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Over the last few months I’ve been talking on the Film Photographers Discord Server (come check us out!) and there’s been a recent interest around fisheye photography. I decided I wanted to try and get in on the hype and get into it myself, until I looked up some fisheye lens options and couldn’t find any cheap Nikon F options. Luckily, I stumbled upon this this cheap fisheye adapter for $25 at a local thrift store.

Zykkor Super Wider Semi Fish-Eye 0.42x Adapter

I bought it in a heartbeat, but when I came home, I realized there was an issue. These adapters are meant to screw into the front of a lens using standard filter threads. Nowadays, almost all circular filters use a single thread standard, but unfortunately for me, this adapter uses an outdated standard of filter threads called “Series Filters”. I ended up having to buy a Series VII/7 to 52mm adapter ring and patiently wait for it to arrive. Once it did, it ended up mounting perfectly fine.

Adapter attached to my Nikon FA + Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI
Through the viewfinder
Through my phone lens

Shooting went just normally; I was able to focus as normal and let my camera meter using aperture priority. I ended up shooting 24 shots on my Nikon FA, Nikkor 35m f/2 AI, and Ilford HP5+ (Pushed two stops to 1600). I developed everything with Ilford DD-X and scanned it myself at home.

How the negatives look. Look at those tasty boba balls.
Up close with my little succulent plant
Hi Ryan!

The fisheye look is definitely something that I want to keep experimenting with, maybe with colour film next time. I love how warped perspective lines look across the frame and how distorted things can look as they get closer to the lens. Am I gonna shoot it everyday? No, but it’s a great toy I can throw in my camera bag for when I want to get this look. For ~$30 to get these results, I’m super happy, and I’d highly recommend looking for a cheap fisheye adapter if you’re curious about trying it out yourself.