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Sigma Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF

You Pay: $899.00

The Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG is a spherical fisheye lens that easily captures a full 180° view in all directions, in a circular image. Even the most familiar and mundane of subjects can be portrayed with startlingly fresh new expressions through exaggerated perspectives and unusual distortion effects.

Well suited for academic and technical measurements such as solid angle measurements, cloud cover measurements & virtual reality.

Note! Full circle can only be captured with 35mm format digital SLR and film SLR cameras.
AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras.

Improvements
This improved version offers a brighter f/3.5 aperture, with a vastly improved minimum focusing distance of 5.3" (13.5 cm) and a maximum magnification of 1:4.6.
Circular Image
This circular fisheye lens can be used to create circular images with an angle of view of 180°. It permits creative expression through the exaggerated perspectives and unusual distortion effects.
DG Design
The improved DG lens design corrects for various aberrations. This lens is specially coated to get the best color balance whilst cutting down on ghosting caused by reflections from the digital image sensor. The lens provides the utmost correction against lateral chromatic aberration which is a serious problem for digital SLR cameras.
Equipped with AF
This extreme fisheye lens is unique as it incorporates an auto focus system to get accurate focusing that might be difficult through finder due to extremely large depth of field.
Ideal for Scientific Applications
This lens is useful for academic/technical applications such as solid angle measurements, because it provides a quantifiable angle/area relationship. It is widely used in science and industry for cloud cover measurements, weather observation, astronomical studies, agriculture etc.
Gelatin Filter Holder
The lens is supplied with an insertion-type gelatin filter holder at the rear allowing the use gelatin filter.
Performance
Focal Length 8mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 180°
Minimum Focus Distance 5.3" (13.46 cm)
Magnification 0.21x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 11/6
Diaphragm Blades 6
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.9 x 2.7" (7.37 x 6.86 cm)
Weight 14.11 oz (400 g)
Sigma Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • Padded Case
  • Guide Plate (used as a pattern for gel filters)
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
     
    4.5

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
    • Durable (8)
    • Strong construction (6)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Easily interchangeable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Low light (5)
      • Night photography (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Bring your images full circle!

      This is one of the only currently produced fisheye lenses that will give a full circle 180 degree field of view on Nikon FX or 35mm cams.

      The clerk at the store...Read complete review

      This is one of the only currently produced fisheye lenses that will give a full circle 180 degree field of view on Nikon FX or 35mm cams.

      The clerk at the store advised this lens was intended for DX as the full circle would be an unintended result, but it doesn't look very good on DX. I tested it on a D200 and instead of just the full 180 degree view to the four corners, you could still see the sides of the image circle, just not the top. Not sure how the guy was steering me, but if you need a diagonal fisheye for DX I would say look elsewhere.

      This lens is fairly light, but seems sturdily built, and very compact. The whole front lens element is completely exposed, leaving it vulnerable to damage and dirt, but this it true of most if not all fisheyes. It can be hard to keep clean, but I keep a blower brush on hand which takes care of most of it instantly. Images are sharp throughout the aperture range in my experience with the D700. Focus is fast and fairly quiet, the focus ring moves externally, so if you steady your camera with a hand under the lens, this might make your grip a bit precarious as the focus ring takes up a good deal of the length of the lens. Manual focus is a little tight, but smooth, which I believe is good if you have to tweak focus very lightly. Min focus distance is amazing, one of my only worries about this lens is possible scuffing because I keep bumping into my subjects with the front of the lens. Even then, focus is tack sharp. The two part lens cap arrangement is very good. It stays firmly in place, but is easy to remove and replace, swapping out this lens is very easy especially with the included cap.

      I haven't owned another circular fisheye yet to know how much this differs among them, but for information's sake, you can see washed out light bleed around the image circle if there are direct light sources within or close to the image circle. It doesn't seem to affect the actual image much unless it's a lot of light or pointed directly into the lens, and can be blacked out very easily in PS. It can actually make a cool effect in some situations depending on composition. It is a fast lens, but it loses just a bit with 3.5 min instead of 2.8 like some other currently available fisheyes.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      terible

      I baught last month I am using with D3X and D800,
      sometimes Nikon cameras does not accept some lens
      (forexaample I have SIGMA 150-500, i am using with D3x evrything is...Read complete review

      I baught last month I am using with D3X and D800,
      sometimes Nikon cameras does not accept some lens
      (forexaample I have SIGMA 150-500, i am using with D3x evrything is percfect each focal is sharp but I cant use it with D800 camera, results is horible)
      my SIGMA 8mm results is not aceptble, terible... maybe there is a construction mistake, I dont know. focal 8mm thats mean hyper focal distance is so wide, right? if you use by f:11 after 1m to endles all of distance have to be sharp, right? but it is not!

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      4.0

      Good lens, sloppy focus ring.

