Photographing a Smiling Studebaker with a Fisheye Zoom

by | Jun 11, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

The Bullet Nosed Studebaker models of 1950 and 1951 were designed by Raymond Loewy are a favorite car of my wife Mary. The bullet nose models were available in three different sized models: the Champion, the Commander, and (get this) the Land Cruiser. I think this one is a 1950 Champion but I could be wrong. (Any Studie experts want to let me know what it is?)

It was photographed using an EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, a Canon L-series lens that offers an 180 degree angle-of-view at 8mm. To limit chromatic aberrations and color fringing, the optical design incorporates two ultra-low dispersion glass elements with a Sub Wavelength coating to control flare and ghosting. Fluorine coating was applied to the front element to resist fingerprints and smudges. Since, it’s an L-series lens, it’s sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions. A built-in filter holder is located at the back of the lens and accepts cut gel filters. The lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs but can also be used with APS-C models, like the EOS Rebel T3 I used here, where it provides a 12.8-24mm equivalent.

How I made this shot: This particular Studebaker was photographed at a car show in Golden, Colorado. This image was made when I was looking for a subject to show how the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens had a trace of vignetting with the (removable) lens hood in place, even when used with a 1.6 magnification factor camera such as the EOS Rebel T3. With this HDR image, shot at just 9mm any vignetting is elinminated. Tip: To get the maximum coverage with the EF 8-15mm f/4L lens on a 1.6 multiplication factor camera, like the EOS Rebel T3, take off the lens hood.


What happened to Mirrorless Month? While I own and have access to many mirrorless cameras—like the full-frame Panasonic Lumix S1R— my ability to do new photography of cars in recent days has just not just limited but has been impossible because of the Covid virus’s impact on car shows. That is expected to change soon. I recently received communications from the Good Guys that they “are actively preparing to move forward with all of our currently scheduled July events.” RE: Des Moines, IA and Columbus, OH Good Guys shows. The Good Guys events team is working with venue management at both sites to work towards hosting successful events at both locations. They day that any changes, cancellations or updates with these events will be made no later than June 17, 2020