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CanonFisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens
 
4.7

(based on 258 reviews)

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    (63)

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    (3)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (189)
  • Lightweight (171)
  • Easily interchangeable (152)
  • Consistent output (141)
  • Durable (103)

Cons

  • Scratches easily (21)
  • Difficult to clean (19)
  • Slow focus (18)
  • Heavy (11)
  • Blurry focus (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (124)
  • Weddings (78)
  • Special effects (72)
  • Low light (64)
  • Night photography (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (64), Semi-pro photographer (49), Photo enthusiast (41), Professional (31), Semi-professional (25)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (94), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fun... Fun... Fun!

I am a professional sports cinematographer, videographer and photographer who gets to play all day with lenses in the $20,000 to $200,000 range, so I’m usually disappointed with many of the...Read complete review

I am a professional sports cinematographer, videographer and photographer who gets to play all day with lenses in the $20,000 to $200,000 range, so I’m usually disappointed with many of the cheaper SLR lenses that I have encountered. This is not one of them.

This lens is a whole lot of fun. I borrowed one from a Canon rep at a car show and went to town with it. It allows me to over-emphasize detail in an unusual but natural way. It also makes it easier to photograph in any public exhibit environment because this lens allows me to move forward of all the lookie-loos that would otherwise be in my way. My daughter actually won the event photo contest at that car show using this lens: Big embarrassment for dad.

Two weeks later I bought one from B&H. I’ve used it with great results on my 20D (1.6x) and my 1D Mark IIn (1.3x), but it now lives permanently on my 5D (1x).

This lens is great for all aspects of landscape photography. I especially like it for sunsets, where the sky can light up clear over my head. On my full 35mm sensor 5D, this lens has a diagonal corner-to-corner viewing angle of 180 degrees. People standing next to me look confused when I ask them to please step back out of my shot.

A discussion on distortion is pretty much irrelevant, because this is why we buy fisheye lenses; however, I will say that the distortion is mild and not overbearing.

This lens gives me corner-to-corner sharpness, even at a wide aperture. I don’t find the auto focus slow at all, but it is noisy. You have to keep in mind that this is not an L Series (Professional) lens; although, I wish Canon would make it one, with a magnesium housing and an ultrasonic motor.

The discussions on full time manual focus are confusing. This lens does have full time manual focus, at the flip of a switch. It does not have manual focus override when in auto focus mode, a feature that many L Series lenses do have.

Filter freaks will realize right away that filter changes in the field will not be fun. This lens uses a rear gel-type filter that requires removal of the lens, a move that can be detrimental to digital dust magnets (CMOS Sensors) in the field.

As mentioned before, the lens cap is a big bummer. It is a non-flexible metal cap that can scratch the front element if you aren’t looking when you put it on. It will also scratch up the outer edge of your non-removable lens hood (learn to live with it), and it will fall of constantly! My fix is to take a 1” x ¼” sliver of Velcro, the soft side, and adhere it inside the edge of your cap. This will apply just enough pressure to keep it on, and still allow you to easily take it off and then put it back on again.

The bottom line is that this lens is a must. It will bring you lots of photographic enjoyment; and, as in my case, possibly a few extra dollars profit as well.

Buy it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very poor sharpness

I'm very dissapointed about this lens. I bought it as used from B&H Used store, but the lens is absolutely soft, especially in corners and at ANY aperture. Stopping down helps...Read complete review

I'm very dissapointed about this lens. I bought it as used from B&H Used store, but the lens is absolutely soft, especially in corners and at ANY aperture. Stopping down helps just a very little, the corners remains blurry.
I've find it as unusable at any condition, it was a very bad buy.

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5.0

Im searching this lens

By manuka

from florida

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

      its great lens! My was stolen and im searhing another one...........

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      • No

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      1.0

      Very poor sharpness

      By Martin

      from Slovakia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Lens Creep
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

      I'm very dissapointed about this lens. I bought it as used from B&H Used store, but the lens is absolutely soft, especially in corners and at ANY aperture. Stopping down helps just a very little, the corners remains blurry.
      I've find it as unusable at any condition, it was a very bad buy.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Super Sharp Lens

      By HotRat

      from Pennsburg, PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Lens cap

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

      Use it for wedding photography to give that unique look for certain pics. Decided to purchase this lens rather than the new 8-15 for 2 reasons...f2.8 and price. I am very pleased. AF is a little noisy, but that's expected for a lens that was made back in late 1980's. Perfect for 5d mark ii. On my 1d mark iv, it still has that "edgy" wide look...but on full-frame, you get those fishy pics.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Enjoying the fisheye experience

      By Old Man

      from Columbia, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Interior space

        Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

        The fisheye takes me away from my usual type of photos, and I am learning to see differently as a result of this experience. It took me over a week to decide to keep it, and I plan to use it only for specialied portfolios, but it is fun. As for the lens, it's sharp, light, and easy to use. And, for me, it's affordable enough to decide to keep it. Far from a must, it is taking some time to learn how to fit it into my style. But I'm learning and enjoying the process.

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        5.0

        What I have been missing...

