First Sigma 4.5mm fisheye portraits!

I went out yesterday together with Linn and the amazing Sigma 4.5mm circular fisheye. We had a great time and my goal was to do some QTVR – stupid me forgot a small screw for the 303SPH – and had to play with the lens in other ways possible.

Like this: (Click for bigger)

Sigma 4.5mm circular fisheye Sigma 4.5mm circular fisheye Sigma 4.5mm circular fisheye

All shots taken wide open at f2.8 with a shutter speed of around 2s. I used the 500DG Super turned back. I did drive at the same time (look at the light outside) – kind of stupid but I just couldn’t wait. (tricky stuff) The last shot was shot by Linn.

All shots developed with Raw Developer. Want to know more about this lens? Click here.

Links to discussions: (swedish) | Sigma forum /

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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14 Responses to First Sigma 4.5mm fisheye portraits!

  1. Scott Greiff says:

    That works. Looks like a fun lens. Hope Sigma has a sample at their booth at PMA. :)

  2. Simón Tannenbaum says:

    Hola Karl,

    hace mucho tiempo que queria ver algun review de este lente pero parece que nadie lo tenia aún, encontré increible las fotos (como siempre) y creo que es un buen lente para jugar o para hacer algunas buenas fotos especiales de publicidad.
    Un fuerte abrazo y saludos desde Stgo. de Chile
    Sorry por escribir en Español, no se otro idioma.

  3. ¡Hola Simón!

    ¡Convengo! ¡La lente es grande y le agradece por sus
    palabras calientes! Soy feliz que usted tiene gusto de mis cuadros.
    ¡Un abrazo fuerte de Carl, Suecia!

  4. I like it – and the colors really compose these shots.

    Much more useful than had imagined, and did you try blocking out rectangular crops, which also can usefully include black outside the lens’s circle? I was thinking towards publication which may not want to emphasize or see the circle, and this includes-black result seems very good.

    did I ever put you on to the work of James Mason, journalistic photographer who often uses mild fisheye as if a normal wide-angle? Try the Alaska galleries for some of what I am talking about.

    Looks like you and Linn out for the clubs ;)

    Ciao de Bssel,

  5. spalbird says:

    Smile, smile, smile. A great perspective, makes Linn look great, fantastic green stockings and how did Linn get back her long hair? I thought they are red now?

  6. Simón Tannenbaum says:

    Hola Carl,
    que bueno que sabes Español,es una muy buena noticia porque de este modo puedo enviarte e-mails sin preocuparme de si los entenderás o no. Yo soy un fiel seguidor de tus trabajos desde cuando tomaste las fotos de la boda de tu hermana.
    Abrazos para ti y Linn.

  7. Hola Simón!

    Mi español no es tan bueno como usted piensa. Pero es fácil que consiga español traducido en el ordenador:) Espero que usted no importe. ¡Me plazco muy tenerle alrededor! ¡Recepción detrás!


  8. Spalbird, hehe.. her green stockings are perfect for these blue and red colors. :D I like it very much too!

    The red hair was only fake. :D Just for fun. We wanted to scare her relatives a little. And you guys as well. Now you know. ;)

  9. spalbird says:

    Linn looks great even with red hair, would have been a great April joke, didn’t expect sth like this for Christmas, so you two succeeded to fool me :)

  10. csm2mk says:

    Hello there and thanks for the review.

    I was looking for photos of this lens for ages. And I know one thing. When it comes to Spain I am buying it!

    Are there any other alternatives to it though? (for half-sensors, i have a 350D)?

    Also, do you know where to go so I can see where it is released and when?

    Thanks and congrats on the photos ;)


  11. Hi csm2mk! (wow, what a name!) :D

    This is the only lens on the market that I know of that gives you and me (1.6 / 1.7 crop factor) a full 180 degree all around view. It’s very cool and I suggest you try it!

    I think it’s released already. So go to some big store that has Sigma (doesn’t every store has it nowadays?)

  12. Hola Karl,

    Te encontré buscando ( en la web) review de la sigma 4.5mm, la acabo de comprar y estoy muy asombrado de la prestación de la lente. Me interesa intercambiar ideas y opiniones contigo ya que la adquirí con el fín de realizar QTVR como leí que también lo realizas.
    Uso la Canon 400D,trípode Manfrotto 055D Manfrotto Level 3416 NN3, espero me entiendas.

    Un abrazo y saludos!


  13. joe says:

    Carl Rytterfalk hola sabes acabe de leer estos comentarios nose como los vi pero quiere saber si me convbiene comprar este tipo de lente ,es especilamente para bodas,opara tomar dentro de una casa,ocual es la verdadera funcio,aver si me puedes ayudar yo vivo en usa…y el precio es bueno por 750 dollares,, este es mi correo aquin quiera dejarme un comentario……

  14. MikeS says:

    Your website come to Poland :)
    All the best
    Mike S.

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