The best fisheye lenses in 2024: Unlock new potentials of shooting wider-angled

Best fisheye lenses
Sample image taken with a circular fisheye lens (Image credit: Getty Images)

The best fisheye lenses can seriously improve your photography if you're wanting an enormous viewing angle and wider shots. Fisheye lenses were invented to enable meteorologists to keep a close watch on the weather, but these lenses soon found favor with creative photographers, vloggers, and filmmakers. 

Even the widest of wide-angle lenses have to compete with the circular aesthetic of a fisheye lens,  whereas regular wide-angle lenses have a rectilinear design that aims to keep distortion to a minimum, the curvilinear nature of fisheye lenses produces extreme barrel distortion, giving a bold and unique look to images. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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