        By WittDude

        from Houston, Tx

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

          Words cannot describe this lens. Took this on a cruise in Western Carribean and came back with the most beautiful creative pictures. Lens is SHARP!It did not take long to learn how to use this lens. Great for capturing large areas and low light is no problem. It everything I have read about. Small easy to carry with any of my gear.

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          5.0

          Worth every penny

          By Bento

          from Japan

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

            *Purely love this lens; i haven't used my other two lenses since purchasing this fisheye
            *It works in all different settings
            *Great focusing and crystal clear shots
            *I have recommended to countless people already
            *My summery would be, this is a perfect lens in every aspect and buy one it's defiantly worth every penny

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            5.0

            Nice and sharp

            By Richie Boone

            from Cranberry, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • noisy AutoFocus

            Best Uses

            • Special effect

            Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

            Great lens. Fast and sharp. Little noisy, but it really does the job well.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Pleased

            By Stephen Shooter

            from Dallas, Texas

            About Me Pro Photographer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                  Great little lens ! Quality of images seems to be as good as any of my "L" class lenses. This lens is one of my top two favorites. My other favorite is my prime, 200 x f/1.8

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By pacmanphoto

                  from NC.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                    Great image quality. Great effect.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    sweet lens

                    By Mann8

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                      when used with a 60D it gives you a sort of wide angle effect which is very intriguing, beautiful angles and a pop to your shots when taken closed.

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                      5.0

                      Does not disapoint.

                      By Music Junky

                      from Calgary, Alberta

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast 28 great for low
                      • Great Distortion
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp

                      Cons

                      • Noisy but forgivable

                      Best Uses

                      • CreativeArtistic
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                      This is a lens I have been waiting to get to complement my current camera gear and to use on my 5Dmk2.

                      With this lens it gives me more creative options when paired with my other lenses of choice. When shooting events, or night clubs, where it's crowded I can swap between my 16-35 2.8L and fisheye add variety to the sets. Also being a fast lens, it's useful for when you really need to open it up for those dark situations.

                      I am a big fan of the L lens version, but the @ f2.8, being a prime, and for the price, it made it an easy sell.

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                      5.0

                      Only thing in its class... for now

                      By Jeffhtg

                      from Orlando, FL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                      I bought this lens because I knew what it was.
                      A mid-grade relatively fast fisheye.
                      I do mostly nightlife photography and this is a great addition when I want the fisheye effect on my full frame body.

                      This is the only non- L lens I own.. and had the new 8-15mmL been out I would have probably bought that instead :)

                      The lens is not a tank - it feels cheap compared to some of canons other 500+ EF glass.

                      The focus is really noisy and clunky - but it gets the job done and the results are beautiful!

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                      5.0

                      SHARP

                      By MR. Wideangle

                      from Los angeles

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                      • Lens cap

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                      So far, this lens is the sharpest FE lens I've used. Sharp all around.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent product, totally worth it!

                      By Tom

                      from Montreal

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to Clean

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                      In parties with many people.
                      To get incredible effects.
                      To experience taking new shots.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Fun lens, have to get used to it though.

                      By Tings

                      from NJ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                        Like someone else wrote, this is a great lens if you already have all your essential lenses already. I have to play with it more, but so far it is really nice.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        A Great Lens for Crop Frame Cameras

                        By pricedollaz

                        from UAE - Abu Dhabi

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                          I use a Canon 40D which is not a full frame camera and this lens is for a full frame camera. With that in mind I was unsure how i would like the pictures. I do night club photography and with the crop frame it gave just enough effect but not over bearing to wear i could use the lens the whole night and not get tired of seeing the fisheye effect.

                          its a fast lens, its noisy(loud) but that doesn't bother me fast focus and very clean. If you are looking for a lens that gets alot of people in the picture and you don't have a wide angle lens this is a great purchase to be able to stand close or a few feet away to give the effect of a normal picture or close up for the fisheye effect.

                          I am very happy with this lens no regrets.

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                          5.0

                          15mm 2.8 + 60D = Marriage

                          By Tiago Cardoso

                          from Brasilia, Brazil

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Middleweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                            As a Wedding Cinematographer I say this is a perfect match. 60D has a crop factor of 1.6x, that makes this a 24mm with little distortion (of course if you take this too close to a person it will fail doing a nice scene). Great depth of field makes this a great use in glidecams and steadycams.

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                            5.0

                            I would definitely recomend this lense

                            By Mark

                            from Muskegon, MI

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to Clean

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                            This lense is great for shooting weddings whether you are a pro or just starting out.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great Specialty Lens

                            By EMarino

                            from Norwalk, CT

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to Clean
                            • Scratches Easily

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Special Effects
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                            This is a great lens to have if you have an arsenal of other lenses. Unless you are a pro, semi-pro, or photo enthusiast, this is a great lens to have. However, this wouldn't be a good lens to have if you only have one lens. Additionally, I like to use UV filters to protect my lenses, but you can't use one (or any filter) on this lens.
                            I enjoy this lens and I have a lot of fun with it and if you're in the market for a fisheye, this is the one to get!

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                            4.0

                            fisheye

                            By Chris

                            from middletown, nj

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                            this lens is great for shoreline pictures as well as low angles shots. i use this a lot for taking pictures of skating and snowboarding

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