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Cosmos 180° Fish Eye Attachment Lens

The Cosmos lens was marketed under several names such as Kenko, Soligor etc., but they are all generally the same lens. Rumour has it that the glass from one of these lenses was used as the eye of HAL9000, the psychotic computer onboard the spaceship Discovery in the film 2001 A Space Odyssey.

This is an attachment lens which is intended to be used in conjunction with a main lens.

I picked this up for 16GBP, which is a bargain considering they usually sell for around 90GBP. They are a little complex to set up and it is very easy to make a mistake with them which can make the result less than ideal.

Although not as good as a dedicated fisheye lens, the results can be extremely good and the abberations which they do have can be exploited to good effect.

As an alternative to a dedicated fish eye lens, which can market from 500GBP upwards, these are extremely good value for money if you can get one.

When I get some time, I will create a page of instructions on how to use one of these properly