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Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon

You Pay: $270.00
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • 180º Angle of View
  • High Definition, Aspherical Elements
  • For Use with APS-C Format DSLRs
  • Circular, Vignetted Image on Full Frame
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Removable Petal-Type Lens Hood

The 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon from Rokinon gives you a 180º view with dramatic, exaggerated perspective when used with an APS-C camera, or a powerful circular image floating in the frame when used with a full frame digital camera or 35mm film camera. With hybrid aspherical elements and multi-layer coating, you will produce sharply defined images with a minimum of flare and ghosting. The 8mm lens focuses as close as 12" (30.48 cm) from the lens. This version of the 8mm f/3.8 Fisheye lens comes with a removable lens hood that will offer glare reduction and lens protection, but can be removed to offer an increased and unobstructed angle of view when shooting with full frame digital or 35mm cameras. 

Note! Produces a circular, vignette image on full-frame sensors or 35mm film

Ultra wide-angle 8mm fisheye lens with exaggerated perspective for dramatic effects
Ultra-wide 180º 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 or 35mm film cameras
Lens is constructed with hybrid aspherical elements 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
The petal-style lens hood can be removed so as to not interfere with the image when shooting in full frame digital or 35mm film
Performance
Focal Length 8mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 180°
Minimum Focus Distance 12" (30.48 cm)
Elements/Groups 10/7
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.95 x 3.04" (75 x 77.3 mm)
Weight 15.1 oz (428 g)
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon
  • Lens Pouch
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Petal-style Lens Hood
  • Instruction Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Worldwide Warranty
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    Rokinon8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (8)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Durable (7)
    • Easily interchangeable (6)
    • Strong construction (5)

    Cons

    • Tough to attach (5)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Night photography (6)
    • Low light (4)
    • Sports/action (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for serious work and for fun!

    This is the first fisheye lens I own, and the second one I've used; first one is the sigma 10mm f/2.8 fisheye. And I must say: this Rokinon HD version performs really...Read complete review

    This is the first fisheye lens I own, and the second one I've used; first one is the sigma 10mm f/2.8 fisheye. And I must say: this Rokinon HD version performs really good in overall conditions for an accesible price compared to other options.

    So far, I,ve used it for indoor-outdoor-night photography with/without external flash, some family portrait, group portrait and some landscape by day, and I love the projected perspective compared to other lenses (not-so-squished edges like the others), the almost infinite DOF, the removable hood (tried the lens on an F2 film camera without hood and it's almost a complete circular fisheye!), the sturdy feeling of the focus/aperture ring and lens itself, the lens weight and the pictures that creates. Concerning the optics: it is acceptably sharp and ghosts and flares are low.

    However, the reason I gave this item 4 stars is because of the very stiff mounting, the persistent chromatic aberration at all apertures (not so strong but still there), and because of the slight, soft focus effect (or loss of contrast?) when stopped from f/3.5 to f/5.6, no matter the focus distance (while this is inconvenient in many situations, it can be interesting to use artistically).

    If you want a fisheye lens for fun or for professional work but don't want to spend lots of money, this is a perfect choice (or the other variations from the same company that makes them); even if used sparingly, being a special purpose lens, you'll not regret buying it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good lens for the price

    The Rokinon 8mm lens is pretty decent for the price. It doesn't have that "pro" feel - made mostly of plastic. It fills the frame on an APS-C camera, but produces...Read complete review

    The Rokinon 8mm lens is pretty decent for the price. It doesn't have that "pro" feel - made mostly of plastic. It fills the frame on an APS-C camera, but produces a circular image on a full-frame camera. On a Nikon full-frame camera, it works well when the camera is set to shoot in DX format, otherwise significant cropping is necessary.

    I found significant purple fringing in the extreme corners, but it's easily cropped.

    Manual focus isn't an issue - just focus at 1.5 feet and shoot at f8 - depth of field will be about 1 foot to infinity.

