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|Category:||Convertors and Other Adaptors|
|Product:||FEL-HLW Fisheye Lens|
Holga FEL-HLW Fisheye Lens Review - A review of the Holga FEL-HLW Fisheye lens converter that fits over a Holga HL lens on a Micro 4/3 camera.
The Holga FEL-HLW is a lens that slips over one of the Holga HLW Micro 4/3rd lenses to give a fisheye angle of view - well that's what it says on the box! It's available for £25 from HolgaDirect. We tried it on the Holga HLW-OP lens that we reviewed last year.
The attachment comes with soft plastic front and rear lens caps and a pouch case.
The photos below are taken using the Olympus OM-D. The left side are with the Holga HL(W)-OP and the right side with the FEL-HLW attached.
I did try holding it on the front of the Olympus 17mm lens and that gave the fisheye style effect I was expecting. Below is the attachment on the Holga lens (left) and held over the 17mm (right).
We mentioned the quality of the Holga 25mm was pretty poor in our original review. Attaching this lens just goes to amplify that lack of quality, and control of flare is incredibly bad.
What you have to do with this converter is play to its strengths - and that's poor quality. Yes you can turn that around and shoot specifically to get flare, bendy edges and soft focus.
I purposely shot into the sun and moved around until the flare patterns were controlled and made a creative addition to the photo.
You could also use the lens to shoot backgrounds for composite photos. These trees look pretty poor as a stand-alone shot, but digitally place a model in front, shot from a similar angle using a sharp lens, and the trees will make a great uniquely soft focus background.
Holga FEL-HLW Fisheye Lens ProsEasy to attach
Dramatic flare - if you like that sort of thing
Holga FEL-HLW Fisheye Lens ConsAweful imposing flare when the sun is in the same direction
Not as "fish eye" as the box shows
Not very sharp
Introduces additional distortion
Blocks focusing from lens below
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