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Fisheye and wide angle lens suggestions

edited March 2012 Posted in » Canon Lens Talk
Any good suggestions on both fisheye lens and wide angle lens? What's the difference between the two, anyway?


  • edited March 2012
    Hi @_bethany - A fisheye lens is just an extreme wide angle lens which emulates a fish's ability to see 180 degrees around itself. Also the lens is the shape of a fish eye with the front element literally bulging up from the casing. Obviously the effect of this lens creates a huge amount of barrel distortion.

    A wide angle lens is a lens less than 35-50mm. This is because the human eye falls between these values. So for Canon you will typically see something like 10-22mm which is wider than the eye can see. Most zoom lenses will give you a range starting from 18mm to 135, 200, 250, 270mm so that you can take close-up shots and average wide angle shots.

    The fish eye lens is a speciality lens and not something you would use every day, whereas a wide angle lens has many uses, like group work or interiors. Hope you can follow all this. Regards - PBked
  • edited March 2012
    Thanks for the tips @PBked. @Moose - Would you say that the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 is the best overall wide angle lens? I'm looking for one that I could use for a while and in multiple situations. Thanks :) - Bethany
  • @Moose Thank you for the suggestion. I'm looking into purchasing that lens. Do you have any suggestions for a good fisheye lens? Much appreciated :)
  • edited April 2012
    Thanks @Moose for all your help. What do you think about either the Bower or Samyang 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens? They seem to have the same specs and are around the same price (which is pretty cheap). Do you think purchasing any one of those are worth it??
  • @Moose Will the circular polarizer filter you mentioned above fit the Tamron 10-24mm? I'm looking into purchasing these two. Thanks :)
  • edited May 2012
  • edited May 2012
    Thank you so much for the advice @Moose. I've been having difficulty getting the right exposure when shooting the sky. Sometimes the photo is completely white and I believe it has to do with the brightness of the sky. What settings would be appropriate for a sunrise shoot? Sunset shoot?
  • edited May 2012
  • @Moose- would I be better off purchasing the graduated ND filter or the circular polarizer?
  • Or just a regular ND filter?? Appreciate the help :)
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