Wide angle or fisheye?

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  1. SuperThinh12

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    such a hard choice. help me out guys
     
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    Well, we have no idea what you normally shoot, or would like to shoot so I will give my impression based on what I have:

    I have a wide-angle and wouldn't but a fish-eye. A fish eye screams "limited". Limited in its application and limited in what you can get out of it. You know a fish eye photo when you see it. Whereas a wideangle has the utility that it a fish-eye seemingly lacks.

    Really though the two (in my view) aren't that comparable.
     
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    I find a fish eye is just an "Effects" lens more than anything for me.
     
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    While you can take a fish-eye shot and reconstruct it into a panorama or wide-angle shot using software, a super wide-angle is still more versatile and better for composition.
     
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    If I could only choose one, I'd go with wide-angle. I'd feel too restricted with just a fish eye lens but that's just me.
     
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    lol yeah, thats how i feel. i know that the fish eye lens is very limited. and i plan on shooting panaramics, portait, rollerblading shots so i think i might go with the widee angle
     
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    i second what epp_b said
    but if you are shotting Nikon you should look at the Sigma 10-20 for a wide-angle ant that will auto focus on the D40/40x and D60
    Also there is the Tokina 12-24 better build quaility then the sigma but u loosethose 2mm at the wide end
     
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    If you go fisheye, I would highly suggest a diagonal as opposed to a circular. I have a Nikon 10.5mm diagonal fisheye, and it is a lot of fun.
     
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    Fish-eyes are great... for about 10-15 pictures, then you get bored with that look and they sit in your case for years... wasted money. A good ultra-wide lens gives you greater usability potential.
     
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    this decision really depends on what you want.

    so, buy what you want.

    if you do not know what you want, do not buy but keep the money :)
     
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    sorry, only read that now.

    yes, I would go for WA then too.
     
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    i would go with a good ultra wide lens. In my experience you would use it more often then a fish eye.
     

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