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11/30/2010 10:15:51 AM · #1
With a smile on my face I am happy to announce that last night will be the last time I use the wide angle Adapter for my 18-55. Designed for film, the quality of image is bad but it was just too much fun not to play with. It gave some very cool shots, so much fun that I had to overlook the severe quality issues. The wider the F Stop, the worse it got. It was worth about $60 and it is one of those "you get what you pay for"

Here is an old shot with it
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This one from tonight
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and the last shot I will ever take with this lens adapter
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and it will be retired to Moose's bag for him to play with...(Remember, Tripod and stop
it WAYYY down Moose!)

On Monday I recieved my new Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Manual Focus Aspherical Fisheye Lens for Canon. On Full frame it is 180 DEGREES!!!! on my camera it will be 170across and less vertically. Can You Say COCKPIT SHOTS????? YEA BABY!

The lens itself is branded with 4 different names. This is sold under this brand for $299.00 and is a STEAL! Quality is ok wide open but when you stop it down it is suppose to be tack sharp. I have seen reviews that show full sized photos when I was looking into it and could not believe how close the quality was to some of the +$1000.00 Len's photos that were posted. If I had tons of extra cash, I do not think I would buy the Sigma over this. I am really excited.....

Here is my new cheapo lens
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My First shots with it....HDR and a crappy one at that, but it was CCccold!
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If you want more I can post some more over the next few days

Message edited by Manic - please keep images under 500px and 30kb, or post links or thumbs instead.
11/30/2010 10:55:53 AM · #2
Ooh! That fits a 40D !?!?!?

Sweet ! I know what I'm asking Santa for!
11/30/2010 10:57:06 AM · #3
Originally posted by Derf:

...If you want more I can post some more over the next few days

Post 'em up!
11/30/2010 12:27:15 PM · #4
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Not the type of pictures your looking for but I will have to take some later today

Message edited by author 2010-11-30 12:35:53.
11/30/2010 12:31:36 PM · #5
Will be nice to see some examples, especially 100% crops from the periphery... I'm curious, did you consider the Peleng 8mm as well? It's in the same price range - well, slightly more.

As an aside, I'm actually shocked at the current prices on the Peleng, now at just over $360. I bought mine for about $210. Of course, that was in 2004, i believe.
11/30/2010 12:40:48 PM · #6
Looks like a fun lens. Congrats! Can't wait to see a few more samples.
11/30/2010 12:45:44 PM · #7
From the one sample shot it hardly seems like a fisheye at all. More like a super duper wide. Really interested to see what this can put out. Even if it's mud in the corners it'll be a lot of fun to shoot with.
11/30/2010 02:20:48 PM · #8
It is crazy at 180 degrees on a full frame, But on my 1.6 is lacks the fishe eye effect. It is still AWESOME as I can not do much better than this on a 1.6 crop and can not do anything close with any of the major brands. Here are some of the numbers for len's

Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 x 1.6= 10.4mm sells for $300
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 x1.6= 16-35.2mm sells for $760
Tokina AF 11-16mm f2.8 x 1.6= 17.6-25.6mm sells for $600

12/01/2010 10:59:16 AM · #9
I could not take any test shots today.... the day was this kind of day....
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Message edited by author 2010-12-01 11:00:16.
12/02/2010 08:03:38 PM · #10
Here is an unedited image right from the camera
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Please Note that the focus was set to just aft of the prop so the prop should be in focus....edges were out of
focus and does not show sharpness

(this was holding a monopod 10 feet over my head one handed)

Full Size image

Message edited by author 2010-12-02 20:07:19.
12/05/2010 01:34:39 PM · #11
Here is a HDR of my living room
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Having a little fun with a pano
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Message edited by author 2010-12-05 13:35:18.
12/05/2010 03:21:29 PM · #12
I'm really impressed with that hangar picture. Nothing looks that good unedited from my camera. Wonderful perspective. Thanks a lot for sharing.
12/08/2010 11:28:21 AM · #13
Thanks, Here is another shots I took the other day...HDR
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Message edited by author 2010-12-08 11:28:50.
12/20/2010 09:44:34 PM · #14
Some more from tonight
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I am really loving this lens. Not as practical as a 50MM, but when when you need to go really wide, it is
great!
12/20/2010 10:07:57 PM · #15
that is neck braking wide
12/20/2010 10:19:23 PM · #16
First of all... those are ALL fun!! It makes me smile to see all of the fun you're having with your new toy.

Second.... WHO is Len???

What what belongs to him?

You keep saying "len's"... and you never told us who Len is.

Oh wait! You're meaning "lens", aren't you? The apostrophe threw me off.

Sorry.
12/21/2010 08:16:38 AM · #17
Ahahaha, Please do not tell Len I took his lens ;)
12/21/2010 10:36:53 AM · #18
Some great shots there Fred !

12/23/2010 11:18:38 AM · #19
woah, looks awesome.

i checked for it on amazon and the opteka version is only available from 3rd party sellers (that charge for shipping to hawaii) and not from amazon. but...
there is one of the other branded ones called Rokinon. it's offered by amazon and it's $263

edit:
i just re-read the listing on amazon and it's stated as 8mm, i wonder if it's the same one or not.

Message edited by author 2010-12-23 11:20:29.
12/23/2010 11:59:27 AM · #20
Hey man, you've got me considering owning one of these... Could you/ would you - as a service to us (hehe) post a full-size unedited shot so we can see what this thing really delivers at a 1-1 level?
12/23/2010 01:05:29 PM · #21
Originally posted by Derf:

Here is an unedited image right from the camera
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Please Note that the focus was set to just aft of the prop so the prop should be in focus....edges were out of
focus and does not show sharpness

(this was holding a monopod 10 feet over my head one handed)

Full Size image


@Cory - full size one on the above link ! It looks pretty decent to my old eyes - apart from the CA

:-)

Message edited by author 2010-12-23 13:06:33.
12/23/2010 03:43:28 PM · #22
Here are a few HDR's
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a non hdr
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Message edited by author 2010-12-23 15:44:33.
12/27/2010 10:46:31 AM · #23
I figured this would have more interest but I will post one last picture that I took with the 6.5MM and used PTGui
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12/27/2010 11:21:43 AM · #24
No! Please keep posting. I'm amazed with this thing and am poking around for one myself.
12/27/2010 12:01:42 PM · #25
Indeed, thanks very much, I think I might have to own one of these soon..
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