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Altura Photo 58MM 0.35x Fisheye Wide Angle Lens with Macro Close-Up Portion
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- High performance: This 2 in 1 fisheye lens features a detachable macro lens to allow you take close- up sharp images in high resolution. The fisheye lens lets you to achieve unique and intriguing effects by exaggerating the depth of field in your images.
- This kit is compatible with 58MM lenses only. Lens sizes vary regardless of camera brand or model. Your camera's lens thread size will be marked somewhere on the lens barrel or printed underneath your lens cap. This number is always preceded by an "Ø" (diameter) symbol. For example: Ø58 = 58mm lens thread size.
- Lens Compatibilities: Popular 58MM Lens models include EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM. These lenses are commonly found on the following camera models: CANON Rebel (T6i T6s T5i T5 T4i T3i T2i T1i XT XTi XSi), CANON EOS (750D 760D 650D 600D 550D 500D 450D 400D 350D 300D 7D 60D) and more.
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This item Altura Photo 58MM 0.35x Fisheye Wide Angle Lens with Macro Close-Up Portion
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|Compatible Mountings||—||Canon EF||Canon EF,Canon EF-S, Canon EF, Canon EF-S||Canon EF||—||Nikon F|
|Item Dimensions||—||2.95 x 2.95 x 3.03 in||2 x 3 x 2 in||2.95 x 3.03 x 2.95 in||3.15 x 3.27 x 3.27 in||2.95 x 2.95 x 3.03 in|
|Item Weight||0.8 lb||0.94 lb||1 lb||0.98 lb||4.23 ounces||0.94 lb|
|Lens||Fisheye wide-Angle||Fisheye||fisheye||Prime lens||Fixed||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||58 millimeters||8 millimeters||6.5 millimeters||8 millimeters||50 millimeters||8 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||58 millimeters||8 millimeters||6.5 millimeters||8 millimeters||1.8 millimeters||8 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||—||—||67 millimeters||52 millimeters||—|
NOTE: This Fisheye is compatible with 58MM lenses only. Not all Canon cameras come with 58MM lenses. Please verify your camera's lens thread size before ordering. Your camera's lens thread size will be marked somewhere on the lens barrel or printed underneath your lens cap. This number is always preceded by a "Ø" (diameter) symbol. For example: Ø58 = 58mm lens thread size.
- Brand New Altura Photo Professional Series 58mm 0.35x Fisheye Lens
- This fisheye lens attaches to cameras, camcorders and lenses with 58mm filter threads. Among the many makes whose products it fits are; Sony, JVC, Olympus, Canon, Nikon and others.
- Excellent for extreme sports and dramatic action shooters. Exaggerate the depth of your shots by pulling nearby objects closer and pushing farther objects deeper into the background.
- 2-in-1 This Fisheye lens features a detachable macro lens for close-up, high detail photography. Attach the macro portion to your standard lens to take sharp pictures as close as 50mm from the subject (perfect for flowers, coins, insects, etc.).
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- Ultra gentle! Extremely fine microfiber leaves zero scratches, streaks or marks. Safe for all lenses.
- Ideal for cleaning oil and dirt off eyeglasses, iPhone/iPad and other touch screens, binocular lenses, digital SLR and other camera lenses, GPS devices, and other delicate optics.
- Size: 6 x 7 inches (15cm x 18cm)
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Why did I buy it?
I do real estate marketing for a living (design and printwork) and I bought my daughter the Canon for Christmas. She's got a great eye for photography, and I wanted to introduce her to real estate photography. Well, she had her first photo shoot last Saturday, and the photos came out really well. However, I could tell that the images we took, weren't as wide of an angle as those taken by professional real estate photographers. So...I asked one of my favorite photographers about his equipment (he's the one with the $2,500 Nikon lens). He told me what my options were, and I searched on Amazon for what I thought would be a good fit.
