Lensbaby Announces 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens


Lensbaby… you either love them or hate them. While many may consider them the Holga of the digital age, it’s rather obvious from their existence that there are plenty of individuals who enjoy the quirky effects their (comparatively) cheap lenses offer.

And yesterday, they added a new lens to their repertoire: a circular fisheye for Canon and Nikon DSLRs that is receiving a surprising amount of attention.

The 5.8mm f/3.5 lens offers an extremely wide angle-of-view, coming in at 185ยบ (meaning that it’s actually capable of looking behind itself a bit). Made with APS-C-sized sensors in mind, using it as such effectively turns the lens into an 8mm full-frame equivalent.


I must say, after years of seeing the other gear Lensbaby offers, this particular lens is a bit of a deviation in that it looks much more like a standard lens than a toy.

It’s still completely manual in operation, and although the optics aren’t anywhere near even the lower-end of Canon or Nikon gear, fisheye users probably aren’t going to be worrying about soft corners or chromatic aberration much anyway.


You can already pre-order the lens on B&H. It comes in at $300, which does strike us as a little high, but for a fisheye lens whose entire premise is built around a specific niche, it’s one of the cheaper options out there.

(via Digital Trends)

Image credits: Photographs courtesy of Lensbaby

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  • Christopher McRae

    Not a chance I would spend $300 on this. Maybe $50….maybe!

  • Benjamin

    For a Lensbaby product, the price is kinda steep, but the alternatives for aps-c circular fisheye are all more than twice that price.

  • markz

    If you want to go that lofi you could pick up a busted up Lomo fisheye film camera off of ebay or your local flee market, saw the lens off and free lens it … for ohhh a couple of bucks

  • docholliday666

    Ah, another LensScabie…oh, well, looks like more hipsters gonna be spending money and bragging about their D800e in fisheye mode. Damn.

  • wickerprints

    For $300 you could buy a real lens instead of hipster Lensbaby plastic crap.

  • Syuaip

    $80 max maybe. for $300 i’d get a second hand FF korean 14mm

  • earlycj5

    What exactly is wrong with Lensbaby lenses? Used properly, they’re a tool for artistic purpose.

    I don’t see this lens as being any different than their others in that respect. I’ve found the quality of their products to be top-notch, but perhaps more importantly, they’re FUN for ME to use.

    Guess that makes me a hipster (that and the Chucks and my love of craft beer).

  • thingwarbler

    Actually, I’ve been extremely satisfied with the quality that I’ve been getting from a Rokinon 8mm fish eye — it comes in under $230USD and while it’s manual focus and manual aperture, it’s a blast to work with and the resulting images are perfectly acceptable.