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Sub-$200 wide angle lens?

Joshua Cairns

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Any suggestions out there? Looking for something wider than the 16mm, preferably less than $200 (used, of course).

I should add: I'm not looking for a heavily distorted fish eye!

I know this will be hard to find, and legacy lenses are largely out of question as wide angle is a pretty recent phenomenon, but any help is appreciated!
 

Dioptrick

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Have you considered the VCLECU1 coupled with the SEL16?

It has it's limitations but at that price point, others seem to be pleased with the results they're getting...

Link: https://www.talkemount.com/f11/sony-vclecu1-opinions-image-samples-274/


Here is a link for a review... there are three pages to this review. The conclusion and several sample images are on page 3.
Sony Wide Angle Converter VCL ECU1 : ERPhotoReview

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quezra

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Yep, the SEL16 secondhand is available for next to throwaway prices. There are very few legacy lenses faster than f4 that are also wide enough on a 1.5 crop - they did have to cover full frame after all. Also, starting from 21mm and wider, they are quite enormous. I'd look at the wide angle converter first before anything else.
 

RalllyFan

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Outside of the Sony 16mm, the only prime close to that price range/focal length that I've seen is the older Voigtlander 15mm which retails new at around $500. I've seen some used, but they're not much cheaper. If size is a concern, it is tiny. I think there's a fairly cheap Samyang, too, but it might be a fisheye (I don't know much about it). Other than that, I used to have the Sigma 10-20mm in Nikon mount. Those can be had for around $300 used and are a fairly decent lens. Not really that big, either, but maybe a tad heavy. For a wide angle though, that's a tough price point.

Regarding the Sony 16mm, I've tried 3 examples and returned them all. They all had either a focus shift problem, or the corners were terrible. Though oddly, If I could have combined the corner performance of one with the non-focus shift of the other, I'd have had a great lens! I know a lot of people have great results with them, I suspect my local store had a batch from a bad production run (?). Anyway, I've stopped trying simply because I've switched to only using lenses that can work on a full frame in hopes of there being a full frame mirrorless in the future.
 

Jefenator

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You might keep your eyes open for an old Tokina RMC 17mm f/3.5. I recently saw one in a "dead mount" version (i.e. not Nikon F) go for about $125. Mine isn't perfect but it handles very nicely and covers my occasional extra-wide needs well enough for the time being.

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