I heard Canon 50Ds dont work well with a fish eye lens, any truth to this

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    RumDaddy TPF Noob!

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    Im really wanting one. I had just about made my mind up to get it and while at a wedding the photogrpher told me that 50Ds dont work well with fisheye lenses. He said something about the 50ds sensors.

    Anyone heard of this problem?
     
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    simple answer: dont use fisheyes

    but i have no clue tbh but dont understand how they wouldnt work...
    the sensor should pick the image up just like any other lens
    after all the sensor isn't what makes the fisheye effect, it is the way the lens is designed that creates the effect
     
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    The issue is pretty much with any camera having a APS-C size sensor which means most DSLR's, unless the fisheye lens in question is designed specifically for the smaller APS-C sensor size.

    A true fisheye will work best on a full frame sensor.

    Make note that a true fisheye lens is a fairly expensive type of lens. A Canon EF 15 mm f/2.8 fisheye is $650.
     
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    Are you referring to a Fisheye lens designed to mount on the Camera ... or are you talking about those Fisheye lens adapters that mount on the end of a lens (like a filter) ?
     
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    I would like to buy a sigma fisheye lense, not the mounted kind but a actual lense, if it makes more sense to spend the extra couple 100 bucks to get a canon to feel more secure about the purchase I will.
     
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    So I have to look into what kind/size APS-C sensor I have on my 50D and get reassurance from whom ever I buy it from is familiar with APS-C Sensors and also that there wont be any limitations.

    Ill probably get it from BnH later this week.

    If theres anymore input or info to share from other members here please chime in and thanks to you guys for helping me out.
     
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    I have seen beautiful fish-eye images taken with a crop-sensor camera. The problem with fish-eye's, however, is that the images start to get boring if you're not careful. You might consider renting prior to purchase to make sure you really like it. I think you would normally get more use out of an ultra wide angle lens (e.g. Sigma 10-20mm or Canon 10-22mm).

    Ian
     
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    Your 50D has an APS-C sized sensor. They are virtually all the same size. In Canon cameras the mount to sensor distance is slightly greater than in Nikon's so your 50D has a 1.6 crop factor and Nikon's have a 1.5 crop factor.
     
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    It's the crop factor that messes with fisheyes. Think about taking a fisheye shot, and then only using the centre portion of the image. It'll probably just look more like a really weirdly distorted shot than a fisheye. In any case, I think Nikon has the best fisheye out there. The images from that 16mm f/2.8 are outstanding for a fisheye.

    My opinion, I agree with Ian. Fisheyes are a little bit of a novelty item; a lens for the sake of photographers to geek out about. I also think you'd get more out of a good ultra-wide.
     
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    Let me try to rephrase the original question. Are their any set backs, or disadvantages to using a fish-eye lens on a 50D compared to a different Canon body?

    Like for instance, I heard, "yeah fish-eye lenses are great for creative wedding shots but you dont want to use one on a 50D." When it comes to a fish-eye lens on a canon, do you get a better fish-eyed image off a different canon?

    Are 50Ds compared to other Canons at some sort of disadvantage in the fishy dept.
     
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    There is no disadvantage that is specific to a 50D. My guess is that the person you were talking to didn't know what they were talking about.
     
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    Or that they were referring to the crop sensor of the 50D; the 5D or 1D would produce more fishy results because they're full frame.
     

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