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Imperitus
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Dec 16, 2004 09:13 |  #1

I'm a new owner of a 20D. :) Joy.
But I'm strapped for cash, Christmas and all... So I can't afford any additional good lenses for a while.

Which got me thinking, are there any crappy lenses out there, the kind will produce completly unsuitable for professional use images, but which also might be fun to pick up for change and play with?

Such as a fish eye that distorts unevenly and has blurry spots? Or anything like that?

I'm not looking for something that will be functional so much as something I can play with.

Any ideas?


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Dec 16, 2004 09:16 |  #2

Have you looked at the 50mm 1.8 MKII? It is really cheap AND very functional. It is very sharp and fast as well.

Or if you want something totally crazy, get one of these
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Dec 16, 2004 09:24 as a reply to Toogy's post |  #3

I have the 50mm 1.8, it's my primary lens. It's great. :)

The lensbaby stuff looks fun. thanks for the tip. :)

I'm just looking for things to tide me over while I save for my 70-200 2.8 IS :)


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Dec 16, 2004 10:17 as a reply to Imperitus's post |  #4

Tell us how it worked out ...

The lensbabies sure look like a fun way to suck dust into your camera...

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Dec 16, 2004 12:16 as a reply to Andy_T's post |  #5

why would a lensbaby suck dust into your camera? I have one and it has glass just like any other lense. I have had no problems with it on my 10D. Check the samples on the lensbaby site and you will see some lovely work by some good professional photogs.


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Dec 16, 2004 14:41 as a reply to Barb42's post |  #6

How about making your own pinhole camera?
Or making your own lensbaby zoom?


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Dec 16, 2004 15:23 as a reply to DocFrankenstein's post |  #7

That's actualy a great idea. I wonder if I can get some loose lenses and build my own tube/ atatchment... :)


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Dec 16, 2004 15:28 as a reply to Imperitus's post |  #8

Get a holga, they're $20 and lots of fun!
Yeah, It's not a lens but it has a really bad one! Plus you can mod. it to hold 35mm.


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Dec 16, 2004 16:27 |  #9

Going to stop by american science surplus and grab some scrap lenes. :) Anyone know of a good source for mounts that will fit the canon EF ?

I might try building a pin hole lens as well. :)

Is there any danger from letting too much light hit the sensor ?


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Dec 16, 2004 16:30 as a reply to Imperitus's post |  #10

Never mind that, just realized I can pick up some spare canon body caps and use them. :)

I can't wait to get the parts and make FrankenLens. :)


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Dec 16, 2004 17:09 as a reply to Barb42's post |  #11

Barb42 wrote:
why would a lensbaby suck dust into your camera? I have one and it has glass just like any other lense. I have had no problems with it on my 10D. Check the samples on the lensbaby site and you will see some lovely work by some good professional photogs.

The reason that a lensbaby will probably suck dust into your camera is the same reason that all lenses that change length when focussing or zooming do. If the lens gets longer or shorter then its internal volume changes, if it gets larger then air gets sucked in, when smaller it expells air. Dust is just one of those annoying facts of life like wasps, std's and politicians, they serve no obvious purpose, are annoying and you wish they would go away.

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Dec 16, 2004 17:17 as a reply to BearSummer's post |  #12

You've got the best lens money can buy, for change. Save up and don't waste any money on crap. ( you get what you pay for. )
Lets see what you got with the 50mm 1.8

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Dec 16, 2004 17:20 as a reply to Imperitus's post |  #13

Imperitus wrote:
Never mind that, just realized I can pick up some spare canon body caps and use them. :)

You're a genius!

Now I'm gonna vandalize my canon body cap and turn it into an M42 adapter! :D


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Dec 16, 2004 21:32 as a reply to DocFrankenstein's post |  #14

Cameron

Here's a recent shot with my 50mm, which I have a looong way to getting proficient with.

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http://www.heidgerken.​org/MiscPics/50mm.jpg (external link)
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But here is this evenings project. :)

First I tried a convex lens, and got the following blurrry streaky type of images:
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http://www.heidgerken.​org/MiscPics/convex.jp​g (external link)
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That's my christmas tree btw.
Not much use. :(
But then I tried this concave:
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http://www.heidgerken.​org/MiscPics/lens.jpg (external link)
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO

and turned this:
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http://www.heidgerken.​org/MiscPics/without.j​pg (external link)
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into:
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http://www.heidgerken.​org/MiscPics/with.jpg (external link)
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO


That's pretty wide, I think if I get a clean lens, instead of the one I dug out of a bin at science surpluss and fix it to a clean uv filter(that's how I mounted it on the outside of my kit lens), I might have some worth playing with. :)

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Dec 16, 2004 22:08 as a reply to Imperitus's post |  #15

Wait... what did you do?

Mounted what on what?


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