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Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras

You Pay: $239.00
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  • For Nikon APS-C Cameras

The Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens is compatible with Nikon APS-C cameras; it features a 180° angle of view that allows the photographer to see his subjects in unique way. This ultra-wide delivers a rounded perspective, well-suited to landscapes and unusual portraiture. It has multi-coated elements and a fixed petal-type lens hood to reduce flare and ghosting. This lens must be used in manual focus and manual exposure modes. This lens must be operated in Manual mode only with Nikon cameras--functions controlled by the camera (such as autofocus, auto exposure, etc.) will not be operative.

180° diagonal angle of view on APS-C image format
Creates outstanding, sharply defined images by using a hybrid aspherical lens
Reduces flare and ghosting with super multi-layer coating
Minimum focusing distance of 12-inches (304.8mm)
Fixed petal-type lens hood
Performance
Focal Length 8mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Angle of View 180°
Minimum Focus Distance 12" (30.48 cm)
Elements/Groups 10/7
Diaphragm Blades 6
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.94 x 2.95" (7.47 x 7.49 cm)
Weight 13.8 oz (391 g)
Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras
  • Pouch
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    BowerSLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras
     
    4.5

    (based on 62 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (35)
    • Consistent output (31)
    • Durable (30)
    • Easily interchangeable (22)
    • Rugged (13)

    Cons

    • Heavy (11)
    • Tough to attach (7)
    • Poor in low light (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (46)
    • Sports/action (20)
    • Low light (14)
    • Weddings (13)
    • Night photography (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (8), Photography student (6), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (43), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tiny metal particles from lens mount

    First the good news: I love the lens for its creative capabilities. Get close and a new world of opportunities and possibilities opens. This affordable ultra-wide angle lens is a great next addition...Read complete review

    First the good news: I love the lens for its creative capabilities. Get close and a new world of opportunities and possibilities opens. This affordable ultra-wide angle lens is a great next addition to your camera-bag.

    After using the Bower 8mm for a week of two in the field I noticed tiny metal particles on my DSLR's sensor. I found dust specs in my images when reviewing them on my screen.

    In the begining this lens has a somewhat tight fit on the camera body and there is no "white dot" marker to line up with. I have used the lens on two DX bodies: Nikon D2x and D80 and a FM2a. The fit gets more worn in after a while and I think that is where the metal particles on the sensor come from.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Ok, for the price. But not for a FX!

    On my Full Frame you only get a small pic. but on my nikon 3100 it works well. I think it is ok for the money. I recomend it if you just want...Read complete review

    On my Full Frame you only get a small pic. but on my nikon 3100 it works well. I think it is ok for the money. I recomend it if you just want a fish eye and dont want to spend so much.

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    5.0

    Great quality for the money

    By JWphoto

    from Tampa, FL

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Strong Construction
    • Unique perspective

    Cons

    • Manual Focus

    Best Uses

    • Cityscape
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

    Solid construction (almost all metal) works great on my Nikon D7000. it will not auto meter on cameras such as the D5000 but when used on prosumer cameras like the D7000 you can set the non-CPU lens data and then use the lens in aperture priority mode. love the lens, love the unique perspective it gives, and love the price. my one problem with the lens is that you cannot put on a protective filter because of the curve of the front glass.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Price for Great Quality!!

    By Craig's Mom

    from Western, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

          I bought this for my son. He is a young film maker. He says this will be a huge help in his work!

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Fantastic Lens

          By dm_11

          from Seattle, Washingtion

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video

            Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

            For the price this lens is the best on the market. The fisheye is really brought out in closeup photos, but when used for landscape photography the distortion of the fisheye isn't as apparent and the lens turns into more of just a wide angle lens. The only downside about this lens is that you have to really play with it for a while before you can use it to it's maximum ability.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect lens

            By Betz

            from Long beach,ca

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

              Once you get used to the manual focus this lens is amazing. I would recommend this lens to anyone.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great lens for a price

              By Viktor

              from Bakersfield, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                I choosed it as an ideal step from basic 18-55 lens for my nikon. This lens is better then i expected for the price, thanks for other reviews.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great alternative to expensive fisheyes

                By Peter C

                from Montreal, Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                Great lens for the money. I have taken around 100 photos,with excellent results as to picture quality. Longer exposures are necessary for indoor shots than with my wide angle or 18-200 nikkor lens. Not a problem since I am using it for my interior design work and I bracket the shots. The only glitch is that the settings on the lens'aperture ring do not concide with the camera display.ie f22 on the ring reads as f4 on my Nikon D300. Other wise this is a fun lens and it has given me a new slant on my landscape shots and some crazy portraits

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Fisheye Lens at a Budget Price

                By Robby

                from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                I bought this lens to take shots inside rooms/office spaces thus capturing as much of the contents as possible.
                The lens was fitted to a Nikon D3100. It requires that you go into Manual (M) mode, as the camera will complain that no lens is attached. You will need to experiment a bit with the shutter speed and other setting (my first few shot were "blank" until I figured that the shutter speed was way too fast).
                The lens itself is surprisingly a bit heavier that I thought it would be, but it's solid. There are two rings, one for focus and the other for setting the aperture.
                You have to manually focus the lens, but this isn't too bad with practice.
                Overall a great lens for the price.

