Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye, Manual Focus Lens for Nikon with Focus Confirm Chip

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About Rokinon 8mm F/3.5

The Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens gives you a dramatic 180deg. view with a greatly exaggerated perspective when used with an APS-C camera. If used with a full-frame digital or 35 mm film camera, a powerful circular image is produced, floating within the frame. This fisheye lens includes a special chip that allows the lens to work with the camera's focus confirm, auto exposure, auto metering and auto white balance functions. Hybrid aspherical lenses and multi-layer coating help you to produce sharply defined images with a minimum of flare and ghosting. The lens focuses as close as 1' (30.48 cm) from the lens and has a built-in petal lens hood.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (8),Professional quality (8),Lightweight (7),Compact (6),Consistent output (4),Durable (4),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (3),Landscape photography (3),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (6),Photo enthusiast (3)

Rokinon 8mm F/3.5 Features

  • Special chip allows the use of camera's focus confirm, auto exposure, auto metering, auto white balance
  • Ultra wide-angle 8mm fisheye lens with exaggerated perspective and approximately 180deg. angle of view, for dramatic effects
  • Ultra-wide 180deg. diagonal field-of-view for APS-C size image formats--will produce a rounded image that doesn't cover the entire frame when used with compatible full frame digital cameras
  • Lens is constructed with hybrid aspherical lenses for outstanding, sharply defined images
  • Lens features super multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghost images
  • Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 12" (30.48 cm) for enhanced close-up shots
  • Lens includes a built-in petal-type lens hood

Rokinon 8mm F/3.5 Specifications

Focal Length
8 mm
Aperture
Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View
180deg.
Minimum Focus Distance
1.0' (0.30m)
Groups/Elements
7/10
Image Stabilization
No
Autofocus
No
Tripod Collar
No
Dimensions (DxL)
2.95x2.94" / 74.93x74.676mm
Weight
14.7 oz / 416.74g

Rokinon 8mm F/3.5 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love this lens!

This lens is far exceeding my expectations. Based on previous reviews praising this lower cost APS-C format fisheye, I de3cided to purchase it. I'm glad I did. I got the Nikon chipped version. It works perfectly on my D3200 and my older D60. Earlier reviews said it was tight on the bayonet, but they seemed to work that out, because it fits fine. All functions work. Being manual focus is not an issue, since it's a super wide in the first place, and it works with focus confirmation on my camera...

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This lens is far exceeding my expectations. Based on previous reviews praising this lower cost APS-C format fisheye, I de3cided to purchase it. I'm glad I did. I got the Nikon chipped version. It works perfectly on my D3200 and my older D60. Earlier reviews said it was tight on the bayonet, but they seemed to work that out, because it fits fine. All functions work. Being manual focus is not an issue, since it's a super wide in the first place, and it works with focus confirmation on my cameras. The images are super high quality. I use it for a virtual tour program and for regular ultra wide pics. I'm very happy with this lens.

Reviewed by 20 customers

 
4.0

as advertised

By

from Moss Bluff, La.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

this lens produces exactly what it stated it does in the paramiters it was designed to operate in

 
5.0

as advertised

By

from Lake Charles, La  -  Semi-Professional

everything I expected it to be; works as advertised... sharp ........... having a blast with it

 
5.0

LOVE THIS LENS!!

By

from Miami  -  Photographer

I love using this lens! It's lightweight and inexpensive. I use F-8 and put on 'infinity'...I DO NOT FOCUS this lens and images are super sharp! Distortion can be interestly controlled. I have recommended this lens to a few folks and they also enjoy using it. I especially enjoy using it indoors, in small rooms, for architecture interesting compositions, for autos, motorcycles, etc. I use it on a Nikon D7000.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome lens, best value!

By

from Colorado Springs, Colorado  -  Photo Enthusiast

Want a fish-eye lens? You won't be sorry if you chose this one. Sure it's a manual lens, sure your camera won't recognize it. All you have to do is set it on f/8-11 and you're set, just adjust your shutter speed as needed. Focus is a breeze, in fact... I had a hard time NOT being in focus at f/11 (1 foot to infinity). Works well at night (astrophotography) too!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good value specialty lens w/caveats

