Since purchasing the Bower 7.5mm fisheye lens I have upgraded from an E-PL5 to the E-P5 and it has brought the following capabilities to the manual focus Bower 7.5mm fisheye experience :
- Native focus peaking (As opposed to the also helpful bootleg peaking I set up on my E-PL5 using Scene filters/Myset profiles/fn buttons. Thank you internet.) makes focusing non connected lenses a snap. Note: For manual lenses you just need to assign focus peaking to a fn button and off you go.
- 5 axis image stabilization. Note: For manual focus lenses you just need to manually set the IBIS lens focal length (info button while switching IS settings). No ‘.5’ increment so 8mm did the trick.
Team that up with the VF-4 EVF:
and even on the first outing with the new body and while in a rush heading out of Duke Chapel you can get these hand held:
When I factored in that one of the Bower/Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm triplets can be had for as low as $249 (although I purchased mine locally at Southeastern Camera in Carrboro) compared to $639 for the (admittedly very nice) Panasonic 8mm fisheye it was a no brainer for me personally. Others mileage may vary. Plus some viewing my comparison composites below pointed out that the Bower better controlled CA at the corners, which I had not noticed. (Perhaps a Panasonic body would have corrected for this and it would be a whole different story. Back to back testing consisted of quick snaps with little or no fiddling. Perhaps there were some settings that could have improved the clarity in the corners for the Panasonic over the manual Bower.) It was great to be able to test drive both back to back locally. Even more so than before I am glad picked up this lens.
Prior posts on this lens below…