Adorama Markets Fish-Eye Lens for APS-sensor DSLRs

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  1. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Just came across this in my lastest issue of Rangefinder mag.

    Pro-Optic Fish-Eye lens
    8mm, 10 elements in 7 groups, built-in lens hood, and locking lens cap. Focuses down to 12", covers 180° field of view, aperture range from f/3.5 to f/22.

    Supports Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony/Minolta.

    $289.95

    Thought is was worth sharing for those wantinig a fish-eye on the cheap. That's all I know, but you can research more if interested.
     
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    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Cool beans! Looks pretty neat and affordable.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    epp_b No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Wow, I wonder how Vivitar cuts down by a millimeter ;)
     
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    cfusionpm TPF Noob!

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    The manual focus is kind of a turn-off. But otherwise looks like a neat and cheap add on for a crop body bag.
     
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    I have basically the same lens (Series E version) for my D40. It's a great quality lens, although soft at 1.8, and it really helped me nail down the craft of focusing and metering.
     
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    The manual focusing need not be considered much of an impediment, because with a lens that short in focal length, one can just set the focus to 1/2 of a meter and be done with it for most objects.

    Even with the lens wide open at f/3.5, if the focusing ring is set to 2 meters, the depth of field extends from 0.67 meters all the way to Infinity. The hyperfocal distance wide-open is in fact, 1.01 meters, so if the focusing is set in that area, the depth of field is immense. There is no need to focus a lens like this; the focusing can be literally, TAPED in place at 1 meter and you're good to go. It can be guesstimated with a margin for error that is larger that with any other lens except, I guess Nikon's historic 6mm fisheye.

    Stopped down to f/8 and and the focusing distance has almost no impact on the final picture. So, there is absolutely no need for autofocusing--this puppy is like killing ants with 500 lb. bombs--you can be off by 5,10,15,20,30,40 feet-you do not need to be accurate, just be "there".
     

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