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Old Dec 26, 2009, 5:03 PM   #1
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Default Conversion wide angle lens worth it? (eBay)

I was looking on eBay, and it seemed like a good value. Is it? Would it work well with my Sony A330?

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Old Dec 26, 2009, 5:55 PM   #2
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No. Your Sony 18-55 kit lens already has a significant amount of chromatic aberration at its shortest focal length (widest angle of view). The lens you refer to adds a complex optical system to an already complex optical system that already doesn't perform very well at that range.

It would be an inexpensive way to find out if you want to persue subjects that would be better served by having a wider angle of view than the kit lens gives you, but I have no doubt that you will be dissatisfied with the results you get with this choice.

There are multiple ultrawide angle lenses available for your A330, and they will all give you much better image quality than you should expect from this lens, but they will all cost a lot more than $80.
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Old Dec 26, 2009, 9:43 PM   #3
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I agree with TCav - at eighty bucks it ain't worth it. If you find it somewhere at less than half that, it could be worthwhile tuition for you to discover the "big nose" effect of very short lenses.

Compare the price of the cheapie add on lenses to good lenses. If you can get one for ten-fifteen percent of a good one, and you aren't sure if you really want the good lens at that focal length, it might be worth it as a throw away experiment.
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