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Bower SLY358P Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Pentax
|Price:||$299.34 & FREE Shipping|
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- Ultra-wide 8mm focal length
- High index, low-dispersion multi-coated optical glass to reduce flare
- Dramatic 180° field of view
- Minimum focusing distance of 12 inches
- Fixed tulip lens hood
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|Item Dimensions||5 x 4 x 7.4 inches|
|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Lens Type||Fisheye lens|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1-year limited warranty|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||8 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||8 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
I first encountered this lens on Ken Rockwell's web site, where he gives it a glowing recommendation. On further review, I found equally glowing reports of the Pro-Optic on Amazon and Adorama web sites.
This is a manual lens, so you have to do a little work when using it. Loss of auto focus is no big deal with a lens this wide, since its hyperfocal range is so great - just set it at 10 feet, and you should have all distances covered. Depending on your camera, you may or may not lose auto exposure. I shoot this with a Nikon D200, and can auto expose with aperture priority - not all Nikons can do this, however, only the more advanced - it will not auto expose with the D40 or other entry-level cameras, so it pays to research this lens with your camera if lack of auto exposure is a deal breaker.
The images this lens produces are SHARP. It's hard to believe that such an inexpensive lens can be so good. Keep in mind this is a fish eye lens, and it produces a great deal of distortion, especially on the edges. This being said, it's certainly not the lens to keep on your camera as a "walk around" - its suited for special effects and impact, so I wouldn't recommend it as your primary lens.
To sum up, if you're looking for a fish-eye lens, it's hard to go wrong with this bargain - its popularity seems to be growing, and I wouldn't be suprised to see the price go up, as happened to the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8, which originally sold for about $100 under its current price (when it's available).
Don't worry that it's a manual focus. As others have said, stop it down (F11-F20 is what I tend to use), and set the focus to infiity. All done. Point and shoot.
For the price, the quality is outstanding. I shoot stopped down all the time, and have been hard pressed to find and CA (fringing).
Be careful of that glass though. Since it does stick out it's subject to more abuse than a regular lens.
If you've not used a fisheye before, be prepared for how incredibly close you will often need to be to your subjects. Can be a bit disconcerting to friends and family (and pets) the first few times. Used this on a 6th grade field trip. The first students were a bit taken aback by my proximity to their faces, but once they saw how cool (and funny) the shots looked they were all begging to have their photos taken.
Don't debate...just buy it!
A little more research and I found that Rokinon, Bower, Vivitar etc where all the Samyang product. When the lens arrived, I was impressed by the packaging provided by Bower, with the moulded plastic enclosure for protection and arresting movement. Even the Nikons and tamrons come in cardboard movement arresters which if due to any reason get wet, might fail to do their work.
The second part is the compactness of the lens. Its small and hence its easy to maneuver the whole camera and lens for some overhead shots. Long exposure shots in a moving car at traffic signals give awesome results. Its a true 8mm lens for a APS-C sensor of Nikon. Canon's a little less but 167 degrees is good too. Great for panorama shots and perfect for star trails with beautiful patterns.
For recent cameras, you would want to setup the non-cpu lens data to get some feedback from the lens to the camera.
Overall a good purchase for this kind of price.
Go ahead and spend the couple extra bucks on the one with the chip in it so it takes a little more of the guesswork out of the exposure settings but if you know your way around a camera, the non chipped version will be just fine.
Some people are a little snobby about buying 'off brand' lenses for their cameras. They only buy Nikkor and more power to them (and dollars out of their wallets!) but in the last year I've laid my hands on some nice off brand glass and I am impressed with this example. The build quality is very nice, it doesn't feel 'cheap' in your hand, it's solid and well built. Works great on the DX bodies but will vignette significantly on an FX body.
User tip - set the f-stop to 22 when you put this on your camera or else you will get an error.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am very new photography, and just got my first Canon DSRL (Rebel T6) about a few months ago. I was curious about a "fish-eye" lens for my DSLR and I found this one. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Frankie
This lens is wonderful for the money! It's a strong build and as sharp as I need it for the few times I need a fish-eye lens. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ben
Currently returning the product, the sole reason being that I was sent a lens with a NIkon Mount, even though I ordered specifically a Canon mount. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Aside from the difficulty found in shooting with such an absurdly short fish-eye, and some initial mechanical issues, the lens is a real gem considering it's price. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the way this lens takes pictures. The only downfall is that you have to get supppppper close to your objects to get a good close up picture of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great starter fisheye lens! Helps the user learn the in and outs of a fisheye. Would recommend.Published 3 months ago by Mitch G.