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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
- Built-in petal type hood
- 10 Elements in 7 groups
- Aperture range of F/3.5 ~ 22
- Lens not Zoomable
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||Built-in petal-type hood|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Included Components||8mm F3.5 Ultrawide-Angle Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount DSLR|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 2.95 x 3.03 inches|
|Item Display Weight||3 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.98 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||One Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty|
|Material Type||ROKINON FE8M-C 8mm F3.5 Ultrawide-angle Fisheye Lens for Canon(R) EF Mount DSLR|
|Maximum Focal Length||10.5|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||10.5|
|Real Angle Of View||167 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.25 pounds|
|Zoom Type||motorized zoom|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Nikon F|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 3.03 x 2.95 in||2.95 x 3.03 x 2.95 in||3.43 x 3.78 x 3.43 in||2.95 x 3.03 x 2.95 in|
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|Lens Type||standard-prime||Prime lens||wide-angle-prime||Wide-angle|
|Maximum Focal Length||10.5||8 millimeters||14 millimeters||8 millimeters|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||—||67 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
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|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.
It is sturdy and heavy, heavier than my Canon T2i. I give it a five because it does what is supposed to do and does it well, it is not advertised to be a sharp lens, but for day to day personal work it does its job. It warps things and covers a lot of ground. I delayed my decision a lot, not sure I needed and expensier lens, but I am not a professional,so it was a good decision and I saved >$300 on this buy. If I needed super sharp, fast lens of pro quality this would not be the lens. But...I am not, and I am having fun with it. I enhance my photos with several softwares and they come out really neat. I am no expert but with all the "enhancements" with software done nowadays by photographers, I think the softness of the lens can be forgiven.
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If you enhance colors, contrast,sharpeness, etc you can end up with a "pro like" good looking photo. The softness is sometimes a welcoming feature, kind of an artistic effect.
As said many times here, one has to remember to set the distance and aperture properly because it only works in MANUAL mode. It doesn't look that the distance ring has any effect when you look through the lens, but it does. I did several tests and the difference is noticeable if you miss the mark, once you look at the photo in your PC or viewfinder. I got used to its manual mode in no time (25 photos?), but I forgot about 5 times in 25 to set the aperture, ruining some files by overexposing, so I leave it at the middle point, around 11 or 8 and move it forward or backwards as needed. Playing with ISO, aperture and distance to get the perfect photo is a great mental exercise and not a burden if you have some camera hours under your belt.