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Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount

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Product Highlights

  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • For APS-C Size Image Formats
  • Rounded Image When Used With Full Frame
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses -- Sharp Images
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Manual Focus Lens
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
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The 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF from Rokinon gives you a 167° view with dramatic, exaggerated perspective when used with an APS-C camera, or a circular image floating in the frame when used with a full frame digital camera or 35mm film camera. With hybrid aspherical lenses and multi-layer coating, you will produce sharply defined images with a minimum of flare and ghosting. The 8mm manual focus lens focuses as close as 1' (30.48 cm) from the lens, and has a built-in petal lens hood.

Note: Produces a vignetted image on full-frame sensors or 35mm film

Ultra wide-angle 8mm fisheye lens with exaggerated perspective and approximately 180° angle of view, for dramatic effects
Ultra-wide 167° diagonal field-of-view for APS-C size image formats--will produce a rounded image that doesn't cover the entire frame when used with compatible full frame digital cameras
Manual focus lens with no electronic connections to the camera for automatic focus nor metering.
Lens is constructed with hybrid aspherical lenses for outstanding, sharply defined images
Lens features super multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghost images
Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 12" (30.48 cm) for enhanced close-up shots
Lens includes a built-in petal-type lens hood
Performance
Focal Length 8mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 167°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.0' (30.48 cm)
Elements/Groups 10/7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.95 x 3.04" (75 x 77.3 mm)
Weight 15.1 oz (428.09 g)
Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount
  • Lens Pouch
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Instruction Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Worldwide Warranty
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    Rokinon8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount
     
    4.5

    (based on 259 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (140)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (105)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (178)
    • Durable (110)
    • Lightweight (95)
    • Reliable (89)
    • Compact (25)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (12)
    • Heavy / bulky (8)
    • Lacks functionality (7)
    • Poor design (7)
    • Not functional (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape photography (118)
    • Travel (84)
    • Everyday (56)
    • Home (38)
    • Portraits (23)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (109), Semi-professional (64), Professional (25), Professional artist (14), Business owner (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (218), Yes (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What a fisheye!

    I picked up this lens for a paid shoot at a skate park in Queens, NY. I needed a sharp fisheye, and I didn't want to spend a lot of money.
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    I picked up this lens for a paid shoot at a skate park in Queens, NY. I needed a sharp fisheye, and I didn't want to spend a lot of money.

    From the B&H stock, this is the clear winner. For twice the price, Sigma or Canon with auto-focus and auto-aperture hardly seems worth it.

    With the right settings, it's a sharp lens for the price. DOF on this lens is unreal. This lens doesn't know the meaning of the word "bokeh".

    The lens feels very solid and looks professional. The plastic is hard, and the focus ring is smooth and rubberized. The components that feel cheap are the aperture ring (it's not THAT bad) and the lens hood (also not THAT bad).

    Here are some notes on how I use the fisheye:

    - For landscapes, cityscapes, and any shot where the closest object is further than 5ft from the camera, I set the focus ring between 10ft/3m and infinite. This keeps everything in frame quite sharp.

    - For close up objects, I set the focus ring to 1ft/.3m. The background will be less sharp if you look at the image with a magnifying glass, but your subject will maintain some more detail.

    - Never use this lens at f/3.5 or f/22 if you are shooting for high-res. I found the sweet spot to be between f/8 and f/11. Wide open and fully closed, the lens is soft to say the least (okay for Facebook profile pic, not good for prints)

    - Keep in mind that you can get pretty sharp handheld shots up to 1/2 - 1/8 second at 8mm depending on the steadiness of your hands and stillness of the subject.

    - To frame a shot, I temporarily set my f/stop to 3.5, then click back to my shooting aperture (usually around f/8).

    - Be careful how you frame people with this lens. Shoot too close, and their face will look cartoonish (rarely in a flattering way). To get the least distorted image, I suggest keeping the subject's face close to the center of the frame and at least a meter back from the front of the lens.

    - Be careful that extremities aren't close to the corners to avoid infinitely long spaghetti arms.

