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Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens

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Product Highlights
  • For Lenses w/ 58mm or 52mm Threads
  • Creates Circular Image w/ Wide View
  • Multicoated Optical Glass
  • Steel Barrel Design
  • Economical Alternative Auxiliary Lens

The Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens is an auxiliary lens that attaches to the front of an existing lens with a 58mm filter thread. For lenses with a 52mm thread a step-up ring is included. This auxiliary lens, when added to the front of your camera's lens, will create a circular image which will be 0.18x wider than your existing lens. This fisheye lens is made with multicoated optical glass, and has a steel barrel. Using this "auxiliary" fisheye lens is an economical alternative to buying expensive wide-angle lenses.

Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • 58 to 52mm Step-up Ring
  • Carrying Case
  • Lifetime Warranty
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    Zeikos52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens
     
    3.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    63%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Well built / quality (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting indoors (5)
    • Shooting outdoors (5)
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Something's fishy...in a good way!

    Although I am a beginning photographer, I am not a dumb one. I don't know everything there is to know about photography, but I do a lot of research, and I am confident...Read complete review

    Although I am a beginning photographer, I am not a dumb one. I don't know everything there is to know about photography, but I do a lot of research, and I am confident that I make the best choices possible for my financial means and artistic wants and needs.As a young adult, I still like to do fun things with my photos. However, Instagram-type filters bore me, and the only toy lens I own is a DIY pinhole lens. I prefer more challenging photographic experiments, and I've always wanted to try fisheye photography, so I began researching. Most places that talk about fisheye lenses tell you "oh, fisheye lens converters are completely terrible. It can cost a few hundred dollars, but save up for a real fisheye lens!" I knew that, after having already purchased two cameras, a couple lenses, and various other equipment in the past year, I wouldn't be able to afford that, and I also knew that I wasn't going to be taking pictures for professional magazines or anything of the sort. I just wanted a way to take a few fun fisheye shots, so a converter it was.One could technically call this just a really exaggerated wide angle lens. It's marked .18X, which, compared to, say, a .43X, makes a much more "curved" image. It makes an effect that literally takes in 180 degrees of your camera's surroundings and turns them into a circular image. Just putting the converter on any lens won't automatically give you that classic circular, dreamy image, though. I think that the trick (and the problem that others were encountering) is that you need to use a lens that already has a relativey wide angle. I tried this lens on both my 50mm Canon lens and the 18-55mm kit lens that came with the Canon T3i, and the choice was clear, the second lens worked much better to attain the fisheye effect I was looking for. At the focal length of 55mm, the fisheye effect is barely there. Maybe a slight curving at the edges, but nothing much changes. The real effect comes out at 18mm. There is a defined circle in the middle of the image, and the edges are black. The circle in the middle is a perfect fisheye that is clear in the middle and a bit blurred at the edges, but not painfully blurry or low quality like others have complained about. The Canon T3i is a cropped sensor camera, so I'm not sure how it would work on a full-frame sensor, but I'm sure that many who own a full-frame camera would be able to justify buying an actual lens made for that camera anyways. I'm also not sure how it would hold up to other camera and lens combinations, but I would assume that a similar setup in another brand would work fairly well.I am also excited to use this lens with my 35mm Pentax K1000! The only compatible lens I own for it at the moment is a 28mm lens, and the fisheye converter is too large to screw into its threads, but I can hold it up close to the lens of it after focusing it and get a pretty good fisheye effect nonetheless!As I said before, I'm not a professional by any means, and I am only really using this lens for fun, but I can honestly say that it meets my needs and produces clear, fun images that are worthy of putting in my portfolio. Maybe someday if my hobby goes further or if I have the budget, I'll buy an actual fisheye lens to add to my collection and take absolutely perfect pictures that are good enough to sell, but for someone like me, I think that this converter is the perfect place to start.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not worth the money

    Save up for a real fisheye lens. Should have payed attention to other peple's reviews.

    Save up for a real fisheye lens. Should have payed attention to other peple's reviews.

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    5.0

    good enough

    By jess

    from NYC

    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Picture Quality
    • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Panoramic Filming
      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors

      Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

      bought it to go with old camera i had, worked great , looks good-fine!

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      5.0

      sharp, superwide lens for video cameras

      By reptank

      from big island, HI

      Pros

      • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

          this lens has a super wide aspect and works great on my panasonic tm700 video camera. the camera thread is a 46mm and the lens is a 58mm thread, thus getting a 46-58mm step-up ring. the initial framing is, of course circular at the widest zoom, but zoom in to cut off the vignetting and youre all set. the corners are SHARP. ive owned the raynox 0.66x hd lens, but the corners were a bit blurry; i didnt expect that from a raynox. but this zeikos clearly shows the edges being as sharp as the entire frame. i would only recommend this lens on a video camera, not on a dslr lens. the optics doesnt match right. ive paired this with my canon 40mm STM lens with a 52-58mm ring and the majority of the frame was a blur. actually it looks interesting because it gives a linear blur, much like a motion blur effect. attach this to a video camera and youll definately have great results. dont expect great results putting this on a dslr lens. (i would save up and get the rokinon/samyang/bower 8mm lens for your dlsr. i own this lens on my 60d and is the best fisheye for the price.) with this price and the results on a video camera is a steal!

