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

You Pay: $1,349.00

Mail-In Rebate: -$50.00

Offer ends: NOV 22 '14
Price after rebate: $1,299.00
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
Environmental
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 184 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (142)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (120)
  • Strong construction (96)
  • Consistent output (89)
  • Lightweight (88)
  • Durable (78)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)
  • Difficult to clean (10)
  • Poor in low light (7)
  • Lens cap (5)
  • Bad lens cap (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (142)
  • Weddings (56)
  • Low light (55)
  • Night photography (50)
  • Sports/action (43)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (64), Pro photographer (51), Semi-pro photographer (49), Casual photographer (11), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (169), 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

its good

By Mr. T

from Phoenix

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Special Event

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

smooth lens. great quality. not too heavy. only purchase if you have a dedicated use for it. bump up f for better images. wish the hood was designed better to protect lens.

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5.0

So very satisfied with my purchase!

By Seydeh

from Berkeley

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 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:

    It took me months to decide whether or not to buy this lens, because I own a 7D and I knew it wouldn't live up to my expectations of a fish eye lens compared to a full frame camera.But after reading LOTS of reviews, I decided to go for it. And boy am I glad that I did!Some don't like the dark corners in the image when using the 8mm focal length, but I actually like it.Others complained about the cap not being too fit, but it works just fine for me.All in all, I am very satisfied with my purchase and the price is totally worth it!

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    • No

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    4.0

    Crisp Lens, but doesn't fill full frame

    By arturo

    from atlanta

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Doesnt Fill Full Frame

    Best Uses

    • Video

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

    This is a great lens, but I was disappointed to find that when the lens is set to 8mm on a canon 6D full frame, it doesn't fill the entire frame. There is a circle in the middle of the image. Either way, this lens is great.

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    4.0

    Incredible

    By Jay

    from Virginia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

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

      I love this lense because it allows me to see the entire room without backing up 20 feet. Its quality is durable and I really like its zoom capability.

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      • No

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      5.0

      So happy to have the fisheye EF 8-1500

      By Micolta

      from Bogotá, Colombia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

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

      Fisheye is perfect for capturing images of concerts, travels, It´s very useful.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Superb lens!

      By PhotonShark

      from Fort Worth, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lens Cap Stays On
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Front Element Safety

      Best Uses

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

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

      I bought this lens for those occasional sky-wide sunrises and sunsets, when no other lens can fully capture the beauty. I also love to do wide-angle night photography of the Milky Way, and often with foreground terrain and objects illuminated by the moon. Star images are the most telling method of lens image quality over the format short of USAF 1951 bar target testing. To test this, I took my first Milky Way pictures with this lens a few nights ago, and I am VERY impressed by the tight, sharp star images, even at f/4 and at different zoom settings. See accompanying picture - Canon 60Da, 30 second exposure, f/4, ISO 2000.

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      5.0

      Terrific

      By Pete

      from Fort Lauderdale, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Nd

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

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

      Love this lens. I have an APS-C camera and I can finally shoot wide! and when i put it into my water housing I get great focus and super wide shots of waves!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Fisheye Lens!

      By Teleia

      from Atascadero Ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

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

        Bought this lens to challenge myself to be more creative, love the fun distorted shots! Excellent quality, not liking the poorly designed lens cap. Be very careful with this lens and give it lots of protection.

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        5.0

        Great lens

        By Blue Sky

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          This lens is so great. I used it last week in a club to shoot the event and I was very happy with the images. I was using f/4-f/5/6 for most of my shots. I also got some nice circular shots at 8mmm focal length. The lens comes with a good cap that protects the front element of the lens fine when not in use.

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          4.0

          Very Happy with Purchase

          By AlaskaDave

          from Juneau, Alaska

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Lens cap

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Panography

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

          I primarily use this lens for shooting 360 Panos, at which it excells. The results are sharp.

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          4.0

          Great Glass!

          By SlightlyAskew

          from NJ

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

          If you are looking for a sharp ultra wife angle lens for specialty shots, then look no further. This is a great lens whether you are shooting in tight spaces, want to show a large vista, or get a little creative with the fish eye. Highly recommended!

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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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                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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