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Old Nov 25, 2006, 12:11 PM   #1
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I recently bought a Sony H5 and was interested in getting a wide angle lens for it but have seen some awful pictures taken using them - lots of fisheye, blurring and distortion around the edges.

I'm what would be considered a hobbyist and don't want to spend a lot of money on a 58mm wide angle lens, but I don't want to waste my money buying something that is completely useless either. The Sony lens offered for the H5 is 0.7x which I have read is not very "wide" appearing...still again I don't want to end up with fisheye by overdoing...so how wide is truly useful?

I've found a number of inexpensive W/A lenses at the newworldvideodirect website starting at around $49. Optics, Digital Concepts and Crystal Optics are inexpensive brands they sell. Would these all be junk? I really can't spend too much though - maybe $150 tops.

Any input would be appreciated!
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Old Nov 25, 2006, 12:28 PM   #2
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Tullio recommended the Raynox DCR-PRO6600


I think he posted some images from it somewhere on the board afew months back.

Those cheap wide angles you referred to ?

Umm.. yes, well, excellent as paperweights, poor for anything else..

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