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#1 chrisg

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Posted 27 January 2003 - 07:32 AM

The choices are (cheapest to most expensive)
canon 15mm fisheye $549
sigma 14mm $799
canon 14mm $1799

I already have the canon 20mm but its not wide enough for the 1.6x digital focal length multiplier.

#2 tshepherd

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Posted 27 January 2003 - 07:33 AM

Haven't got any of the three you're looking at, but planning on buying the Sigma 14mm in a month or so for my D60.

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Posted 27 January 2003 - 08:30 AM

There is also the Sigma fisheye.
The fisheyes are smaller, lighter, cheaper, wider, and more flare-resistant than the 14's.

Their curvature is not bad on most shots underwater and can easily be corrected using ImageAlign or Panotools.
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#4 scorpio_fish

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Posted 27 January 2003 - 09:19 AM

Well, I know for a fact the Canon 14mm is a great lens. I've been with a pro while he was using it. Actually, $1799 is a good price for that lens. Now, is it worth it? I sure as heck don't know.

I am of the opinion that fisheye's with the digital crop give you an image that is not curved enough for special effect and curved too much for a normal shot.
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Posted 27 January 2003 - 09:25 AM

If you only intend to use the lens for UW shooting, then try the fisheye. You won't even be able to tell it's a fisheye lens when you look at the pix.

If you intend to use the lens topside too, then I recommend the Sigma 14mm. I use the Sigma and I got a lot of nice shots last week at Big Bend w/ that lens. Couldn't have gotten them w/ the fisheye.

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Posted 27 January 2003 - 02:01 PM

Don't forget the Sigma 15mm Fisheye $399

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Posted 27 January 2003 - 02:41 PM

I agree with James entirely. It's easy to see the fisheye with cropping as the worst of both worlds, but it is, in fact, the opposite. The lens won't give you the dramatic distortion you expect but that's a good thing unless you really want it. Most of the time you won't be looking for that. On the other hand, the distortion it does have is fine most of the time and easily corrected when it is unwelcome.
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