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 Post subject: Fisheye lens
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:24 am 
Hi there,

First of all,
Great website....

I,m planning to buy my first DSLR,

To complete the set,

I wan,t to know what the best Fisheye lens is to buy for a D400?

Greatings...

Jim

The Netherlands...


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:18 am 
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Hi Jim, welcome to the Cameralabs forums!

Two quick questions:

1: A fisheye is quite an unusual lens to go for. Are you sure you want the distorted effect of a fish-eye, or would you prefer an ultra wide angle lens? Is there a specific effect you're after, or specific subjects you'd like to shoot?

2: Is the body you're referring to the Canon 400D?

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Gordon


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:32 pm 
Hi Gordon...


Thanks for your,e reply

Yes i think you made a point there about the fish eye lens....

I think the effect i,m after is, (like what you mentioned in your,e reply), an ultra wide angle lens.....

mainly i wan,t to shoot city/and streetlife with it.

Yes i was reffering to the Canon 400D.

Planning to buy a nice 400D set and just was looking for a special effect lens to make my set complete...

Thanks,

Jim


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Hi Jim,
Many people love the Sigma 10-20mm as an extreme wide-angle lens without the distortion of a fisheye (which is really only good in a few situations). The Sigma captures almost 180 degrees at 10mm.

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Hi Jim, if you're after an ultra wide angle zoom for a Canon 400D, you should also consider Canon's own EF-S 10-22mm.

Remember that the 400D, like most DSLRs, has a sensor that's smaller than a frame of 35mm film - so the effective field of view is reduced compared to 35mm film.

For Canon DSLRs with APS-C sensors, like the 400D, this reduction factor is 1.6x, so the 10-22mm will deliver a field of view equivalent to 16-35mm on a 35mm camera.

That's still really wide though!

Gordon


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:42 pm 
Just to go off topic a sec, whats the crop factor on the D80, is it worse/better/the same?


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H Greg, the crop factor on all Nikon DSLRs is 1.5x.

In fact the crop factor on most DSLRs is 1.5x. This includes Nikon, Sony, Pentax and many more.

The exceptions are Canon with 1.6x (for their APS-C models) and Four Thirds cameras from the likes of Olympus and Panasonic, which use 2x.

Canon's full frame bodies like the 5D and 1Ds Mark II have a 1x factor, or rather, no difference at all.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:05 pm 
Thanks For the advise Gordon,


I'll shall take a look at the Canon lens.

but i,m a bit confused now :shock: :lol:

A friend of my bought a D80 from Nikon.....
Nice camera as well,

Yes i know that the choice between a Canon or Nikon is about taste and personal Preference.

But i,m still confused though.....

But ,
Thanks a lot for the advise...

And Gordon.....
When and what are you going to test in the next video tour?!...
Great shortfilms..

Jim


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Hi Jim, if you're undecided between a Canon 400D and Nikon D80, make sure you check out our 10 megapixel group test under the Features section.

As others have also commented already, the choice is down to both the look and feel of the particular bodies AS WELL AS the choice or availability of certain lenses.

Think about the kind of photography you'd like to do and what lenses are available from each manufacturer. You may discover one system is better than the other.

Also be sure to pick up both cameras in person to see which looks and feels best to you.

Gordon

PS - we have several reviews and videos in the pipeline, and also some tweaks to the site, so watch this space!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:20 pm 
Gordon,

Thanks for the quick reply.

yes i,m sure that i,m going to pick them up at a local dealer...

And about the kind of photography i,ll like to do?!

Most likely i,m going to use it in citytrips and vacations....
So one of the reasons that i would get the Canon 400D, is the size.

But i think the best thing to do is go to a local shop to try them both....

Jim


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:31 pm 
Also ask to check out the viewfinders on both cameras, I immediately preffered the D80's viewfinder as its lighter. Canon have a bigger range of lenses but if you arent going to be buying loads of lenses then look at what two or three you would ideally end up getting if u were to go for either one as well as checking out the cameras in the flesh.


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Yeah, Greg is right with his remark concerning the viewfinder: big plus for the D80 - just see for yourself!
And don't forget: a universal 18-200mm zoom with optical stabilization is not available to Canon owners. This is an invaluable asset!

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