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 Post subject: Opteka and the Fisheye?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:26 am 
Hello Camera Labs community! I'm an amateur photographer and I recently purchased a Nikon D40 kit with an additional 55-200mm DX lens. Recently, I had taken an interest in macro photography especially with fisheye lenses. I was surfing on amazon and I found a brand called Opteka, which is selling a lens for thirty dollars.

Is this a trusty brand?

Can this lens be used for more than macro photography?

Link to Opteka Lens ... 811&sr=8-2

Please excuse me if I misuse some of the photography vocabulary as I am very new to the art.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:54 pm 
I've seen the opteka brand you were looking at online and read some reviews. I'm also looking for an inexpensive fisheye. Of course...with most things inexpensive....there is a quality tradeoff that is bound to happen.
If you are like me, then paying $400-900 for a quality fisheye that is used or new simply isn't feasible at the moment.
--I noticed that you had a link to the .35x opteka fisheye adaptor.
--You might like to consider the .20x opteka fisheye adaptor instead. Because of the smaller negative value of the magnification, you will get a wider angle of view that is more true to the effect of a REAL fisheye lens. If you throw this on a 18-55mm 'kit' lens, you can get different fisheye effects as you zoom in and out. At 18mm, you should get a nice full circle inside your frame. If you push it out to your 55mm setting or mounted it on a larger zoom lens, you should get a nice full frame image with the effect of the fisheye.
--Another 'middle-of-the-road' option is the Russian made Zenitar 16mm Fisheye. They will cost you about $200-$250, but are very high quality. Check out the review at the following:

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Hi Adrian,

I'm afraid I can't offer any advice on this one but I just wanted to chip in and wish you a warm welcome to the CameraLabs forum. 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:29 pm 
thanks for the welcome mate! :D

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