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

You Pay: $279.00
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • 180º Angle of View
  • High Definition, Aspherical Elements
  • For Use with APS-C and Full-Frame DSLRs
  • 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
  • One Year Limited Rokinon Warranty
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    Rokinon8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Nikon
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (7)
    • Consistent output (6)
    • Durable (5)
    • Easily interchangeable (5)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Night photography (4)
    • Sports/action (4)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    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

    '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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        (9 of 9 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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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          So far so good

          By The Professor

          from Venice, Florida

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Verified Buyer

          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

          Verified Reviewer

          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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            Verified Buyer

            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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            (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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