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Getting bored with your fisheye lens?

 
Richie3888
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Jan 07, 2013 19:02 |  #1

Hi I was looking into buying a fisheye lens for my t3i but the store owner said ill get tired of that lens quick. I could see where he is coming from because after an hour looking at pictures that has the fisheye effect, my eyes started to hurt.

I first thought the store owner just wanted to up sell me with the 70-200mm f4L non-is lens I originally came in there for.

My question is, did you get tired of your fisheye lens? Should I just get the 70-200mm lens I originally wanted?

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Jan 07, 2013 19:06 |  #2

I don't have a fish-eye, but I think they are more novelty/specialty lenses - they have a specific use. I think if I had one, I'd be amused for the first few shots but then I would want to go back to a regular focal length. I think in the long run you would probably get a lot more use out of the 70-200 - thats what I would do in your case. If you are curious about fish-eyes, rent one :) No commitment then.


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Jan 07, 2013 19:07 |  #3

it's like an ultrawide for me... After a few snaps, I'm already tired of it, and I just bought the lens... it's like mustard on a sandwich... dont overdo it.


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Jan 07, 2013 20:02 |  #4

A Friend has a Tokina that's only "Fish" at the wider focal length cant remember what the Lens is though .

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Jan 07, 2013 20:06 |  #5

It's definitely a novelty, like any other novelty it wears off quickly, but it's fun to pull out and show friends from time to time, and sometimes it's even useful.


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Jan 07, 2013 20:10 |  #6

I love fisheye lenses. I am about to see if I can sell my current set and pickup the 8-15L.

While it many be a novelty, I really like the look for specific applications. It's like a lens baby as well. Limited application, but it looks great when it fits the image you want to create.

It's one tool in the arsenal.


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Jan 07, 2013 20:10 |  #7

Ah its the 10-17 mm 3.5-4.5 DX Tokina .

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Jan 07, 2013 20:11 |  #8

My Tokina 12-24 distorts at 12mm nothing like my old Nikon 10.5mm though. I had the 10.5mm fisheye for six months. used it frequently for two weeks then it stayed in the bag for long periods. It has it uses which can be fun, but for me i wanted to put the money towards something that would spend more time on the camera and less in the bag


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Jan 07, 2013 20:16 |  #9

I knew that the lens won't see much regular use when I bought my Samyang fisheye, so right away I spent some time designing and making myself a zero-parallax tripod head - a fun DIY project, and now I have the ability to create quality 360/180 degrees panoramas with only 9 shots (8 shots on the tripod, + 1 hand-held without tripod). I probably used the lens more for making panoramas than for taking regular shots, so it was quite useful. (E.g. I created a walk-through VR version of inside my new house, to let my relatives overseas explore it.)

To learn how to use it, once in a while take it with you as the only lens - you'll be forced to look for interesting compositions, and I am sure you will find some. Once I took it as the only lens to a kids b/day party, and ended up making some the best shots of the evening.


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Jan 07, 2013 20:20 |  #10

Had a Rokinon 8mm I used on my 7D. Sold it when I went full frame. Just bought an 8-15 Canon. Really missed the Rokinon. Fisheyes are great event lenses when you want that unique look.


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Jan 07, 2013 20:26 |  #11

I have had a Rokinon 8mm fisheye for a few months now. It definitely doesn't see regular use like the rest of my lenses, but there are shots that you can only get with a fisheye. They definitely take some thought to figure out your shots, but I'm not tired of mine yet. That being said, I get much more use out of my 70-200.


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Jan 07, 2013 20:30 |  #12

I have the Canon 15mm FE. I like that it fills the whole frame as opposed to a circular fisheye. Depending on how and where its used, it can produce ultra-wide (180 degree FOV) shots that don't always scream "FISHEYE!". Lightroom has a nice lens correction slider and I'll sometimes moderately "correct" an image and still get wider FOV than my 17mm can capture. Its definitely not an every day lens. Use sparingly and judiciously for best results. I recommend getting a used one so you if tire of it quickly, you can get your money back.




  
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Jan 07, 2013 20:48 |  #13

pulsar123 wrote in post #15458804 (external link)
I knew that the lens won't see much regular use when I bought my Samyang fisheye, so right away I spent some time designing and making myself a zero-parallax tripod head - a fun DIY project, and now I have the ability to create quality 360/180 degrees panoramas with only 9 shots (8 shots on the tripod, + 1 hand-held without tripod). I probably used the lens more for making panoramas than for taking regular shots, so it was quite useful. (E.g. I created a walk-through VR version of inside my new house, to let my relatives overseas explore it.)

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There is a whole other world out there called 360 x 180 spherical panoramas, which fish-eye lenses are the primary tool. I have dabbled with it and posted a number of my own 360 x 180's on Google Earth and 360cities.net. It's a completely different world of photography that you could very easily become absorbed into. The irony of it is that the images don't look like they came from a fisheye lens when you enter the 360 x 180 VR point-of-view. Check it out:
http://www.360cities.n​et/ (external link)


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Jan 07, 2013 20:52 |  #14

I have the Tokina FE, but rarely use it. It is nice to have the option though when the circumstance is right.


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Jan 07, 2013 21:22 |  #15

Fisheye lenses are great for about 2 or 3 hours. After that, you can just sell it. Like accordian music, fisheye lenses get old very quick.




  
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