Photokina 2010:Samyang has released a version of its 8mm F3.5 Fish-eye lens optimised for filmmakers. Designed for APS-C Canon and Nikon video-enabled DSLRs, the V-DSLR 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CS features the same optical construction as the still photography version, but has been adapted to the Follow Focus system for smoother focusing.

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Samyang V-DSLR 8 mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CS – super wide-angle lens for filmmakers

In order to meet filmmakers' needs, Samyang Optics has decided to launch product of utterly new generation – super wide-angle lens Samyang Video-DSLR 8 mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CS adjusted to Follow Focus systems.

Samyang V-DSLR 8 mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CS is high-quality super wide-angle manual „Fish-eye” lens with 180° angle of view. Samyang V-DSLR 8 mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CS is constructed upon the same optical construction, as Samyang 8 mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye which is increasingly popular among photographers from across the globe. The new lens has been designed to film with APS-C reflex cameras and adapted to Follow Focus system. The lens provide much better image quality and is much more practical than similar and expensive products of reputable brands.

Comparing it to the photographic version with smoothly adjustable aperture, the casing’s shape was modified and sharpness adjusting rings have been replaced by bars. This modification allows to smoothly and precisely set parameters with the use of Follow Focus system. In order to facilitate reading the distance during filming, indexes have been reversed by 90°. What is more, tulip casing in Samyang V-DSLR 8 mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CS has been replaced by wide collar.  

V-DSLR 8 mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CSspecifications

Focal length 8 mm
Maximum aperture F3.5
Minimum aperture F22
Lens Construction 10 elements/7 groups
1 aspherical lens element
Lens Mount Canon Nikon
Diagonal Angle of view 167 degrees 180 degrees
Minimum focus 0.3m
Filter thread 77 mm
Dimensions (length) 76mm 73.5mm
Dimensions (diameter) 95mm
Weight 475g