    For the money, it's an excellent lens for the limited times you'll be using it.

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    5.0

    VERY IMPRESSIVE RESULTS

    By Mickey

    from Lake Candlewood Ct.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

      The horizontal angle of coverage of the 8mm Rokinon lens is about 151 to 154 degrees on the DX format camera the way I figured it out and this gives me great shots for panoramic pix stitched with tremendous depth of field. I've had this Rokinon 8mm that I bought from B&H for about 16 months and I am completely satisfied with it's quality and performance and my B&H dealer's quick service and pricing.

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      4.0

      I would buy this product again

      By Rob

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output

      Cons

      • Tough To Attach

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

      It really is the best value fisheye, especially for people not looking to spend a ton on a nikkor. The thing that is interesting about this lens is that it is a manual focus up to 1 meter but I'm not entirely sure how/if it works. That said, it's almost as if everything is in focus. When testing different focus settings at the same distance it did appear in the product of the picture that there might have been some difference, but it was impossible to tell through the viewfinder. I mean this really doesn't matter to me, but just a curious observation. All in all a wonderful lens.

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      3.0

      rokinon 8mm lens

      By bruce

      from scottsdale az

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Tough To Attach

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

        lens looks like a lot of fun, but i had to return it. the fit on my d610 was very tight and scared me. didn't want to ruin my camera. going to try the samyang and hope that this is a better fit. as usual b&h was prompt . they are the best to deal with.

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        5.0

        'HD' fisheye at budget price

        By imagczar

        from New Hampshire

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

        • Sharp Low Ca

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

          Stepping up to full frame camera sensor has ment I have gone out looking for replacements for some of my most used gear. I own an older Sigma 8mm fisheye used on APS-C Nikon bodies for QT virtual tours and 360 panoramas. The larger image circle of the Rokinon gives a similar image on a Full Frame camera compared to the Sigma on the crop sensor. It is clearly sharper away from the center and has less CA, compared to the Sigma, and its distortion seems to be a bit different. It does however have a larger blue circle at the edge of the image circle. The Rokinon doesn't have DOF scales like the Sigma, Nor does it have the Autofocus or built quite as well.

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          5.0

          Great...so far.

          By Firehawk583

          from Allen, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Tough To Attach

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

          I bought this lens mostly to use inside houses for great shots of rooms. And it works fantastic. When looking through the viewfinder, I smile at the range of view I have. I'm looking forward to taking some car and outdoor photographs, but so far, it's been a fun lens to have. I'm using this lens on a Nikon D300, so the AF works well.

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          5.0

          This lens ROCKS

          By wilpenusa

          from Las Vegas NV.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Video

          Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

          My first fisheye lens. A fisheye is a fisheye, for photographers who want one and can use it. This lens does not dissapoint as fisheyes go. It is well made, easy to use, manual focus, easy to focus, basically just set it and go unless you are going to get close(12"or less). Works with most F-mount Cameras in M,A,S,P modes. Very affordable, fo a fisheye.

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          4.0

          Fun for the price

          By f8lee

          from Southern California

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

            This is a lens to use only occasionally - the fisheye effect can get on one's nerves if overused. I use it on an FX camera and so get the "trimmed circle" view (on a DX camera it provides 180 degree coverage as measured corner-to-opposing-corner) which has its moments.I have used the Sigma 8MM fish, and while it gives a truly circular image on the film or CCD the Rokinon actually cuts off a little at the top and bottom; not sure why that is since they are both supposedly the same focal length. But given this is 1/3 the cost it's not a big deal.Build quality is decent; not overly robust but, again, not the kind of lens one would use all that often. A nice touch is that the lens cap grips the petal-type lens hood (I wish some other super-wide lens caps would do that) and that the lens hood it self is removable (which is necessary for FX use, to give that circular full image).As with any ultra-short focal length lens, the depth of field is so deep at virtually any aperture that bokeh is pretty much a non-issue.This is the kind of lens, like a Lensbaby, that is fun to take on a trip (if you have the extra space) to use a few times.