      By DanT

      from NE US

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            Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

            Does a decent job with circular images. The focus ring is very loose and needs to be taped down with gaffers tape for street shooting when using as an adapted lens.

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Rick

            from Smoky Mountains

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            Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

            Works great for my needs.

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            5.0

            WOW. I would buy this product again and

            By G.C.

            from Philadelphia, Pa/NYC/LA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

              when you have to use this type of lens this is the one you should get. the images are sharp, i used it with a Nikon D4 the photos were great, i also used this lens with my Nikon D800e and WOW thats all i can say WOWWW.

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              4.0

              So far so good!

              By B

              from Lawrence, ks

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                    It does the job I use it for... taking 360 degree panoramas for Google Business Photos.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Lens for 360 Panos

                    By JMC Productions

                    from Port Saint Lucie, Florida

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                      It is well built and takes some amazing photos.

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                      5.0

                      Great Fish!

                      By Shtarka1

                      from Boston

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                          Nice feel. Fast autofocus & super close up shooting ability!

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Lens

                          By Michael D.

                          from Tallahassee, FL

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Virtual tours

                            Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                            I bought this for my Nikon D800E in order to shoot panaromas with only 4 shots around. This lens is the best panaroma lens I have ever owned and would highly recommend it. For best results use a tripod with a panaroma head. With the D800 or D800E use the center weighted or spot metering. Matrix metering doesn't work with auto focus. The other two work great.

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                            1.0

                            terible

                            By Necati Ufuk Baskir

                            from New York

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                  I baught last month I am using with D3X and D800,
                                  sometimes Nikon cameras does not accept some lens
                                  (forexaample I have SIGMA 150-500, i am using with D3x evrything is percfect each focal is sharp but I cant use it with D800 camera, results is horible)
                                  my SIGMA 8mm results is not aceptble, terible... maybe there is a construction mistake, I dont know. focal 8mm thats mean hyper focal distance is so wide, right? if you use by f:11 after 1m to endles all of distance have to be sharp, right? but it is not!

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect for panos

                                  By DavidO

                                  from Austin, TX

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Panoramic

                                      Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                      This is the perfect lens for doing my panoramic work. Highly recommend it.

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                                      5.0

                                      Review of Circular Fisheye Lens

                                      By Tori

                                      from Murfreesboro, TN

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult to Clean
                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                      I have been using this lens with my D90 to do virtual 360 tours. The lens has been great, works well, and takes great pictures. My only complaint is how bulky it is, but that's a small price to pay for such a great tool. The lens has such a wide angle, it's incredible! I would definitely recommend this lens to anyone who needs something like this.

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                                      5.0

                                      Don't Rely on DOF

                                      By Uncle Earl

                                      from Saratoga, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • No Bokeh

                                      Cons

                                      • Inaccurate Scale Focus
                                      • Spotty Autofocus

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                      I have the previous version of this lens (F/4). It is outstanding in resolution, even wide open. Edges get a bit soft at larger apertures, and chromatic abberations need some help, but with automatic CA correction software - not a problem. Besides, this is with the earlier verion. With minimal postprocessing you get corner to corner (well edge to edge) sharpness and contrast. Light falloff also needs some postprocessing correction so keep you iso on the low side to minimize shadow noise.

                                      I used this lens for 8 years before I discovered that the Depth of Focus (not Depth of Field) meant that I couldn't just rely on setting the focus to 5 feet and get everything nice and sharp. My copy has infinity occur at a setting on the lens scale of 1 meter. Turns out this is important for lenses with very shallow depth of focus like this one. So if you think you have a "soft" copy of this lens, use your Live View magnifier to check your focus. Once I discovered this it was like getting a new lens - very sharp.

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                                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Sigma 8mm FX fisheye for Nikon

                                      By Pete

                                      from San Jose, CA

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                                            Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                            Test shots only so far, but they strongly suggest that this lens is going to really good.

                                            My first outing with definite plans to use this lens is tomorrow, when I intend to take some shots with it on my D800, placed close to the glass of some aquaria at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. No, this isn't an original idea as I've seen similar shots taken by a friend of mine - and they were really great!

                                            I have steered clear of Sigma lenses due to their awful "flocking" surface finish - which I find to be very unprofessional! However, this 8mm fisheye has so little area thus finished that I don't object too much. Anyway, what other choices do I have for a full-frame 180 degree fisheye? I already have the Nikon 16mm f/2.8, but it's not "extreme" enough for some of the shots I want to capture.

                                            So, although I haven't yet used this lens for anything other than tests, it seems to be a very successful acquisition and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's outing!

