The Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Sony 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.
this lens produces exactly what it stated it does in the paramiters it was designed to operate in
everything I expected it to be; works as advertised... sharp ........... having a blast with it
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Love this lens, easy to use, sharp!
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.