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Old November 17th, 2012, 05:41 AM   #1
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Anyway to get a crazy fov on the NEX-VG20?

I want to have a really wide angle lens for my NEX-VG20 without spending much money, is there anything cheap that could do this with an adapter?

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Old November 17th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Re: Anyway to get a crazy fov on the NEX-VG20?

Not sure how much you consider "cheap" but you can get an 8mm f2.8 for $300.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Chris - in the UK, your least expensive options are the http://www.amazon.co.uk/SAMYANG-8mm-Fisheye-Lens-Sony/dp/B008TVOCRO - or a http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B003OUX6MW/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used with an http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Fish-Converter-SEL16F28-Lens/dp/B003M0D0PW.

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Old December 21st, 2012, 07:04 AM   #4
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Re: Anyway to get a crazy fov on the NEX-VG20?

Hi, that fisheye looks quite sweet, is the footage still quite flat though im aiming for a really wide angle but not like a skate board video look. Thanks for the help!
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Old December 21st, 2012, 07:08 AM   #5
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Re: Anyway to get a crazy fov on the NEX-VG20?

What do you consider cheap and how much of the fisheye look is OK?
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Old December 21st, 2012, 07:34 AM   #6
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Re: Anyway to get a crazy fov on the NEX-VG20?

Well, I looked at some videos of that fisheye and it seems not too bad, but I want to make films with this lens and so I just want as wide as can be without being over the top. It needs to look wide for video terms. Now I've seen a few things. First of all theres this adapter http://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Professional-Adapter-Lenspen-55-210mm/dp/B0069A1QXA/ref=sr_1_65?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356096383&sr=1-65
Now that could go on my 18-55 at the moment but, would it still look fine and not ruin the image in terms of clarity?

Theres this by SLR magic http://www.amazon.co.uk/SLR-Magic-28mm-Angle-E-Mount/dp/B005JBKF50/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356096046&sr=1-6But i've heard bad things about them like uneven focus planes etc which is a no go for me.

Money wise no more than 250 pounds, right now that adapter seems a good cheap solution if it doesn't ruin the image quality.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 07:53 AM   #7
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Re: Anyway to get a crazy fov on the NEX-VG20?

Adapter lenses tend to get out of focus towards the edges. Many also have CA issues as you go towards the edges.

I would recommend buying a lens because buying a quality adapter will cost as much as a lens anyway. As an example the wide angle adapter for my EX1 (which is pretty good) is about 1.5x your budget.

The new Sony 10-18mm could be exactly what you are looking for image wise. It unfortunately is also outside the budget.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-SEL-10-18-E-Mount-objective/dp/B009AU9CQO/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356097881&sr=1-2
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Old December 21st, 2012, 08:14 AM   #8
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Re: Anyway to get a crazy fov on the NEX-VG20?

Yes, its shame because of the high price of that particular lens, and that price won't drop. The 18-200 hasn't shifted for two years. I guess there's not much I can do, unless I find a third party lens which is similar to the 10-18mm. Also, do you know how good the SEL50F18 is? I may be getting that lens also.

I guess the 16mm E mount + Adapter is the best way to get a none distorted wide shot from what I can see,
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Old December 21st, 2012, 03:24 PM   #9
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Re: Anyway to get a crazy fov on the NEX-VG20?

You need the Sony Sony SEL16F28 pancake lens with the Ultra Wide Converter - its within your budget.

I've got this on my VG20 and I just love the way it pulls everything into the frame and plays with perspectives-its fabulous for steadicam work too.

I shot my grandsons birthday party with this combination last weekend ...


Only downside is the autofocus struggles with extreme close-ups - and don't get anyones head in the corner of the frame or you'll get the cone-head effect. And if its sometimes a bit too wide you can always pop the adapter off.
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