fisheye or ultrawide?

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  1. anel

    anel TPF Noob!

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    i made up my mind a while a go to save up for the sigma 10-20, but i've been thinking about fisheye lenses lately.. how much work is needed to fix the distortion, and is it worth it, can i get a fisheye lens cheaper than a ultra-wide lens? i'm shooting with a 30D canon.
     
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    Keep in mind fisheye lenses are also fixed focal length (they don't zoom), and if you don't want the fisheye distortion, a super wide angle is the only way to go.

    This was taken at 10mm on my 50D:

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    isn't there any way to fix the fisheye distortion in post?
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    yeah, you can fix the fisheye distortion in ps.
     
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    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    why would you fix something that the lens is supposed to do? I mean the desired effect and reason for a fisheye lens is to create a really wide and distorted image, no? If you just want a really wide angle, look at the sigma 10-20 or similar lens. Generally I think you are probably going to pay more for the fish eye. IMO the fish eye is of really limited use and has a small niche of use. It would be probably the last lens on my wish list.
     
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    +1

    By and large, you get the fisheye for the fisheye effect. If you just need wide, get the Sigma. It's a solid lens. It's the only non-Nikon lens I own and I use it quite a bit.
     
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    I was going to ask then i thought ...nah
     
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    Can I see an example? PS may be able to do it but, somehow, I have a hell of a time imagining usable results.

    And, as mentioned by both Johnboy and manaheim, what would be the point?


    Now, as far as your choice, the fisheye is an ultra specific-use lens which is used by most people as a special effect which, imho, is usually a fail.

    Even superwide I found to not use much at all. I had a 20mm (12.5mm on a crop) and I sold it within about a year because it was just too darn wide. A 24mm was as wide as I needed. The 20 looked too much like a special effect to me and special effects start looking old real fast.
     
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    Tokina makes a fisheye zoom.
     
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    well i thought that with a fisheye i would kind of have both, a fisheye lens and an ultra-wide if it can be fixed in ps. but seeing as how it can't be or doesn't come out just right, what are my ultra-wide options? anything else than the sigma 10-20? i guess it's pretty cheap and sharp.. anything cheaper? :D
     
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    It can be but it basically scrunches the image down... imagine pulling all the corners of your image in.

    And for ultrawides, IIRC, the Sigma 10-20 is the cheapest. They have older copies you could pickup which might run a little less. I think the newer one is a bit improved.
     
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    does anyone know the best fisheye attachment for a Cannon D500? I know that the quality is not as good as when you buy the lense but I am only getting it for fun. thanks
     

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