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#1 nwcs

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Posted 02 August 2015 - 08:09 AM

Been searching for a while but I just don't see many people reviewing the various fisheye options. I found a few reviews from years ago but they are kinda out of date.

Of the options out there which fisheye would give the sharpest non-circular image on a modern FX camera? Third party or Nikon. In my case a D750.

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 10:16 AM

the Samyang/Rokonon 12mm has gotten some great reviews.

so has the Sigma 15mm 2.8.

both 1/2 the price of the Nikon 16mm.

I Haven't tried either but the shots on Youtube  look really good.


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Posted 03 August 2015 - 10:56 AM

I use a Siggy 15mm.  I rented both it and the Nikkor 16 D, and the Siggy won.


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Posted 03 August 2015 - 12:05 PM

I've gotten good results with the Sigma also.
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Posted 03 August 2015 - 08:48 PM

I've heard good things about the Sigma but the Rokinon is very tempting. Newer design and coatings with a great price. I've read that the Nikon one doesn't hold up well on newer dslrs.

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 08:11 PM

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If you go with the Rokinon, I would be very interested in seeing the results.  Please post some images. 


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:52 AM

Will do. I'm waiting for b&h reward points to come in so I can cash in a bunch for a lens.

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 02:48 PM

I'm not sure I understand the question. Is it possible you are really looking for a rectilinear lens not a fisheye? Fisheye is circular because it's a fisheye (wider FOV for the same length). The rectilinear lenses have narrower field of view without CIRCULAR distortion, the distortion is linear. For most things my favorite wide lens is the 16-35mm F4. It's a rectilinear design and pretty easy to correct distortion and it is as sharp as any lens I own (Shooting on D800E). I also have a Nikon 16mm f2.8 "Fisheye"lens, I really don't like the circular look of the fisheye for much of anything (I'm happy to trade less FOV for linear distortion).  I also like an old manual focus Nikkor 15mm F5.6 rectilinear lens but it is NOTHING like the 16mm f2.8 fisheye. I also have a Zenitar (Russian) 16mm fisheye that cost $175 and is very close to the 16mm Nikkor in image quality but has the same amount of circular distortion and FOV). 

 

Maybe the best way to compare lenses is going to be by their FOV. As they become more rectilinear (less circular) they also loose FOV. My 15mm rectilinear lens has an FOV of 100deg and the 16mm fisheye has a 180deg FOV, much more FOV but at the cost of severe circular distortion. I don't think you can have the 180 deg FOV without the circular distortion. More circular the image, the wider it's FOV is most likely going to be. It's all a trade off. (-:}

 

A good question would be what's the widest rectilinear lens on the market? Not sure what that would be. 

 

I think if you take two companies lenses, one having less circular distortion than the other, they will also loose FOV. Maybe a 12mm rectilinear lens comes closer to a 16mm fisheye in the FOV dept and better controlled distortion. 

 

Shot with the 15mm rectilinear lens (no lens correction). You can see there is a lot of distortion (fences show it well) but it is not at all circular and easy to fix if you want to. I could have used the fisheye and gotten more FOV but I just don't like that look for much of anything. I'll sacrifice the FOV for the linear distortion. 

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 03:36 PM


A good question would be what's the widest rectilinear lens on the market? Not sure what that would be. 

 

 

I think Siggy's 12-24 ATM.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 04:19 PM

I like the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye.  It's a tiny lens and tends to go with me often.  I've used it for both fisheye images and de-fished.  As you would expect, the corners are a little soft but not problematic.  It's also relatively fast, so it works for stars and night photography.

 

The new Nikon 20mm f/1.8 is a good non-fish alternative - quite wide and sharp.  Of course, there is a big difference between the field of view of a fisheye vs. conventional wide lenses.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 06:36 PM

Yep. I am familiar with both types of wides. I'm thinking full frame fisheye because I like that you really can have fun with it. I've had the 14-24 before on D800 and 10.5 fisheye on D300. I'm still waiting for my B&H reward points to come in so I haven't bought anything yet.

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 04:53 AM

I've heard good things about the Sigma but the Rokinon is very tempting. Newer design and coatings with a great price. I've read that the Nikon one doesn't hold up well on newer dslrs.

I am not sure what happens with say a D800 series, D4, D5 at all. But this is what I got with a Nikon 10.5 mm Fish on a D3 series body.

 

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I did however find this posted in a review for Nikon Fisheye Lenses (10.5mm and 16mm):

 

" When using a cropped sensor lens (DX) on a full frame body like the D700 or D3 your image will be cropped down to about 6MP (2784×1848) instead of the full 12MP (4256×2832)  supported by your full frame camera. So if you really want the full resolution of your camera then you should go with a full-frame lens."

 

 

SOURCE: http://terrywhite.co...10-5mm-vs-16mm/


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