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Wide lens with easy starbust effect under U$500?
  • Nokton have an amazing facility to achieve this effect with stunning clarity and from a low opening F2.5, the problem here is the price, these lenses are around $1,000. Does anyone have any idea if there will be a wide angle with similar effect and is accessible to work on night images?

    I have read that this effect is achieved with optics with a number of odd knives. But not all have such a level, with my PanaLeica 25mm 1.4 I need to close to F7+ with what I have less light input and feel the difference.

    Thanks.

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  • @Manu4Vendetta

    I think need to look for older lenses. Yes, odd number of diaphragm blades and non rounded blades.

  • Have a look a star filters.

  • @Psyco

    Including software ones.

    Also more radical option is to get cheap manual lens and remove aperture replacing it with star shaped fixed aperture. Not so hard.

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev, Ok, but what lens?

    @Psyco, I have thinked in that option, but can be a look more artificial.

  • @Manu4Vendetta

    Any good suitable lens. Can even use new Chinese cheap lenses.

  • Thank you @Vitaliy_Kiselev, I see that most are very expensive optics Leica and Zeiss. The effect from the Samyang dond convince me, I see it lack of character and at a level far below (not as a lens, but in that effect). My Panasonic 14 2.5 give me that like Samyang.

    The rest (CaNikon) I see that most are telephoto.

    Look like the only angular that gives this effect with both character and low apertura is the Nokton. :(

  • A lot of the old manual focus AIS Nikkor primes do a star filter effect...

    I have a few images on Flickr that demonstrate this and most will have lens and camera settings listed below the image...see here

    flickr.com/photos/spectrapix

    The examples below have this effect...the bottom image was shot using a Tokina 12 -24 which is wide enough on micro four thirds using a metabones adapter.

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  • Tokina 11-16 mk1 does this.

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  • Lensbaby Sweet

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