Well, I always thought a fisheye was 180 degrees in all directions and forming a round image ? The Arsat allegedly covers 180 degrees across the diagonal but it certainly fills the frame completely. The distortion curves lines, especially near the edges of the frame, which can be either annoying or interesting depending . . .
Another place where the lens excels (in terms of price/performance) is night-sky pictures. I made some very long time exposures (thirty minutes maximum) during the Perseids meteor shower with ground, sky and a "stationary" Pole Star. (Edit: but that was without intending to crop a panorama from the neg of course).
Last edited by MartinP; 06-22-2014 at 04:22 PM. Click to view previous post history.
* I'm an analogue enthusiast, trying not to fall into the digital abyss.
* My favorite cameras: Mamiya C330f, Nikon S2, Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T, Nikon F4s, Olympus Pen FT, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras.
There is no substitute for the Xpan, the greatest camera ever created.
Stuff and nonsense. All that can be done with an Xpan can be done at lower cost with a humble Century Graphic. And more can be done with a Century than with an Xpan. The Century offers a much wider range of focal lengths and greater cropping opportunities.
This isn't to denigrate the Xpan or the Alpa 12. Both are extremely well made and robust, are lovely artifacts. Users love both and its easy to understand why. But a Century Graphic is more capable and much less expensive.