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

You Pay: $229.95
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

The 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF from Rokinon gives you a 180° 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 180° 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 Warranty
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    Rokinon8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount
     
    4.5

    (based on 232 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (127)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (92)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (163)
    • Durable (110)
    • Reliable (89)
    • Lightweight (85)
    • Compact (18)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (12)
    • Heavy / bulky (8)
    • Poor design (7)
    • Not functional (5)
    • Lacks functionality (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape photography (118)
    • Travel (84)
    • Everyday (56)
    • Home (38)
    • Portraits (23)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (99), Semi-professional (64), Professional (25), Professional artist (11), Casual user (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (200), Yes (14)

    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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    5.0

    Super wide

    By Mike

    from Indiana

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Building Interiors
        • Landscapes

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

        As others have pointed out, this is a manual focus, manual exposure (or aperture priority) lens. But at this focal length, depth of field is excellent so the focus is not critical. With digital, if need be you can do several pictures until you get the right exposure. Pictures seem very sharp corner to corner and this is a great value for money. I will use it mostly for landscapes and I love the super wide effect. It is much wider than the Canon 10-18 mm zoom. With buildings, there is quite a bit of fisheye distortion at this focal length, especially near the corners. The lens is great for photographing interiors if you dont mind the distortion. Overall, very happy with the lens.

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        5.0

        great buy

        By gert

        from concord, ca

        About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films

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

          great quality picture and build. can't go wrong for the price. lens cap is unstable but isn't a big deal

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great

          By Brilhoso Produções

          from Jundiaí, Brazil

          Verified Buyer

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

          Not expensive and good quality!

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          4.0

          Love it!

          By Casey

          from Cumming, GA

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality

          Best Uses

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

            I think this happens to be a really fun lens to mess with. I'm a hobbyist and just wanted something for creative shots and landscapes. So far I've gotten a lot of amazing shots.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Product!

            By Jake Hershey

            from Camp Woodward, PA

            About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, 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 used the Rokinon Fisheye on my Canon Rebel T3i and its a perfect lens! So crisp and clear with great manual focus and fstop. I recommend this lens to anyone with a DSLR. However if you like a ring around your screen when filming with a fisheye I don't recommend this. But I love the fullscreen fisheye, its amazing! 5 stars!

              And the price was amazing!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Purchased for a 7D.

              By Rob

              from Dallas, TX

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

              • Lacks Functionality

              Best Uses

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

                Purchased for a 7D. Nice wide field of view. Images look great.

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                • No

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                "Love This Fisheye"

                By Young_Cooke

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films

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

                  I use this lens to film skateboarding

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Holly fish eye!

                  By Technick

                  from Des Moines, IA

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I must say at first the low price had me nervous but after holding it in my hands, looking it over, and getting some good use out of it it's one hell of a lens. If you're after an affordable fish eye this is definitely one to consider. I do a lot of car photography and with this lens it makes capturing the entire interior a breeze!

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                      5.0

                      Great inexpensive lens

                      By PhotoMEX

                      from NYC

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

                      This is a great inexpensive specialty lens lens. The image quality is suprisingly good. The correction for chromatic aberration is at least comparable if not better than in case of its much pricier peers. It is sturdily built and just feels solid. Keep in mind that this is a fully manual lens. Of course, there is no autofocus - but you don't fhave to ocus at all. I just set It to the hyperfocal distance at f/5.6 and shoot. Also there is no automatic aperture control - which is no big deal either. I usually use Av anyway, which works fine. A quick remark about the optical construction: the fisheye effect is there, but considerably less as in other lenses. You can google this if you want to dig deeper in the physics. I actually like it that way. For all the full frame shooters out there - yes, you can use this lens as a circular fisheye, but you should get the version with the removable hood. Highly recommended!

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                      4.0

                      superwide delivers

                      By semi pro

                      from Dallas, Tx

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

                      this lens is superwide and delivers a good image. Used it in downtown Dallas, was able to get an extremely sharp image. made some 16X20 images from the top.

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                      4.0

                      Great lens!

                      By Oma and her camera

                      from Wisconsin

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          I have enjoyed this product, it is fun, pretty simple to get the hang of, and well built for the price! Works very well with the Canon 7D.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great fisheye for the money

                          By Creed

                          from Mission viejo

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

                          There are pros and cons to the ROKINON 8mm fisheye. The lense does not have a sensor so your camera doesn't know there's a lense attached, it's basically a piece of glass in front of your camera. However, this fisheye produces an amazing image. The lense is all manual, which I actually prefer. This lense is great for skateboard filming, but I have gotten some good pictures with it as well. Overall, this is a great fisheye, especially if you're on a budget.

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                          4.0

                          Great for the money

                          By Sparky

                          from SLO, Ca.

                          Verified Buyer

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

                          Solid build, a bit on the soft side. Hard to beat for the money!

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                          4.0

                          Good but not for full frame

                          By Alex

                          from San Antonio, TX

                          Verified Buyer

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

                          It is good for this price.

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                          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Impressed with the results!!!

                          By PHO

                          from New Haven, Ct.

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              Shot a Bat Mitzvah. Used for room shots and place cards,also outside. Very pleased!!

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                              4.0

                              Fish eye Lens

                              By Willy

                              from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                              About Me Hobbyist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • In The Studio

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

                                good lens for the price

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                                • No

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                                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Lens

                                By kd5fex

                                from MS

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects

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

                                  Pictures are crystal clear. Use it to take photos of motorcycles and cars. Great for shooting the inside of a vehicle or motorhome.

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                                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  great lens to play with

                                  By GW

                                  from Toronto Canada

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        I bought this lens to play with on a visit to New York. My first fish eye ... it was fun, I found going back to my days of manual exposure and focusing fun.

                                        Setting the lent to infinity focus achieve what I really wanted. It was interesting to discover how to compose pictures with a fisheye. And the manual exposure gave me some additional disoveries with regards to effects and composition. Need to watch the settings on the lens as the focue and apature settings were a bit loose and changes easy.

                                        Next lens for me will be a 10 to 30+ zoom. I found the fixed focal length to restrictive.

                                        Over all it was a fun lense to play with ... but noticebly not as sharp or vibrant as my "L" series lens.

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                                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        great lents!

                                        By Mayte

                                        from Mexico City

                                        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Complex Projects

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

                                          I use it for architectural interiors and landscapes, the image is crisp and the angle is great, could be so creative and take a wide angle!

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                                          5.0

                                          Super Fun Little Lens

                                          By Sam S

                                          from Orange County

                                          About Me Hobbyist

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Professional Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                              A great lens to add to any APS-C camera. Fun, sharp images. Having no auto-focus is not a big deal at 8mm. I usually set to infinity and snap away, unless I want to spend a few seconds on a close-up. At this price, it's a must have.

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