Jan 22, 2006, 11:33 AM
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0.3 Wide angle (UK)
Anybody know of an alternatives to Royal/Diamon/Cookie 0.3 lenses? I know they are good lenses before everyone tells me but I need a 0.3 but don't want to spend £100 on one. Anybody had any luck finding cheaper 0.3's? Had a look a Kenko 0.43 which seems like it might be OK, its not 0.3 but still wide 'ish'. Done a bit of looking on google but can't find much.
Dude Spend your money on the high quality 0.3 lenses because if you buy a cheap lense its probable that the glass quality of the optics is crap, at first they look good but the glass will absorb all the usual gasses / vapour in the air and eventually warp.I experienced this a few seasons ago with a 0.3 I had ( I'll keep it anon ). The New zealand make is the dogs bollox, but I have found that the Kenko fisheye 0.43 is the best for everyday camera flying, and for the price its a steal. Most of the cool n grooveys I know jump this lense.
Ye I really want to get one of the high quality 0.3's but its a lot of money for a lens. I will give the Kenko fish eye a try and see if that is alright. Its only £30 so its a lot cheaper. In the end I may end up buying an expensive one but wanted to find out if there were some cheaper alternatives.
Whilst you make your decision....thought I would add.... You can get issues with visible vignette on the 'longer' lenses that are not the best quality. ( if you are using footage for editing you can possibly get rid of that vignette by 'zooming' in a little on the footage using your editing program......not ideal...but an acceptable workaround) The lower profile lenses ( eg Liquid lens,Royal lens) avoid this but do have a degree of blur at the edges of the lens..... Depends what you want to do with the footage you record I guess.....what you are happy with.
(This post was edited by Zoter on Jan 23, 2006, 3:59 AM)