Reviews and Problems with Opteka 58mm 0.2X HD Panoramic "Vortex" Fisheye Lens
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Fun! Fun! Fun!
Vixter, B&H Photo
5 January 2013
Excerpt: I've given this lens a 5-star rating because it is so fun to use. The results add a nice punch to my finished productions. Also, the quality seems quite good. Be aware, though, this thing weighs a ton! Especially when mounted on the front of a small camcorder...
Excerpt: I own four fisheyse, both diagonal and circular. There's lots of choices for diagonals, very few for circular and even fewer for your DX cameras. When my client wanted a fisheye, I did the research and took a look. What came up time and again was the Opteka Platnum Series, 0.2X HD Vortex.
Summary: Works well only if attached to a lens whose entrance pupil is close to the front surface. This corresponds to about a 6 to 7 mm zoom setting on my Fuji HS20, whose 30X zoom has a shortest focal length of 4mm.
Excerpt: I bought this lens to use with my Fuji HS20. The mechanical 58mm thread on the Opteka fisheye afocal attachment fit that on the Fuji perfectly, with just a slight gap between the lenses, which is helpful in avoiding vignetting.
Pros: Compact Design, Easy to brace on camera, Easy To Use, Extraordinary value
Excerpt: This seems like it would be absolutely wonderful; I shrieked with delight when I opened the box (it was a birthday present). I tried it (with the thread adapter) with my Canon EF 50 mm lens on my 5D Mark II. It absolutely CANNOT be focused on anything, at any distance.
Cons: Bulky Design, No Increase In Performance, Poor Clarity
Excerpt: I'm planning to use this on my upcoming Round the World Motorcycle Adventure. Not sure exactly how yet, but I felt like a good fisheye lens would help get some great shots. I used to have a smaller, lower quality fisheye and found I used it quite a bit, the average video camera never has a wide...
Pros: Easy To Use, Improves Picture Quality, Interfaces Well With Camcorder
Excerpt: Purchased the lens for my DSLR for amateur photo taking. Pretty wide fisheye image. A little blurry around the edges however... Also, it's quite heavy. All in all it works out well for the price.
Excerpt: I got this lens as an add-on for the fisheye effect in photography. Did not buy it for videography. I attached this lens to my Canon 18-55mm kit lens. The pros are, it works well and I was pleasantly amazed to see how wide an angle I could get out of my 18-55mm kit lens.