you liked the photos.. :)


August 28, 2012

Great purchase, i'm planning to go wide soon.


August 28, 2012

Beautiful photographs, I really like the fish eye, sooner or later will buy one!


August 27, 2012

What fun!!
My heart palpitates whenever I visit B&H while in New York. So much merchandise. Congratulations on the purchase. I have also bought used equipment from them and have never been disappointed.


August 27, 2012

B&H is one of the most famous professional photography stores in th world. you can google them... :)


August 27, 2012

Interesting but what's B and H ? David


August 27, 2012

Congratulations, enjoy your new toy....


August 27, 2012

Looks like fun. Thanks for posting.


August 27, 2012

Thanks Banol :)


August 27, 2012

Congrts. with the nice lense and pictures! Have a lot of sales!