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iGirl

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Choosing a wide angle lens
« on: November 24, 2006, 09:41:55 PM »

I recently bought a Sony H5 and was interested in getting a wide angle lens for it but have seen some awful pictures taken using them - lots of fisheye, blurring and distortion around the edges.

I'm what would be considered a hobbyist and don't want to spend a lot of money on a 58mm wide angle lens, but I don't want to waste my money buying something that is completely useless either.  The Sony lens offered for the H5 is 0.7x which I have read is not very "wide" appearing...still again I don't want to end up with fisheye by overdoing...so how wide is truly useful?

I've found a number of inexpensive W/A lenses at the newworldvideodirect website starting at around $49.  Optics, Digital Concepts and Crystal Optics are inexpensive brands they sell.  Would these all be junk?  I really can't spend too much though - maybe $150 tops.

Any input would be appreciated!
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Choosing a wide angle lens
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2006, 07:35:15 AM »

Given the budget you're specifying, you're probably not going to be happy with any of the available options.

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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2006, 02:04:09 AM »

Thanks...I'll keep searching and maybe just take a chance on one.
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Choosing a wide angle lens
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2006, 02:09:40 AM »

Try the sony forum at dpreview.
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