Quick Review Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens
I am a dedicated Fish Eye guy. I started with a Peleng 8mm I received about 8 years ago. The same lens is still available for about $300 today. For most users is probably the best fish-eye lens for the price. The negative of the Peleng lens is that it is purely a manual focus and manual exposure lens. I found I was constantly having to shoot multiple copies of pictures in order to compensate for these issues. I also found it very difficult to focus especially to pain good depth of field. However, if you take the time use the lens properly and make sure it works with your camera (you may have to unscrew it to make it work properly on some camera bodies such as the Olympus E-P3.)
|Peleng 8mm on Olympus e-P3|
Because of all these limitations I decided to research the available options. After looking at the Sigma and Tamron lenses I determined that for my needs only the Canon lens will provide the resolution I was looking for with my camera.
So far I am very pleased with the Canon lens. I'm getting good exposures and it focuses very well making easier for me to concentrate on my pictures then when I shot with the Peleng. At the 8mm end, you get a full 180° fisheye circular image on a full frame camera. The Canon lens can also be used on apc sized sensor cameras but you won't get a true circular perspective. At about 12 mm, the image fills the frame of my camera still provides a very good fisheye perspective.
|Underexposed sky and some blue fringing (Canon 5d/Canon 8mm-15mm)|
Overall this lens is become a permanent fixture on my camera am quite pleased with the results. Except for the exorbitant price, I would highly recommend this lens anyone who wants to take a lot of fisheye perspective shots.
|Flare at 8mm (using hood would block part of image)||Smile|
My fisheye photos be seen here: http://carfisheye.blogspot.com/
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