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Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black)

You Pay: $259.00
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 7.5mm Fisheye Lens
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 4"
  • Aspherical Lenses for Outstanding Images
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood

The 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black) from Bower gives you a dramatic 180° view with an exaggerated perspective when used with a Micro 4/3 camera. Hybrid aspherical lenses and multi-coating help you to produce sharply defined images with a minimum of ghosting and flare. This compact and lightweight manual focus 7.5mm lens focuses as close as 4" (10cm) from the lens for totally awesome wide-angle distortion effects. A built-in petal lens hood is included.

Ultra wide-angle 7.5mm fisheye lens with 180° angle of view for dramatic effects
Aspherical lenses for outstanding, sharply defined images
Lens is multi-coated to reduce flare and ghost images
Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 4" (10 cm) for enhanced close-up shots
Lens includes a built-in petal-type lens hood and front and rear lens caps
Performance
Focal Length 7.5mm
Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 15 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 180°
Minimum Focus Distance 4.0" (10.16 cm)
Elements/Groups 9/7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.36 x 1.89" (6.0 x 4.8 cm)
Weight 6.95 oz (197 g)
Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black)
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Bower7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 37 reviews)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (24)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Durable (15)
    • Reliable (15)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape photography (21)
    • Travel (19)
    • Home (6)
    • Everyday (5)
    • Macro photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (12), Semi-professional (10), Professional (6)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    So much fun.

    Most of my comments below confirm what others have written about this lens. No auto-focus but as others have mentioned, keeping it set to near infinity does the trick for most shots. Likewise,...Read complete review

    Most of my comments below confirm what others have written about this lens. No auto-focus but as others have mentioned, keeping it set to near infinity does the trick for most shots. Likewise, for the price I was very surprised at how well built it truly is… no issue getting it on or off my cameras either. The colours produced are likewise impressive and it really gives a proper 180 degree view… so much so that I need to be more aware of the neckstrap and my hands and feet when shooting. I used to own the Pentax 10-17 and this Bower/Samyang/Rokinon lens has reminded me what fun can be had playing with the distortion and extreme perspective.

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    Disappointed

    The shots I have taken are all quite soft. Since it is manual, it is very hard to focus such a wide angle lens, but with a huge depth of field, it should...Read complete review

    The shots I have taken are all quite soft. Since it is manual, it is very hard to focus such a wide angle lens, but with a huge depth of field, it should all be in focus.

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    4.0

    Perfect wide lens for BMPCC!

    By Cous Cous

    from Tanana, AK

    Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

    Perfect small wide lens for the BMPCC! Clean, beautiful images, absolutely recommend!

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    5.0

    Truly an excellent lens for the price

    By MinAZ

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

        If you are like I was when first considering this lens, i.e. hesitant, then I urge you to buy this lens. My original thinking was that this is an off-brand, non-OEM lens, with no AF, and a low price tag, so probably it was not the best. However, at this time, there are limited choices for ultrawide angle m4/3. So I took the plunge and boy was I ever pleasantly surprised. This is a sharp, well-made lens. You will not have to be overly concerned about focus most of the time especially at 7.5mm on a m4/3 sensor. It takes great photos at a very reasonable price which is more than can be said for most m4/3 lenses.

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        5.0

        Good bang forthe buck

        By Ted

        from Alberta Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Well Built Good Looks Goo

        Cons

        • Non

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Tall Buildings

        Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

        I usually shot in manual mode so no problems. Pictures are sharp in all aperture ranges. Very easy to use. Looks good on the Olympus OMD camera.

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        5.0

        Great value for an extremely wide lens

        By z-money

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

        • Difficult to Clean

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

        For the price it is a great fisheye lens and certainly one of the least expensive ways to get wide shots using the full micro four-thirds sensor. Focusing up close can be a little tricky, but architecture/landscape will not be an issue whatsoever. Not the fastest lens, but certainly useable in lower light. Seems well built, but time will be the judge of its durability.

        I've really enjoyed using it and it is definitely a ton of fun.

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        4.0

        Great value

        By Camerajim

        from West Chester, PA

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Architectural
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

        An amazing lens at this price level. It adds something new to my current kit of micro four third lenses.

        The wide angle of view and fisheye distortion can be used creatively and it is relatively easy to "de-fish" the images to produce super wide angle rectilinear photos, as well.

