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Old Mar 3, 2011, 1:03 AM   #1
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Default Best Fish Eye or Wide Angle

My friend has the a550, what a good Fish Eye and Wide Angle Lens for this camera.
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Old Mar 3, 2011, 9:34 PM   #2
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The Rokinon 8mm fisheye is less then $300 and in my opinion an excellent lens at any cost. There are some issues with this lens on some Sony bodies though. On the A700 it shoots no problem. On my wife's old A550 I had to shoot in the M mode and disable the shoot W/O lens release in the menu. It worked fine on the A550 after changing these settings.

This is a manual focus (not auto-focus) lens but don't let that scare you away. The depth of field is so great at 8mm that no focusing is needed. Just set the aperture to 5.6 or 8 and distance to 1.5 or 2 feet and everything from 1.5 feet on is in focus.

The colors and contrast are excellent and it's built like a tank.

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Here's some with the A550, A700 and the rockfish.
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Here's two shots from the same place. First is with leveling the horizon in the viewfinder. Flare is not bad.

Second is pointing the camera down until the horizon nears the top of the viewfinder. This gives a good fisheye effect.
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Mike, I understand about the manual focusing, do the aperture and shutter speed have to be set manually as well, or does the camera retain auto exposure? I just LOVE spell check! (focusing, only one "s"). lol
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Yes Robert, They both have to be done manually. On the A700 you can still be in "A" mode but it has no effect on your aperture setting. You must turn the two rings aperture to 5.6 or better at 8 and the larger focus ring to about 2 1/2 feet. Then everything from your feet to infinity is in focus.

With other Sony cameras (just about all of them) you first have to go into (now using my 5D for example) menu>the gear icon>page 2, sroll down to shutter lock and change it to off: no lens. Then you have to turn the to function dial to M. Then your ready to go.

It's a small hassle but once you change this setting set your aperture and focus distance it's the same as shooting in auto. It's a very fun lens to shoot with. You can make some really trippy looking pics. Yes, I'm old enough to use the word trippy from experience. Maybe using that word means I'm old now? Well, hopefully you get the point.

And for spell check, It's used frequently on my machine. Yeah, I love it too.
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I went for the cheapest among the three major ultrawide brands -- I picked the Tamron 10-24mm over the Sigma 10-20 and Tokina 11-16 -- and am very pleased with it.

(Tamron has a rebate going on so should be even cheaper. I'm not sure if we can post stores here but I bought mine at a major online retailer where when I added the lens to my cart an instant $25 coupon was further applied which brought the price down even more.)

Besides the straight lines that an ultrawide lens gives me (which I find useful as I shoot in NYC where there are a lot of really tall buildings), I like the star-pattern that the lens creates out of the sun and other light sources.

Here are some samples taken at Rondout Reservoir in Wawarsing, NY:

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lomitamike&vvcaprio, very beautiful pictures. thank you for sharing.

vvcaprio..can you send me the link to the site where you purchase the lens, i would love to check it out.
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