By

from flat state  -  Photo Enthusiast

The build of the lens is nice - smooth operation, nothing sloppy. The front glass makes the lens nose heavy - hardly noticeable on a 6D, but borderline awkward on a SL1. With a crop sensor, the image circle fills the frame completely. On a 6D, the image is close to a full circle, but is cropped on top and bottom - sort of the worst of both worlds. Buyers should be aware this is a fully manual lens. Focusing the lens is difficult through the eyepiece; I had better results using live view and max zoom. The printed focusing guide does not match my mental distance estimates, so I've had more soft shots of close objects than I prefer. This may not be the fault of the lens. Once in focus, the lens seems fairly sharp, especially stopped down a couple of clicks. On the SL1, I have been shooting Av with a manual adjustment of +2/3 to +1 2/3 stops for proper exposure. The camera's combination of auto ISO and shutter speed can be a little dark. The distortion is in line with expectations of a fish-eye lens. I might chose a longer focal length if I were to buy a wide lens again, but this lens has its uses and I'm learning to understand and enjoy them. I've had to think more to set up shots, and had to re-take a few, but overall I'm pleased with this lens and think it is worth the price at the time.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this lens!

By

from OKC, OK  -  Professional

This lens is far exceeding my expectations. Based on previous reviews praising this lower cost APS-C format fisheye, I de3cided to purchase it. I'm glad I did. I got the Nikon chipped version. It works perfectly on my D3200 and my older D60. Earlier reviews said it was tight on the bayonet, but they seemed to work that out, because it fits fine. All functions work. Being manual focus is not an issue, since it's a super wide in the first place, and it works with focus confirmation on my cameras. The images are super high quality. I use it for a virtual tour program and for regular ultra wide pics. I'm very happy with this lens.

 
5.0

fun lens

By

from Texas  -  Business Owner

Very nicly made lens. Fits and functions on my D7100 and D80. The lens hood fits well but has to be oriented in one of two positions.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't judge a book by its cover

By

from Rio de Janeiro, RJ  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The box isn't beautiful but the lens is amazing. Although this is a manual focus lens, it's very easy to use/focus! It's very sharp and the price is great! Very recommended!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great playful lens!

By

from Yardley, PA  -  Hobbyist

Love this lens, easy to use, sharp!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good value Fisheye

By

from Fremont CA  -  Hobbyist

Amazing value for low $200s. Surprized to find it was a completely manual lens thuogh. Haven't used a lens that didn't talk to the camera for along time. But not a showstopper. Worth the money.

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Shopper  Can I use this lens with a Nikon Df?
FRANKLIN W  No, not really. This lens won't function as a full frame fisheye, on your full frame (FX) DSLR. What you would get, is a circular image in the style of the "true fisheyes" of old. Although yes, it should hook up to the metering system. The focus confirm is almost useless, because of the extreme depth of field of any 8mm lens. The auto metering OTOH, is a godsend! Basically, you set the focus somewhere between 1.0 and 1.5 meters, and use the F stop to determine depth of field. It's sort of like the old news photographers saying, "F8 and be there". Personally, I don't like circular fisheye work. It isn't really good aesthetically, and you tire of it quickly. 180 degree diagonal fisheye is a whole lot more interesting and useful. If you set the horizon at midpoint in the frame, it will appear as a straight line, rendering the fisheye effect quite a bit more muted. A good recommendation for you is this, buy the Nikon 16mm 2.8 fisheye. Or, IMHO the best solution, buy this lens along with one of the refurbished body deals, (DX format) that appear here at Adorama, from time to time, and dedicate the lens to it. Any DX Nikon DSLR, D-3000 or above, would be a perfect combo, and likely cost less than the new price of the 16mm Nikkor by itself. That is my approach. I go out with 2 or 3 bodies. The 8mm Rokinon. coupled to a D-3000 body, a D-5100 with an 18 to 70mm 3.5-4.5, and when I need a long lens combo, a D90, with an 80-200mm F2.8 AFD Nikkor. (screw drive auto focus tele-zoom). The D90 is my only camera it will auto-focus with). Have fun with whatever you decide, Franklin!
Barb M  Will this work on a Nikon D3100?
STEPHEN D H  Great lens. As said by others, be sure to get the FC chip version. Programs like ACDSee and Lightroom will even let you adjust to remove much of the fisheye distortion (at a loss of some field of view) for some truly outstanding ultra wide angle images.
Joe K  Is the lens hood included? It shows on the picture, but is not listed in the "What's Included" pop-up.
WILBERT V  The lens hood is integrated in the lens and cannot be removed. The lens cap clicks on top of the lens hood. Reason is the front lens is significantly curved towards the front and as a result the lens hood is also protecting the front lens. BTW I think there are other versions of the lens available on the market, that do NOT include the lens hood.
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