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Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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For Canon SLR Cameras
  • Digitally-optimized, circular fisheye auto-focus lens
  • Produces circular images with an angle of view of 180-degrees when attached to a full-frame digital or 35mm film SLR camera
  • Maximum aperture of F3.5, a minimum focusing distance of 5.5 inches, and a maximum magnification of 4.6x
  • Super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • Gelatin filter holder at the rear

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Technical Details

Style: For Canon SLR Cameras
  • Brand Name: Sigma
  • Model: B000GE9SBM
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 8 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 8 millimeters
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Product Details

Style: For Canon SLR Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 69 x 74 x 2.7 inches ; 14.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000GE9SBM
  • Item model number: B000GE9SBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Style: For Canon SLR Cameras

From the Manufacturer

This circular fisheye lens produces circular images with an angle of view of 180-degrees when attached to a full-frame digital or 35mm film SLR camera. It has a maximum aperture of f3.5, a minimum focusing distance of 5.5-inches and a maximum magnification of 4.6x. The special fisheye design allows maximum creative expression. Sigma's super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting, a common problem with digital cameras. The new lens power layout reduces color aberrations. Providing excellent image quality for digital and film SLR cameras. This lens can be used for the scientific applications such as the solid angle measurements of cloud distribution over the sky, the vegetation distribution of the rain forest canopy, etc., due to the quantifiable angle/area relationship it produces. This lens has a gelatin filter holder at the rear, allowing the use of gelatin filters.

DG (DG lens)
These are large-aperture lenses with wide angles and short minimum focusing distances. With an abundance of peripheral illumination, they are ideal lenses for digital SLR cameras whilst retaining suitability for traditional 35mm SLRs.

EX (EX lens)
The exterior of this lens is EX-finished to denote the superior build and optical quality, and to enhance its appearance.

Product Description

This circular fisheye lens produces circular images with an angle of view of 180° when attached to a full-frame digital or 35mm film SLR camera. It has a maximum aperture of F3.5, a minimum focusing distance of 13.5cm (5.5") and a maximum magnification of 1:4.6. The special fisheye design allows maximum creative expression. Sigma's super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting, a common problem with digital cameras. The new lens power layout reduces color aberrations. Providing excellent image quality for digital and film SLR cameras. This lens can be used for the scientific applications such as the solid angle measurements of cloud distribution over the sky, the vegetation distribution of the rain forest canopy, etc., due to the quantifiable angle/area relationship it produces. This lens has a gelatin filter holder at the rear, allowing the use of gelatin filters

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Full frame at 8mm + 180 degree view angle - sweeeet!
Luving it
This lens is really great for shooting 360s for virtual tours (take multiple photos and stitch together), but produces a lot of interesting shots on its own.
A. Frankenfield
I'd also recommend using this lens in other professions.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Smith on March 31, 2007
Style Name: For Canon SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
I got mine about a month ago and am just back from 10 days in Italy, where I used this extensively.

Sharp, good flare control, lots of fun. The previous reviewer says something about the AF being slow-- which, while true, is only half the story. You're almost always going to be focusing at or near infinity, so it's actually very rare to have to wait. Because this lens has such wide depth of field, I actually usually keep it on manual focus and leave it near infinity.

Actually, the biggest challenge with this lens is composition-- it can be surprisingly hard to find a scene with interesting things in all directions. That said, this lens is *excellent* for inside buildings and crowded city streets. Be aware that outdoors, finding the correct exposure can be difficult for a number of reasons. I did significantly better in M (manual) mode than my camera was doing in A (aperture) mode. (reasons for difficulty include the dark corners in the frame which mess up the camera's metering in some modes, and the probability that the sun will be in the frame and/or there will be both very light and very dark areas in the frame)

This lens is excellent for making spherical panoramas, and for realllllly wide angle shots (I'm de-fishing a lot of my pictures with software).

(I use this lens with a Canon 10D)
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. Ko on January 9, 2007
Style Name: For Canon SLR Cameras
Optical quality of this fish eye is very good. Flare control is excellent. However, AF speed is very slow. Takes 2+ seconds to move from closet distant to infinity. THe slowest AF speed lens among my other 14canon lenses. Also, during AF, the AF ring moves. I would like to be internal focus or at least the AF ring doesn't move. They didn't design a clutch to disengage the AF ring.