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                • No

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                4.0

                FUN LENS FOR UNIQUE COVERAGE

                By SAMJAM

                from REDWOOD CITY--CA.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                THIS LENS IS DEFINITELY VERY USEFUL FOR ULTRA WIDE 18O DEGREE VIEW AND WITH IMAGINATION YOU CAN CREATE SOME FANTASTIC ASPECTS. YOU MUST FOCUS CAREFULLY FOR SHARP IMAGES.

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                5.0

                excellent product

                By Jay

                from QLD, Austraila

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                  This is a great lens very clear is built excellent easy to use.
                  I am a skateboard photographer and this is every thing plus more,I would highly recommend this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Budget Fisheye!

                  By Argent Imaging

                  from Detroit, Mi

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                  Once I set it up as a non-cpu lens on my D300 it was ready to go. I read a lot of reviews on this lens as well as looking at sample shots from it and decided to take the chance. Outdoors it works beautifully, but indoors it needs a lot of light (or really high ISO) to function decently.

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                  5.0

                  Nice Lens, Lots of fun

                  By Lucky3128

                  from Ashby, MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                  • Only manual mode

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                  This is a very fun lens, though it needs to be used in the manual mode and the F-stop setting is kind of funky. Other than that the photos are nice and it takes some cool photos. Great lens for the price.

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                  5.0

                  Best $ spent

                  By J dog mcnasty

                  from Peoria heights, IL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Great price

                  Cons

                  • No AF big deal

                  Best Uses

                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                  I always wanted a fisheye lens for those unique wedding shots. This lens is fantastic for $. Stopping it down to 5.6 with the focus ring at 1.2 is perfect. You can spend money for the nikkor but for a few shots at an event i couldnt justify the cost. Well worth it.

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                  4.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Tristan S.

                  from Connecticut

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Good Indoors
                  • Great colors
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Very wide

                  Cons

                  • Sometimes Blurry Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Portraits
                  • Skateboarding
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                  I am an aspiring photographer, mainly interested in skatebaording photography. Photos and videos using a fisheye lens are very important in skateboarding and typically used more often than those with long lenses. Being a high school student on a low budget I looked for the cheapest fisheye I could get with decent reviews. Despite the warnings against this lens becuase of its lack of Auto Focus, I decided to get it for my D5000.

                  I have been using this lens since last Christmas and I've been nothing but happy with it. Although the focus can be off when the subject is too close (closer than 1 ft.), if the aperature is set to f/5.6 or lower there is basically no depth of field.

                  This lens is very wide which is ideal for what i use it for and works great in small spaces or when much is needed to be in the shot.

                  The color rendering is fantastic. I've never been disappointed with the colors this lens has produced (try setting the colors to the "vivid" option in the shooting menu, they look great).

                  I highly recommend this lens to anyone interested in taking their photos to new levels or just looking for a different approach. I have no complaints.

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                  4.0

                  Great Bang for the Buck

                  By Roche

                  from Connecticut

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Cost
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                  Best for video of action sports. Works good. Fraction of the cost of a name brand lens. Can't be used in Auto setting. Manual focus.

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                  5.0

                  I Would buy this product again

                  By Retrolau

                  from Mexico

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                  It's little heavy to carry out, but it works amazing

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Don't judge the Len by it's price

                  By john32

                  from Battle Creek, Mi

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Tough To Attach

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                    For the price, this lens does everything that an expensive Fisheye does.

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                    4.0

                    Good for landscapes. Portraits next

                    By Brice

                    from Walloon Lake, MI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                      I have only used this lens once, but it was great fun. Shot sunsets over the lake. Disconcerting at first because the angle is sooo wide. Once I learn to use the distortion, I'm sure I can make it work. I got down on the center line of a highway going into the village and I was amazed at the depth perception.
                      I thought I would miss the auto focus (this is a manual only lens) but the depth of field is so great I did not really notice having to move the focus ring much.
                      I would recommend this lens--I already have.

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                      5.0

                      All Manual, but Awesome!

                      By Brandon

                      from Hershey, PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                      This lens performs just like the more expensive lens that are all auto. This has the added benefit of being about 1/2 the cost of the fully auto lenses. It will test your abilities with your camera know-how, but the quality of image this lens produces is well worth it!

                      It is on the heavy side with all metal construction.

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                      5.0

                      Best lens for the money!

                      By Matt

                      from Woodinville, WA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                          Go this lens just in time for our family vacation and had a blast playing with it. sharp images, easy to focus and has a good feel to it. very pleased.

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                          5.0

                          SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Nikon

                          By Jerryl5150

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Tough To Attach

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens For Nikon APS-C Cameras:

                            Im new to photography. Received a Nikon D5100 for christmas. I was looking for a wide angle fisheye lens. Did some research and everything was out of my budget. I decided to buy this lens because of the reviews and it was within my budget. When I opened the box the first thing I noticed was its weight and built. Its heavier than the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens. Very solid with a metal mount. Putting it on the camera was a little tricky at first. I couldnt match the attachment to the body. You get used to it though. The lens is completly manual. So your settings need to be in manual mode. After taking it for a test drive I was very impressed with the results. It was sharp and the wide angle effect was really good. Very sharp at f/5.6 - f/11. I do recommend this lens. Its great for its price and a lot of fun. It came with a pouch, rear and front caps. Its a steal.

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