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Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Auxiliary Lens with 58mm Thread
  • Ultra-Wide Angle
  • Expands the Capabilities of Your Lens
  • Includes Adapter Rings

You Pay: $34.99

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The Bower 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens is an ultra-wide angle add-on lens that attaches to the front of your existing lens with a 58mm filter thread. Using this "auxiliary" fisheye lens is an affordable way to expand the capabilities of your current lens and is particularly useful for unusual closeups and panoramic landscapes. This lens is supplied with 52-58mm, 62-58mm, and 67-58mm adapter rings so you can fit your fisheye to a variety of your existing lenses.

Includes 52-58mm, 62-58mm, and 67-58mm adapter rings
Magnification 0.16x
Rear Mount Diameter 58mm
Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Approx. 8 oz (22.7 g)
Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black)
  • 52-58mm, Adapter Ring
  • 62-58mm Adapter Ring
  • 67-58mm Adapter Ring
  • Lens Case
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    BowerVLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (14)
    • Easily interchangeable (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Strong construction (8)
    • Consistent output (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy (9)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (14)
    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Home (5)
    • Landscape photography (4)
    • Low light (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (9), Enthusiast (6), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Impressive quality and sharpness

    This lens is quite a gem... it's a cheap gem, but a gem nonetheless.

    A lot of people like to talk about build quality. Well, frankly, this is a...Read complete review

    This lens is quite a gem... it's a cheap gem, but a gem nonetheless.

    A lot of people like to talk about build quality. Well, frankly, this is a pretty solid lens. I like how it feels: cold and sturdy. I have a Lensmate adapter, which I believe is machine aluminum. The finish and feel of this metal Bower lens matches the Lensmate adapter pretty closely, if not perfectly. It adds weight, but I appreciate that. With the adapter and lens attached, attaching a 430EX to the hotshoe feels balanced. I'm very happy about that.

    I haven't taken the lens on an outing yet... and I'm not even sure what I'll use it for. However, I think I'll have fun with the lens. It seems fairly sharp throughout. I haven't looked to see how much image degradation there is, but on screen it looks pretty good. Definitely usable on the web and probably usable up to at least 8x12 on print.

    The best part about this lens is that it is so wide. I am a DSLR user and my widest is 16mm on a full frame. I don't have a fisheye lens, but I can't justify the expense of a fisheye for my DSLR.

    I saw other WA lenses for my Canon G series Powershot, but this one was the widest and with the most good reviews. The few sample shots posted seem to beat the other lens samples on BHPhoto, so I went with this. Other lenses seem to get soft around the edges. This lens is not immune from soft edges, but the fall off is much less abrupt or pronounced.

    No regrets, whatsoever.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good fun, but not for serious work

    It's nice and solidly built (I would give up some of the solidness for a lighter weight), but as would be expected in this price range, the optics leave much to be...Read complete review

    It's nice and solidly built (I would give up some of the solidness for a lighter weight), but as would be expected in this price range, the optics leave much to be desired; clarity drops off very quickly from the center. Still, if you know what you're getting beforehand, it's a fun little toy to mess around with, and comes with some adapter rings to boot.

    Reviewed by 33 customers

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    1.0

    Really bad!

    By Joe N.

    from Newtown, CT

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Functional
    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

      Very very cheap, unusable.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Little Lens

      By Rick

      from Central Pennsylvania

      Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

      For less than $[$]you can't go wrong with this lens. It comes with the adapter rings to attach it to your existing lens (be very careful not to screw the adapter rings on too tight - due to the fine threads they can be hard to remove if screwed on too tightly). Lens gives a great fish eye effect and does seem to widen the field of view. Very pleased with the purchase.

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again

      By Peter

      from houston texas

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Traveling

        Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

        I use it on my 50mm which has a filter thread of 58 . The pic comes out great and wide . Everything about this is great . It has also a macro lens goes with it .

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Boyfriend's gift

        By Hannah

        from Dubuque Ia

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

        This is a great cheap lens, if you just wanna play around with the fisheye effect. Worth it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fisheye good for the Price

        By Tom G.

        from Marina del Rey, CA

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape Photography

          Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

          I haven't used it a lot yet but the lens performs as advertised on my G12. Vignettes when zoomed wide angle as expected. Zoom in a little and it goes away and still is very wide.

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Impressive quality and sharpness

          By N. Pham

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Creative
            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Macro Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

            This lens is quite a gem... it's a cheap gem, but a gem nonetheless.

            A lot of people like to talk about build quality. Well, frankly, this is a pretty solid lens. I like how it feels: cold and sturdy. I have a Lensmate adapter, which I believe is machine aluminum. The finish and feel of this metal Bower lens matches the Lensmate adapter pretty closely, if not perfectly. It adds weight, but I appreciate that. With the adapter and lens attached, attaching a 430EX to the hotshoe feels balanced. I'm very happy about that.

            I haven't taken the lens on an outing yet... and I'm not even sure what I'll use it for. However, I think I'll have fun with the lens. It seems fairly sharp throughout. I haven't looked to see how much image degradation there is, but on screen it looks pretty good. Definitely usable on the web and probably usable up to at least 8x12 on print.

            The best part about this lens is that it is so wide. I am a DSLR user and my widest is 16mm on a full frame. I don't have a fisheye lens, but I can't justify the expense of a fisheye for my DSLR.

