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Old Oct 4, 2006, 2:09 PM   #1
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I'd like to get some lens that gives me a wider view than the 18-55 kit lens I currently have. After doing a little bit of research, it looks like I have two options: buy a cheaper fisheye lens which attaches to my existing lens, like a filter, or pay a bit more and get a 'true' fisheye lens.

What are your experiences with the filter-type lens? Are they usable, or a waste of money?

If you suggest a quality lens, can you recommend a make/model?

Thanks once again for any help! -mutty
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 4:09 PM   #2
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Zenitar 16mm 2.8 if you manage manual lens. I still have to see a dissatisfied Pentax owner of Zen 16mm.

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I'd like to get some lens that gives me a wider view than the 18-55 kit lens I currently have. After doing a little bit of research, it looks like I have two options: buy a cheaper fisheye lens which attaches to my existing lens, like a filter, or pay a bit more and get a 'true' fisheye lens.

What are your experiences with the filter-type lens? Are they usable, or a waste of money?

If you suggest a quality lens, can you recommend a make/model?

Thanks once again for any help! -mutty
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 4:09 PM   #3
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There are sample pix in both Pentax forums. I have a couple of them at
http://www.pbase.com/danieltong/zenitar

Please note the kit lens is almost like 19-20mm

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Old Oct 4, 2006, 8:15 PM   #4
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The attachments you add to existing lenses are supposed to be total junk and not even worth the cheap price.

As Daniel said, the Zenitar is very good for the price, or for a little more there's the Peleng 8mm, which will give you true fisheye results! Then for about twice the price theres the sigma and pentax lenses...

There's a small review and more links about the Peleng lense here:
http://mac.tidings.nu/PinkyPentax/P8mmFE.shtml

There's also some info about the Zen 16mm
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 10:26 PM   #5
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Hi everyone. I had the Zenitar 16mm for about 4 months, but have since upgraded to the Sigma EX 15mm. I found the Zenitar to be sharp but low in contrast and badly affected by flare.

The Sigma on the other hand is excellent in every respect. Please see attached image for an example of flare control. The lens is a full frame 180 deg diagonal fisheye on a 35mm format. But with the crop factor of a digital, it is just a really wide, wide angle with an interesting but not overbearing level of distortion.


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