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          5.0

          Something's fishy...in a good way!

          By Kaitie

          from Tecumseh, MI

          About Me Artist, Beginner, Perfectionist, Student, Tech Savvy

          Pros

          • Different Lens Connection
          • Easy To Use
          • Extreme Fisheye Effect

          Cons

          • Bulky Design
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Creative Challenge
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors

          Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

          Although I am a beginning photographer, I am not a dumb one. I don't know everything there is to know about photography, but I do a lot of research, and I am confident that I make the best choices possible for my financial means and artistic wants and needs.As a young adult, I still like to do fun things with my photos. However, Instagram-type filters bore me, and the only toy lens I own is a DIY pinhole lens. I prefer more challenging photographic experiments, and I've always wanted to try fisheye photography, so I began researching. Most places that talk about fisheye lenses tell you "oh, fisheye lens converters are completely terrible. It can cost a few hundred dollars, but save up for a real fisheye lens!" I knew that, after having already purchased two cameras, a couple lenses, and various other equipment in the past year, I wouldn't be able to afford that, and I also knew that I wasn't going to be taking pictures for professional magazines or anything of the sort. I just wanted a way to take a few fun fisheye shots, so a converter it was.One could technically call this just a really exaggerated wide angle lens. It's marked .18X, which, compared to, say, a .43X, makes a much more "curved" image. It makes an effect that literally takes in 180 degrees of your camera's surroundings and turns them into a circular image. Just putting the converter on any lens won't automatically give you that classic circular, dreamy image, though. I think that the trick (and the problem that others were encountering) is that you need to use a lens that already has a relativey wide angle. I tried this lens on both my 50mm Canon lens and the 18-55mm kit lens that came with the Canon T3i, and the choice was clear, the second lens worked much better to attain the fisheye effect I was looking for. At the focal length of 55mm, the fisheye effect is barely there. Maybe a slight curving at the edges, but nothing much changes. The real effect comes out at 18mm. There is a defined circle in the middle of the image, and the edges are black. The circle in the middle is a perfect fisheye that is clear in the middle and a bit blurred at the edges, but not painfully blurry or low quality like others have complained about. The Canon T3i is a cropped sensor camera, so I'm not sure how it would work on a full-frame sensor, but I'm sure that many who own a full-frame camera would be able to justify buying an actual lens made for that camera anyways. I'm also not sure how it would hold up to other camera and lens combinations, but I would assume that a similar setup in another brand would work fairly well.I am also excited to use this lens with my 35mm Pentax K1000! The only compatible lens I own for it at the moment is a 28mm lens, and the fisheye converter is too large to screw into its threads, but I can hold it up close to the lens of it after focusing it and get a pretty good fisheye effect nonetheless!As I said before, I'm not a professional by any means, and I am only really using this lens for fun, but I can honestly say that it meets my needs and produces clear, fun images that are worthy of putting in my portfolio. Maybe someday if my hobby goes further or if I have the budget, I'll buy an actual fisheye lens to add to my collection and take absolutely perfect pictures that are good enough to sell, but for someone like me, I think that this converter is the perfect place to start.

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          4.0

          Nice to try fish-eye

          By Eduardobieta

          from Davis, CA

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

                This one is my first approach to photography with fisheye lenses, and I think this one is a good way start it.

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                4.0

                Lots of Fun

                By jcbreeze

                from Madreia Beach, FL

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

                Used this lens with Canon 18-55mm and results were surprising. A real good fish eye image was taken. I wanted to know if I should have one in my equipment bag. Answer yes and for such a small amt of money. I will buy a more expensive unit for that purpose as this lens blurs at the edges. But picture other wise is great.

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                5.0

                Excelent Images

                By alexMarroquin

                from Monterrey, MX

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

                  Best fisheye for the price, better than the Opteka .20x

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                  5.0

                  very good product

                  By raaguilera

                  from santiago chile

                  About Me Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

                    good product, full hd image

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                    1.0

                    Not worth the money

                    By Paul Ballistic

                    from Palm Bch, Fl

                    About Me Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Blurry focus
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

                        Save up for a real fisheye lens. Should have payed attention to other peple's reviews.

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                        3.0

                        Not Happy

                        By Paul Ballistic

                        from South, FL

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                              Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

                              I didnt know upon purchasing this product that when attaching the fisheye adapter to your lens, the macro piece is a *MUST* unless I am not doing things correctly or am in need of a step ring. I dont think others should go ahead and purchase this product.

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                              2.0

                              Don't like it

                              By spline

                              from Montreal

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                                    Comments about Zeikos 52/58mm High Quality 0.18x Super Fisheye Lens:

                                    I dind't like this fisheye lens. It was to blurry in the contour of the picture.

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