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A Fresh Look for Your GoPro®* Footage

GoPro® cameras are amazing. The fixed lens, however, can be limiting. The Circular 180+ lens, packed with 185 degrees of AWESOME, will make you want to pull that GoPro® out and see your adventures like you've never seen before.

Want an ultra wide angle perspective that captures more than your eyes can see? 

Want footage to assemble into immersive videos using fewer cameras? 

Want to see the world in creative, fascinating new ways? 

Introducing the Lensbaby Circular 180+ lens for use with GoPro® Hero cameras

Use the Circular 180+ to create a circular image with 185º field of view or use it to create immersive still and video footage (below).
Use the Circular 180+ to create a circular image with 185º field of view or use it to create immersive still and video footage (below).

 

Taken with the Lensbaby Circular 180+ lens on the GoPro® HERO 4 Black camera. Click on image to interact.
Taken with the Lensbaby Circular 180+ lens on the GoPro® HERO 4 Black camera. Click on image to interact.

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The Circular 180+ lens creates fully circle fisheye videos and images with huge depth of field letting you capture the soul of your adventures with a fully immersive field of view. Attaching to the current waterproof housing on GoPro® Hero cameras, the Circular 180+ captures a 185 degree window on the world, wider than the human eye can see with unprecedented depth of field - subjects nearly touching the front of the lens are sharp, along with everything else in the image.

Why Circular 180+?

Lensbaby's Circular 180+ helps you document your extreme adventures in extreme ways. Shoot with a GoPro® and capture a truly unique perspective.

With its 185 degree field of view, intense depth, tack sharp edge-to-edge focus plus its small, rugged design, this lens will go anywhere you want to go. 

GoPro without the 180+ and with (without is simulated by cropping and reducing the distortion):

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How It Works

The Lensbaby Circular 180+ fits over the current waterproof housing on GoPro’s Hero® cameras.

To attach:

Simply unscrew the knob to loosen the mount and push the lens onto the GoPro® housing. Push firmly so it seats evenly. Screw the mount down tightly, while continuing to push firmly.

PROTOTYPE of Lensbaby Circular 180+ lens with included water resistant mount for use on GoPro® Hero cameras
PROTOTYPE of Lensbaby Circular 180+ lens with included water resistant mount for use on GoPro® Hero cameras

Specs:

  • Fits on the current waterproof housing for GoPro® Hero cameras
  • 185 degree field of view and a fully circular image in 16:9 wide recording mode (underwater full circular field of view: 120 degrees)  
  • Increases the GoPro® Hero's depth of field making nearly everything in focus
  • Lens housing is waterproof to withstand extended immersion up to 3 meters (IP68 standard)
  • Included water resistant mount is built to withstand heavy splashes of water with little or no leakage between the lens housing and the GoPro® Hero's housing**
  • Add-on Waterproof Mount is waterproof to withstand extended immersion up to 3 meters and replaces the glass on the front of the standard GoPro® housing (T5 torx driver included with purchase)
 
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 Video above illustrates how to attach the add-on Waterproof mount.

 

Seasoned GoPro® shooters, including Cyrus Sutton, Andrew Kornylak, Nate Wyeth and Andy Mann armed with a prototype of the lens, are already capturing their adventures in completely unique ways with the Circular 180+ lens mounted to their GoPro® cameras. From skateparks to trampolines to cliff jumping to sharks, check out some select footage clips below. 

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Why Kickstarter?

We have a passionate group of Lensbaby still and video shooters. Many of you who shoot with GoPro® are unfamiliar with Lensbaby - Kickstarter helps us get the word out about this lens to YOU and your co-adventurers.

The images from the initial Circular 180+ prototypes were so exciting that we had to get this into users’ hands as soon as possible. Traditional funding would mean putting this lens on hold due to our development resources being tied up by products we’d already committed to. Counting on the Kickstarter community to fund this project allowed us to take the risk and make this lens a reality in 2016.

