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Opteka .35x HD2 Super Wide Angle Panoramic Macro Fisheye Lens for Canon EOS / EF
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- Opteka .35x HD2 Super Wide Angle Macro Fisheye Lens. Direct 52mm mount; Adapters for 58mm & 67mm included.
- High Definition II - 2 times the resolution of standard high definition lenses
- Professional High Speed Auto Focus, Full Panoramic Capability, High Quality Crystal Optics, & AF Infrared Compatible
- Lens front Thread 67mm, 8 Element Lens, 180Deg Degree Capability
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|Item Dimensions||3.1 x 3.4 x 3.5 inches|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Shipping Weight||0.6 pounds|
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The instructions and box infer that it has a detachable macro lens. To my mind this meant that if you want to do macro you can attach it, and if you don't want macro you can un-screw it to get more fisheye. This is not the case. The lens will not give you a focused image without the macro section. You cannot use the lens without the macro on it as far as I can tell. Furthermore, the macro lens attachment actually corrects some of the fisheye distortion that the main section gives you. I took the macro section off and held (with my hand) the main section at a distance from my lens and shot through the lens to achieve a really cool fisheye effect. But it is silly to shoot this way. I don't know why they didn't include a tube to replace the macro section so that you can shoot with a more dramatic fisheye effect. It is really curious to me that they would put a macro lens section in there that reverses the fish eye effect and the lens doesn't work without this section. I would pay twice the price for a better designed lens.
I use Canon and Nikon DSLRs. If you use this lens with say, a 50mm prime, you will increase the field of view considerably, but have just a little fisheye effect. I can see this being very useful if you are doing interior shots of buildings and landscape shots in nature. It's also pretty cool shooting flowers and things close up. I put it on a 35mm prime and the fisheye effect was much more prominent, obviously, but still not as dramatic as I was hoping. I'm sure if you used a lens lower than 35mm it would really start to shine as a fisheye.
So that's the deal with my experience. I hope it helps.
I was pretty sad with the photos. If you go above 18mm you get no fisheye effect (expected I suppose) and even at 18mm you don't get a full circle on a crop sensor, the pictures were all garbage.
If you already have a lens that is less than 18mm and are ok with the "circle" effect, then this lens may be ok for you.
I however, bought a real fisheye lens for $250 and wish I put the money from this into that to begin with.
Regarding the lens, it's really easy to install. I needed an adaptor which was easy enough to install, and I could only get good shots with my kit lens (I'm using a Rebel T4i). For some reason, trying to use this lens with my 50mm lens resulted in blurry shots every time (I've still got a lot to learn about photography, so it's possible this is a user error). If you zoom all the way out, you'll get the maximum fisheye effect, but have a very distinct circular vignette around your shot. You can zoom past that and avoid the vignette-effect, but your fisheye effect will lessen. I got some really fun shots with this lens. Test it out everywhere, see what you can do with it! My only real gripe is the lens cap is really flimsy and doesn't stay on the lens. It's constantly falling off while in my camera bag.
On a side note, this attachment didn't work well for me when I put it on my 100mm lens. The result looked hazy and blurred. I recommend only using this attachment with short (wide angle) lenses to get sharp images.
Besides that, just putting this on three lenses, the paint started to scrape off of it. I would be worried that little paint pieces would get on my lens since the UV filter has to be removed. Over time, I'd also worry about other damage to the lens from this attachment.
It's cheap so I thought I'd give it a try, but doesn't work and I think too risky to use with nice lenses.
The product arrived on time and damage-free, and may work with other cameras or lenses, so for that I gave it two stars instead of one.