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Offline Thomas Krueger

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Available fisheye lenses for the A900
« on: March 05, 2009, 05:22:38 PM »
Doing a lot of 360° panorama work I'm working right now with a Canon 5D, the Tokina 10-17 fisheye and a Nikon 10.5 Fisheye. Maybe I will switch to a A900...

Since there is still no fisheye from Zeiss or Sony/Minolta available, what can be adapted to a Sony A900? No need for autofocus or automatic frame.

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Re: Available fisheye lenses for the A900
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009, 05:32:47 PM »
There is a minolta (and i think Sony) 16mm Fisheye for FF
A900+VG, A77+VG, Minolta 17-35G,  Sony CZ24-70 F2.8,Sony 70-200 F2.8 SSM, Sony 70-400 SSM, Sony 135STF,85 F1.4, 200 F4 Macro, 600 F4 HS APO

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Re: Available fisheye lenses for the A900
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2009, 05:33:34 PM »
Here's the only Sony fisheye available:

Sony AF 16 F2.8 FishEye SAL-16F28
http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=301

And some sample images:
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=17405&PN=2


There's a lens database on Dyxum, just search for fisheye and you return what's avaialble (production and discontinued):
http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/

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Re: Available fisheye lenses for the A900
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2009, 06:14:12 PM »
Based on some lens reviews since the A900 came out. I believe the Minolta version may be the one you want. The Sony version was developed before they went full frame sensor. While the Minolta version was back in the maxxum film generation. I have seen them on ebay for about 600-700.
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Re: Available fisheye lenses for the A900
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2009, 06:48:06 PM »
Based on some lens reviews since the A900 came out. I believe the Minolta version may be the one you want. The Sony version was developed before they went full frame sensor. While the Minolta version was back in the maxxum film generation. I have seen them on ebay for about 600-700.
Careful on condition for obvious no filter type lens.
I have used it on a a100 and it is a fantastic lens with fast focusing.

The 16mm Sony is identical to the 16mm Minolta.  I use the 16mm on my A900 with no issues.  It is a fun lens.

If you want a fisheye for 360 panos the 16mm may not be wide enough.  There is the 8mm Peleng that can be used with an A-mount adapter (MF Only), or you may be able to find an 8mm Sigma DG Fisheye.
« Last Edit: March 05, 2009, 06:51:21 PM by groovyone »

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Re: Available fisheye lenses for the A900
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2009, 09:43:28 PM »
Thanks a lot for these fast replies. Sooner or later the day will come to update the old Canon 5D, if there will be no improvement on the current 5D MKII I will get my hands on A900. Funny enough, 5 years ago I sold my Minolta 800si, and before I used 2 bodies of the Minolta 9000.

@groovyone: The 16mm would be fine for high-res images and prints. For fast shooting from the monopod I prefer the Nikon 10.5 on a fullframe DSLR (cutted sunhood, 4 pictures are enough for 360°).

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Re: Available fisheye lenses for the A900
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2009, 01:52:32 PM »
Thanks a lot for these fast replies. Sooner or later the day will come to update the old Canon 5D, if there will be no improvement on the current 5D MKII I will get my hands on A900. Funny enough, 5 years ago I sold my Minolta 800si, and before I used 2 bodies of the Minolta 9000.

@groovyone: The 16mm would be fine for high-res images and prints. For fast shooting from the monopod I prefer the Nikon 10.5 on a fullframe DSLR (cutted sunhood, 4 pictures are enough for 360°).


Does it have to be a fisheye for the 360s?  I have never tried making one.  The 16-35Z is incredible on the A900.

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Re: Available fisheye lenses for the A900
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2009, 10:06:28 PM »
It doesn't have to be a fisheye, but it helps to catch dynamic scenes. Otherwise you can go with the 16-35, you just need to take more images.

This images is taken with 4 shots to catch the scene:
http://www.360cities.net/image/feeding-the-birds-riva-split-croatia

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Re: Available fisheye lenses for the A900
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2009, 07:43:49 PM »
Amazing!  I could see why a fisheye would help.