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Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens USA

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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4-22
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion & Aspherical Glass
  • 180° Diagonal Angle of View
  • Produces Circular & Full Frame Images
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Zoom Limiter Function
  • Subwavelength Structure Coating
  • Dustproof & Moisture Proof Sealing
  • Protective Fluorine Lens Coating

The EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens from Canon delivers 180° diagonal angle of view images for all EOS SLR cameras with imaging formats ranging from full-frame to APS-C. When the lens is used with full-frame cameras you can choose between a circular fisheye image or full-frame image by using the zoom.

When used with EOS bodies featuring APS-C or APS-H sensors, the lens produces a more traditional, full frame fisheye view. A zoom-lock mechanism on the lens body allows the range to be limited to the focal length that ensures the best possible full-frame view without unsightly vignetting around the edge. 'C' and 'H' markings can be found next to the zoom operation ring, indicating the wide-angle zoom position where vignette-free shooting is possible with either sensor. For filmmakers and photographers who want the look and feel only possible with extreme wide angle and fisheye photography, the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM is a world-class choice.

With its Ultrasonic Motor (USM), and Floating Focus System the lens offers fast auto focus even down to a close 6.2" (0.16 m). The lens features UD glass for suppression of chromatic aberration, a Subwavelength coating for reduced ghosting, a Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum, has full-time manual focus for instant switching from AF to Manual operation, and is built to the standards of the amazing Canon L-series of lenses. The rear gel holder holds up to 3 pre-cut filters. This means the finest optics, the best construction and the best performance available, all in a lens designed to stimulate creativity and deliver stunning images every time.

For all EOS SLR cameras with imaging formats ranging from full-frame to APS-C
Delivers 180° diagonal angle of view
Provides 180° circular fisheye images for full-frame cameras as well as full frame images when using the longer part of the zoom
Zoom-lock mechanism on the lens body allows the range to be limited to the focal length that ensures the best possible full-frame view without vignetting for APS-C or APS-H sensors
Rear gel holder holds up to 3 pre-cut filters
Focus adjustment is through internal focusing and focus cam plus floating mechanism
The lens features UD glass and aspherical elements for suppression of chromatic aberration, a Subwavelength coating for reduced ghosting, a Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum
Full-time manual focus for instant switching from AF to Manual operation
Tight seal structure ensures excellent dust-proof and moisture-proof performance
Performance
Focal Length 8 - 15mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 12.8 - 24 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Canon (APS-H)
Angle of View 180° - 175° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance 6.2" (15.75 cm)
Magnification 0.34x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 14/11
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Rear: 1
Please Note:

Rear Gel Holder (accepts up to 3 pre-cut gel filters)

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Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.09 x 3.27" (78.5 x 83.0 mm)
Weight 1.19 lb (540 g)

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CanonEF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 173 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (135)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (113)
  • Strong construction (90)
  • Consistent output (86)
  • Lightweight (83)
  • Durable (71)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)
  • Difficult to clean (10)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Lens cap (4)
  • Bad lens cap (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (135)
  • Weddings (54)
  • Low light (52)
  • Night photography (47)
  • Sports/action (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (63), Pro photographer (47), Semi-pro photographer (46), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (159), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super-wide, Super-Fun

Most of my photos are shot during my almost daily nature walks. They are mainly of wildlife, plants, and landscapes. Occasionally, humans or pets wander into the frame. Up to now,...Read complete review

Most of my photos are shot during my almost daily nature walks. They are mainly of wildlife, plants, and landscapes. Occasionally, humans or pets wander into the frame. Up to now, my go-to lens has been my Canon 100-400mm zoom, mainly to get little birds in distant trees, or big birds on the opposite side of the pond.

I thought a long time before buying this Canon 8-15mm zoom. I wanted a lens to give me truly wide-angle shots with my APS-C sensored Canon 7D. The specifications of this lens and the reputation of the L-series Canon lenses won me over.

