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PANASONIC LUMIX G FISHEYE LENS, 8MM, F3.5, MIRRORLESS MICRO FOUR THIRDS, H-F008 (USA BLACK)
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- 8mm / F3.5 offers a diagonal angle of view of 180 degrees for both photos and HD movies; equivalent to 16mm on a full-frame camera
- Ten lenses in nine groups; adoption of an ED lens achieves a stable descriptive performance from close-up to infinity
- Closest focusing distance is as short as 0.1m; inner focus system enables a long working distance
- Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings
- Compatible with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds format digital cameras
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||Hood built-in|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 2.4 x 2.05 inches|
|Item Weight||0.36 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.10 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||8 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||8 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||10|
|Number of Groups||9|
|Shipping Weight||0.7 pounds|
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With a 180 degree angle of view, the world is a very different place. And the Panasonic 8mm full-frame Fisheye lens captures that view brilliantly with 10 elements in 9 groups (1 ED lens) to minimize chromatic aberration and distortion, multi-coating to minimize ghosts and flare, and a stepping motor for smooth and silent focusing.
When used with a Panasonic G Micro System camera, the lens operates with full contrast auto focus, focusing as close as 4". Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas (the famous and elusive bokeh). Sheet filters such as gels may be used on the rear element for more creative options.
From the Manufacturer
The Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5 lens (H-F008) is a 35mm camera equivalent 16mm lens, and the world’s smallest and lightest* digital interchangeable fisheye lens compatible with the Lumix G Series, DSL Micro (DSLM) cameras.
Featuring a 180-degree diagonal angle view, the Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5 lens offers a distinctive perspective and unique deformation effect, creating a creative view for both photos and video. Additionally, its compact size can be attributed to its ten lenses in nine groups, which takes advantage of the Micro Four Thirds system standard to achieve dramatic downsizing.
The adoption of an ED (Extra-low dispersion glass) lens achieves a stable, descriptive performance at all distances, to minimize chromatic aberration and distortion. The Lumix G Fisheye 8mm lens has the ability to capture extreme close-ups from far away, due in part to its advanced inner focus system.
The H-F008, Fisheye 8mm lens allows for use of the high-speed and accurate contrast AF system when mounted on the Panasonic Lumix G Series DSLM cameras, for more comfortable and enjoyable shooting. Seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. The inclusion of a stepping motor allows for smooth and silent focusing in both photo and movie recording modes.
*For a digital interchangeable fisheye lens as of June 1, 2010.
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5 lens: Lens Diagram
- Lens Construction: 10 elements in 9 groups (1 ED lens)
- Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount
- Optical Image Stabilizer: No
- Focal Length: f=8mm (35mm camera equivalent 16mm)
- Aperture Type: 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
- Aperture: F3.5
- Minimum Aperture: F22
- Closest Focusing Distance: 0.1m / 0.33ft
- Maximum Magnification: Approx. 0.20x / 0.40x (35mm camera equivalent)
- Diagonal Angle of View: 180°
- Projection System: Equisolid angle projection system
- Filter Size Front: Mounting not possible / Rear : Sheet filter holder 22mm / 0.86in x 22mm / 0.86in
- Max. Diameter: f60.7mm / 2.39in
- Overall Length: Approx. 51.7mm / 2.04in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
- Weight: Approx. 165g / 5.82oz
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This lens is really good for an incredibly wide field of view and for the neat distorted look that gives the lens it name-- fish eye.
There are 3 types of wide angle lenses:
Panasonic Ultra Wide Angle Rectilinear 7-14mm- 114 deg
Panasonic Diagonal Fisheye 8mm -180 deg
Circular Fisheye - 180 deg
The Rectilinear lens while still having some barrel distortion, basically tries to remove it as much as possible to portray the image in a square or true to life fashion. However, by removing the distortion, the field of view is decreased. As listed above the Panasonic 7mm lens gives 114 deg field of view.
The 8mm `diagonal' fisheye give a 180 deg field of view despite being 1mm longer. It does this by allowing for massive barrel distortion. Basically, the only straight lines that will be straight pass through the center of the lens. The `diagonal' fisheye utilizes the entire rectangle of the frame. Whereas, the `circular' fisheye has a circle picture with the corners being black from being completely underexposed. This Panasonic 8mm is a `diagonal' fisheye which I personally prefer.
The reason this is a niche lens is that while the effect is cool, it will start to get old very quickly if used over and over again. It would be nice for shooting weddings but only for 2 or 3 photos. The same thing would go for birthday parties or sporting events.
For video the same thing goes. You could use it for a few segments in a clip but if you tried to shoot a whole video, even 3 min video, people would become fatigued and bored by it very quickly.
So, while, this lens has fantastic construction and great optics and would be a good quiver in many a toolkit, it should not be one of the first lenses you buy. Given the choice between this or the 7-14mm, the 7-14mm is going to be the better choice most of the time. If you are looking for a fisheye to expand your capabilities and you want the smallest with great optics this is the lens for you.
1) Great construction -- Plastic but sturdy
2) Incredibly small and light (< 6 oz !)
3) Great optics
1) Only 7 bladed aperture instead of 9 -- Not a big deal because an 8mm fisheye will have almost nothing out of focus. Still for this price 9 blades would be better.
2) Niche lens
3) Panasonic wasted time and money on this when they could have made 25mm f/1.4 or the even more needed the 300mm f/2.8
Update 24 Oct 2010
I've been shooting this fisheye extensively for the past week on a trip to Egypt. I carried a G1 and GH1 and the two lenses that stayed on my camera were the 14-140. and the 8mm. This is a great travel lens. There is no doubt about it. When touring around there is always a need for a super wide lens. The cool thing with a fisheye is that you get 180 deg. Yes you get distortion but as you can see on my photos sometimes that is good. The other thing to note is that the distortion can be fixed in post. While you do lose some of the photo when you do this you don't lose as much as if you were shooting a rectilinear lens. So for an update on this I would make the following recommendations concerning this or the 7-14mm.
If you are a working professional or semi-pro then you will most likely need both. However, if you can only have one then the 7-14mm would be first followed by the 8mm.
If you are a hobbyist then I would recommend the 8mm first. You can fix the distortion in post. It is ~.5 stops faster and it is incredibly useful for all sorts of travel and everyday photography.
The Panasonic 8mm has a remarkable close focus capability which I am planning to make low angle macro like floral shots with. In conjunction with the system's rotatable LCD the kit affords low level access for some extraordinary imagery. This lens is very sharp and is proportionally sized to the growing number of cameras within the micro 4/3 system.
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