        It is very sharp and of course, as a super wide angle, it provided great depth of field. The focusing is even close enough to do some near-macro photos.

        However, manual focusing, when needed, is a bear on this lens. The focus ring is way too tight. it's relatively small and it is not knurled all the way around. Normally, manual focus lenses require ounces of force to focus. This lens needs pounds of force, to the point that it is nigh-impossible to turn the focus ring and look through a viewfinder at the same time. This is the one thing keeping this from being a 5-star review.

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        4.0

        Great value for $$$

        By Phil

        from Toronto, Ontario

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

          This lens is a lot of fun and I think is a bargain. It is very well made, and the optics are sharp corner to corner. The one thing I would I change is the focus ring; it is very heavily dampened to the point that it is too stiff to be operated easily and quickly. But I can live with this and would still recommend this lens with the one caveat. Of course, it's fully manual as well, but I would assume anyone considering this piece would know that.

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          5.0

          A chance to get back to the basics

          By Always Shooting

          from Benicia, CA

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

            This lens fits perfectly on my Lumix GX7 and it's lots of fun playing with the unexpected way the lens handles vertical and horizontal elements within the frame. And since the lens is completely manual I'm having fun relearning my almost extinct exposure and focusing skills. A very sharp lens with many useful applications. A plus are the included snap-on lens cap and the velveteen storage bag.

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            5.0

            Great Lens for the Price

            By Ian Smith

            from Berkeley, CA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                  A previous reviewer said the lens was not 180° but that is incorrect. The lens has a 180° diagonal view, not horizontal.

                  It fit snugly but not too tight, just the same as my Olympus and Panasonic lenses.

                  Good if you want to play with ultra wide photography but don't want to spend $700. Don't let the lack of auto-focus discourage you. It has such a huge depth of field you rarely need to set it to anything other than at or near infinity.

                  Lots of positive reviews of this lens on camera sites. The Rokinon and Samyang versions are the same lens.

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                  5.0

                  Nice lens for the BMPCC

                  By Al Asela

                  from Stgo, Chile

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                      Perfect MFT fit, nice lens for the BMPCC (23mm equivalent)

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                      4.0

                      Great lens. Not 180°.

                      By undo

                      from Colorado

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography

                        Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                        Great lens for landscapes. Very sharp all the way around. Set it on infinity and f/8 and I'm set for nearly anything. Lack of autofocus is not an issue. I'm surprised that the description says this lens captures 180° because it's really closer to 160°. That's still a really wide angle...it's just misleading. Wish it was easier to buy a spare lens cap. I finally found one with a Samyang label out of Hong Kong.

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                        5.0

                        Sharp compact easy to use lens for M 4/3

                        By Jerry

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent image quality
                        • High Quality
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable
                        • Very Solid Build

                        Cons

                        • No cons at all

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                        I waited a bit to review this, as I wanted to put it through its paces. It's an easy to use, high quality lens, excellent construction, solid mount on my Olympus EPl2 and OMD EM10 cameras. Don't let the "manual lens" moniker scare you. You can set the lens aperature at slightly less than infinity, and shoot auto to your heart's content. Or go full manual and have a blast with it. Crisp photos. Highly satisfied! Great price on this lens from B&H. Same exact lens as Samyang and Rokinon, but less money. Score!

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                        5.0

                        Perfect for the price

                        By Vicente

                        from NC

                        Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                        Feels great with GX7 using peak focus. Adjusting the two rings for exposure and focus makes it fun and forces me to think how I want it to look. ISO and SS are the only settings I have to change on GX7 and they are easily accessible.

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                        5.0

                        Great little high quality lens

                        By Eggboy

                        from Amherst MA

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Architecture
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Special effects

                          Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                          Great little lens, good built quality. Nice thing about micro 4/3 format is stopping down to f5.6 gives the same depth of field as f11 on full frame, so you can shoot lower ISO at the same shutter speed...and if you have a camera with in body image stabilization, you are gold! Only issue is there is no depth of field scale.

