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I like the shots, but I can't see us going wider than 24. That and 35 seem like great storytelling lengths.
Not to give away too much "special sauce" but at the price I had to pay it's a toy that is frankly worth it just from the fact that it attracts curiosity and allows you to do hilarious things.
For instance you can shoot ridiculous angles and still get someone in the shot... and then show them... and they're always amazed. Or for instance at a recent wedding I was hanging out with the groomsmen and one of the guys says something like "you should take a portrait of this guy, he hates portraits" ... so guy strikes a pose and I shoot him with the fish from a RIDICULOUSLY close POV... the other two guys immediatelly say they wanna see... but of course I tell them they gotta play to see... so they get ridiculous as well.. and I end up shooting 3 or 4 groomsmen from like 3 inches away.
Now I wasn't paying attention to the focus so the shots are worhless when viewed at any size larger than the screen on the back of the camera, but they got lots of laughs when they saw the portraits as the ridiculous distortion made what they thought were funny faces, into absolutely ridiculous faces.. bottom line they were laughing with me showing the bridesmaids... etc. etc. etc.
It's a great lens to make children laugh as well... I mean check out these shots of two of my sons:
to a small degree this one...
but look at this one:
After I've taken a great portrait of their little one with an 85... what mother isn't going to die laughing seeing something like that of their little darling?
Then again I guess it depends on your persona. While I (struggle) to make sure I don't make myself part of the show, I do like to leave those who choose to interact with me with a smile... and this is just anotehr (inexpensive) tool on the belt that I think can do wonders in this regard
Moreover... it's a fun playtoy. you can do something stupid like take your camera out for 15 minutes and just take absurd perspective photos of stuff. Not saying it's sellable, but I certainly found it fun.
Edited on Jun 28, 2012 at 03:59 AM · View previous versions