Wide-angle vs. Fisheye (converted in PS)

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  1. Antithesis

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    I'm looking to get myself into a wide angle lens but I keep hearing about using a photoshop plug-in to correct a fisheye. Will the images be as good as shooting with a normal wide-angle? It would be nice to have the verstality of both a fisheye and a wide-angle in one lens.

    The two lenses I'm looking at are the Tokina 12-24 AT-X and the Tokina 10-17 AT-X fisheye. I'm looking at these because of the cost and it sounds like the build quality is unrivaled. The wide-angle has some CA issues, but not even much more than the nikkor 12-24 and is easily corrected in PS.
     
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    Well, i've heard you can get pretty decent results with converting a fish-eye picture, but it still doesn't match a wide-angle lens with aspherical<sp> correction. From the results of the 12-24mm i've been very impressed with and would suggest that one.
     
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    If you shoot Nikon, Capture NX does a good job converting Nikkor fishys to W.A.
    It needs to be a Nikkor lens as they are what is mapped in the software. The software picks it up in the EXIF data.
     
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    Would you say that the IQ would be as good as an actual wide-angle?
     
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    Image quality is usually good, but the perspective is weird and distorted still. You're basically stretching an image and twisting it to look the way it's supposed to.
     
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    In Capture NX the IQ is very close. If you want 11X14 and larger prints, CA will start to show. But the average photo Looky-Lue won't notice.
     
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    I'm going to be using it for a 300 level photog course and I'll probably be printing in about 11x14's. Sounds like it might be an issue.
     
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    JMO, the sigma 10-20 would be more useful. It goes wider, than a 12-24, and doesn't need any defishing.
     
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    Aren't the AF motors on those kinda glitchy?
     
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    mines fine. I got one and it didnt focus right, but i sent it back and the new one works fine
     
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    I know what you mean, it was with D200's, and as far as I know, it got fixed long ago.
     
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    I found an excellent condition Tokina 12-24 locally for pretty cheap ($400) with one of the nicer Hoya filters and I'm going to pick it up. Thanks for the advice though, I guess the fisheye will have to wait a while longer.
     

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