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    Default Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    Hey guys..
    Who uses a Wide Angle Converter that is screwed infront of the lens?

    Which brand is it? Is it good? Price? Where to get? ><"(sry ask so much lol)

    I plan to get one for my Sigma 18-50 so it can become semi fish eye.. haha..

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    Default Re: Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    Fish eye is not the same as wide angle. You can go as wide as 10mm with a rectilinear lens and not get the fisheye effect, but focal lengths as wide as 15mm may already give you the fisheye effect.

    And, didn't you ask this question a few days back already?

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    Default Re: Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    Quote Originally Posted by calebk View Post
    Fish eye is not the same as wide angle. You can go as wide as 10mm with a rectilinear lens and not get the fisheye effect, but focal lengths as wide as 15mm may already give you the fisheye effect.

    And, didn't you ask this question a few days back already?

    i did ask.. i know.. nobody answered my question marh.. need a wide angle converter dunno which brand is good or not.. found out $330 for a WA converter is expensive.. lol..

    need a trusted brand.. anyone knows?

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    dude , with all that i read on forums and reviews on wide angle converters, it isnt any good at all unless you don't mind degraded picture quality .. i got my wide angle converter 0.45 for Nikon D60 from ALAN PHOTO @ S$90+.. and thought it was a pretty good use for practice regardless of the result quality. IMHO, it's a waste of money la. If you want wide angle lenses, get a real one. Not those adapter, converters and whatevertheycallit. :P I'm saving up for a real wide angle like these: 12-24mm Nikkor, 10-20mm Sigma, 11-18mm Tamron, 12-24mm Tokina. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shuhry81 View Post
    dude , with all that i read on forums and reviews on wide angle converters, it isnt any good at all unless you don't mind degraded picture quality .. i got my wide angle converter 0.45 for Nikon D60 from ALAN PHOTO @ S$90+.. and thought it was a pretty good use for practice regardless of the result quality. IMHO, it's a waste of money la. If you want wide angle lenses, get a real one. Not those adapter, converters and whatevertheycallit. :P I'm saving up for a real wide angle like these: 12-24mm Nikkor, 10-20mm Sigma, 11-18mm Tamron, 12-24mm Tokina. Cheers!
    Hmm... Any example of a degraded picture quality through a WA converter? lol 1 month later someone finally replied to my question =P
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    I don't own a wide angle converter, so can't show you the effects... but I can describe some for you... (you can read up more on some of the terminology at wikipedia)...

    - Pictures are softer, i.e. not as sharp as before.
    - Get distortions, e.g. barrel, pincushion, or irregular.
    - Get chromatic abberations (CA)
    - changes color tones of the picture, e.g. gets more bluish or yellowish, etc.

    If you are not particular about the above, you can get a wide angle adaptor, but you should not have to pay $330 for it. It should cost around $100. However, the recommendation is to save up for a true wide angle lens. True wide angle lenses are designed with the above degradations in mind, and would give you a better picture than a wide angle converter.
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    I bought a wide-angle converter with a macro lens attached to it. So far it serves my purpose well and costs around $80. I bought it at Bally Photo in Funan Centre. Might want to check it out.

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    Default Re: Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skipjack View Post
    I bought a wide-angle converter with a macro lens attached to it. So far it serves my purpose well and costs around $80. I bought it at Bally Photo in Funan Centre. Might want to check it out.
    Hmm.. Great.. you own one, hows the photo quality? hehe.. nvr tried one myself before.. i plan to buy for photo competition, dunno whether worth or not. i wan go tikam tikam go win some neighbourhood competition liao get a little money then go buy a real UWA lens.. haha.
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    Default Re: Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    Quote Originally Posted by geraldkhoo View Post
    I don't own a wide angle converter, so can't show you the effects... but I can describe some for you... (you can read up more on some of the terminology at wikipedia)...

    - Pictures are softer, i.e. not as sharp as before.
    - Get distortions, e.g. barrel, pincushion, or irregular.
    - Get chromatic abberations (CA)
    - changes color tones of the picture, e.g. gets more bluish or yellowish, etc.

