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Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by sbutchin, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. sbutchin


    Mar 1, 2005
    I'm interested in purchasing a fisheye - any suggestions? thanks:smile:
  2. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    Good taste. Its beatifull thing living life through a fisheye lens. My #1 choice is the Nikkor 8mm 2.8 AIS. It's the only Nikkor that gives you a true 180 degree angle of veiw. It's huge and it's heavy and it's expensive and worth every penny. It rocks on the D3/F4. The focus on mine is smooth and tight. Its got five built in filters that are really handy for conversion to B+W. However, latley Iv been using the red and just leaving it in color. Freaky captures.
    This is the second 8mm 2.8 I owned. The first one I sold to feed my starving carcess. I said I would get another one. It only took me 20 years to replace it:tongue:.
    I also like the 16mm 2.8 AIS. It's really small, light and fast. It's 180 but only on the diagonal. Like the 8mm the 16mm if used carefully(horizon straight) the fisheye effect isnt over bearing.
    These Nikkor's are invaluable for taking it all in for the creative photographer. Your perception cant help but be expanded using one of these fisheye's.
    I bought my Nikkor 8mm 2.8 at www.keh.com. They have a ugly one. Ugly means fungus so maby check out www.kevincameras.com. They got several mint examples . Like I said there not cheap. the best never is.

  3. Aleksey


    Mar 10, 2008
    New York
    1. 10.5 f2.8 Nikon (DX)
    2. 16 f2.8 Nikon (FX)
    3. Tokina Fish-Eye 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 DX & (FX) + WP (Water Proof) coating
    4. Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM (DX)
    5. Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG (FX)
  4. ultimind


    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Vote for the 10.5mm Nikon DX fisheye. I absolutely love mine. :smile:
  5. I'll second the 10.5mm FE. I love the colors that mine produces.

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  6. wbeem


    Feb 11, 2007
    Sanford, FL
    William Beem
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  7. avyoung


    Dec 17, 2007
    I just got a Nikon 10.5/2.8. It's so small and light that I can just leave it in the bag. It's a lot of fun trying to find different uses for it!

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    Can you tell my son is a hockey player?

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  8. OMG I want a 10.5 as well - especially after my buddy took this shot of me this weekend...

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  9. Very cool shot Paul...:biggrin:
  10. very cool shots, I'm not sure how I feel about the distortion though.
  11. lisa_h


    Sep 6, 2008
    New England
    Alan--- I love your shots. Great job on the perspectives.

    I have a 10.5 and loved it on my D300 but now that I have the D700 i will be selling it.
  12. sbutchin


    Mar 1, 2005
    Hey Greg can you post somepics with the 8/2.8? Love to see examples next to the 10.5 thanks
  13. I don't mean to go off topic here, but I don't think that's possible.

    Software can use a variety of sophisticated algorithms to make it appear as though no loss of resolution has occurred, but in the end it is creating data which was not there to begin with.

    Not saying that this plugin doesn't work well and produce images which are pleasing to the eye. But you can't stretch images (e.g. the windows on the left side in the first picture) without adding filler.

    It does seem to do a good job of making people look "normal".
  14. avyoung


    Dec 17, 2007
    Thanks Lisa,

    I'm sure you will enjoy using the Nikon 16/2.8 fisheye as well. You should go and sell your 10.5 and make the move.

  15. one more just because :) 

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  16. CraigH


    Mar 21, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I love my 10.5 f2.8 Nikkor fisheye. I don't use it often, but it can be a wonderful tool. The distortion is what you're buying. If you don't want it, a Sigma 10-20 is a better choice.

    These were taken with my 10.5 fisheye.



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