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                                            5.0

                                            A fun lens that I use all the time

                                            By fdmboston

                                            from boston, ma

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                            Pros

                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Rugged

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Indoors/Low Light
                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Night Photography
                                              • Weddings/Events

                                              Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                              I carry my 8mm Sigma with me everywhere to use on my full frame D700. I also have the 14-24 Nikon, and while that is a higher quality lens (a bit sharper, and it doesn't do the "circle" thing), it is huge and it weighs a TON, and is therefore a bear to carry around.

                                              The Sigma does a wonderful job of capturing my world the way I see it. Somehow, our eyes are aware of things way to the left and way to the right, just the way this 180 degree lens works, and I love using it to record events -- all the people at a table of 10 at a wedding, or all the people in the luxury box at a baseball game, all with one photo, and not having to make anyone move. (And I actually love the circle thing! It makes beautiful 16 by 16 photos on my Epson printer).

                                              About the only drawback that I have found is that, not surprisingly, the Nikon exposure system doesn't know what to make of the data that it gets from this lens, so I sometimes have to take two or three photos to get the right exposure.

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                                              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Perfect for the job

                                              By Stanley

                                              from Atlanta, GA

                                              About Me Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent Output
                                              • Durable
                                              • Quick Focus
                                              • Rugged
                                              • Sharp Focus
                                              • Strong Construction

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Spherical Panoramic

                                                Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                                I use this for spherical panoramic photos and it is the best lens for the job.

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                                                (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                Like everything except external focus

                                                By L.A. Shooter

                                                from Los Angeles, CA.

                                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Quick Focus
                                                • Sharp Focus

                                                Cons

                                                • External focus ring

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Special Effects

                                                Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                                Full frame, 8mm, 3.5 autofocus suitable for Nikon FX: does any other lens compete with this offering from Sigma? To my knowledge, the answer is no ... and that makes the quibble that follows a bit irrelevant. If you want what this lens offers, then this is what you've got to get, at least for now. Sigma has carved out their own monopoly. On to the quibble: I hate the external focus ring. Hate it. I support lenses with fingertips under the lens, and it's a bear to do it with this thing without interfering with the @#$!! external focus, and perhaps harming the lens in the process. I haven't harmed the lens in this fashion yet, but must remind myself every time I put it on: watch out for the #$@$ external focus! There's barely room for the tips of my fingers for balance on the edge of the lens. Lousy ergonomics. Other than that, I'm a happy camper. I didn't expect reasonably speedy, sharp autofocus or ultra high quality output, but got both. It's a fine piece of glass. I second everything Justin L. wrote in his review.A special, important note to Capture NX users: if you see a big, fat ring in the center of images taken with this lens, go to Develop --> Camera & Lens Correction --> Vignette Control, and change Intensity to 0. That'll fix you up.

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                                                4.0

                                                Bring your images full circle!

                                                By Justin L

                                                from Brooklyn, NY

                                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Quick Focus
                                                • Sharp Focus
                                                • Strong Construction

                                                Cons

                                                • Difficult to Clean
                                                • Scratches Easily

                                                Best Uses

                                                • General Use
                                                • Night Photography
                                                • Special Effects

                                                Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                                This is one of the only currently produced fisheye lenses that will give a full circle 180 degree field of view on Nikon FX or 35mm cams.

                                                The clerk at the store advised this lens was intended for DX as the full circle would be an unintended result, but it doesn't look very good on DX. I tested it on a D200 and instead of just the full 180 degree view to the four corners, you could still see the sides of the image circle, just not the top. Not sure how the guy was steering me, but if you need a diagonal fisheye for DX I would say look elsewhere.

                                                This lens is fairly light, but seems sturdily built, and very compact. The whole front lens element is completely exposed, leaving it vulnerable to damage and dirt, but this it true of most if not all fisheyes. It can be hard to keep clean, but I keep a blower brush on hand which takes care of most of it instantly. Images are sharp throughout the aperture range in my experience with the D700. Focus is fast and fairly quiet, the focus ring moves externally, so if you steady your camera with a hand under the lens, this might make your grip a bit precarious as the focus ring takes up a good deal of the length of the lens. Manual focus is a little tight, but smooth, which I believe is good if you have to tweak focus very lightly. Min focus distance is amazing, one of my only worries about this lens is possible scuffing because I keep bumping into my subjects with the front of the lens. Even then, focus is tack sharp. The two part lens cap arrangement is very good. It stays firmly in place, but is easy to remove and replace, swapping out this lens is very easy especially with the included cap.

                                                I haven't owned another circular fisheye yet to know how much this differs among them, but for information's sake, you can see washed out light bleed around the image circle if there are direct light sources within or close to the image circle. It doesn't seem to affect the actual image much unless it's a lot of light or pointed directly into the lens, and can be blacked out very easily in PS. It can actually make a cool effect in some situations depending on composition. It is a fast lens, but it loses just a bit with 3.5 min instead of 2.8 like some other currently available fisheyes.

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