Summary: excellent value for the money. some minimal flaws, not a problem for the amateur. You can spend a few bucks more and get the more-or-less identical Rokinon (same make, maybe some minor fixes) - but if you really want a difference, you need to sped way more for other lenses. make sure you check your package for the bag, I almost lost mine, didn't see it.
Less Wacky than Screw-On Attachement, But More Usable!
2 weeks ago
Summary: I'm comparing this Opteka with a cheap semi-fisheye screw-on attachment I've had for a decade. I'm using an android Amazon app at the moment so I cannot see or attach user photos (which would make most of this review redundant) but I give a couple lens hood user tips somewhere in all the blather below. UPDATE: I've added 2 screen captures showing 4 photos each: 18-55m Canon lens normal + with cheap screw on attachment at 18mm and 55mm + Opteka. Indoor and outdoor photos.
Summary: This lens does what its manufacturer says that it does. However, I found it to be too specialized. Additionally, I found that I had to perform a lot of image processing to get it to match the look of Canon lenses. Also, if you try to correct the fisheye effect with Adobe image processing software the results are unsatisfactory. If you buy it, use it as a fisheye lens and don't try to correct the effect.
Summary: I purchased this after I was told this was the same as the Rokinon and was told it was made in Korea. It is made in China and did not meet my expectations. The quality just was not there.The focus ring was tight. This lens is cheaper than the Rokinon, so I should have expected it to be not as well made as Rokinon. The seller 47th street photo refunded the total in full. Refund a little slow but they ultimately took care of the matter.
Summary: Ok the good things about the lens. very wide open you see everything, this lens is really good when outside in bright sunlight. It is very tight on my Canon T3I and it doesn't register there is a lens. I plan to use this for Real Estate videos, but I"m sure I'll find other things to use for. Remember you cannot zoom in. You can use your optic zoom on this. The Tulip lens does not stay on very well when you try to take off lens cap the tulip usually comes off.
Summary: I am going to start out by saying that the 4 star review is not 4 stars compared to every other fish eye lens on the market. It is a 4 star review for the product itself. The lens is MANUAL. You can run your camera in manual or Aperture priority. In the hour that I have had the lens I can tell you that there will be a challenge to learn to use. I have a d7000 as my camera. The first 15-20 pictures I took came out horribly out of focus.
Summary: I used this lens and am very happy I made the purchase. It works great on my Canon 50 D. I am a semi retired Proffesional photographer. You do have to manual focus which to me is great plus and you you set your own f stops. This gives complete control of your creation and it saves money so you can buy other needed or wanted equipment. You can show your significant other the price of the name brand then the savings of buying this lens.