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Rokinon FE8M-C 8mm F3.5 Fisheye Fixed Lens for Canon - Black
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- 180 degrees angle of view
- Diaphragm Blades: 6.Built-in petal type hood
- 10 Elements in 7 groups
- Aperture range of F/35 ~ 22
- Lens not Zoomable
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Nikon F||Nikon F|
|Focus Type||manual-focus||manual||Stepper motor||manual-focus||manual-focus||manual_only|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 3.03 x 2.95 in||2.95 x 3.03 x 2.95 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.95 x 2.95 x 3.03 in||2.95 x 3.03 x 2.95 in||2.95 x 3.03 x 2.95 in|
|Item Weight||0.98 lb||0.98 lb||5.6 ounces||0.94 lb||0.98 lb||0.98 lb|
|Lens Type||standard-prime||Prime lens||Prime lens||Fisheye||Prime lens||Wide-angle|
|Maximum Focal Length||8 millimeters||8 millimeters||50 millimeters||8 millimeters||8 millimeters||8 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||8 millimeters||8 millimeters||50 millimeters||8 millimeters||8 millimeters||8 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||—||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||—||—||—|
Rokinon 8mm F/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon; Lens creates images with an expanded perspective and allows user to capture a very unique perspective; Lens Conforms to APS-C (1:1.5x) size digital imaging format; Lens Actualizes 8mm focal length and a diagonal angle of view of 180 degrees for APS-C size; Lens Corrects aberrations using a complex aspherical lens; Manual Focus; Aperture range of F/3.5 ~ 22; Built-in Petal type hood and multi-coating help control flaring and ghosting; Minimum focusing distance of 12 inches (0.3m); Includes Lens Pouch, Instruction Manual, and One Year Rokinon Warranty
From the Manufacturer
|Specifications ||f=8mm, F 3.5 (Fisheye Lens) |
|Aperture Range: ||F3.5 ~ 22 |
|Optical Construction: ||10 Element in 7 Groups (1 Aspherical Lens)|
|Min. Focusing Distance: ||1.0 ft (0.3m)|
|Filter Size ||NONE |
|Maximum Diameter: || φ75.0mm |
|Mount: ||Nikon ||Pentax ||Sony ||Canon ||4/3 ||Samsung NX |
|Angle of View: ||APS-C ||180° ||180° ||180° ||167° ||- ||180° |
|4/3 ||- ||- ||- ||- ||139.3° ||- |
|Length: ||74.8mm ||75.8mm ||76.8mm ||77.3mm ||80mm ||98.3mm |
|Weight: ||14.7 oz ||14.6 oz ||15.6 oz ||15.1 oz ||15.1 oz ||16.4 oz |
- Ultra-wide 180 degree diagonal field-of-view for APS-C size image formats
- Lens is constructed with hybrid aspherical lenses for outstanding, sharply defined images
- Lens features super multi-layer coating to reduce flares and ghost images
- Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 12 inches for enhanced close-up shots
- Lens includes a built-in petal type hood
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That's where this one comes in - the Rokinon produced a rectangular fisheye image - there is no "circle" as with other types of fisheye lenses, but you still get that great fisheye look (distortions and all).
You might see other similar looking (and priced) Fisheye lenses available out there.. Bower, Pro-Optic, Samyang, Rokinon, Vivitar, Falcon. These are ALL THE SAME LENS - Samyang, the manufacturer, simply re-brands it and changes the colors a bit (For example, look at: Vivitar - Fisheye lens - 7 mm - f/3.5 - Canon EF Pro-Optic 8mm f/3.5 Manual Focus, Fish Eye Lens with Canon EOS Mount ). With that said, be sure to check out the others to find the most affordable. The Rokinon is often 50-75 dollars less than the Vivitar.
The lens is a Canon EF mount (I only mention this because it's not listed in the description, only that it's "For Canon" - I wasn't sure if it was EF or FD mount before ordering). It WILL fit onto any EF Mount (meaning it will work on a 5D) but because it's SO WIDE, the hood will show up in images on a fullframe camera (it will not show up on images on a 1.6x crop camera like the Rebels, 7D or XXD line). The hood is not removable, but some people actually cut it off to use with full-frame cameras like the 5D.
