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Sigma Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS

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.

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 Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
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
Environmental
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 Canon EOS
  • 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 Canon EOS
     
    4.7

    (based on 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (26)
    • Easily interchangeable (24)
    • Consistent output (23)
    • Strong construction (21)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Special effects (12)
    • Low light (7)
    • Macro photography (5)
    • Sports/action (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (7), Professional (5), Semi-professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Would have kept this lens if I only knew

    I would have kept the lens if I only knew that the lens cap attachment sleeve is removable!I put it on my full-frame sensor DSLR, expecting the image circle to nearly completely fill...Read complete review

    I would have kept the lens if I only knew that the lens cap attachment sleeve is removable!I put it on my full-frame sensor DSLR, expecting the image circle to nearly completely fill the vertical height of the frame, but it measured only 19 mm, which wasted a lot of space (and resolution). I also noticed that it was definitely not a full 180-degree angle of view, which was critical to me. There was also a lot of flare caused by the rings where the lens cap attaches.This was all very disappointing and I returned the lens to B&H [...]As it turns out, all three of these problems were the result of me leaving a sleeve on the lens that is used to attach the lens hood. This piece appeared to be an integral part of the lens, like a built-in lens hood, and it simply never occurred to me that it was removable! I wasn't being stupid; my other wide-angle lenses both have built-in lens hoods, and I somehow assumed that this one did too.The lens was otherwise perfect and I did snap a few pictures with it before deciding to return it, and it produced extremely sharp images at f/8 on a tripod with no chromatic aberration. If you plan to defish the image through software, you can expect good results. The only problem I noticed is that the distance scale ring is off by quite a bit, and shows 1 metre when actually focused to infinity. This is the only reason that I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5. It doesn't mean that the lens misfocuses. Autofocus was quick and accurate.If you need a 180-degree image circle with high-quality results, then I recommend buying this lens, just know that you have to REMOVE THE LENS CAP ATTACHMENT SLEEVE before using it!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice lens

    Using this lens for only the purpose of stitching images together for panoramas. Works well, but I have not put it through much else. Crisp images.Cannot use a filter externally, only filter that...Read complete review

    Using this lens for only the purpose of stitching images together for panoramas. Works well, but I have not put it through much else. Crisp images.Cannot use a filter externally, only filter that can be used is to cut a gel to proper size for internal slot. Lens can trap dust at edge of glass because body stands slightly proud of glass, but this also gives glass better protection.

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    5.0

    Excellent lens if you want true fisheye

    By Capitan Jack

    from Clinton, CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Full Sky And Cloud Cover

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

      On a full-frame camera this lens provides a circular image with all the distortion expected for a fisheye. The circular image will not fill the frame or reach the edges of the frame. The circular image can be cropped and "unfished" with the adaptive wide angle filter in photoshop. If you just want to get a super wide angle lens, the distorion might be a bit extreme with a fisheye. In this case the Canon 8-15 might be a better, though more expensive choice, as it allows a full frame image at 15 mm and a circular image at 8 mm with increasing distortion at intermediate settings. This Sigma lens has a detachable holder for the lens cap, filters or hoods, but virtually all including the holder will vignette the 180 degree image--forget it, slide off the holder before using.

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      5.0

      Just what I wanted!

      By Seanspin

      from Hot Springs, AR

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Very easy to use, takes great shots and a great value for my Pano needs!

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          5.0

          Excellent Lens

          By Sel

          from Buffalo, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

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

            I'm using the lens to take panoramic photos. It is really excellent for this. Everything is in focus

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            5.0

            Great Lens Worth the Price

            By Ryan Unknown

            from Richmond, VA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

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

              Great Lens with Great Focus

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              5.0

              Great Lens

              By Ziggy

              from Rhode Island

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Great For Panoramas
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Tough To Judge Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Panoramas

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

              Very happy with this lens -- gives the true fish-eye look that you are probably hoping for and does a great job and stitching 360x180 panoramas (even without a tripod!)