    - Be careful with flash. On camera flash is pretty useless when the FOV is just shy of 180 degrees. I can see my softbox in frame when the flash is attached to the camera.

    - It's easy not to notice that your feet or fingers in the frame until it's too late.

    - You're closer to the subject than it might appear in the viewfinder. Be careful not to scratch the lens on a wall.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Soft focus, distraught colors

    I was looking for a fisheye lens for my APS-C Canon. I started with the Rokinon based on the positive reviews and price, however I quickly discovered that the overall image was soft and...Read complete review

    I was looking for a fisheye lens for my APS-C Canon. I started with the Rokinon based on the positive reviews and price, however I quickly discovered that the overall image was soft and nowhere near the clarity of my other lenses (mostly Canon and some Sigma). In some cases the colors were very off, especially when slightly overexposed.

    This lens is respectable if you do not want super-clear images. If you're shooting landscapes or things at a distance where you can get away with a little soft focus then this is a great lens for the price. If you need clarity, especially close up (say 5' or less) then move on to a higher quality lens.

    I returned this lens and looked at the more expensive Sigma lenses, which also had their issues. Although I never intended to spend big $'s there was no other fisheye that had the clarity of the Canon 8-15mm F4.0.

    If razor-sharp focus is not a high priority then this lens will likely do the trick.

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    4.0

    Great Lens - Manual

    By Shoh

    from San Jose, CA

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

          This lens is manual. It's hard for me to see what is focused in viewfinder, so most of the time I just approximate the distance to the object and with right f-stop I get great photos. This is the main reason why I gave 4 stars. Aside from that, it's a great product and good price.

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          4.0

          Great lens

          By HumDoug

          from Eureka, CA

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Creative Distortion
            • Landscapes

            Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

            I first got this lens 1 1/2 years ago for use during an Alaskan cruise, and have fallen in love with it. It takes a little effort to get used to the manual aperture, short focal length and wide field of view (how many times did I accidentally get my camera bag or feet in a shot?), but it's been well worth it. My camera has had no trouble using this in AV (aperture priority) mode).

            It's great for landscapes, extended vertical shots (such as shooting up a flagpole or light post, or capturing a dramatic exaggerated street scene) and I've had a blast using the distortion for creative and fun images. Depth of field on this lens is phenomenal, and I've gotten a number of excellent images with it.

            All in all, highly recommended for the creative photographer.

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            5.0

            Super Little Lens

            By Architect1776

            from Williamsport, PA

            About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Creative Uses
              • Tight Locations

              Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

              My wife and I use this lens a lot on trips for special shots, interiors and what ever we can imagine. It is sharp, easy to use and focus is not an issue. Just set hyperfocal point and shoot. If you do not know what this is then take a class. It is like shooting with auto focus as once set just forget focusing. Would highly recommend this lens for those wanting a fisheye and can't justify the big bucks others cost.

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              5.0

              Cheap but Good.

              By Dave

              from Hood River, Oregon

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                    My first camera (Canon FTb) I bought in 1975 was the first generation to incorporate electronics...it had a light meter. My new 70D does not read the lens aperture so it must be used manually. I have to dust off long abandoned skills. In every other respect it is excellent.

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                    5.0

                    Rokinon 8mm fish

                    By Josh

                    from Wisconsin

                    Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                    Amazing and cheap lens. Gets a very clear and wide angle of view. If your a beginner at photography, this is a perfect lens to start with. ----------

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                    5.0

                    fish eye

                    By Deb

                    from NJ

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                        SO far so good! Having a lot of fun with this well made lens!

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                        5.0

                        Rokinon 8mm Fisheye for Canon EF

                        By Dipankar

                        from Norton, MA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                            I've mostly used it for terrestrial photography in the few weeks I've had it. It works as I had expected. No surprises. Good value for the money. Waiting for some clear nights when I can try some time-lapse photos with this.

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                            4.0

                            Need to get used to

                            By Jack

                            from Bethesda, MD

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Functionality

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects

                            Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                            Good color, nice effect

                            I used to len for wedding last week, it's was my first time used manual len, but the picture comeout good. I just have some photo out of focus

                            I dont like the attached len hood. I wish it can removable so I can use it with Fullframe camera

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                            4.0

                            Why Pay the Big Bucks!?

