|Samyang 8mm F/3.5 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR|
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|An 8 mm fisheye lens, the Samyang f/3.5 is suitable for architectural photography. With an aperture range of f/3.5-22, this Samyang lens allows you to control the amount of light as per your requirements. With a construction of 10 elements in 7 groups, this fisheye lens reduces aberrations, enabling you to take sharp and clear images. You can get great bokeh with this Samyang lens, thanks to its 6 diaphragm blades. Moreover, the Samyang f/3.5 accepts 77 mm filters to protect it from dust and graze.|
|Type||Aspheric, Fisheye, Wide Angle|
|Focal Length (mm)||8 mm|
Average review score based on 5 user reviews
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The Samyang 8mm f/3.5 CS Fisheye is a more than welcome addition to this market segment. The near-stereographic projection doesn't look quite as extreme as in conventional fisheye lenses despite the similar field-of-view so its applications are in fact broader. It is also a pretty sharp lens if you stop down a little. Lateral CA can be a little high at times but this aberration is correctable during image post-processing. A typical fisheye problem is purple fringing - we've seems some of these artifacts in our field images but the problem seems less pronounced compared to other lenses in this class. The Samyang is also surprisingly resistant in backlighting conditions. On the downside it seems to struggle somewhat with highlights in out-of-focus areas (bokeh) but that's not really a primary aspect for such a lens anyway.
The build quality of the lens is very high. Unlike most modern lenses the lens body is not made of more or less cheap plastic but metal and it's a joy to use the damped focus ring. To date Samyang lenses are purely mechanical beings - they don't offer any AF nor a camera controlled aperture. This may be something to get used but focusing is normally a non-issue with a fisheye lens anyway and using a working aperture on the lens is no rocket science either.
Fisheye lenses are always fun and often useful but most users will usually not use them on a regular basis so investing big bucks is not an option for most here. However, the Samyang is not only a pretty good lens it is also a very affordable one and as such we can recommend it to all ultra-wide angle enthusiasts out there!
This lens is excellent.
I bought it for using with my Olympus 4/3 bodies.
The quality of the lens is very good, and I like that it has a metal mount.
The optics are great. I found that it lacks of flare!
The distortion is very nice, as expected for that kind of lens. You can control the distortion as well.
Focus is something you really don't care. You will never have to use the focus ring. Just put it at 1-1,5m and the aperture at f/8 and that's all :)
Some test pictures are here:
A lens ideal for those looking pictures in a wide range of 180 degrees. I recommend the lens for those initiating in photography is manual.
Superb optics/quality...I had read other reviews...incredible for the money
Being manual focus is not a problem at all. I will purchase another Samyang lens
Superb images so far of interiors, haven't tried it outside yet. I use lens correction data from similar lenses or manually do it in ACR; have to do a profile soon. But the stitching is much better with these proxy corrections. I treat it with kid gloves! Solid build. Excellent price too.