I was searching today for something useful on auctions trying to spend my money from Moneybookers :)) And saw a lot of fisheye lenses with macro for Canon starting from 25$ up to 45. They were all with auto focus, but in my country this particular sort of cheap fish-eye is not available in normal shops. So there is no opportunity to try if they are worth using for microstock or not.
Here is the description I found:
WITH MACRO +14
Professional Fisheye and Macro lens. Made in JAPAN
10 years warranty from the manufacturer
Lens is high quality crystal optics.
0.42x conversion factor Thread Size: 46mm (We have adapters rings for any thread size)
Front Filter Size: 67mm
7 elements, 5 groups
Screw type in front of existing camera lens.
Utilizes camera auto...
I use a tokina 10-17 mm, considered one of the sharpest fish eye lenses out there. Unfortunately it's pricey, at 600$ or so. Images taken with it include I wouldn't spend my money on a cheap one. The image it will produce will be subpar, the glass can't be of good quality at that price, most likely you will be disappointed. Better save the money and wait till you have enough for a good quality lens.
The images created with the fish eye are very creative and interesting, my next lens would be the Sigma 12 24 mm, these ultra wide-angle lenses are very creative, congratulations for the pictures posted!
Before I tried different sizes, but 150x150cm was too big for my room and 60x60cm - too small for most of objects I planned to shoot. 80x80 is perfect size!
I also tried to build light cubes from tripods and paper, but the construction wasn't too stable, occupied much space and took forever to be removed and placed back. The real light cube can be folded and unfolded in seconds - another advantage.
I'm so happy now! Isolation is no more a problem, because the cube makes the background lighting so soft that all it's structure disappears, after which I easily get rid of it with a couple of magic wand clicks.
Also the walls of light cube help to fight useless reflections of room furniture on shining surfaces :)
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