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May 18, 2008

SUCCUMBING TO PEER PRESSURE: Ann Althouse's fisheye photos -- and the arrival of a couple of gadget-review checks from Popular Mechanics -- finally convinced me to order the Nikon Fisheye lens that she's been using. (Recycling gadget-review money into gadgets -- a virtuous circle, or evidence of a problem? I choose option one!)

It's a swell lens, and smaller than I expected. I also downloaded the "Hemi" plugin for Photoshop, which lets you remove the fisheye effect and just turn it into a 180-degree wide angle. Sometimes you want the fisheye effect, of course, but sometimes you don't. For a $29.95 download, it was worth it. Example (from the Northshore Brasserie) below; unaltered original image on left, de-fisheyed version on right:

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UPDATE: "Glenn Reynolds joins the cult, only to immediately commit heresy." Story of my life . . . .

Bigger versions of the pics above, here and here.

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