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Full frame Fisheye 16mm f/3.5

OM Zuiko Full Frame Fisheye 16mm f/3.5 Lens

Unlike circular fisheye lenses, this lens type is known as the full-frame fisheye due to its ability to fill up the entire 24x36mm format. While the circular fisheye has a 180° angle of view in all directions, the 16mm fisheye also has a 180° angle of view only on the diagonal of the 35mm frame's image area of 24mm x 36mm. The 16mm full-frame fisheye also focuses from 0.2 meter (0.7 ft) to infinity. Generally, full frame fisheye lens is more popular than circular fisheye because the resulting image reproduced on film is more 'conventional' than a circular image but more importantly, it is not that technical as compare to handling with a circular fisheye and it is quite appealing as the degree of distortion is less significant as compared. Prices of full frame fisheye is generally much lower than that of circular type which also contributes to its overall popularity.

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Zuiko Fisheye 16mm F3.5

This lens is known as a full-frame fisheye." It projects a 46mm diameter image which is cropped by the film frame to create a regular 24 x 36mm picture

(The 44-mm ø image circle covers 35mm film format fully). This make s the lens extra versatile, for many potentially fascinating creative fisheye effects, or you can use it selectively as even as a super wideangle lens.


Focal length: 16mm
Maximum aperture: 1:3.5
Lens construction: 11 elements in 8 groups

Picture angle: 180° * More info on "Picture Angle".
Aperture diaphragm: Fully automatic
Distance scale: Graduated both in meters and feet up to 0.2m (0.7ft)
Aperture scale: f/3.5 - f/22
Filter: Built-in,
Neutral density type( Older version using L39), Y48 and O56
Lens Hood: not necessary

Length: 31mm
Maximum diameter: 59mm
Weight: 180g (6.3 oz)

Recommended Focusing Screens:
1:1*, 1:2**, 1:3*, 1:4*, 1:5#, 1:10*, 1:13*, 1:14*
* Compatible. Focusing and exposure accuracy remains. ** Compatible, Focusing and exposure accuracy remains intact but microprism, corners of the screen and split image may darken. # Can be used, they provide accurate focusing but exposure error may occur in manual mode for OM1 and OM2 series models.

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The lens will create an impact of a fisheye lens only differentiate with a projection in full-frame image. The fairly fast speed of f3.5 when combine with modern high speed film makes it ideal for color photography under poor lighting conditions. The front element is usually strongly curve and thus usually lenses of this type has its filters using a built-in type. There are three filters with the older version of the Zuiko Fisheye lens where L39, Y48 and O56 as standard while newer series has replaced with a Neutral density and retain the Y48 and O56 filter.

Fisheye lenses have the tendency to bend straight lines (its main difference with an ultra wide-angle lenses is those true wideangle lenses have been optically corrected to render straight lines as straight lines), you can make use of this strong optical characteristic to create distortion deliberately, for specific special visual effects. However, as with any optical fisheye lenses, this distortion will be least evident at the center of the image area across the horizontal picture frame. Thus, looking for the correct image and how you aim or position the lens to record the scene is the key to mastering this lens. Although photography involves subjective judgment, just how you approach the use of the 15mm full frame fisheye depends on your own personal view - but just use it with caution, if not negative results may result. Anyway, things to note is to understand the properties and the optical characteristic of the lens.

Where optically, fisheye lenses are till categorized as ultra-windeangle lenses, thus, it will yield immense depth of field which allows virtually even sharpness over the entire image area, when combining the distortion characteristics with creative depth of field control, it can produce many distinguish special visual effects. The key is to think more before you trip the shutter release button.

Tips: Try combining it with flash photography which may also present some unusual potential for great images.

The Zuiko Fisheye lens also using a retrofocus design and thus, the entire field of view can be seen inside the viewfinder without the necessity of locking the camera's mirror up out of the way.

<<<<<<,,,,......... A simple scenic view nearby my house with a 16mm full frame fisheye lens place near to ground level without even the need to focus has turned into such an unrealistic visual. (43k Jpeg). Copyright-Free images collection leofoo ®

The lens's close focus ability enables it to focuses down to 0.2 meter and offer considerable potential for many interesting photographic applications. The moderately fast lens speed of f3.5 makes it the most compact full frame fisheye lens among any manufacturer (weighing merely 6.3 oz) which makes it extremely portable.

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