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05/26/2008 08:21:44 PM · #1
I am looking for a fisheye, distorted wide-angle, lens. My first intention was the Canon 15mm f/2.8, but that one is around $600 and way out of my budget. I know it is stretching it, but does anyone know of a cheap fish eye.

I don't need it to be made by Canon, just need it to work with my canon.
05/26/2008 08:28:21 PM · #2
Have a look at the peleng 8mm.
05/26/2008 08:42:54 PM · #3
The Tokina 10-17 runs about $550 new, and unlike the Canon 15mm, it will give you an a proper fisheye effect @ 10mm. The Canon will just look like a really distorted wide angle.

05/26/2008 08:50:57 PM · #4
Originally posted by gloda:

Have a look at the peleng 8mm.


Ditto that! Very fun lens to use and how often do you get a package in the mail from Russia.
05/26/2008 08:53:28 PM · #5
I second the Tokina 10-17. I love mine and wouldn't trade it for anything. And having a zoom range on it really comes in hand more often than you might think.
05/26/2008 08:57:39 PM · #6
Not to hijack this thread but I am looking for a fisheye for my D300. It has a cropped sensor which obviously screws with things. This peleng lens looks like the most promising, am I wrong?
05/26/2008 09:07:00 PM · #7
Originally posted by togtog:

Not to hijack this thread but I am looking for a fisheye for my D300. It has a cropped sensor which obviously screws with things. This peleng lens looks like the most promising, am I wrong?


Nikon makes a 10.5mm fisheye that is an outstanding performer.
05/26/2008 09:19:52 PM · #8
got my vote for the peleng 8mm.
i just got mine a month or so ago, and love it.
it's very fun and different.
05/26/2008 09:33:00 PM · #9
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by togtog:

Not to hijack this thread but I am looking for a fisheye for my D300. It has a cropped sensor which obviously screws with things. This peleng lens looks like the most promising, am I wrong?


Nikon makes a 10.5mm fisheye that is an outstanding performer.


oh yeah!
05/26/2008 09:52:56 PM · #10
Originally posted by davidlinder:

got my vote for the peleng 8mm.
i just got mine a month or so ago, and love it.
it's very fun and different.

Anyone considering this lens might want to read this first to understand the good & the bad. You get what you pay for it seems.
05/26/2008 09:59:09 PM · #11
Originally posted by ssturges:

I am looking for a fisheye, distorted wide-angle, lens. I know it is stretching it, but does anyone know of a cheap fish eye


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05/26/2008 10:01:54 PM · #12
Hahahahaa, very nice!
05/26/2008 10:20:41 PM · #13
I use a manual focus Sigma 15mm f2.8 that I found on fleaBay a couple of years ago for $205 US, and it seems about on par in image quality with the manual Nikkor 16 f2.8 that I have. I would love to have one of the new 12-24's or 10+ zooms, but they are still too pricey for my budget.
05/26/2008 10:40:57 PM · #14
this is the one i have and i highly reccomend it, seriously the funnest lens i own
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05/27/2008 11:34:54 AM · #15
Ok, I have an 18mm lens, effectively 27mm. 10.5 doesn't seem much different, then again, there is a difference between the regular and fisheye lenses. Could someone demo the difference between an 18mm lens and a 10.5 or the 8mm? Otherwise I think I am going to have to hit up rentals heavy and try them out myself, but it would be so much easier.

Also, not a fisheye question, what is the absolutely widest rectanglular lens for Nikon, i.e. for stitching together into panoramas or for qtvr?

Thanks much! Sorry if I am hijacking again...
05/27/2008 11:51:05 AM · #16
Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

I second the Tokina 10-17. I love mine and wouldn't trade it for anything. And having a zoom range on it really comes in hand more often than you might think.


I own the Pentax 10-17 that the Tokina is based off, it is a sweet lens. Incredibly sharp, nice distortion at the ultra wide end. A sweet, sweet lens. If I ever switched systems the Tokina would be towards the top of my list for lenses.
05/27/2008 11:55:17 AM · #17
Originally posted by togtog:

Ok, I have an 18mm lens, effectively 27mm. 10.5 doesn't seem much different, then again, there is a difference between the regular and fisheye lenses. Could someone demo the difference between an 18mm lens and a 10.5 or the 8mm? Otherwise I think I am going to have to hit up rentals heavy and try them out myself, but it would be so much easier.

Also, not a fisheye question, what is the absolutely widest rectanglular lens for Nikon, i.e. for stitching together into panoramas or for qtvr?

Thanks much! Sorry if I am hijacking again...

the difference you are speaking of is the difference between rectangular fisheye and circular fisheye
rectangular like the canon 15mm doesnt give you that 180 degree view in all direction like the circular fisheyes do. the circular fisheyes make for a better photo when used on a camera with a smaller image sensor
05/27/2008 11:58:05 AM · #18
Originally posted by option:

The Tokina 10-17 runs about $550 new, and unlike the Canon 15mm, it will give you an a proper fisheye effect @ 10mm. The Canon will just look like a really distorted wide angle.


Agree. I don't think the tokina is all that fishy on a 1.6 crop camera..I have a friend with one and he loves it. I have it a try and while it's a nice lens, it's not as fishy as say the canon 15 is on a 1dmk3 (1.3 crop).

remember, that canon sells a 16-35 as a wide lens on a FF body - the 15 fisheye is wider yet. The crop equivalent is canon's 10-22 - so IMO to get a fisheye that looks really fisshy on a crop body one has to go to 8mm or better.
05/27/2008 12:18:07 PM · #19
Originally posted by option:

The Tokina 10-17 runs about $550 new, and unlike the Canon 15mm, it will give you an a proper fisheye effect @ 10mm. The Canon will just look like a really distorted wide angle.

I have one of these, it's very fishy, sharp (but hard to keep things in focus wide open), small, and pretty well built. I paid much less than $550 for a used one.

edit: it can be mounted on a full frame or 1.3x crop camera and work, but you'll get major vignetting on the corners.

Message edited by author 2008-05-27 12:19:02.
05/27/2008 12:34:14 PM · #20
Fisheye Gif
Here's some shots from the Tokina at 10mm.
05/27/2008 12:46:19 PM · #21
Originally posted by kyebosh:

Fisheye Gif
Here's some shots from the Tokina at 10mm.


That may be the scariest animation I've seen. :)
05/27/2008 02:10:32 PM · #22
Originally posted by kyebosh:


I have one of these, it's very fishy, sharp (but hard to keep things in focus wide open), small, and pretty well built. I paid much less than $550 for a used one.


How would it be hard to keep things in focus? With a fisheye, hyperfocal is like, one foot away from the lens...
05/27/2008 07:50:18 PM · #23
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Sigma 15mm 2.8 fisheye The dragonfly was about 2 or 3 ft from the camera.

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Same place, different day, with Nikkor 16mm 2.8 fisheye.

These are the widest in my selection of lenses. Both are with APC size sensor. I chose similar scenes so that you could compare.

Message edited by author 2008-05-27 19:51:31.
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