                            By Nature Girl

                            from Raleigh, NC

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                                  Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                  This is my only non-Canon lens and I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the photos. I did not want to invest big bucks for a minimal use specialty type lens. This fits the need, keeps money in the pocket and adds a new lens to the tool box without breaking the bank. Manual settings are no problem. My only do-over would be to get the lens with the removable shade. Getting the lens cap secured correctly can be a bit trying.

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                                  4.0

                                  great lens

                                  By jpeterson

                                  from vegas

                                  Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                  really love this lens and its an anazing buy for it's price.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing Lens

                                  By Keyon

                                  from San Clemente

                                  Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                  Ultra wide lens with amazing manuel focus!

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                                  4.0

                                  Fun new toy!

                                  By Big nose

                                  from New York

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Limited Compatibility

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                    A fun new different perspective - you'll feel as if you can almost take a picture of things behind you. A better alternative to the fish eyes that only provide a circular image.

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                                    4.0

                                    Awesome low priced Fisheye

                                    By Monte

                                    from Dededo, Guam

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                        I use this primarily to photograph skateboarding and as far as that goes its an awesome piece of manual fisheye-ness! The only downside I've noticed so far and that the distance dial doesn't really make any difference. Only in low light and a macro situation did i see any change of focus. So unless the situation is odd and dictates something else I just leave the focus ring at infinity and it works just fine.

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                                        5.0

                                        Nice lens.

                                        By Randy

                                        from Farmington Hills, MI

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                            This lens is better than I expected. I do scenery and nature photos and this lens give me that different perspective that enhance the photos I shoot.

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                                            5.0

                                            Got more for my money!

                                            By RayW

                                            from New york New york

                                            About Me Very Serious Hobbyist

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact Design
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Professional Quality

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Creative Looks
                                              • Indoor

                                              Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                              This lens was purchased based on other reviews and a great price point.It has lived up to the reviews. It is sharp and simple to use to get those great wide shots with. Definitely feel like I got more for my money here. Not a lens you will have on your camera all the time, but at the right time it gives you a beautiful different look, so keep it with you. The only limitations are your imagination.Very glad I purchased it, highly recommended.

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                                              5.0

                                              Very good lens

                                              By Pete SRQ59

                                              from Sarasota, Florida

                                              About Me Professional Artist

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact Design
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Highly Compatible
                                              • Improves Performance
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Professional Quality

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Complex Projects
                                                • Home Movies
                                                • Independent Films
                                                • In The Studio

                                                Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                                I am completely satisfied with the capabilities of this lens. It brings very sharp image with very good color. The lens is Made in Korea of metal, which makes it very durable and solid. I am using it to make effective architecture pictures. I am planing to use for night pictures with my Canon EOS T3 i because of the very wide perspective it brings. I was looking for affordable fish eye lens and that' it - just $.

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                                                4.0

                                                Solid piece of glass for the price

                                                By Jimbo

                                                from Tucson, AZ

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Professional Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                                    I've been using the lens for time lapse shots on my Canon 60D.

                                                    Image is crisp edge to edge.

                                                    This is a slow lens but for time lapse that's not a concern.

                                                    Good solid build. No plastic like Canon's cheaper lenses.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Just what I wanted

                                                    By HammerHead

                                                    from Hurricane, Utah

                                                    About Me Professional Artist

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Limited Compatibility

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Complex Projects
                                                    • Home Movies

                                                    Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                                    Lots of fun ahead

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                                                    5.0

                                                    awesome

                                                    By Mikerophotos

                                                    from New Jersey

                                                    Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                                    I really love this lens it's awesome great for everything from shooting bands and landscape shots and shooting photos of little kids I love it it's an all around great lens

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Perfect for music shows and events

                                                    By Primogenia

                                                    from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                                                    About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Highly Compatible
                                                    • Professional Quality

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Complex Projects
                                                      • Independent Films
                                                      • Landscape

                                                      Comments about Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                                                      Usaré este producto para fotografías de paisaje y de shows musicales

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