Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye

Wideangle fisheye prime lens | Sony E (NEX), Samsung NX
PhotoKhan
 
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(This review is for a version II of this lens, with an EOSM mount) Optical quality is very good to excellent, even at f/2.8. Flare-performance is pretty impressive. The lens resist well to it and, when it does appear, it is both contained and very usable, aesthetically-wise. Construction quality is also very good, with the focus ring offering a bit of excessive resistance but it this more of a product characteristic than an operational hindrance. If it was just a bit (tiny bit) cheaper it ...

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Isherwood
 
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There's just nothing like a fisheye lens & this is a really good example. Sharp, saturated images without flare - it's a good lens. Don't worry about manual focus & aperture, this isn't really a snapshot lens as the distortion usually requires playing about with the composition. Extreme wide-angle lenses have very deep fields so it can realistically be stopped down, set to the hyperfocal distance & be left like that. I want to emphasis just how much fun can be had with a lens like this. Big ...

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This lens performs admirably for astrophotgraphy when set to its fastest f/2.8 aperture. At a dark site, a 2-1/2 minute exposure (Sony NEX-5N @ 1600 ISO) on a tracking mount produces a fantastic Milky Way image. Over most of the frame, star images are pinpoint. In the corners and edges some coma is apparent in the brighter stars if magnified. At normal viewing enlargement no such defects are apparent. The corners show a fair amount of vignetting. Overall this is a very capable, though ...

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This lens performs admirably for astrophotgraphy when set to its fastest f/2.8 aperture. At a dark site, a 2-1/2 minute exposure (Sony NEX-5N @ 1600 ISO) on a tracking mount produces a fantastic Milky Way image. Over most of the frame, star images are pinpoint. In the corners and edges some coma is apparent in the brighter stars if magnified. At normal viewing enlargement no such defects are apparent. The corners show a fair amount of vignetting. Overall this is a very capable, though ...

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This lens performs admirably for astrophotgraphy when set to its fastest f/2.8 aperture. At a dark site, a 2-1/2 minute exposure (Sony NEX-5N @ 1600 ISO) on a tracking mount produces a fantastic Milky Way image. Over most of the frame, star images are pinpoint. In the corners and edges some coma is apparent in the brighter stars if magnified. At normal viewing enlargement no such defects are apparent. The corners show a fair amount of vignetting. Overall this is a very capable, though ...

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