The lens is rounded like a traditional fisheye, so you cannot use lens filter in front of this.
The angle is VERY WIDE - probably 180 degrees.. I have the lenscap on a leash (capkeeper) and it shows up in images if I don't move it. Things right to the side of the lens will appear in the photo.. it's hard to hide from it!
The low price comes because the lens does NOT make electrical contact with the camera. It's a MANUAL LENS - there is no autofocus, and the camera will not recognize it as a lens. You change the aperture by turning the manual aperture ring on the lens itself. You focus using the larger ring. Since the lens is so wide, if you set it to infinity (on the focus scale), then bring it back to just before that mark, most of your image will be in focus. It's actually tougher to get stuff out of focus than in focus (great for those like me who can't manual focus at all)
If you set your camera to AV mode (haven't tried the others) it will automatically determine exposure for you (I was worried about this, figuring a manual lens had to be set manually (including exposure)) - You can, of course, still set it manually. And while it does meter, it's not always perfect so be sure to review your images once in a while to make sure everything is turning out. One of the problems is that with such a wide angle of view, there can often be very different lighting conditions. Taking a photo indoors, for example, will often result in a darkened room and very bright light sources wherever windows are. You almost need to "HDR" these to get usable images. Outdoors or in even lighting conditions, it works great.
The price is much less than other wide angle lenses (because those have name-brands behind them and features like autofocus and probably better optics). The only cheaper alternative are the poor screw-on fisheye filters that attach on top of an existing lens, but these will often produce near unusable photos. The photos from the Rokinon are surprisingly sharp.
The downside to it is that quality control on the distance-scale can be poor - a number of people are reporting getting this lens (or the other rebranded variations) with a distance scale that is "off" - meaning that the 2 foot mark might actually be "Infinity", but I think it is something you can learn to deal with after a few uses. It doesn't make the lens unusable by any means.
The other negative is that this lens is about 300 bucks for a manual-only lens made by Rokinon (or Samyang, etc..) - that's almost the same as you'd pay for a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens (or similar). With that said though, I still really enjoy it and would re-buy it again if I had to make the choice again.
I considered some of those cheapo wide angle converters that screw onto the filter threads. The ability to use the zoom and to put it off/on without exposing the camera insides to the elements make these attractive, but image quality would suffer, and I'd need a tripod indoors for sure (not allowed anywhere interesting).
Fisheye distortion is not for everyone, but on the bright side, there are ways to keep it to a minimum if you're not shooting a closeup of a puppy. Be aware of parallel and straight elements -- especially the horizon. Keeping things symmetrical helps. You'll probably want to spend some time with Photoshop. Unfortunately Photoshop cannot de-fish an image completely. You can buy $20 software that might work. Photo stitching software may not reliably stitch 8mm fisheye images unless they are very simple. Put the horizon in the middle and look for a simple foreground and sky. This lens will force you to be creative if nothing else.
I did my research first, & read a lot of reviews, so I knew pretty much of
what I was getting into. Now out of all my lenses ( have plenty ) I haven't
bought a fisheye for my canon rebel t3i camera. After seeing 5-star reviews,
this one was about 4 1/2 stars... that along should tell you something.
When putting this on straight out of box, I did not have to do much of any
adjustments on my camera or lens, the picture quality & sharpness was great...
after playing around with the lens aperture, focus, I was able to create some
great video's & stills, adjusting acording to light, inside, & outside. This is
as mentioned a manual use lens, it's said that you can only use the lens to adjust, but with my camera I can tweek more adjustments,
with the use of t3i aperture & ISO I can bring up lighting or decrease where the lens limits out.
I am very impressed with the quality of this lens & the price, giving you just
as much as the more expensive canon fisheye or other brands. I highly recommend
this... great inside & outside... (incredible videos). Great job on this Rokinon.