We've taken the leap by kicking off tooling. Now we're counting on your support through Kickstarter in order to get it into your hands within months. And we need your support to help back and get the word out. You're going to love it. 

The team behind the Circular 180+ lens

Lensbaby team photo taken with the Lensbaby Circular Fisheye for DSLR cameras - the inspiration behind the Circular 180+ lens. Click and drag to explore. (see below for an immersive panorama made with the Circular 180+)
Lensbaby team photo taken with the Lensbaby Circular Fisheye for DSLR cameras - the inspiration behind the Circular 180+ lens. Click and drag to explore. (see below for an immersive panorama made with the Circular 180+)

 

We're a creative effects camera lens manufacturer based in Portland, Oregon. Our team has been helping photographers find their visual voice through our one-of-a-kind lenses for more than 12 years. 

*GOPRO, HERO, the GOPRO logo, and the GoPro Be a Hero logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc.

**GoPro® and lens housing will not be adversely affected by leakage which occurs due to improper mounting or by submerging for extended periods up to the IP68 standard.

Huge thanks to the Scott Cahall, Mark Bridges, and the rest of the design team at Moondog Optics who took an idea that Craig brought up in casual conversation and ran with it, knocking out the optical and mechanical design, and delivering beautiful, working prototypes a few short months later.

Risks and challenges

We've been producing and selling camera lenses for over 12 years and are well versed in the challenges and risks inherent in manufacturing lenses. All new product development can have risks associated with sourcing parts, tooling and design.

Potential risks:
-parts don't work (while we've extensively prototyped these designs and have confidence that our trusted suppliers will deliver parts that meet our specs and tolerances, stuff happens on occasion that surprises us)
-parts don't come in on time (while we've allowed extra time to account for delays, unforeseen delays are always a possibility)

We have already kicked off tooling, giving us the opportunity to solve most potential problems without affecting our tight schedule.

If issues with the product arise we will make those problems go away before we deliver your lens. Once it is yours we will stand by your Circular 180+ with a one year warranty against leakage (see specs for lens and mount waterproof standards) and against breakage under similar abuse that your GoPro waterproof housing is designed to withstand.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Get a Kickstarter exclusive Lensbaby sticker - with a Circular 180+ inspired design.

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    Pledge $69 or more About $69

    Earliest bird - be one of the first to get your hands on this lens for the best possible price. Save $31 off expected retail price and get it in the first batch.

    In the box:
    1 Circular 180+ lens (with water resistant mount*) for use on GoPro® Hero cameras (see compatibility chart in campaign)
    1 front protective cap
    1 rear protective cap

    *For hard-core underwater shooters, add $35 ($15 off expected retail) to your pledge to add one Waterproof Mount to your order. The Waterproof Mount replaces the glass window on the front of the standard GoPro® housing. May ship separately.

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    Pledge $79 or more About $79

    Early bird Kickstarter special. Save $21 off expected retail price and get it in the first batch.

    In the box:
    1 Circular 180+ lens (with water resistant mount*) for use on GoPro® Hero cameras (see compatibility chart in campaign)
    1 front protective cap
    1 rear protective cap

    *For hard-core underwater shooters, add $35 ($15 off expected retail) to your pledge to add one Waterproof Mount to your order. The Waterproof Mount replaces the glass window on the front of the standard GoPro® housing. May ship separately.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Get $100-off this special bundle which includes our Circular Fisheye lens for DSLR or Mirrorless cameras AND the Circular 180+ Lens

    In the box:
    1 Lensbaby Circular Fisheye in the DSLR or mirrorless camera mount of your choice
    1 Circular 180+ lens (with water resistant mount*) for use on GoPro® Hero cameras (see compatibility chart in campaign)
    1 front protective cap
    1 rear protective cap

    *For hard-core underwater shooters, add $35 ($15 off expected retail) to your pledge to add one Waterproof Mount to your order. The Waterproof Mount replaces the glass window on the front of the standard GoPro® housing. May ship separately.

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