fisheye lens question

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by skatephoto, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. skatephoto

    skatephoto TPF Noob!

    Nov 14, 2003
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    Does anyone know where i can find a quality used fisheye lens for cheap. Are these fisheyes that they sell on ebay for like 70 bucks any good? thanks

  2. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

    Aug 25, 2003
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    Quality is in the eye of the beholder, one man's trash is another man's treasure, etc...

    I've used fisheye lenses designed for video camers that screw onto an existing lens; these are usually dirt cheap. I have a Kenko fisheye lens designed to be used on a still camera; I think they are a little more expensive. These are sort of gimmicky, but they work, and only you can decide if the quality is acceptable. You might be surprised.

    When I worked in a camera store I got sick of trying to explain the difference between Vivitar's $200 super wide angle zoom and the Canon model which was lots more expensive. I finally shot a roll with each in the store parking lot so I could show folks. We definately started to sell a lot of those Vivitars. I think that you can notice a difference in the quality if you really look, but most folks don't see it. Or they don't see the diff that adds up to all the extra money.

    I can't remember exactly what the Vivitar model description is, but it's something like a 16mm to 21mm zoom. I'm sure Sigma makes one too. These come in the common lens mounts and probably go for about $200 new, so hopefully half that used. I think you'd probably be happy with the quality. And then when you're making big bucks shooting for skate mags you can pick up the brand name model.

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