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$134.95 NEW Opteka 6.5mm F3.5 Fisheye lens Canon mount via Authorized seller, other various mount available for 150

IT_Mikee 292 238 April 22, 2016 at 02:16 PM in Camera Lenses (9) More eBay Deals
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Last Edited by BostonGirl May 2, 2016 at 07:39 AM
47th street photo is an Authorized seller for Opteka link here [opteka.com]

They sell stuff on ebay - cheapest price compared to Amazon
Canon mount $134.95 - dead, price now $149.99
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Nikon mount $149.99 No longer Valid
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They also have this lens on their site for $149.99 various mounts (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Sony A)
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#2
Seems like a good price, but be aware that this is made by Samyang, who markets it as an 8mm lens.

It's also sold under a few other names: Bower, Rokinon, etc.
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If only it wasn't so slow. Would be a joy for Milky Way photography if it were faster.
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Quote from R0DE0 View Post :
If only it wasn't so slow. Would be a joy for Milky Way photography if it were faster.
slow? 3.5 is just fine for milky way, unless you have bad snr at higher ISOs on your camera. 7Dmk2 at ISO 1250 looks great with an F4 lens
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Quote from helius View Post :
Seems like a good price, but be aware that this is made by Samyang, who markets it as an 8mm lens.

It's also sold under a few other names: Bower, Rokinon, etc.
The quick research I've done supports this statement. That's a good thing in my mind. I've been very impressed with the optical qualities of samyang/rokinon/bower on the past.
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Amazon lists it as "Newly improved 2014, manual focus, digitally-optimized fisheye lens" but their kit says "Newly improved 2016, manual focus, digitally-optimized fisheye lens"
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Quote from P1ctur3th1s View Post :
slow? 3.5 is just fine for milky way, unless you have bad snr at higher ISOs on your camera. 7Dmk2 at ISO 1250 looks great with an F4 lens
Your exposure time must be quite long with those numbers. 3.5 is not optimal for shooting the Milky Way.
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Quote from kevingt01 View Post :
The quick research I've done supports this statement. That's a good thing in my mind. I've been very impressed with the optical qualities of samyang/rokinon/bower on the past.
This lens isn't made by Samyang in South Korea but by a company called Changchun in China. It is definitely not a Samyang lens.
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This lens isn't made by Samyang in South Korea but by a company called Changchun in China. It is definitely not a Samyang lens.
Care to elaborate?
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Quote from R0DE0 View Post :
If only it wasn't so slow. Would be a joy for Milky Way photography if it were faster.
The fastest lens Ive seen for fisheye is 2.8, and not a lot of photogs use even f3.5 in wide angle photography, I myself shoot at f8-f11 to get everything in focus
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The fastest lens Ive seen for fisheye is 2.8, and not a lot of photogs use even f3.5 in wide angle photography, I myself shoot at f8-f11 to get everything in focus
For Milky Way photography, a fast lens is a must. If you're shooting a daytime landscape, then yea, f11 would be ideal. But in the pitch black night, you need f2.8 or faster.
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I bought this a while ago for 150. Fun lens, well worth the price! It's a fully manual lens though...may not be for you if you aren't okay with turning the focus or the aperture ring by yourself. Or if you are planning to use it with a full frame...you'll most likely get vignetting. It's meant for apsc bodies.

And no, it's not made by Samyang. I saw a post on Opteka's Facebook page a while ago where they confirmed that they're different from Samyang. I have other Samyang lenses though and they are a little better in quality than this Opteka. Regardless, it's a great lens for the price.
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I bought this lens a few years ago if you understand the price is insanely low for a lens it's not bad but as far as lenses go it's pretty terrible. Terrible chromatic aberrations, extremely soft on the edges, contrast is sub par as well but of course it's super cheap
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if anyone wants a sample, this is one i took with this lens several months ago

https://www.flickr.com/photos/656...ed-public/
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Quote from R0DE0 View Post :
Your exposure time must be quite long with those numbers. 3.5 is not optimal for shooting the Milky Way.
You have to keep in mind that focal length affects the star trails. A 30 second exposure on an 8mm lens will yield no more star trails than a 20 second exposure with a 12mm lens, for example.
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