This Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Bundle comes with:.
The Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Canon EF gives you a 180deg. view with dramatic, exaggerated perspective when used with an APS-C camera, or a powerful circular image floating in the frame when used with a full frame digital camera or 35mm film camera. With hybrid aspherical elements and multi-layer coating, you will produce sharply defined images with a minimum of flare and ghosting.
The 8mm lens focuses as close as 12" (30.48 cm) from the lens. This version of the 8mm f/3.8 Fisheye lens comes with a removable lens hood that will offer glare reduction and lens protection, but can be removed to offer an increased and unobstructed angle of view when shooting with full frame digital or 35mm cameras.
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!!!
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.
I bought this for my Canon 5D mkiii. Doesn't work on a full frame. Luckily I have a Canon 60D
great for price
If you don't know already this lens will teach you how to use the Manual setting on your camera. You need to be a good judge of distance also as the focus is manual also and not clear through your view. For some reason that is grainy? Not sure why though. Bought for my first adventure into Residential architecture shoots and was worried about tight bathrooms. I shoot wide and crop out the most distorted portions but have gotten great results! I did have to reshoot a few frames after forgetting to adjust both aperture and focus:)! There is a learning curve with this one! For the price- awesome so far! (1 month) Have to be carful with the glass! if your clumsy/forgetful - not for you! I shoot with a tripod, and change lenses while still mounted. Cover goes on immediately.