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                          5.0

                          Impressive

                          By Jombi

                          from South Texas

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Precision
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Tight Spaces

                            Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                            I bought the Bower 7.5mm f3.5 as a wide-angle lens for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I think maybe the ideal wide-angle lens for the BMCC may be a 9mm lens. For the money I went with the 7.5. At first glance the 7.5mm Bower was too wide. On the BMCC with it's Super16 sensor it is not a fisheye lens though its really wide, super wide with typical edge distortions but has a place in my arsenal of lenses. It's almost GoPro wide if you know what I mean but not that wide. The workmanship is excellent, the feel of the lens is quite nice. Very precision. Very sharp. The mount is perfectly snug, the iris and focus both rotate as they should, very smoothly. I have nothing negative to say about this lens, I just wish it was a 9mm but I knew it wasn't going in. If you are wanting a super wide manual MFT lens for your BMCC this is one to consider.

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                            4.0

                            You get as advertised

                            By ShootLife

                            from Los Angeles

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Poor Design

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                            Ok Let's go through some breakdownsSharpness: Very good, but requires a big monitor or eyepiece to eyeball it just right.Build: High quality feel, the only problem is that it seems a little tight on my BMPCC m4/3 mount, I feel like i'm grinding it in. And it's made of plastic components, not metal.If you have a high crop factor sensor, this will get you very wide, but you'll have to deal with fish-eye distortion around the edges.

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                            5.0

                            So much fun.

                            By Cardboardrobot

                            from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Close Focus
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Small size
                            • Smooth Manual Focusing
                            • Snappy Aperture Ring
                            • Solid Build Quality
                            • Unique Perspective

                            Cons

                            • No Auto-focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Multipurpose

                            Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                            Most of my comments below confirm what others have written about this lens. No auto-focus but as others have mentioned, keeping it set to near infinity does the trick for most shots. Likewise, for the price I was very surprised at how well built it truly is… no issue getting it on or off my cameras either. The colours produced are likewise impressive and it really gives a proper 180 degree view… so much so that I need to be more aware of the neckstrap and my hands and feet when shooting. I used to own the Pentax 10-17 and this Bower/Samyang/Rokinon lens has reminded me what fun can be had playing with the distortion and extreme perspective.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great lens for the price.

                            By Andy of ECU films

                            from New York NY

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                              I Shoot music videos professionally. I bought this lens for the Black Magic Cinama Camera. It works great. No problem.

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                              5.0

                              Love this lens.

                              By Eric W.

                              from NC

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Manual Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling
                              • Unique Perspective

                              Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                              I had a great time walking around the bay in Baltimore and the UNC Campus recently with this lens. Taking pictures at a distance no manual focus is needed. Just point and shoot at just below infinity. Up close when using manual focus this lens is agreeably sharp and creates interesting compositions. Plus it is built like a tank and is more than reasonably priced, especially when compared to the Panasonic 8mm fisheye. In fact the Bower performs better in controlling CA at the corners than the Panasonic.

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                              2.0

                              Get a Samyang

                              By Dcxdan

                              from Sterling Heights, Michigan

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Not Durable
                              • Not Functional
                              • Poor Design

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use

                              Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                              I got this lens and found it pretty hard to twist onto (and off) my Panasonic Lumix G5. I was concerned about it damaging my camera's lens mount surface, so I sent it back. Plus it was way too hard to turn the focus ring. Still, I was pretty impressed by the images on my camera. Too bad Bower, or B&H, does not check the quality of the fit and functionality of the lens before shipping them out. Cost me $11 to send it back - BOO Bower.

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                              5.0

                              Don't Even Look at another Fisheye Lens

                              By Phoxrox

                              from Phoenix Arizona

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Home
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Micro 4/3 Cameras (Black):

                                There are a few choices of fisheye lenses for micro four-thirds photographers. We can adapt various brands of legacy lenses using an adapter - this choice may be heavy and bulky. The two choices with native mount for MFT are the Panasonic Lumix 8mm f/3.5 auto-focus or the Bower/Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 manual focus. The Panasonic can be 2-3 times as expensive as the Bower, and, really, the only "extra" it brings to the table is auto-focus, which is almost unnecessary with a fisheye lens, or, at least, an extravagant option. Both lenses have a built-in hood (no filters can be attached) and a lens cap. While it is not difficult to manually focus a fisheye lens because of the depth of field, it can be a challenge to keep one's fingers out of the frame because of the wide angle of view. The optics and image quality of the Bower are every bit as good as the Panasonic for my needs. This lens can give those unique fisheye shots and also, using software defishing (google it), it is relatively simple to have an inexpensive super-ultra-wide lens that can produce nearly rectilinear images that are considerably wider than my widest prime - 12mm.

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