Legacy Fisheyes

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by scantron, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. scantron

    scantron Mu-43 Regular

    May 10, 2010
    Sounds like a great band name, doesn't it?

    I need a fisheye for some jobs coming up but don't want to spend almost twice what my camera cost on the new Panasonic one. I won't be using it enough to justify the price (which is probably the case with most people- hello Panansonic?!?).
    What are some legacy manual focus lenses to look out for- than can be had for not much $$$?

    Either that, or what's with that Zenitar model that's all over eBay? Looks a little dicey. Anybody have experience with it? It's a little too expensive to take a chance on...
  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    The legacy fisheyes tend to not go cheap. I'd give the Zenitar a miss but suggest you look at the Samyang or Peleng 8mm. I think the Zenitar is 16mm anyway.

    Unlike the new Panny these are all manual focus and aperture but FEs are very forgiving with lots of dof.
  3. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium

    I would like to ask for your attention when comparing such things as legacy fisheye lenses !

    The vintage ones are probably designed for 35mm format, and show a cropfactor of 2 on :43:. This means that the fisheye effect is probably (completely ?) gone.

    Also, the Samyang and the Peleng are designed for APS-C sensors, that are a bit bigger than :43:
    The crop factor here would be around 1.5 (APS-C sensors have different dimensions amongst manufacturers)

    So, the only real fisheye lens for :43: remains the Panasonic 8mm f3.5, a lens that was readily developped for the :43: sensors !


    But, I agree, it's not a cheap lens.
    Owning the 7-14, I'm not sure yet if I will buy the 8mm, given the very rare special occasions where I would need fisheye effects.

    C U,
  4. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
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    You're absolutely right, Bill, the Zenitar is 16mm which will give a superwide rather than fisheye field of view on :43: but still with uncorrected distortions. The Peleng is a little more money but it does give a true full frame fisheye image on :43: and I know someone who gets superb results from his.

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  5. scantron

    scantron Mu-43 Regular

    May 10, 2010
    Thanks for the info everyone!
    The Peleng uses an adapter and will still be MF/Manual Aperture, right?
    I think I'm going to need to spring for the VF-2 EVF at some point....