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Miranda

              from Bellbrook, Ohio

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Difficult to Clean

              Best Uses

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

                This lens is really nice. It takes clear pictures and is pretty fast. I don't really care for fish eyed lens so other than having to have it for Google I wouldn't own this.

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                4.0

                Really decent for the money

                By Robin H

                from Boise, ID

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  The focus is good all the way across the field of view. Don't expect to compare it to an L-series lens, but for the money it is a good value.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Carlos

                  from Mexico

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • 360 Photography
                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    good definition and good overall quality

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                    5.0

                    Very Nice Fisheye Lens

                    By Tim

                    from Montana

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        This is a very nice fisheye lens.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome fish eye!

                        By Carl

                        from IndianWells, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

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

                          I use this lens to do panoramas. It really give you a great view to see in 360.

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                          5.0

                          Great fish eye!

                          By Big D

                          from Honolulu

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          Great for panoramic photo's. Professional quality.

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                          4.0

                          surprising and fun

                          By doc

                          from freehold

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              surprised with the clarity and crispness of the images.able to capture front and back walls as well as the floor and ceiling.full 360 degrees.

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                              3.0

                              Nice lens

                              By under the radar

                              from Chicago Illinois

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Difficult to Clean

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

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

                              Using this lens for only the purpose of stitching images together for panoramas. Works well, but I have not put it through much else. Crisp images.Cannot use a filter externally, only filter that can be used is to cut a gel to proper size for internal slot. Lens can trap dust at edge of glass because body stands slightly proud of glass, but this also gives glass better protection.

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                              (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Love this lens

                              By TrustedPhotoMD.com

                              from Baltimore, MD

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Rugged

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

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

                                I am a Google Trusted Photographer and I use this lens exclusively every day of the year for panoramas. It is clean and precise and preforms perfectly. I have nothing bad to say about this lens.

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                                5.0

                                Great for Virtual Tours

                                By PanoPop

                                from Monterey, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Virtual tours

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

                                    I primarily use this lens for virtual tours. Unfortunatly I only have the Canon 7D so I don't get the full fisheye effect that a full frame would give.

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                                    5.0

                                    A Whole new look at scenes !

                                    By Sanath

                                    from Brookings, SD

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • a bit expensive

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography

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

                                    No visible Distortion! A bit expensive but worth it !

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                                    5.0

                                    nice lens

                                    By Ozan Erkal

                                    from Ankara, Turkey

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Macro Photography

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

                                      i bought this lens for architectural purposes. so far very happy with the purchase.

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                                      5.0

                                      Solid lens to showcase rooms for realty

                                      By Panoramic Lover

                                      from Orlando, FL

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Small
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                      • No filter thread

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Architecture
                                      • Architecture interiors
                                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                      I use this lens on full frame and crop sensor bodies to take pictures of interiors of homes and college residence halls. This leans is great for stitching pics and limiting the number of shots for panoramic shots.

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                                      5.0

                                      Virtual Tour Dream

                                      By Matt

                                      from Charlottesville, VA

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Rugged
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Spherical 360

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

                                        Excellent for spherical panos. With a full frame camera you can capture a full pano in only 3 shots. With a crop sensor 5 shots are needed. The clarity of this lens is superb. For batch stitching and HDR panos this is an excellent lens as it produces repeatable results. On a full frame camera I prefer a 10-10.5mm, but this lens functions beautifully.

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent lens for VFX work

                                        By VFX shooter

                                        from Vancouver, BC

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Extreme Angles
                                          • HDRI for VFX

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

                                          Excellent lens for HDRI images of an entire room or scene. So far best method I've found:

                                          1. Mark your tripod at 0º, 120º, and 240º.
                                          2. Place the tripod in the scene. Make sure tripod and ballhead are level.
                                          3. Set your ISO as low as possible given the situation (lighting and environment).
                                          4. Shoot five exposures, two stops apart, changing your shutter speed only.
                                          5. Shoot on set of five exposures for each of the three positions marked on your tripod (total of 15 exposures).

                                          Make sure to remove both the front filter cap AND the removable "filter holder".

                                          Ideal for such a specific use!

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