Project Alicia : WW: My New Toy

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

WW: My New Toy

After our move hubs decided the $1500 canon fisheye was a bit excessive as a Christmas gift and instead opted to purchase the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 lens. My new toy. I couldn't be happier. I mean, I thought the washer and dryer was my Christmas.

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But boy am I excited to see what she can do. I think it is a perfect starting point for me.

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It's a full manual lens and will take some getting used to, particularly the lighting.

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I've never worked with such an ultra wide angle lens. I can just imagine the possibilities with this baby.

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Reviews say it isn't super crisp at the highest aperture, but if you ask me it's fabulous at f/5.6 for landscape photography. I have other lenses for precise up-close detail, particularly for the kid's critters. (ie. my tamron 60mm macro lens)

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Some photos turned out more wide while others took on a more spherical shape. I read that it had to do with your relationship to the subject, but it seemed to have more to do with where the subject was in relationship to the midpoint. If it was above or below it resulted in a more rounded effect.

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It's amazing to me that even Little Man and the ant hill became a cool work of art.

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Looking forward to more time with my little beast of a toy.

If you don't have a DSLR, you may be interested to know that there are different lenses available for your phone- one of them being the fisheye. I got the fisheye and wide angle lens for my iphone 3GS for Christmas as well. It's cheap and also fun to play with. I found it over at my favorite place, pinterest, and pinned it to my wish list immediately. If you have the iphone 4 you should check out the olloclip. Just a new twist on photo taking...

If you do Instagram you can find me @projectalicia or on instagrid.

Happy WW! Let's get this party started. Grab a photo and come join me! Just link your post below. And feel free to stop by some of my favs...

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74 comments:

  1. Love this! grats on the new toy :D

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  2. what a great new toy! wonderful pics :)

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  3. Love those shots. Looks like you are going to have a lot of fun with your new toy.

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  4. How fun! :)
    I'm glad you got the best of both worlds! :)
    Makay
    www.thebirdssay.blogspot.com

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  5. What a nice present! I´m hoping for a whole new camera for my birthday. :) We´ll see...

    Have a happy new year! I hope it started well for you!

    xoxo
    Verena

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  6. so fun!!! love the fish eye look.... I want one so bad. Thank for sharing. Hope all is well Alicia and hopefully I am back for a while :) xoxo

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  7. Alicia - I have been looking at that Rokinon in a micro 4/3 format, glad to hear you are enjoying it so!

    Nice shots, and happy WW!

    ~EdT.

    (My link-up to follow within the next hour or so.)

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  8. Cool pictures. I really like the staircase.

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  9. thanks for linking with me. those are incredible pictures, you're so talented

    Ces of http://momdaughterstyle.blogspot.com/

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  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fisheye lens! Those pictures are uh-maz-ing!! I'm so jealous! I want one now! :-) lol

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  11. LOVE it! And can you say that I'm jealous...YES I am. One of these days I'll get a real camera and not just a little Kodak point and shoot. Love your photos and can't wait to see what this new lens and you will produce together.

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  12. Love those photos, Alicia! Gorgeous. And that scenery is beautiful!

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  13. So incredibly cool! I love these photos, and look forward to more wide-angle wonders!

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  14. Those are amazing shots! I can hardly wait to see what great shots you get once you have it all figured out.

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  15. I'm not going to lie. I have a serious case of lens envy right now. Love the pics!

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  16. Amazing! I have a fisheye setting on my camera. Definitely, not as nice as an actual lens. But, I just use it to make people's heads look funny. Ha! :)

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  17. ooh I l really like the outstanding way it captures that tall tall tree (while in your hands and under command of your eye:)

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  18. Awesome photos! I'm so jealous. I want a DSLR.

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  19. You have a great photographic eye! I really like the way you use a fish-eye lens and your composition.

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  20. I like the curving. Cool effect. Have fun with your new toy.

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  21. Wow! What a cool lens! Looks like you've been having fun with it so far. Your photos look great! Happy WW!

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  22. Wow, Alicia, I don't really understand any of that but the pictures really look great!!!

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  23. These photos are so cool, Lish! I've been itching to get my hands on a fisheye lens, but that's no longer possible since I'll be investing in another camera! *sigh*

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  24. So envious. Your new toy looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. Looking forward to more fun photo's.

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  25. Wow, I just love the lens! Can't wait to see more photos.

    Happy New Year!

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  26. Wow, that is expensive. I just returned a new camera because I wasn't happy with it. Going to see what Kristi is going to buy :)

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  27. It's gonna be a fishy year!! Love how these turned out, so fun!

