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Bower 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black)

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  • 8mm f/2.8 - f/22 Manual Fisheye Lens
  • Ultra Wide Angle 12mm Equivalency
  • Fits Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Cameras
  • 180º Diagonal Field of View
  • Low Dispersion Multi-coated Optics
  • Built-in Petal-type Lens Hood
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The 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black) by Bower is a fast, ultra wide angle compact lens designed for use on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 mirrorless cameras. Multi-coated lenses equal minimal aberration and sharp images and a built-in petal-type lens hood prevents unwanted glare. The minimum focusing distance is 1' (0.3m) and the angle of view is 180º, offering full-frame (non-circular) images. At 12mm equivalency, this is a perfect manual lens to explore the creative possibilities of the latest mirrorless cameras.

180º diagonal field of view provides expansive panoramic image capture
High index, low dispersion multi-coated optical glass reduces flare
Minimum focusing distance of 12" (30.5 cm)
Built-in petal-type lens hood reduces glare and protects against accidental impact
Compatible with Fujifilm X-Pro 1 cameras
Performance
Focal Length 8mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Fujifilm X mount
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 180°
Minimum Focus Distance 12" (30.48 cm)
Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 10/8
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Flash Synchronization Not Specified By Manufacturer
Exposure Control Not Specified By Manufacturer
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.36 x 2.21" (60 x 56.1 mm)
Weight .57 lb (260 g)
Bower 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black)
  • Lens Cover
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Bower8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (6)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Low light (4)
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      5.0

      Excellent value

      By Barry

      from Painview

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Lack Of Dof Scale

      Best Uses

        Comments about Bower 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black):

        Nothing automatic about this lens, but excellent workmanship/solid build. Neophytes be warned,you need to know how to use your camera on manual or aperture priority.

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        3.0

        Okay, But Not A Keeper

        By David-eye

        from Texas Hill Country

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        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Only Fair Iq

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Bower 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black):

        The compact size and good build quality of this lens makes it an appealing lens, but ultimately the image quality is only fair. After having used the Nikon 10.5 DZ and the Sigma 15mm fisheye lenses this unit definitely has inferior edge sharpness and though it has a much narrower field of view the Fujifilm 14mm 2.8 blows it away when it comes to clarity and sharpness.

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        4.0

        Worth while addition

        By Tailwagger

        from Boston, MA

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Soft wide open

        Best Uses

        • Autimotive
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Bower 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black):

        Whiles its certainly capable of exagerated curvature, I actually prefer to think of this lens as an ultra-wide angle rather than a fish-eye as its 12mm equivalent is really quite versatile. Not that its all that crucial for a lens of this width, given its DoF capabilities, but the recent addition of focus peaking to the X has made the lens even more useable for those of us with aging eyesight. Perhaps not an everyday lens, but easily worth the modest $$$.

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        5.0

        Great purchase

        By Chris

        from Princeton, NJ

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        Pros

        • Image quality
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction
        • Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Bower 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black):

          I purchased the fisheye when I switched from a Canon 5D3 to a Fuji XE-1. It replaced my 8-15L as my fisheye lens. I'm very happy with the image quality, even wide open, as well as the build. Small, light, and it feels well constructed, which is what drew me to the X-mount system in the first place. Given the depth of field, it isn't so hard to focus, except perhaps at minimum focus distance, but the focus peaking is pretty useful for that. I can't say I don't miss autofocus sometimes, but it is generally unnecessary. The only thing that I miss from my Canon fisheye is the crazy magnification you can get with it. This does not come nearly as close, but at over $1,000 less, I can't complain about the performance. Focus ring is a bit stiffer than ideal, but not problematic. Also, there is no contact with the camera, so while you can tell it what the focal length is, the aperture info always indicates f/1.0 The only native fisheye for the X-mount, it has little competition. I suppose you could get an adapter and another fisheye, but then you sacrifice the advantages on how tiny this lens is. Just need to be careful not to get your fingers in the shot. For the price, if you have a Fuji and desire a fisheye with great image quality, I'd highly recommend it. Simply fun to use.

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          5.0

          Excellent lens

          By BillP

          from Vienna, VA

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Optical performance
          • Value

          Cons

          • No Ability To Use Filters

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Bower 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black):

          Nicely surprised at how well this lens performs and the full-frame aspect of its "fisheye" makes it much more usable photographically and less of a novelty. Even though ultra-wide at 180 degrees the edge of frame distortions can be very well controlled with proper pointing angles. Also, even though manual focus I found that if I set it a little before infinity focus, that everything was sharp from about 4 feet to infinity even at f/2.8.

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          3.0

          A bit wonky

          By Fat Rabbit

          from Toronto

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Manual Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video

          Comments about Bower 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black):

          I bought this lens to document real estate properties. It's much easier to get an entire room into frame, the distortion does not bother me at all since it's not for any artistic purpose or commercial use. Build quality and materials are very good but just shy of excellent. Images feel soft and blurry even at maximum DoF but very usable if image is resized a touch smaller and sharpening applied. For the price it carries itself very well; I wouldn't trust it for any professional work but for having a bit of fun or documenting a location it's more than adequate. It's a fine lens and the price is ridiculously low for a fish eye of this build quality.

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          5.0

          Excellent Fisheye

          By Fred DU

          from Australia

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Bower 8mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Fisheye Lens for Fujifilm X Mount (Black):

            Best used for sweeping vistas and unusual effects, this fisheye delivers the goods better than any fisheye I have used in the past. In addition to its surprisingly good image quality and its good performance with regard to control of flare, vignetting and CA are the excellent build quality and super small size and weight.

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