This lens obviously caught my attention because it gives me the same focal length for a ridiculously low price (actually a little wider than his Nikon). When we first got it, I couldn't wait to try it out. So we opened the box, saw the leather pouch it comes in, took it out and screwed it onto the Canon. When I turned the LCD viewfinder on, I almost couldn't believe it! It's not quite 180 degrees....but if you stand in the doorway of a small bedroom, let's say, you'll absolutely have every part of the room showing in your lens. Amazing! It also captures much more of the "floor-to-ceiling" so it expands things both horizontally and vertically.
I wish we had purchased it prior to last Saturday's shoot, as I think the photos we took would have been much better (even though they were already good!) I'm almost thinking about driving back out to the property as a favor to my customer and re-shooting the house. The wider angles work really well for real estate photography...and it would've given all of the images a much more professional look and feel.
If there's any caution with the lens...it's this. At it's widest angle, you will definitely get vignetting (the corners turn black)...however that happens with basically ALL wide angle lenses (most especially with fisheye lenses). I just back off the widest setting slightly, and the black corners went away. Still though, you'll need software to help correct for the lens distortion where things curve around the edges (in other words, the left and right walls will be curved when shooting a room). GIMP does a pretty decent job of that with its lens distortion filter, and their software is free.
All in all, I couldn't be more pleased with this lens! I haven't used the macro aspect of the lens yet, as it was purchased primarily for the wider angle requirements....but I'm fairly certain the macro will be great too! The lens feels very high quality (heavy, and doesn't feel cheap at all.) It screwed onto the camera with no effort at all (but as with photo filters, the threads are VERY fine so you have to make sure you've got it on correctly before tightening down. You don't want to strip the threads.) Mine went on perfectly, and smoothly.
Oh, one more thing I noticed. If you use the built-in flash on the camera (it's forward facing)...you'll get a small "half-circle" shadow at the bottom of the photo. That's because when you have the lens added to the standard kit lens, it adds a couple inches in length. The flash is ever-so-slightly blocked at the bottom of the photo, but the same thing would happen with a telephoto lens. Again, all you have to do is zoom in a little closer...or buy a flash that sits a little higher (on the shoe instead of the lower-sitting built-in flash).
Just buy it....you won't regret it at all.
Some things I've learned so far that may be helpful for beginners like me: don't put this on a 50mm 1.8 lens, you'll get a ridiculous blur. I put it on my stock 18-55mm for my canon rebel xti (in the 58mm version) and had way more success.
Also, after using a 50mm for so long it took a lot of getting used to before I realized it was okay to get insanely close to an object to shoot it with the macro. I almost returned it thinking it just wouldn't focus, you almost have to be touching what you're shooting.
Attaching a photo of my first attempt shooting jewelry with it.
1. If you are using the only the macro component , DO expect some vignetting. Not terrible, because if you are going in that close, you'll probably want to crop.
2. If you are photographing insects, unless you have a very steady hand, and the insects are cooperating by staying in one place long enough, you'll need a tripod. For example: bees collecting pollen from flowers - set up your shot, use a wireless remote if possible, and wait for the critter to come back again ... if it lands on a nearby flower, you can quickly adjust the tripod, but not if you have to refocus. You just won't have time.
3. The depth of field is VERY shallow, but you should be able to do micro life, and the blurred background is an effective method of drawing the viewer's attention to the center of attention.
4. Always use shutter priority with this lens and set it at the fastest shutter speed acceptable for the lighting conditions. That could also help a lot with "hand shake" if you are stuck without a tripod.
As for the wide angle fish eye component , I can't tell you much right now as my experiments have been limited. I just received the lens this morning. I hope to post more in a few days.
The photos below illustrate some of the issues:
The left most shows why the tripod is so important. Both the left and the right photos also illustrate the vignetting. The center photo was cropped, and although I didn't use a tripod, I was able to maintain my steadiness - because for some reason the smaller fly didn't seem to flit around as much and I was able to relax to capture it. It must know the difference between a fly swatter and a camera.
PS - The left photo was supposed to be a bumble bee, but I selected the wrong image from my library. I am posting the bumblebee now. By the way, look at the fly again and you can see how sensitive this is to depth of field. The wings are sharply in focus but the head which is in a slightly different plane is blurred. Just something to consider when setting up your shots.