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Old    Bruce Jesionowski (cwb121)      Join Date: Feb 2004       06-17-2005, 5:11 PM Reply   
Does anybuddy know where I can get a fisheye lens for my JVC digital camcorder?
Old    Bruce Jesionowski (cwb121)      Join Date: Feb 2004       06-17-2005, 5:12 PM Reply   
Sorry forgot to say the the lens size is a 40.5mm diameter.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       06-18-2005, 7:02 AM Reply   
Ebay if you want a cheap one. If you want the best get a Century brand online from B&H.
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       06-20-2005, 6:44 AM Reply   
I tried some cheap ones(demon fisheye) and they are total garbage. You are gonna have to spend alot of money(unless you are lucky) to get good results.

But ya, I wouldnt get anything but Century.
Old    Kung Fu Wake & Video (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       06-20-2005, 7:52 PM Reply   
I normally buy http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ or http://www.evsonline.com/ but when it came time to spend $700 on a Century lens I went with these guys because it saved my $150...

http://www.47stphoto.com/

Their www.resellerratings.com reviews are not the best, but I verified that they are a Century Optics "Authorized Dealer" (http://www.centuryoptics.com/buying/dealers/us/newyork.htm) and as I found out they actually have the lenses drop shipped directly from Century. However please don't expect them to send you a tracking # or to be very helpful when calling inů. Yet it's worth a look if you want to save yourself $100-150..

** DISCLAIMER: I would only buy Century Optics lenses from them...



toolfan - roughly how much time and money did you spend trying out different "low cost" fisheye solutions? And did you finally find one?
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       06-21-2005, 8:43 AM Reply   
I tried demon fish eye and one other, I cant think of the name. They both got returned after 10 seconds of using them. The main problem was the "adapter" they used. You would have to zoom almost all the way in to get the adapter out of frame. they basically made 2 lenses for every size lens. That wasnt the only problem though. The you could barely even tell it was fisheyed with them on. The glass wasnt powerful(?) enough. basically, the cheap lenses gave about a 1% fisheye look. They didnt do anything.

At NAB, I looked and Century optics stuff, and yes, they really worked. Of course they are proud of them. I think the quoted me around $700 for for one to put on my DSR. If you really want a good look, go for it.

Personally, if you arent gonna spend the money for an Century lens, I think the next best way to get the effect would be in post-production. I think a filter/plugin would do just a good job as a cheap lens.
Old    Kung Fu Wake & Video (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       06-21-2005, 11:10 AM Reply   
Cool.

A low-cost option is the Kenko Fisheye .43x (which I purchased for my 1 ccd Sony PC-101.) It's not as nice as the century, but for $50 it's a good deal and it's a FULL zoom through (meaning it will keep focus at 100% zoom). You will get some vignetting with this lens.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=232570&is=REG


There is also the Century Optics .55x. It's *not* a true fisheye, but it will give you a nice clean wide angle shot at only $30 more. ** Note, This is *NOT* a zoom-through. Which means that at about 1/2 zoom the image will start to go out of focus..

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=229934&is=REG

Old                06-21-2005, 12:04 PM Reply   
a little trick i learned is to get a wide angle conversion lens, take off the top retaining ring, flip the glass over and put the ring back on... it will give you an inverted fisheye look... not 180 degrees, but more of the pincusion look. its an interesting image. its fun to play around with but its definitely not a fisheye. right now im getting a zenitar fisheye for my mini35 adapter i made, hopefully i will get some cool results since its a full frame lens.
Old    Bruce Jesionowski (cwb121)      Join Date: Feb 2004       06-25-2005, 8:08 PM Reply   
Thanks for the help
Old    Grady McGrady (got2skate)      Join Date: Feb 2006       02-21-2006, 8:38 PM Reply   
i just got my demon fisheye lens (demonfisheyelens.com) in the mail. Its great! For $80 bucks you really cant got wrong.
Old    Grady McGrady (got2skate)      Join Date: Feb 2006       12-17-2007, 11:01 PM Reply   
hey i just found out the demon fisheye lens.com just came out with a 58mm fisheye lens for the Sony VX-2100 its on their website (demon fisheye lens.com)

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