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  28. I.must.have.this.lens!
    Thank you for hosting and happy new year!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

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  29. That toy looks like it's amazing!

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  30. That is sooo cool. I love it. Making me want one. Ha ha. That iPhone thing is so neat. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Looks like you have a pretty good understanding of your new lens already. These photos are great!

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  32. Oh my!! I love it...great pictures. How fun. Enjoy...

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  33. OK, that is one awesome lens! How much fun you must be having testing that out!!

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  34. what cool shots!
    LOVING all the info you just shared. Great tips.

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  35. Oh I am so getting one of these!!! Every time I see Fish eye lens pictures I think of this video.
    http://tosh.comedycentral.com/video-clips/everything-looks-cooler-through-a-fisheye-lens

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  36. I love how they are holding hands.So cute!

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  37. Happy New YEar, and thanks for the iPhone app advice!

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  38. Alicia, your photos using your new fish lens are so lovely - you've used it perfectly.

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  39. I am so jealous of your new lens - I love that ultra wide angle look. Have a great year Alicia x

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  40. What a fun new toy! The photos look amazing! I have some birthday cash burning a hole in my pocket so I'm going to look this lens up right now :D

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  41. Your new toy looks like so much fun!! :)

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  42. So cool. Gonna get a cheap one just to mess around with! Thanks for the inspiration as usual!

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  43. Already you're making magic with your new toy, Alicia! Beautiful shots!!

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  44. amazing pics! where do you find the time to do all these fun things! a washer & dryer are good to have, but not as fun ;) I have a simple flip phone that take terrible pictures. so I do not even use any fancy services, just calls!

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  45. Great fisheye shots! Thanks for sharing, & have a warm WW.....

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  46. What a fun lens, you look like you're having a blast with it! I just borrowed an old wide-angle from a friend but the sun hasn't come out long enough to actually play with it yet! (And a week too late, too. I could sure have used it on the Christmas Eve photowalk I did in Jerusalem's Christian Quarter. Those churches were really made for a wide-angle lens...)

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  47. Amazing photos~! Photography is really not my area and looking at yours is a total fun!

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  48. love love love love LOVE!! Boy does that camera make the pictures fun! *jots it down on my wish list* hehehe ^.^

    -Samantha
    www.kreativekaring.com

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  49. I love this! Now I want to get one for myself!! Hope your having a great New Year!!

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  50. What a great compromise! Love the shots.

    Riverfront is one of our favorite spots.

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  51. Ooooh! That is an AWESOME Christmas present! LOVE the work of art shots! ;) I'm thinking I *need* one of those... ;)

    Happy New Year! :)


    Random 80mph Shots of Beauty

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  52. Hey! Found you through the Wordless Wednesday and am a New Follower! Loved reading through your blog. I just got a new toy as well, Canon Rebel t3i! Haven't even begun to look at lenses. Love the fish eye tho!

    Stop by my blog and follow back :)
    http://www.the-not-so-desperate-chef-wife.com
    Thanks and happy new year!
    Krista

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  53. I know I said this the last time when I found out that you received that little fun thing- but how cool!!!!! I have been really wanting a nice wide angle lens with all the open landscape we have here- but I also really want the 1300mm lens to really work my moon shots. Sooooo- who knows which will arrive first- so I will have to just sit here & enjoy your awesome captures with yours. :) Hope things are getting better & life is finding it's new definition of normal. Hugs!

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  54. Love the captures with the new lens. Can't wait to see what else you do with it. Thanks for hosting.

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  55. The lends and you take wonderful pictures! I love the way in draws you in!

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  56. Brilliant - those photos are fabulous! Okay, now I really want a fisheye lens!

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  57. Wow, that is really cool. Although it makes me a little dizzy. But it is amazing how it does turn every picture into a slightly abstract work of art. Now I need one....

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  58. Fantastic to see examples of the fish eye that's on my wishlist. The lens is well down on my wish list though and hopefully by the time I'm ready to purchase it I'll be able to find a UK supplier as last week I couldn't find a UK supplier.

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  59. Wow, I didn't think your photographs could get anymore beautiful ... boy was I wrong :D

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  60. What an awesome lens! The images came out nice.

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  61. The washer and dryer were getting are a gift and I am pathetically excited about them.

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  62. I am beyond jealous. I want a wide angle lens so bad.

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  63. oooh that looks like such a fun lens to play with!!!

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  64. Your photos make me want to pull my lens back out. Haven't used it in so long! Love the whole series!

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  65. Beautiful and lovely shots! Wish I could get one of those DSLR soon..

    Visiting late for WW! Here's my share- hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.loveablecassandra.com/2012/01/wordless-wednesday-daughters-pet.html

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