PIX 2015

Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye

Wideangle fisheye prime lens | Sony E (NEX), Samsung NX

I recently bought the Samyang 8mm fisheye for use with my EOS M3 but it was a bit of a gamble because I couldn't find any samples or reviews of this combination, and I knew from previous experience that because a lens works with the M it doesn't necessarily mean that it works well with the M3. So I thought I would share some of my thoughts and results, without trying to make an in-depth review. This is my first fully manual lens and I was a bit worried how difficult it would be to get the ...

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The build quality of this lens is good. It has a machined aluminium back (without any electronic contacts), plastic hood permanently attached to lens, nice aperture ring. It has no electronics inside so no aperture info is sent to X-T1. I have seen no problems though regarding exposure. Optically, the lens is sharp and I have seen no color fringing in my photos. The lens flares very little, even in cases where it is stopped down and the mid-day sun is well inside the frame. Focusing is not an ...

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PhotoKhan
 

(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
 

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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