This fisheye is just plain fun to use. It renews all sorts of creative energy in me and adds new excitement to my field trips. The lens is very simple to use and only a few basic concepts are necessary to use it to it's fullest. I have the flexibility of making curvy, artsy photos, or more conventional rectangular shots. Post-editing the curvy shots through Adobe Photoshop CS6, I can optionally remove most of the distortion and produce a conventional, rectangular shot with straight edges and a unique perspective at 8mm.

I use the lens without the lens hood, always. In between shooting spots, I put the lens hood and lens cap back on the front for protection while walking. Yes, the lens-cap-to-lens-hood fit is a bit loose. If it ever gets really annoying, I'll just bond the two together with glue. Putting the pair on, and taking them off as a unit, is a fast, simple, quarter-twist operation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good optics

Very good optics, but there is a great deal of chromatic aberration, especially at 8 mm, around the edge of the image area, which is obviously due to the circular image against the...Read complete review

Very good optics, but there is a great deal of chromatic aberration, especially at 8 mm, around the edge of the image area, which is obviously due to the circular image against the black edges.

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5.0

No other lens can capture more info

By BroPro

from Cold Spring, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

      180 degrees...that says it all. With a single shot you can capture just about everything in front of you. I've learned to live with the precariousness of the front glass and lens cap - minor problems compared to the awesome images this lens can deliver. Be careful with close-ups, though; you might be closer to your subject than you realize. I use it on a 5D MkII, mainly for architectural photos. I shoot wider than I actually need and crop down later in Photoshop to loose the inevitable distortion at the edges.

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      4.0

      Extremely Poor Lens Cap

      By Tropicdiver

      from Cape Coral, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Lens Cap Easily Falls Off
      • Poorly Designed Lens Cap

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

      I have no gripes about the lens, itself, as I enjoy using it.

      My only complaint is about the lens cap. It is extremely poorly designed and it will fall off when least expected. How Canon has not been able to come up with a better design is beyond me.

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      5.0

      Unique perspective

      By mike_k

      from Newnan, GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

        This fisheye lens is awesome! I bought it because I wanted to challenge myself to get more creative, and also for those times when a very distorted view is desirable. This lens is built tough, is very compact and I'm really happy with the image quality. I would happily buy this again and again!

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        5.0

        Typically Excellent Canon L Lens

        By Nick

        from St. Paul, MN

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Deliberate Distortion
        • Unique Framing

        Cons

        • No Lens Cover Possible

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

        I use this for fun, wacky portraits and for nicely distorted action shots.

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        • No

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        5.0

        A great lens to add to your quiver.

        By Dive Leader

        from San Francisco

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

        Excellent build quality, quiet performance. This will be a favorite of mine to use for underwater photography. This lens can replace several lenses.

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        5.0

        Wide angle goodness

        By Matt

        from West Bend, WI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

          I bought this in the attempt to upgrade from my 10-22mm (a great lens itself). I just wanted something a little wider. Just as I thought it would, it definatly delivered. I love this little gem, and am hoping to get lots of use out of it. Only down side that Adobe doesn't have a profile for it in the RAW viewer.

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          5.0

          Great WA/Fisheye Lens

          By mike

          from Canyon Lake, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

            I use the Canon 8-15 f/4L Fisheye lens to create unique images with a decidedly different point of view. Images are great for a variety of events, including weddings, sporting events, etc. The Canon build and reliability is as expected and this is a high quality lens. It does take some time to get used to the associated perspective shifts, but the learning curve isn't that steep and the results are well worth it!

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            5.0

            Love Love Love it!

            By G Images

            from Big Bear Lake, CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                I shoot action sports and this lens is awesome! I am very happy with it. Super crisp fish eye pics. Exactly what I wanted. Keep in mind that you do have a small zoom range but still need to be pretty close to your subject.

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                5.0

                A must have for any wide angle work!

                By Herb

                from Poulsbo, WA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Crystal Focus
                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Vulnerable To Scratch

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Specialty Use
                • Tight spaces

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                I might have given 4 stars, given the vulnerability of the protruding glass of this lens, but it goes with the territory, so five it is. Give it the care and room it needs for protection, and this lens performs like a dream. It isn't the first lens I'd have in my bag, presently a 24-70 and 70-200, but it fights with my 100mm macro as my most used additional lens.

