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Wide angle Lenses with focal lengths shorter than 14mm.

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Re: Which one ? 8mm or 7-14mm

I my experiance with Samyang if you stop down 2 stops everything is pretty much in focus at infinity and very sharp at that. I can't really think that a 1.8 lens is much of an advantage considering the huge differance in price. I its just down to how much you will out of using the lens and how often!
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Re: Which one ? 8mm or 7-14mm

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Fisheye lenses are not commonly used either in low light situations or to produce a shallow depth of field, so these advantages are perhaps not as important as with other types of lens, but they may be important to some people.
That may be true for general photography, but if you like wide-field astrophotography (think shots of milky way), then a wide fisheye is pretty useful.
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Re: Which one ? 8mm or 7-14mm

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That may be true for general photography, but if you like wide-field astrophotography (think shots of milky way), then a wide fisheye is pretty useful.
Interesting! Is Olympus after the astrophotography market with this lens, I wonder? I can see that this would be good for that very specialist but seemingly increasingly popular niche.

I wonder whether it is the advent of modern technology that makes astrophotography more practical that has made it more popular in the last decade or so than it used to be when I first became interested in photography as a hobby in the mid 1990s?
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Re: Which one ? 8mm or 7-14mm

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That may be true for general photography, but if you like wide-field astrophotography (think shots of milky way), then a wide fisheye is pretty useful.
Yes, I hadn't really thought of that as its not a field I have strayed into. YTou qare lucky to see the moon round these parts ;- (
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Re: Which one ? 8mm or 7-14mm

I attended one of the Damian McGillicuddy events and he let me have use of both the 8mm and the 7-14mm.

While the 8mm is a superb lens, I personally would have little use for it and would probably hire one from Ian if I needed it.

The 7-14 is something else. Having owned and used the FT 7-14, this new MFT version is exactly what is wanted for anyone that wants to shoot Ultra Wide Angle.

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Re: Which one ? 8mm or 7-14mm

Interesting and useful discussion on the two pro Oly wide angles.

I had the old four-thirds 7-14 which did not see much use but when I did use it was the only lens that would do the job.

I was hoping the 8mm fisheye would do the same ultra wide angle as 7mm end of the zoom and save on cost and weight in the camera bag. I now understand the 8mm is a 180 degree view, the effect would be useful to add a new and different view but it is not the same as the 7-14mm zoom.

I need to save up for the 7-14 first, maybe one day I will add the 8mm to get a different effect.
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