    If you are not particular about the above, you can get a wide angle adaptor, but you should not have to pay $330 for it. It should cost around $100. However, the recommendation is to save up for a true wide angle lens. True wide angle lenses are designed with the above degradations in mind, and would give you a better picture than a wide angle converter.
    Ok thanks dude. =)) Hope the $80 dollars WA converter is good.. lol.. $330 is a rip off indeed. haha..
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    I seldom use the wide angle as i use the macro lens more often but during some family events, I would use it. Well, I would'nt say its the wonderful lens adaptor, but it serves its purpose and can get you amazing pictures.

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    hmm.. i have 1 too.. but it not really macro i guess.. it close up.. mine is close up +8..

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    Default Re: Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    The sharpest wide angle converted I used before is the Raynox DCR6600PRO for my Canon S2IS prosumer cam. The purpose is to make it wider than what you have for the prosumer, in this case, I get 23mm instead of the 36mm on the S2 IS.

    But if you have a DSLR, why not just use a proper wider angle lens.
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    Default Re: Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skipjack View Post
    I bought a wide-angle converter with a macro lens attached to it. So far it serves my purpose well and costs around $80. I bought it at Bally Photo in Funan Centre. Might want to check it out.
    This shop got some reviews and comment which will not make me putting a foot into it. There are reputable shops out there, you can check the equipment sections.
    About the quality everything was said. Having used such 'converter' on a Canon A85 I can confirm geraldkhoo's posting. It converts the picture quality to the lower end combined with some changes in Field of View.

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    Default Re: Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    Here is a post of a wide angle adapter shot not long ago and the user complaining about the poor picture quality.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...ngle+converter

    For DSLRs, i would rather do a few shots and stitch them together for abit more width than having one wide angle adapter shot.

    Of course if you hardly shoot wide and not particular about image quality then the converter is pretty handy. otherwise the same advice as geraldkhoo for a true wide angle lens.

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    http://picasaweb.google.com/haddyshuhry81/Snappy# My 2 cents worth on wide angle filter attachments or whatevertheycallit.
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    Hi,
    This is Andreson. This is Used very rarely. As the converter is not used by many persons it is going to be difficult to say who uses it. I will try my level best to know the information. And I will give you as quick as possible.
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    Default Re: Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    Quote Originally Posted by ProMushr00m View Post
    Hey guys..
    Who uses a Wide Angle Converter that is screwed infront of the lens?

    Which brand is it? Is it good? Price? Where to get? ><"(sry ask so much lol)

    I plan to get one for my Sigma 18-50 so it can become semi fish eye.. haha..
    the only brand i trust is Raynox. But you have a DSLR, go for a proper lens. WA converters are more for PnSs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProMushr00m View Post
    Hey guys..
    Who uses a Wide Angle Converter that is screwed infront of the lens?

    Which brand is it? Is it good? Price? Where to get? ><"(sry ask so much lol)

    I plan to get one for my Sigma 18-50 so it can become semi fish eye.. haha..

    if not so serious, i did try, vitacom; Mercury; and other brand 0,45X on 18mm get about 8mm, acceptable IQ. no harm to try it out and not expensive

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    Default Re: Who uses a Wide Angle Converter?

    Just to add, WA convertors degrade picture quality significantly. The only time I used one is for a video camera - because I can't change lenses. And WA adapter on a video camera = you can't really tell much of a difference.

    That said, the one I've used and have good results is the Raynox 6600 as well. It was quite hard to find in Singapore before the distributor came in, and I had to order overseas and wait damn long. It has good results with video. Not sure about photo - but other WA's I used with photos, well, suck.

    http://www.adorama.com/IRXDCR6600P.html

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    All good advice on getting a proper wide angle lens.

    Got a Raynox HD-6600 and it works well as specified for prosumers and pns (using on a Canon A590IS). However, it DOES NOT work well with my DSLR. Edges will be soft if you use it with DSLR (or at least so in my case). I believe it has to do with how the small lens of a pns falls within the centre area of the wide-angle converter.

    So if you are using converter on PnS, its fine; DSLRs, probably not.

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