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

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Product Highlights

  • for Nikon APS-C Cameras
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-22
  • Hybrid Aspherical Elements
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
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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
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 12 mm
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
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Pouch
  • 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 68 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (37)
    • Consistent output (33)
    • Durable (32)
    • Easily interchangeable (24)
    • Rugged (14)

    Cons

    • Heavy (12)
    • Tough to attach (7)
    • Poor in low light (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (47)
    • Sports/action (21)
    • Low light (14)
    • Weddings (13)
    • Night photography (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (28), Semi-pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (8), Photography student (6), Pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (45), 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

     

    Not worth

    First of all, this lens doesnt zoom, thus you would have to move either the camera or the object, i bought it because it was the cheapest one of all. Also you would...Read complete review

    First of all, this lens doesnt zoom, thus you would have to move either the camera or the object, i bought it because it was the cheapest one of all. Also you would have to work with manual adjustment which is hard. I personally would rather pay more money instead of just gettin this one

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    2.0

    Not worth

    By Andrey

    from Brooklyn

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

    First of all, this lens doesnt zoom, thus you would have to move either the camera or the object, i bought it because it was the cheapest one of all. Also you would have to work with manual adjustment which is hard. I personally would rather pay more money instead of just gettin this one

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    5.0

    Thumbs up BH

    By Silane

    from Miami , Florida

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

    I bought this as s gift and was very pleased when it arrived on time and we found it to be of superior quality !! Well priced. I will be a repeat customer. Website is super user friendly too!

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    4.0

    good enought for the price

    By noutonic

    from key biscayne

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

    In my opinion. Is not necessary to buy the one with confirmation chip. By other hand... bower and rokinon are the same but with a different logo stamped. The bower is cheaper

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    4.0

    A great arrow in the quiver.

    By Doyle the BMXer

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action

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

    I use this lens to shoot fast moving shoots and it works great. It does take some time to learn the manual focus setting properly but any seasoned camera user will pick it up very quickly. The glass quality is great and photos come out with great detail. The lens is a little on the heavier side but over all a great purchase.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent Lens (For Price)

    By Powers269

    from Twin Falls, ID

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photo Spheres

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

      You get what you pay for. However, in this case, I feel like I got MORE than my moneys worth. Great lens and it works flawlessly! Can't wait to get the funds to upgrade my equipment again. B&H was quick to accept and ship my order. I got my lens, in the mail, quickly, and on time. I will DEFINITELY be using y'all again. :)

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      • No

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      5.0

      gorgeous

      By Peets

      from Toronto

      Verified Buyer

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

      I am positively surprise. My first fish eye lense and I am very happy it using it in the town.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    • No

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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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