The Olympus 9mm f/8.0 – the lens the size of a body cap

What a fantastic little gem of a lens... O.K, it's no way as sharp at the edges as the Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye or the Panasonic 8mm Fisheye, but bang for buck it's brilliant.

It's a small plastic manual focus, glass aspherical lens about the same size of a bodycap. Don’t let the size and plastic body and very cheap price put you off, as the image quality is very good.

I've always used ‘de-fishing’ software (DXO is the best in my opinion) to stretch my fisheye  images to get rid of the fisheye look, and it works a charm with this lens. De-Fishing gives the effect of an ultra wide-angle lens without the distortion.

With this lens, I nearly get the equivalent of an 18mm (in 35mm terms) after de-fishing.
If you want the best image quality, then the Samyang or the Panasonic is the choice for you.
But, if you’re looking into fisheye for the first time and want that extra wide angle lens in your kit, you can’t go wrong with this little body-caped sized lens. At under £90, it's a bargain.

This micro four thirds bodycap lens is available in black or white designs and is available in stock at both our stores in Central London and Burgess Hill (West Sussex), so if you’re local, please pop in and try out this lens for yourself! Alternatively visit www.ParkCameras.com where you can get further details online.

If you've got a question about the Olympus 9mm f/8.0, why not post a comment in the box below and we’ll do our best to answer them for you.

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