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

Price: $259.00
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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 46 reviews)

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (29)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Durable (20)
    • Reliable (15)
    • Easily interchangeable (6)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape photography (21)
    • Travel (19)
    • Home (6)
    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Everyday (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (12), Semi-professional (10), Photo enthusiast (7), Professional (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
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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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for the price

    You have to like fisheye photographs to own one of these so one should consider the cost/quality when considering. Optical quality is fair but better than the Olympus bodycap fisheye which I also...Read complete review

    You have to like fisheye photographs to own one of these so one should consider the cost/quality when considering. Optical quality is fair but better than the Olympus bodycap fisheye which I also own, but the image from the Bower is a true fisheye while the Olympus delivers more moderately bowed image.

    This one has no electronics so not only is it a fully manual lens but your camera will always ask about focal length when starting up. The Bower is apparently the same as both the Rokinon and Samyang with a different name. I don't know if these other more expensive lenses "talk" to the camera for the extra money.

    I almost returned this one, but I've been having too much fun with it on balance.

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    5.0

    well worth the money

    By Tilman

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Good Optics
    • Small
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        A small, affordable fisheye that delivers great results.
        I don't think you could get anything better in it's price-range.
        Highly recommended.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Why did I wait so long!

        By enjeal

        from Miami, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Small
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Tight Focus Ring

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is a very fun lens to shoot with! I never had or used a fisheye lens before and I don't know why I waited so long to buy one. I guess because fish eye lenses In my view are so expensive for a specialty lens that I might use very little. I was wrong! Purchased this lens before Christmas and have used it probably 80% of the time since. I know it's not going to be all the time on my camera because I have the Olympus Pro 12-40 2.8 on it but I will be using it more than first thought. It's great you don't need to worry to much about focusing because you put it on Infinity and just shoot and everything is sharp unless something is around two feet away from you then you are going to need some fine tuning. Another cool thing is that I have the 5 axis on my Olympus omd-em 1 and it works well. I bought the 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye lens mainly because B&H had it on sale for $199 and couldn't pass this great deal on a new lens. Knowing how much I like it I would buy it for full retail price in a heart beat. Build quality is great and pictures come out sharp, colors are nice. The only negative I think there is on the lens is that the focus ring is very tight and hard to turn when you do need to focus without getting your fingers on the picture or video but thats not enough in my opinion to give it less than 5 stars. I'll find something to put around the focus ring to have a better tactile feel to it.

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        4.0

        A fun lens, but not for every situation

        By Gardenguy

        from Westbury LI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I've only had this lens for a few weeks, and still haven't really been able to 'put it through its paces'!But here's what I can say.It's very well made, and though its regular price is comparatively speaking, quite resonable, it was on sale when I bought mine, and was a fantastic buy.The lens is sharp, but not like either of my 3 Olympus lenses, so I am somewhat spoiled, and perhaps not a good judge.I've seen others remark about the firmness of the manual focussing ring, and I don't agree, as I feel its perfect. Though getting 'hang' of finding a in focus sweet spot with the right aperature setting is not as easy as I thought it would be.Cromatic aberation seems just about non-existent, which I find amazing.But so far, I've made very few pictures with this lens, and most have been more experimental then actually shooting with a perpose. I still wonder if I'm ready to make a review. But my "gut" tells me that if I keep it with me, and use it judiciously, I'll be rewarded with truly outstanding results.

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            5.0

            Great Image

            By Jettster

            from Minnesota

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

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

              I use this lens with my Panasonic GH4. It works great! This is my first fish eye lens and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is just starting off! This works great with a Glidecam.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Bill

              from Olathe ,Ks

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great value
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Street photography

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

                This lens is a very good value I have only had it out one time and it performed extremly well even in low light with my OMD E-M5.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Big Bang For The Buck

                By Richard

                from Arkansas

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  This little lens is a very valuable asset to my M43 kit. Even with the 7-14 f4 (Panasonic Lumix), the Bower 7mm fisheye increases the amount of fun taking pictures can offer.As a retired pro photographer, converting to the M43 system was a no brainer & having this fisheye makes photography fun again.I get to use the hyperfocal distance & manual focusing again. It is sharp, lightweight, & for the money, cannot be beat.The Olympus OMD (EM-1 & EM-5) series of cameras do require a few adjustments, ie: manual focus & turn off IS, but focusing & hand holding is no problem.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent lens!

                  By Thomas

                  from Washington

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

                  Great build quality and excellent photos. The manual focus hasn't been an issue for me.

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                  4.0

                  Fun Tool

                  By Galibier Numero Un

                  from Boulder, CO

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Urban scenes

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

                    Maybe 4.5 stars for value and 3.5 stars for image quality ... netting out to 4.I doubt I'd invest big $$$ in a fisheye, but at these prices, the Rokinon/Bower/Samyang fisheye is a great learning tool and is improving my shot discipline in the process. I'm getting some good shots with it, and defishing in Adobe LR is opening up some possibilities. What bugs me about this lens is that it renders as if you've turned the sharpening up too much. My wife says the lens "looks digital" and hates everything I do with it.Some of my complaints may well be due to needing to master LR's finer techniques in order to get the best out of it (I shoot Raw with an Oly O-MD E-M1).Perhaps my expectations were unreasonable and in part set by the rendering of their 12mm/2.0 lens which is much more to my taste. I'd put the 12/2.0's image quality and rendering right up there with my Oly 12-40/2.8 Pro. Still I'm enjoying this lens a great deal. If I didn't own an Olympus 12-40/2.8 Pro, I'd probably have kept the Rokinon 12 instead of returning it for the fisheye.As I play with this lens more, I'll post updates on my rendering "issues". I may well be too spoiled by my Pan/Leica 25/1.4, Oly 12-40/2.8, and the returned Rokinon 12/2.0.The attached photos were shot Raw, and exported to .jpg via Lightroom with no adjustments or defishing, in to take my "heavy hand" out of the equation. You could do a whole lot worse than this lens, and I suspect that I'll be reporting back on its charms as I play with the shots in Lightroom.

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                    3.0

                    Good for the price

                    By Murray the architect

                    from New York, New York

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good value for the money

                    Cons

                    • Fully manual

                    Best Uses

                    • Fisheye

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

                    You have to like fisheye photographs to own one of these so one should consider the cost/quality when considering. Optical quality is fair but better than the Olympus bodycap fisheye which I also own, but the image from the Bower is a true fisheye while the Olympus delivers more moderately bowed image.

                    This one has no electronics so not only is it a fully manual lens but your camera will always ask about focal length when starting up. The Bower is apparently the same as both the Rokinon and Samyang with a different name. I don't know if these other more expensive lenses "talk" to the camera for the extra money.

                    I almost returned this one, but I've been having too much fun with it on balance.

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                    • No

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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

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  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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