Ebay Cheap Lenses, are they that bad????

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  1. PonyBoy

    PonyBoy TPF Noob!

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    Im new to photography and just received a hand me down D200 camera body only and I cant really afford a 250-700 lens right now so Im dying to use it and found some cheap lenses on ebay and wanted to know if there really that crappy. I just want to buy something under $100.00 for now (wide angle) till I can afford a better one. Here are a few links so you know what im talking about.

    WIDE ANGLE FISHEYE LENS for NIKON D3 D300 D200 D40 D60 - eBay (item 250367469064 end time Feb-03-09 21:30:00 PST)

    DigPro 67mm 0.45x Wide Angle Lens Nikon D200 D80 D700 - eBay (item 260357049425 end time Mar-05-09 16:14:41 PST)

    WIDE ANGLE FISHEYE LENS for NIKON D3 D300 D200 D40 D60 - eBay (item 360128747204 end time Mar-03-09 22:54:35 PST)

    Or are these adapters for the lens you all ready have?
     
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    potownrob TPF Noob!

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    Those are all adapters that screw onto whatever real lens you may buy for your camera. From what I hear they aren't good quality anyway. What focal length are you going for or what are you going to shoot? You can find some old manual focus lenses pretty cheap on ebay or keh.com. You still have to focus them manually (duh) but the D200 can meter with them if you input the max aperture and the focal length of the lens. You can also find a newer AF 50mm f/1.8 for around 100 bucks, but IMNSHO, it's not the perfect focal length unless all you shoot is portaits. It'll get you started at least.
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    These are lens elements that screw onto an existing lens ... kind of like a filter.
    They are not high quality lenses with good multicoatings (which is why they are cheap). I think they were intended for video camera's or P&S digital camera's.

    If you want to get one, to widen the field of view, then do not spend any more than $50.00 on it ... personally I would not even bother.

    I would suggest buying a used Nikon mount Manual Focus lens.
     
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    I have two, I've had three.
    I had a screw on fisheye one, it was fun but quality wasn't good at all around the edges just blurry and it WAS fisheye round circular distorted view of things..
    I sold it with my Rebel though.
    Then I wanted another one for my S5/Elan ll So I bought what I thought was another one it ended up just being a WideAngle 0.5. It is a piece of junk!!!
    So then I still wanted the Fisheye which I wanted originally and got ANOTHER one, 0.42 and I LOVE it, it is exactly what I wanted and much better quality than my first it gives a very distorted fisheye effect something you definately don't want for a regular wide angle view.
    I think it is very hit and miss with the quality of these things..
    Never expect anything great.. if you get a good one you got lucky.
    If I was in the market for a wide angle I would stay away from them...
     
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    i use one of these (until i get a proper fisheye) the one i have really isnt that bad at all.. it makes the pics a little soft, but they really arent that bad... i think mine was around 30 bucks and it screws onto my 18-55 lens
     
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    Don't waste your money
     

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