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                5.0

                Canon quality and ingenuity at its best

                By Rurik

                from Ridgewood, NJ

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                With the 8-15 mm F4L I cover the spectrum from 8 to 200 mm (400 with the extender.) I will use it on a forthcoming trip to Europe where I plan on using it to photograph the interior of certain churches.

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                4.0

                Unique Special Effects Lens

                By Light Ninja

                from Irvington, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Exceptional Angle Of View
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Flimsy lens cap

                Best Uses

                • 180 Degree View
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                As has been mentioned many time before, the flimsy lens cap is the only negative of this fine lens. I would have given it a 5 star rating but considering that the front element protrudes in front of the lens barrel, having a good lens cap is essential, in order to protect it from scratchs which because of the extreme depth of field of this lens would be apparent in any photograph taken with this product. If you are very careful with the lens cap you should have have great fun working with this unique optic.

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                5.0

                An Unexpected Surprise

                By Matt Blasing

                from Albuquerque, NM

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Weak Lens Cap Attachment

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                This is such a fun lens, and I have been playing with it way more than I thought I would. Great wide angles, and I love how the lens has a lock function that locks it at a 10mm focal length, which is great for eliminating vignetting from the lens hood. It's very clear from center to edge with minimal blurring. This is one of my new favorite lenses!

                Also, the previous complaints about the lens cap are true. It DOES lock to the lens hood, but the slightest tap on either one of the cap release buttons will cause the cap to fall off. Good for storage, but use caution or find another way to protect the lens on the go while attached to the camera body. The lens cap doesn't affect this review or 5-star rating in the slightest.

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                5.0

                Don't worry about the lens cap!

                By Van Hut World Studios

                from South East US

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Difficult to Clean

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Video

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                Sure, it's not the best lens cap and hood, but once you get past that, this is absolutely the best wide angle lens out there. It's best used with a full frame camera, but once you've got that combo, this lens really delivers. I've been doing some HDR shots with this and it really rocks. This lens fills that bottom wide angle hole in your lens collection.

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                5.0

                8-15mm

                By Bluseal

                from Pacifica

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                  I do plenty of surf photography and this is one of the lenses I use for my SPL housing. Overall I can just say this lens is awesome. If you have the money this lens is well worth it.

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                  5.0

                  Wideye Cyclop

                  By Dan D.

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                    I use this lens with my full frame Canon 5DIII to take super wide angle shots such as in a church setting or when I need to fit a huge group of people in the picture. I also pair this lens with my crop frame Canon 70D and still get the fisheye effect due to the versatile range between 8mm - 15mm. A bit pricey but definitely worth the investment.

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic Lens

                    By FrankieB

                    from Harrisburg Pa

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                      I use this lens mainly as a special effects lensto give my wedding customers something different.It is quick to focus and this lens can be placed right on top of something like rings to give a sharp and very different ring shot. It's priceybut worth every penny. be careful with the front of the lens, you don't want to scratch it.

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                      5.0

                      "I would buy this product again

                      By Jose Isaac Bula Urrutia

                      from Maracaibo Venezuela

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                        This is a nice lens, to do some interesting pictures at nigth over all.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens!

                        By Alex Ojeda

                        from El Paso, TX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Panoramic Photography
                          • Virtual tours

                          Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                          Great quality lens, I use it for Panos and Virtual Tours.

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                          5.0

                          Love it!!

                          By Misty

                          from Lake Saint Louis, MO

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                            I am a wedding and family photographer and wanted to add another lens to give more diversity and went back and forth between this and a tilt for so long and went with this. I have NO idea why I waited so long, I absolutely love it! The only negative is the cap.. falls off easy.

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                            5.0

                            The BEST fisheye I ever had.

                            By Roger Sea Goddess

                            from Silicon Valley, California

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                              You can zoom from circular to super wide.

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