lens/adaptors question (wideangle/fisheye)

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  1. Lisaspank

    Lisaspank TPF Noob!

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    Ok so I have an Olympus E-410...that came with kit lenses.

    Im interested in a wide angle lens and possibley a cheap screw on fisheye adaptor.

    I checked ebay here is my search for wide angle. http://photography.listings.ebay.co...fmtsZinsifQQsocmdZListingItemListQQsofocusZpf

    I guess Im not really educated enough to understand all the numbers that come up for the lenses.

    Here is the listed wide angle
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Olympus-14-45mm...yZ152379QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    It seems to me just to be a plain lense but is listed as wide angle. argg Im just so lost.

    Can someone please explain..Ive searched the forum and now my brain is jumbled. :confused:

    AS for fisheye here is the main search I did
    http://listings.ebay.com/_W0QQsocmd...&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=32&fsoo=2&fgtp=

    Now I would be satisfied with a cheap version, as I am just playing around with things at this point.

    Would something like this work or would I be getting completely ripped off?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Wide-Fisheye-Ma...yZ116189QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Thanks for any help! :hail:
     
  2. Mav

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    Getting good wideangle photos is the biggest limitation of the Olympus system with their smaller sensor and 2.0x crop factor vs other systems. 14mm really isn't all that wide, and the screw-in adapters deliver very poor (and sometimes laughable) quality from what I've seen.

    Olympus does make a fisheye for their system: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/lens/dea/products/lens/8_35F/index.asp That's a "real" fisheye lens, and not yet another cheesy screw-on adapter.

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    They also have a High Grade 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 and 12-60mm f/2.8-4, but these lenses still really aren't all that wide either. To truly get a wideangle rectilinear lens on Olympus you need something like the 7-14mm f/4. Of course it's only $1600. :) The fisheye is a much more reasonable $675. Budget about $100 or so for some of the software tools out there to manipulate the images (like Image Trends Hemi plug-in), otherwise it might not be worth it. If this is more than you care to spend, I'd just keep on saving and not bother with the cheesy screw-in adapters. I have the equivalent lens for the Nikon system and love it.
     
  3. Alfred D.

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    I second that: don't "bother with the cheesy screw-in adapters". They're a waste of your money.
    In lens land, you basically get what you pay for, I guess.
     
  4. RebelTasha

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    There is a pretty reasonable "real not screw on" lens available the company is Zenitar not sure if they have it for your camera on Ebay for about $150 it is made in Russia if you are really looking at cutting the costs..

    I personally have the cheap screw on it's a 0.25 I got it for fun, I really like looking at Fisheye pictures more than taking them..
    If you are looking for quality shots stay clear of the cheap screw on you get what you pay for...
    But it depends what you are after, I would not be taking mine to do a wedding shoot... lol...

    Bottom of my page 2
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebeltasha/page2/

    and top of page 3 you can see some examples of the 0.25 screw on.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebeltasha/page3/
     
  5. osirus

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    I have one of those .42x screw on fisheye adapters/macro


    and yes, you do get what you pay for, ( i paid $40 on ebay)

    I enjoy it, its well worth paying $40 for to play around with

    And if your thinking of getting a fisheye lens
    why not pay $40 and get that first to try, instead of dropping $1000 on one and then realizing you will never use it, or dont like it ect
    i like mine alot so my next lens purchase will be a nice fisheye lens.

    i got it for my old Kodak DX6490
    But when i got my Nikon D50 it fit on that as well and i do use it every once in a while, as i love wide angle pics.

    well, the quality isnt the best, ( loses alot near the edges.) but its ok to mess around with

    heres a few taken with it

    on the D50 (18-55mm kit lens)

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    From the kodak easyshare dx6490

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