So recently I have been really looking at wide angle lenses. And Im on a budget, so yes there are some really nice wides on the market. I was really interested in the Tokina 12-24 or their 11-16 but at this point in time I really didn’t have the 6-800 dollars to buy one of these lenses. And honestly I would probably use it more for video then I would for photo. As I can always use a program like photoshop or many other stitching programs to give me extreme wide if I really need that. But you just can’t do that with video.
So what do I do…
So im searching around on good ole Ebay and come across this Zeikos .45x 72mm lens thats less then $40 dollars with taxes and shipping. Now this has sparked my curiosity. I do a bit of searching on the net and really can’t find much in regards to this little lens. There are some reviews for the smaller ring diameter (37mm) but not for the 72mm. But for 40 bucks Im willing to take a chance.
So about 3 days pass and it arrives at my door.
So i grab my T2i, equip it with the Sigma lens and mount this add on lens to it.
So is this a direct substitute for a true wide angle lens. No way, but for the price I really can’t complain. There is a fair bit of lens distortion on the edges which is to be expected as well as a fair bit of vignetting when shooting at full wide. But there is always cropping so not to worried about that.
Here is a second example …
So you can definitely see the vignetting and a bit of distortion around the edges, but again I can’t stress. This is a sub $40 lens. So Im fairly pleased.
Now the lens actually consists of two pieces. The wide portion of the lens which actually screws into a macro section. If you put just the macro section on your lens you can get sooo close to your subject while still being able to focus. And for some this may be a fantastic entry into the whole macro photography world. Im definitely going to try this later on this year. Again here are some quick examples.
and another …
So would i buy this little lens again? Without question. For the money I don’t think you can grab a better little lens. Now if money wasn’t a concern then I would probably look at something like the Tokina 11-16mm.
Ive also done a small video review below. Which will show some video clips as well. Since video is at a different aspect ratio there is less vignetting, which is always good.
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Just Go Shoot.