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good lens for the price

            By PhotoBert

            from West Hartford, CT

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

            The Rokinon 8mm lens is pretty decent for the price. It doesn't have that "pro" feel - made mostly of plastic. It fills the frame on an APS-C camera, but produces a circular image on a full-frame camera. On a Nikon full-frame camera, it works well when the camera is set to shoot in DX format, otherwise significant cropping is necessary.

            I found significant purple fringing in the extreme corners, but it's easily cropped.

            Manual focus isn't an issue - just focus at 1.5 feet and shoot at f8 - depth of field will be about 1 foot to infinity.

            For the money, it's an excellent lens for the limited times you'll be using it.

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            5.0

            Great Value

            By Robbie

            from Charlotte

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

              If you are shooting with DX format there is no better fisheye for the money. For FX, it is a much more exaggerated look, so beware.

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              5.0

              Fantastic Lens

              By Ronnie

              from Burbank, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Tough To Attach

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

              I really enjoy this fisheye lens and highly recommend it to others.

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              4.0

              So far so good

              By The Professor

              from Venice, Florida

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • No AF

              Best Uses

              • Fun Images

              Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

              It's a toy but at a small fraction of the cost of a Nikon lens that is twice the focal length for a full-frame lens.

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              5.0

              Best Cheap Lens I Have

              By Trilby Man

              from Trilby, FL

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

                This is an outstanding lens for its price. Please understand that it IS a high-distortion fisheye lens that introduces curvature into each image. I use it on my APS-C Nikon 7000 and Nikon 5100 as a supplemental lens on all assignments and landscapes. It is as sharp as expected, mates well with the cameras, does not require manual overrides for most photos, and is fun. The key word is supplemental. Always have your normal lens(es), but learn how to use this and you will literally broaden your vistas. I am thankful that I can have a real, quality, useful specialized lens for just a little more than the silly cheap plastic toys that create fuzzed photos. This is an expansion of your skills, not allowing you to hide behind intended bad focus. (smile)

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great for serious work and for fun!

                By Jorjoa

                from San Luis, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • cheap
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video

                Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

                This is the first fisheye lens I own, and the second one I've used; first one is the sigma 10mm f/2.8 fisheye. And I must say: this Rokinon HD version performs really good in overall conditions for an accesible price compared to other options.

                So far, I,ve used it for indoor-outdoor-night photography with/without external flash, some family portrait, group portrait and some landscape by day, and I love the projected perspective compared to other lenses (not-so-squished edges like the others), the almost infinite DOF, the removable hood (tried the lens on an F2 film camera without hood and it's almost a complete circular fisheye!), the sturdy feeling of the focus/aperture ring and lens itself, the lens weight and the pictures that creates. Concerning the optics: it is acceptably sharp and ghosts and flares are low.

                However, the reason I gave this item 4 stars is because of the very stiff mounting, the persistent chromatic aberration at all apertures (not so strong but still there), and because of the slight, soft focus effect (or loss of contrast?) when stopped from f/3.5 to f/5.6, no matter the focus distance (while this is inconvenient in many situations, it can be interesting to use artistically).

                If you want a fisheye lens for fun or for professional work but don't want to spend lots of money, this is a perfect choice (or the other variations from the same company that makes them); even if used sparingly, being a special purpose lens, you'll not regret buying it.

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                4.0

                Worth the money

                By Matt

                from Fife, WA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon:

                      Packaging is cheezy, but the lens feels and works great so far. The focus is smooth and well dampened. And the focus confirm chip works well and was a nice surprise since I didn't see it mentioned in the description. Focusing is still tuff since you can't see any detail through the viewfinder to distinguish if you are in focus or not. So I rely on the confirm chip heavily. This is my first 3rd party lens and I was hesitant at first. But since this is a novelty lens and distortion just enhances the look, I figured I couldn't go wrong. I'd buy this again and recommend it to a friend.

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