Scout with Fisheye, a fun and affordable manual focus Fisheye SLR camera lens, is available in mounts for all popular SLR camera bodies.
Scout, the first Lensbaby lens that does not bend, features the Fisheye Optic, which delivers an ultra-wide 12mm focal length capable of capturing a 160 degree angle of view from infinity all the way down to 1/2 inch from the front of the lens. The Fisheye Optic can also create unique flare effects in an image.
The Scout with Fisheye ships with the Fisheye Optic installed, but photographers can use other Lensbaby Optic Swap™ System optics such as Soft Focus, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic. With Lensbaby’s selective focus optics, (Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic) the sweet spot of focus will always be centered in the photo.
The Fisheye Optic features a creative lens flare effect that causes the edge areas that would ordinarily be black to glow with color whenever there are bright light sources in the image. This lens flare effect is particularly apparent when shooting with a full frame camera though it is also apparent when shooting with APS-sized sensors.
The ability to focus one half inch in front of the lens provides an extraordinary way to explore macro photography. Get close enough to a flower to nearly touch it – while capturing the entire garden surrounding it in the frame.
Scout Specs and Features
• Straight in and out manual focusing
• Ships with the Fisheye optic installed
• Smooth manual focus mechanism
• Exceptional build quality
• Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
• Available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, and Olympus 4/3rds SLR camera lenses.
• Size/Weight: up to 2.28” (5.79cm) high x 2.61” (6.63cm) in diameter/ 8 oz (226.8g)
Fisheye Optic Specs and Features
• Focal Length: 12mm
• 160 degree angle of view
• Focuses from 1/2 inch to infinity
• Creative flare effect fills border around image circle with colors from bright light sources in the photo
• Six multi-coated glass elements
• Maximum aperture of f/4, aperture disks that range from f/5.6 to f/22
• Removable disk aperture system
Scout with Fisheye Optic Box Contents
• Fisheye Optic
• Aperture Kit
• Microfiber Bag
Posted by Jacquelyn C on 6th Aug 2012
This is my first Lensbaby and so far I am quite impressed. Fit perfectly onto my Sony Alpha SLT and takes awesome pictures so far. Shipping time was impeccable. I ordered it after 2pm on Friday and they had it to me by Monday. Can't wait to experiment with more optics. Love this creation!
Posted by Walter Gawronski on 10th Jan 2012
I've had my Scout for a couple of weeks now and have found that the everyday mundane objects I've been surrounded by for years are now brand new opportunities for a great photo.
I've never owned a fisheye lens before, in spite of the fact I have been a serious amateur photographer since the early '80s.
I could never justify the cost until now. I did a lot of research before I settled on the Scout and I was prepared to compromise a little on quality.
But I found there really wasn't much of a compromise, I'm very happy with the quality of the images the Scout produces.
I'm not a great fan of the lens flare on the edges of the image and I think promoting this as a creative effect is more in the category of creative marketing.
I would be happier if the front glass element was recessed into the body a little for protection.
Having said that, if one is aware of the lens' limitations and shoots accordingly, great images can be made.
My tip is keep any strong light like direct sunlight or bounced flash out of the frame or strong flare on the edges can wash out the image.
If you want a fisheye, this lens is very well made and good value for money.
Posted by J Clark on 4th Aug 2011
Bought this specifically to travel out West and it performed very well. Got some very nice shots of some great vistas. I love it, the fisheye look is great, easy to use. I really love getting that flare at the edge if you position it right...
Posted by ed rybczynski on 4th Aug 2011
I recently purchased the Scout which comes boxed with the Fisheye Optic. Having had an opportunity to use it only once to capture a Chesapeake Bay sunrise photo, I'll share my feedback based on limited use.
The Scout and the Fisheye lens seemed very user-friendly when used with a Nikon D7000. There was no problem focusing and the resulting images were crisp, clear, and properly exposed. I'm very pleased with the overall performance.
It's needs to be said that I don't necessarily view the Lensbaby Fisheye optic as a less expensive substitute for similar lenses. It really is in a separate category, a creative league of its own so to speak, with unlimited capability for personal expression.
I purchased it, and the Lensbaby Composer, to keep close at hand for those times when I'm feeling constrained and limited by traditional photography and feel a need to capture images in the unique way that I see them.
Posted by Matt Akins on 28th Jul 2011
I picked up the scout with fisheye, primarily because I was interested in the scout lens, and wanted to pair it with the sweet 35 optic, but I had been in want of a wide angle/fisheye lens for a while. I tried it out on vacation and I got several postive comments on the shots I took with the fisheye , including one person interested in obtaining one. Changing out the optic with the tool is pretty easy, and while I prefer the sweet 35 for the dial-in f-stop system, the drop-in isn't a huge deal for when I'm using the fisheye.
I'm using it on a Canon T1i.
Posted by Pablo Quiroa on 27th Jul 2011
I've been using this fisheye for a month already and I'm really happy about it, the performance is great also the value is excellent for what you get. I use a sony A55 and the sony lens is about 6 hundred bucks...what are you waiting?