3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Too much vignetting,
This review is from: Century .3X Ultra Fisheye Adapter, DVX (Electronics)
First, the positives about this lens. First, the fisheye distortion is definitely top of the line, there's nothing out there that can match its clarity and symmetrical barrel effect. When using it, I could not see any color aberrations either, it was very crisp.
That said, I was still disappointed with the vignetting of the lens. In case you are not familiar with the term, vignetting is the black areas you see around the lens, its the same effect you get when zooming out too much on a telephoto lens, or adding too many filters onto your lens.
I understand that vignetting is going to occur with any fisheye, it's the nature of the beast. I had read that the Century optics had the least vignetting of all its competitor's. I only tried this one, so I can not speak for how it compares, I can only tell you that I did not like the performance of this one. In order to get rid of the vignetting in-camera, I had to zoom in 50%, which removed a LOT of the fisheye effect, definitely not a good solution. So, the other option, is to crop the footage in my software editor. I dropped it into Final Cut Pro. Unfortunately, I had to crop it so much, that the final images were not very sharp and I had lost a lot of resolution. Again, not a quality solution. If anything, I may go buy Adobe After Effects and do the fisheye effect in post production. If the Century is the best out there, then I will not be using one at all.