The Samyang 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon 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 lenses 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/3.5 Fisheye lens comes with a removable lens hood that provides glare reduction and lens protection, but can be removed to offer an increased and unobstructed angle of view when shooting at full frame digital or 35mm.
Reviewed by 3 customers
This is the first fish eye lens I've owned. I own several Canon L-lens and other Canon non-L and other manufacturers. This lens is built rather well. Its construction is a strong (posh) plastic. You'll be hard pressed to tell it isn't metal. The aperature ring is nice and solid, with good detents to feel when you're on a stop. The focus is mildly stiff, however, as you will learn, the focus on a fish eye like this is not really tough to manage. Set it for 3 to 5 feet and shoot away happy that you'll be in focus. I used this lens first in low light at a band concert. It worked really well at f/3.5 and lower. I tested my copy before hand and pixel-peeped, stopping down and taking test shots. At 5.6 to 8 the lens is as sharp as it is going to get. It's a fish eye, so remember, you're not zoomed in. Everything is far away from you. That's why focus becomes irrelevant. Forget that the lens doesn't supply any info to Canon body. It really makes no difference. Look through the view finder, plan your shot and take it. I am a fanatic about setting up a scene, but again, this is a fish eye. The scene is bigger than you can see. I bought the lens with the intention of taking it to Disneyland in another couple months, and it is going. It travels very well. It's light and sturdy. Mine came with an imitation leather bag with draw strings. Be careful with the lens as the glass protrudes out. I found myself walking right up to an object looking through the viewfinder, thinking I was many feet away, when in fact I was less than an inch. I've tested it maninly for stills although I did take some video. The focus on this is not well suited for a geared follow-focus (would it be necessary??). Being so wide you can hand hold and walk with this lens and the video looks like it's IS. My photos were all on a crop-sensor, 60D. I have a 5D MkII coming in next week. If Adorama lets me edit this review, I'll include a discussion of the image on a full frame.
I don't know why there is no REVIEW for the SAMYANG 8mm but the ROKINON lot of people write about it, the SAMYANG is the mother of all other similar lens with different brand out there... trust me get the ORIGINAL one made in Korea I'm glad I made an excellent choice I'm not regret about it its worth EVERY SINGLE penny invested on this GLASS. How I use the product well I'm not sure YET but I try it with an actual JOB its came out AWESOME client very satisfy. The great think about this lens is the GLASS elements capture everything super sharp even in a LOW LIGHT with no FLASH. I don't like the lens COVER and the HOOD they are made out of a CHEAP very CHEAP plastic . After long research I almost buy the CANON FISHEYES than I figure out I'm not going to use it all the TIME and the price was sooo expensive, than a friend of mine recommend me the original SAMYANG made in Korea... I like it so much that I definitely recommend to everyone. But be careful "IF YOU ARE NOT A PRO photographer don't buy it" because this lens are 100% MANUAL you need to know your GEAR "Camera"
I use this lens a lot when snowboarding, rockclimbing and slacklining. It's a small lens that allows you to get large sujects in the frame when only a few feet away.