My Fisheye No. 2 was one of the first Lomography cameras I owned, and to this day it remains one of my favourites. On a recent holiday I realised how this is really the ideal for camera for shooting tall buildings and with NYC in mind, skyscrapers.
I got a Fisheye No. 2 in the black and silver edition pretty early on in my Lomography career, from an Urban Outfitters store in Leeds. At that time I knew nothing of the thriving online community where I would later pick up great hints and tips about my photography. As a result, and me not being very technically minded, I only used it for the most basic of daytime shots, which you can see examples of below.
When the Fisheye 2 Ripcurl Edition was released, I knew straight away that I wanted one, but I couldn’t justify a new camera just based on the colour scheme (although I don’t know why, I do this all the time now!). The body of the camera just looked so cool, with each section a different colour and the back carrying the Ripcurl logo. In the end, my original Fisheye camera broke (following a fall down a flight of concrete stairs might I add) and although I was sad, it did mean one thing: I could now justify the purchase of the coveted Ripcurl edition!
It looks even better in real life than in the pictures because the metal part of the body looks really classy and the colours are so much more vibrant than they look on a screen. The only negative I can actually find is that LSI don’t seem to have improved the rubbish lens cap situation. The lens caps on every Fisheye I have ever encountered (both the original and No.2) are almost too big and floppy to stay in position. I had hoped that in the later versions such as this, the problem may have been resolved but alas no. Anyway I digress. The camera obviously has all the features of the original Fisheye such as 180 degree angle lens, funny distortions of both faces and places.
What I have enjoyed most since getting this camera, that I didn’t really have with the first one I owned is that I have learnt a lot more about what it can really do. I have now tried it out in a variety of scenarios and always been impressed with the results, which you can see below.
I was also super happy when I decided to take this camera on my holiday to New York and was pleased by the advice offered by my lovely other half which was “use your Fisheye to look upwards.” This was perfect for capturing skyscrapers and other buildings and these are some of my favourite holiday snaps now (Shhhh . . . .don’t tell the LC-Wide!). I can’t rate this camera highly enough given how cheap, versatile and oh so wide it is!
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