Reviewing THE GOAT! 馃く Olympus 9mm f8.0 Fisheye MFT Lens w/ Sony RXO II Back-Bone Ribcage

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THE GOAT! 馃く Olympus 9mm f8.0 Fisheye MFT Lens Review w/ Sony RXO II Back-Bone Ribcage

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Hello, it's me鈥揑'm Steven Allen. How are you doing today?

Welcome back鈥it's been a minute. I'm glad you're here. I'm glad we're here together today.聽

We're talking about this Olympus PANCAKE lens鈥9mm f8 fisheye lens鈥揻or the Sony RX0ii with the Back-Bone MFT adapter. My mouth is full鈥

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I鈥檝e seen all of your comments about the 8mm app鈥揑 know there was an update. I鈥檓 working on that video, and that will be coming soon.

I don't know if it鈥檒l be the next video or the one after that. I鈥檓 posting music videos as well, so it鈥檚 in the works鈥揑 have half of it filmed.

Thank you for sticking around鈥eing here鈥eing you鈥 I just want to let you know that I hear you, and I'm holding space for you. Thank you so much for being you.




So today I decided that I wanted to take this camera out into New York City proper, meaning Manhattan, Central Park to be exact, and take some photos鈥ND see what we get.

Since it鈥檚 an f8 lens that requires A LOT of light, I'm outside during the day.聽

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That's kind of not the usual for me. Typically I'm like, oh, I'm going to shoot a video鈥搇et me get ready. By the time I'm outside, it鈥檚 pitch dark with all the lights. It鈥檚 鈥渄ark-sighted鈥 outside.

It was 鈥渃hill factor,鈥 but we got through it.

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If you鈥檇 like to shoot video with this lens, it's fine. I mean, it's not the best quality. I'm not really satisfied with the pictures. It looks kind of like a mid-2000s digital camera.

This lens is not only for the Sony RX0 one-inch sensor modified camera with a micro 4/3 lens mount, but also for any camera that accepts micro 4/3 lenses.

olympus mft lens & sony rx0 ii back-bone ribcage camera

I like this Olympus pancake lens because it has a lens cover attached to it that鈥檚 very easy to open and close. I guess it could be considered a body cap lens too.

I thought I wanted to keep body cap lenses on all of my cameras, so when I pull them out of my bag, I can just start taking photos immediately.聽

It is a fisheye lens, but it doesn't look crazy fisheye鈥ike you're filming skateboards鈥


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9mm on this one-inch sensor means you have to multiply 9 by 2.7 to figure out what the full frame equivalent is, so that number would be 24.3, but it works.

Usually 24 feels too close for vlogging, but because it鈥檚 such a small camera, you can just hold it further back with your hand.

The camera is not super light, but the lens is. I do need to have a little microphone attached whenever I want to record video, because this modified mount covers the internal microphone on the Sony RX0ii.

The images didn't come out like I would鈥檝e liked for them to come out鈥揑 think I needed more light.聽

I realized while using this camera outside that the focus for the lens is all the way to the right. So at the 0.2 mark, that's where things are in focus, close and far away.

I think that means there鈥檚 not actually a working infinity focus鈥搈aybe because this is a modified camera. On a regular micro 4/3 mount camera, it should be fine. You should be able to focus with the dial and get infinity there.

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Sometimes SMALLER is BETTER鈥

I really haven't seen that many videos on YouTube of people with this camera, so I think I'm like the pioneer of this. I love this camera with this lens, despite the less than stellar visuals.

The build quality of the lens is plastic, but it's not bad. I did watch some reviews, and they were saying that the focus knob is super flimsy. It鈥檚 not the strongest resistance, but it鈥檚 ok. If you stick it in a bag, it probably will move, but I think it's fine. I thought it was going to be super loose, like you could just shake it, and it would move around, but no, it's not like that.聽

Yes, the Sony RX0 battery is kind of trash, but I just bring a lot of extra batteries.

Thank you for visiting today. I really do/did enjoy using this camera. I have a whole bunch of other lenses to use with this camera鈥搈ore videos and posts to come!聽

Take a little time to make art and be brilliant鈥揑'll talk to you later鈥揼oodbye.

What People Are Asking鈥

Will there be a Sony RX0iii?

Sadly, probably not鈥

Is a modified Sony RX0 waterproof?

Well not anymore鈥efore the modification, it's waterproof, drop-proof and crush-proof--after the mod, it's still sturdy but NOT waterproof.

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Is a modified Sony RX0ii worth it?

I think so, but it's quite expensive for such a small camera.

Is the Sony RX0 mark ii better than the mark i?

The 2nd version of the Sony RX0 has quite a few upgrades, including a flip up screen, but it still lacks in-body stabilization like the 1st one, so that makes it kind of difficult to use for vlogging--but where there's a will, there's a way!

Can you use a modded Sony RX0ii as an A camera?

It's really small, with a one-inch sensor, so it's really more like a C camera, but you could use it as a B with an alpha series camera. At the same time, there are no rules, so why not try it out as a primary camera?


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