Are you shooting in macro mode? I just got a Fantasea fisheye lens for my P5000 and haven't had a chance to get it wet yet, but the manual specifically says to set the camera to macro mode when usung the lens. That's also what I've read in many other parts when it comes to fisheye lens use. If I understand it correctly, it has to do with the dome creating a virtual image right near the dome's surface, so you need to set the camera to focus closely in order to get that "image" in focus.
I've been diving for 5 years and recently upgraded my beginner Sealife DC800 w/ext strobe for a Canon G10 in a FIX housing w/ Sea & Sea YS-110alpha strobe on UL arms. Also have the flip macro lens and a FIX fisheye lens. I was recently in Cozumel diving for the first time with this set-up (less the strobe b/c the airlines lost my bag containing the tray and arms!) and REALLY enjoyed experimenting with the new system and got some great macros. I'm very disappointed in my WA shots though.
I LOVE the perspective I obtained in many shots with the fisheye lens. However, many of my fisheye photos are out of focus and I have no idea why. I was shooting natural light but the ISO/shutter speeds should have been high enough (e.g. f5.6, 1/250 s, ISO 400) that I would not have expected focus to be an issue. I used the center fosus AF mode on the camera. Is there a specific AF mode I should be using to obtain focused images using the fisheye lens????? I expected huge DOF with this lens. My lens was a "loaner" since mine was backordered beyond the date of my trip, but the lens appeared to be in good shape but for one modest scratch on the dome,but perhaps there was something wrong with the lens. Any input/advice would be very appreciated!
randiniMember Since 15 Aug 2006
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