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Cheap But Dismal Optical Quality,
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This review is from: Neewer® 52MM 0.45X Wide Angle High Definition Lens with Macro for NIKON D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3000 D7100 D7000 DSLR Cameras (Electronics)
I took the low-price bait and bought one for my new micro four-thirds Panasonic GF1 with 14-45mm kit lens (35mm equivalent of 28-90mm) hoping to get a usable wide angle adapter instead of spending over $1000 on the overpriced 7-14mm Panasonic lens. This adapter is certainly cheap, was delivered fast and seems nicely made for the price. It also has minimal vignetting even when setting the kit lens to 14mm and offers about a 1.5 times wider view. The reason for my one-star rating is that the image quality begins to degrade rapidly starting about half-way from the center in any direction and becomes a mushy blur near the edges. This degradation occurs for all focal lengths, even when zooming the kit lens to 45mm. This might be OK for prints of landscapes or cityscapes up to 3" x 5" or maybe 4" x 6" but will look like crap for anything larger, including any viewing on a monitor. If used to take a group photo the faces of those on the sides of the group will be unrecognizable! I don't see how this can be a useful piece of kit unless the desire is to blur most of image in each of your photos. Essentially, the extra part of the wide-angle image that is added to the photo by using this adaptor has worse image quality than that shot from the cheapest disposable camera.
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Initial post: May 19, 2010 2:59:55 PM PDT
T. Jo Klatke-Anctil says:
Posted on Jul 7, 2010 12:27:27 PM PDT
E. Ladd says:
quit crying its $8! what do you expect a miracle!
Posted on Jul 17, 2010 11:43:03 AM PDT
Mel de J. says:
You've clearly never heard of fisheye lenses before, oy.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2011 11:42:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2011 12:12:49 PM PST
Michael Morgan says:
Mel de J - you clearly do not know how to read. Try again. A quality fisheye distorts but does not blur.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2011 11:57:32 AM PST
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Michael Morgan says:
E. Ladd - the seller of this junk would offer the same rant. Are you the seller? Is it expecting a miracle to get a useful item? I provide a first-hand review to save others 8 bucks and you claim I'm "crying."
Posted on Jun 2, 2011 12:05:03 PM PDT
Your estimation of the lens is fair, but look at the sample pictures people have posted. As a special effects tool this lens is nice to have, especially for the price. If Lensbaby sold it, at a much higher price, a certain segment of photographers would be jumping all over it.
Posted on Jun 20, 2011 8:09:28 PM PDT
Amethyst Geodes says:
I'm wondering, -- the sellers state that it's "For Nikon D40 D50 D60 D70 D80 D40X". You tried to use it with your Panasonic-- might that be a problem? Or shouldn't it matter?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2011 6:55:15 PM PDT
V. Francisco says:
I got this for my Panasonic DMC-FZ40 Lumix it fits my 52mm. camera lens with the macro lens attached to the 0.45X super wide angle lens. without the macro lens it won't fit, frankly I'm a beginner camera user, do you use the 0.45X lens with the macro connected as a unit or use this separately?? (Maybe I would need an adapter for the 0.45X lens to use) I tried the macro only lens and I have a good resullt. Please help anyone Pro around.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2011 6:01:08 AM PDT
Elin M. Mastrangelo says:
No, I fell for the low price too and bought one for my Nikon D90, and everything Michael M. states is 100% accurate. If you're going for the soft, fuzzy, ethereal look, sure this is a great lens. But you can easily add that effect in Photoshop. I want my images crisp out of the camera. I can think of only a handful of occasions when this lens may come in handy. The good news is that we didn't really get ripped off - we simply got what we paid for. Buyer beware.