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Old Oct 23, 2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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I been thinking of getting one but wow they are expensive. I did come across this one that is manual focus and I just happen to have a MD mount adapter that I use for my Vivitar Series 1.

anybody have an knowledge of this lens?

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/pho/890119490.html
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 12:52 PM   #2
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I've actually tried the Sigma 16mm fisheye (except with an OM mount) on my E-300, but due to the FourThirds 2x multiplication factor the fisheye effect is cancelled out. Further, the difference between 16mm and the kit lenses 14mm is significant when multiplied by 2x.

As for fisheyes in general, the reason why they are so expensive is the amount of glass they have in order to create the fisheye effect.

If you're looking for an inexpensive manual fisheye lens, do a search for the Peleng 8mm that's made in Belarus. You can get them with any mount, including FourThirds (depending on your source).

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Old Oct 23, 2008, 1:14 PM   #3
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Good information to know...I was wondering how it would stack up with 4/3 and figured it would render the effects null. I'll look into the lens your recommended.
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 4:10 PM   #4
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signalsoldier wrote:
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I'll look into the lens your recommended.
It wasn't a "recommendation"...it was a suggestion for a lens to check out.
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Old Oct 24, 2008, 1:47 AM   #5
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why not get the Olympus 8mm Fisheye?
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Old Oct 24, 2008, 6:31 AM   #6
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Hehe, look at the price :blah:

I am using (for all my cameras) a screw-on fisheye adapter (€ 30, $ 40)

Look this picture - some minutes old - taken with Oly510/14-45/fisheye



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Old Oct 26, 2008, 12:13 AM   #7
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adapters are not the greatest of ideas, they add unnecessary weight to the front of the lens and can cause damage to the focus mechanism
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Hi SS,

FWIW, Olympus hasa couple of their 8mm Fisheye lenses listed on EBay. Something you don't see very often:

http://cgi.ebay.com/OLYMPUS-Zuiko-8m...742.m153.l1262

What's altogether very unusual is that they also have listed their SWD pro grade lenses including:

300mm F2.8 lens

90-250mm F2.8 lens

35-100mm F2.0 lens

This is the first time I've ever seen these high quality lenses listed on EBay.

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Old Oct 26, 2008, 11:02 AM   #9
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edge wote: adapters are not the greatest of ideas, they add unnecessary weight to the front of the lens and can cause damage to the focus mechanism

okay - if you have money to pay 20x price - that's nice for ten shots a year :-(

I use my fisheye converter for more then 5 cameras :blah: .. with (unnecessary) fisheyes makes > 3.210 $
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