At their most basic, fish have eyes very much like people that feature a cornea, iris, pupil, lens and retina. But there some major differences like the ability to see right and left simultaneously and the lack of eyelids. And, as a result of living without a neck to turn their heads, most fish can’t see anything below or directly behind them.
Fish eyes are a delicacy throughout southeastern Asia, and the giant eyes of tuna are offered in most Japanese grocery stores for eating. The eyes are simply boiled and seasoned to taste. Surrounded by muscle and fish fat, it is said to taste like squid.
While the results can sometimes be otherworldly, the use of a fisheye lens is more likely to be met with smiles and enthusiasm. Originally developed in the 1920s as a meteorological “lens for the whole sky,” the fisheye has developed quite a photographic following on account of the unique, unusual and often distorted images they often produce.
While fisheyes lenses are really fun to play with, a quality fisheye for your DSLR can cost well over $500 – a little much for what amounts to a toy for most people. Holga, which make great plastic film cameras, has developed a plastic lens for your digital camera and a fisheye attachment for just $40.
Yes, it’s plastic. And yes, it essentially turns your camera into a toy camera. But it’s a fantastic toy that can produce wall-worthy photos.
To maximize the fun, you’re really going to want the whole kit – for just $109 you get a wide angle, telephoto, macro and the newly released fisheye. And, unlike their plastic cousins, you don’t have to buy any film. Smile!