Can You Have Too Many Wide-Angle Lenses?

After buying or trying out the third wide angle lens this month Joe told me that ”you can’t ever have too many wide angle lenses.” That’s not what my Visa card or I needed to hear. Now a fourth one has appeared, shown to me by a customer.

Leica 15mm

The first lens is the spectacular new Leica 15mm f/1.7 by Panasonic for Micro Four-thirds cameras. It’s not as wide as I usually like, but the sharpness, compact size and $599 price make it impossible to pass up.

Rokinon fisheye

The next lens is the Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye. I had no intention of buying this lens until a friend told me they had bought two of then and wanted to sell one at a price that was just too hard to pass up. The Rokinon is a full frame fisheye and is very sharp.

Lensbaby with MetabonesI wrote about the new Lensbaby fisheye lens last week and since then have discovered that if you use a Metabones adapter with the lens on a Micro Four-thirds camera you get a circular fisheye.

 

Last, but not least, my friend Tracy Brown showed me his new Made in Belarouse Peleng 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens. It doesn’t do anything that the Rokinon or Lensbaby cant do but wouldn’t it be fun to have three fisheye lenses?—Mark Toal