            I saw other WA lenses for my Canon G series Powershot, but this one was the widest and with the most good reviews. The few sample shots posted seem to beat the other lens samples on BHPhoto, so I went with this. Other lenses seem to get soft around the edges. This lens is not immune from soft edges, but the fall off is much less abrupt or pronounced.

            No regrets, whatsoever.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Bower fisheye, Love it!

            By Ty

            from melbourne, Fl

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

              I love this lens. the price was incredible and the quality is great. I am getting some really cool shots with this lens. It is something fun to have in the camera bag. Highly recommended.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great lens for amateur user

              By SustainADana

              from Edison, New Jersey

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography

                Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                If you are not a professional photographer, and just looking to take some cool fisheye photos, this lens does the job and is fairly inexpensive!

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                • No

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                3.0

                fun in photog in a good price

                By gimm

                from NY,NY

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography

                Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                was looking into it out of curiosity and tried it myself basically based on others' reviews on this site.
                i'm satisfied with the results. can't reallly say they turned out so spectacular but not complaining one bit especially that i bought it for this price.happy with my purchase.

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                • No

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                5.0

                good product for the money

                By art by K. Picard

                from rhode island

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus

                Best Uses

                • Fun unique images
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                I've given this product 5 stars based on its performance for the $ . The distortion is nice, super wide angle, also nice... the only downfall is that the images are not crystal clear, the absolute center is crisp but there is some bluring towards the outter edges, however this should be expected with any adapter... you get what you pay for, and IMHO you get a good amount from this lens, I only use it from time to time for fun shots... if I decide to use the fisheye effect more often, I will likely upgrade to a professional fisheye with the 10.5mm

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Well worth it

                By G.Milo

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • Difficult to Clean
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Escape from the ordinary

                Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                Fisheye lenses are not for everyday shooting but, they do stand out. That's why I love this little addition to my collection. I use it with my D7000 18-105 lens and it's just great. I also shoot wide with a Tokina 11-16mm but this just gives my shots a little edge that may have been missing. This does add some additional weight so I will only shoot handheld with it but you can't beat it for the price.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Wide Angle adapter

                By stan

                from texas, houston

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                  Great adapter, just attach to your lens and it's a whole lot of fun. ...and it's macro!!!!!!!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Awesome

                  By ProVideo guy

                  from Florida

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Slow Focus
                  • Tough To Attach

                  Best Uses

                  • With active imagination

                  Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                  I bought this add on so my daughter could experiment with her new love of photography. She now feels I am hogging the lens and wants more camera time.

                  For the cost this is truly a great attachment. Yes the same limitations typical of add-on elements are there (front weight, prone to blur if not threaded properly, etc) but the final pictures are really amazing. For the HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS in savings and the fabulous quality of the image I cant think of why I wouldn't buy this lens again if I had to do it over.

                  TIP: due to extra weight focus in manual to avoid overworking servos in auto-focus lens. They just weren't made to handle that much weight.

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Very pleased!

                  By Fastboy

                  from Louisville, KY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                    I use this lens just as an occasional effects lens. It is not as good as a full lens, but definitely gives me enough for my purposes. And for the price, I think it packs a pretty good punch.

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                    • Yes

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Does what is says.

                    By Art

                    from Riverside, Ca

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                      I added it to my Nikon d5100 standard lens. It makes a big difference when taking photos in a house, it really opens up the room. I attached photos for you to see. I liked it so much that I purchased another one for my Mom. Great lens!

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Just what I was looking for

                      By girleye

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                      I have been wanting a fisheye lens for awhile now but wasn't ready to invest hundreds of dollars on something I wouldn't be using frequently. This fit the bill perfectly! I used it recently at a wedding I shot and it worked great for fun dancing shots and creative group photos. My only complaint is the weight, it is a bit heavy and when added to the weight of camera body, lens, flash, vertical grip, etc it is a bit much.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Inexpensive fun

                      By tyalexander

                      from Milwaukee, WI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                        I just wanted something to play around with I wasn't interested in dropping big bucks on a dedicated fisheve lens, this is a nice low cost alternative. Image quality is fair I found using it on a tripod shooting around f8 produces pretty decent results for not spending $800.00 on a lens. Buy it, it's cheap and fun to play with!

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                        3.0

                        Fun

                        By A

                        from New Hampshire

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                        I like the macro effects better than the fish-eye. Its very fun for expirementing, I like the way that the macro lens blurs the edges slightly and adds more of a whimsicle look to your pictures. Definitly a fun tool to have and play with.

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                        4.0

                        Good Value

                        By thephantomhennes

                        from Alberta, Canada

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                        I was happy with this adaptor when it arrived. [...] The adapter makes your 18-55 kit lens a VERY wide fisheye. Mostly good for fun as the quality does suffer a bit through this lens adapter. But for the price, great fun, and great value.

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                        5.0

                        Definately Worth It

                        By RaychoRay

                        from Richmond, VA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Difficult to Clean
                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Bower VLB1658 0.16x Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens (58mm Thread, Black):

                        I use this lens for personal use and experimentation. Its wonderful because it has such a scope and the focus is really sharp. Towards the edges it blurs a bit, but thats expected. The wide angle it captures is really awesome as well, as is the inclusion of the step rings.

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