Pros: optical quality

Flare control

Cons: AF speed

AF ring moves during AF
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Rocco on March 20, 2008
Style Name: For Canon SLR Cameras Verified Purchase
This Sigma lens is like a working piece of art. The build quality is high, the images are bright and sharp with excellent color saturation. I use mine to shoot full-screen 360 by 180 panoramas and the results are breathtaking! The best part is that this lens costs 1/3 to 1/4 of what the Canon 8mm lens costs. It's an awesome deal, no matter what way you look at it. The Sigma 8mm is definitely a professional grade lens.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rich-L VINE VOICE on August 8, 2009
Style Name: For Nikon SLR Cameras
I have had this lens for some time and find it to be quite a bit of fun. It is a quirky world view giving you 180 angle of view and full circle image on full frame sensors (Your feet will be in many photos!). It is super close-focusing (you can nearly touch the subject with the front element!), and VERY sharp. Of course there is a lot of distortion (it is supposed to be there!) and you must edit all images. I would love to find a Photoshop action to automate this process as it does discourage my use of it somewhat. The lens itself is QUITE small, but solidly built as are most Sigma "EX" lenses. I often throw this lens into the bag on any outing as it can provide some creative outlet not possible with other lenses, and get me to think outside the box. My only niggle with the lens (and if I could I would rate it 4.5) is that is not internal focusing and I am always surprised to feel the front element spinning when focusing. The lens is TINY so a bit of bulk for an IF design would not hurt its usability much. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2010
Style Name: For Canon SLR Cameras
This lens is just wicked fun. It's small and light enough that you can just keep it in your bag to pull out any time.

It seems to make skies just pop even more than a circular polarizer does on a standard lens. Very few lenses will give you a cool picture just by pointing it up at the sky. This one will.

For framing shots, just a few steps back and you can get grand vistas. Get right on top of something and it looks like the whole world is a fishbowl around your subject.

With a 180 degree view, the hardest part about using this lens is keeping yourself out of the picture. Toes, elbows, and shadows all end up finding their way into your shot. The kids who are used to standing next to me if I'm trying to get a scenery shot are now in the shot.

There are just a few things that keep me from giving it 5 stars.

First the instructions say that you should turn off the auto focus to use manual focus. I like lenses that allow the full time manual focus.

It did require a little autofocus adjustment on my camera to get the best results. If your camera body does not support the autofocus microadjustment, you may not get everything you can out of the lens. It wasn't really bad before adjustment, just not as good as it can be.

Autofocus is fairly noisy compared to other Sigmas I've used, but this is a small nitpick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luving it on September 27, 2009
Style Name: For Canon SLR Cameras
Disclaimer: I only have a second hand 8mm/f4, without DG. Use it on 5D.

Pro:

1. Fun factor. There is nothing like it on a full frame such as 5D. This lens rules!
2. Light weight, compact, extremely smooth MF ring! The lens cap is of great design and quality, smooth, secure, and firm, period!
3. Surprisingly low color fringe and flair when light source is in or around the frame.
4. Very short close focus distance.

Neutral:

No HSM, AF can get lost - quite understandable though, for a lens THIS WIDE.

Con:

So so sharpness over all. Very good around F8 - F10. But not too bad wide open either, unlike the Sigma 20/f1.8 and 24/1.8 I have - these two primes are awful wide open at F1.8, but immediately get better stop down (probably a market trick to lure buyers away from Canon's more conservative F2.8 primes).

Bottom line:

This is fun unlike anything else. Full frame at 8mm + 180 degree view angle - sweeeet! I heard the newer f3.5 DG is far better in IQ department. But my fisheye is for fun really, the distortion and the covering all/missing none effect, so pxiel level sharpness is not the most important thing for me here. Besides, I got my F4 copy for $450, what a deal! Just love it! Just be careful with the front element since it can focus so close that it could have touched the nearest object without you noticing...
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