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Sigma8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

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    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (28)
  • Consistent output (25)
  • Easily interchangeable (25)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Strong construction (23)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (18)
  • Special effects (12)
  • Low light (8)
  • Macro photography (6)
  • Sports/action (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (7), Professional (5), Semi-professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Would have kept this lens if I only knew

I would have kept the lens if I only knew that the lens cap attachment sleeve is removable!I put it on my full-frame sensor DSLR, expecting the image circle to nearly completely fill...Read complete review

I would have kept the lens if I only knew that the lens cap attachment sleeve is removable!I put it on my full-frame sensor DSLR, expecting the image circle to nearly completely fill the vertical height of the frame, but it measured only 19 mm, which wasted a lot of space (and resolution). I also noticed that it was definitely not a full 180-degree angle of view, which was critical to me. There was also a lot of flare caused by the rings where the lens cap attaches.This was all very disappointing and I returned the lens to B&H [...]As it turns out, all three of these problems were the result of me leaving a sleeve on the lens that is used to attach the lens hood. This piece appeared to be an integral part of the lens, like a built-in lens hood, and it simply never occurred to me that it was removable! I wasn't being stupid; my other wide-angle lenses both have built-in lens hoods, and I somehow assumed that this one did too.The lens was otherwise perfect and I did snap a few pictures with it before deciding to return it, and it produced extremely sharp images at f/8 on a tripod with no chromatic aberration. If you plan to defish the image through software, you can expect good results. The only problem I noticed is that the distance scale ring is off by quite a bit, and shows 1 metre when actually focused to infinity. This is the only reason that I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5. It doesn't mean that the lens misfocuses. Autofocus was quick and accurate.If you need a 180-degree image circle with high-quality results, then I recommend buying this lens, just know that you have to REMOVE THE LENS CAP ATTACHMENT SLEEVE before using it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice lens

Using this lens for only the purpose of stitching images together for panoramas. Works well, but I have not put it through much else. Crisp images.Cannot use a filter externally, only filter that...Read complete review

Using this lens for only the purpose of stitching images together for panoramas. Works well, but I have not put it through much else. Crisp images.Cannot use a filter externally, only filter that can be used is to cut a gel to proper size for internal slot. Lens can trap dust at edge of glass because body stands slightly proud of glass, but this also gives glass better protection.

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5.0

awesome lens

By lukasz

from chicago

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

I use it for panorama, my life is much easier

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  • No

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5.0

Great Panon Lens

By Standing Stronger

from Tampa, Florida

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

    I am very happy with this lens. It is great for creating panoramas.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Very nice fisheye

    By Recorridos Virtuales

    from Mexico City, Mexico

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Panoramic Photography
      • Virtual tours

      Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

      Webought this lens to shoot Google Business Views panos as our secondary gear. At first use, we found that it has very little flares, which helps with our current use of it.
      It´s not as versatile as other fisheyes we own, but it is very robust and simple to use.

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      5.0

      I would highly recommend this Lens

      By Jonathanp

      from London, ON. Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

        Great lens. Works great for creating 360 pano's.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Lens!

        By Schy Guy

        from Fresno, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

          I got this lens for the GTP program, and just for the fun of it. For being my first fisheye it is great and fun to use.

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          5.0

          Excellent lens if you want true fisheye

          By Capitan Jack

          from Clinton, CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Full Sky And Cloud Cover

            Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

            On a full-frame camera this lens provides a circular image with all the distortion expected for a fisheye. The circular image will not fill the frame or reach the edges of the frame. The circular image can be cropped and "unfished" with the adaptive wide angle filter in photoshop. If you just want to get a super wide angle lens, the distorion might be a bit extreme with a fisheye. In this case the Canon 8-15 might be a better, though more expensive choice, as it allows a full frame image at 15 mm and a circular image at 8 mm with increasing distortion at intermediate settings. This Sigma lens has a detachable holder for the lens cap, filters or hoods, but virtually all including the holder will vignette the 180 degree image--forget it, slide off the holder before using.

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            5.0

            Just what I wanted!

            By Seanspin

            from Hot Springs, AR

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                Very easy to use, takes great shots and a great value for my Pano needs!

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                5.0

                Excellent Lens

                By Sel

                from Buffalo, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                  I'm using the lens to take panoramic photos. It is really excellent for this. Everything is in focus

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens Worth the Price

                  By Ryan Unknown

                  from Richmond, VA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                    Great Lens with Great Focus

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Ziggy

                    from Rhode Island

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Tough To Judge Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Panoramas

                    Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                    Very happy with this lens -- gives the true fish-eye look that you are probably hoping for and does a great job and stitching 360x180 panoramas (even without a tripod!)

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                    5.0

                    Great lens

                    By Miranda

                    from Bellbrook, Ohio

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Difficult to Clean

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                      This lens is really nice. It takes clear pictures and is pretty fast. I don't really care for fish eyed lens so other than having to have it for Google I wouldn't own this.

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                      4.0

                      Really decent for the money

                      By Robin H

                      from Boise, ID

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                        The focus is good all the way across the field of view. Don't expect to compare it to an L-series lens, but for the money it is a good value.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens

                        By Carlos

                        from Mexico

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • 360 Photography
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                          good definition and good overall quality

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very Nice Fisheye Lens

                          By Tim

                          from Montana

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                              This is a very nice fisheye lens.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome fish eye!

                              By Carl

                              from IndianWells, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                                I use this lens to do panoramas. It really give you a great view to see in 360.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great fish eye!

                                By Big D

                                from Honolulu

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                                Great for panoramic photo's. Professional quality.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                surprising and fun

                                By doc

                                from freehold

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                                    surprised with the clarity and crispness of the images.able to capture front and back walls as well as the floor and ceiling.full 360 degrees.

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                                    3.0

                                    Nice lens

                                    By under the radar

                                    from Chicago Illinois

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficult to Clean

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                                    Using this lens for only the purpose of stitching images together for panoramas. Works well, but I have not put it through much else. Crisp images.Cannot use a filter externally, only filter that can be used is to cut a gel to proper size for internal slot. Lens can trap dust at edge of glass because body stands slightly proud of glass, but this also gives glass better protection.

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                                    • No

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                                    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Love this lens

                                    By TrustedPhotoMD.com

                                    from Baltimore, MD

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Rugged

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light

                                      Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                                      I am a Google Trusted Photographer and I use this lens exclusively every day of the year for panoramas. It is clean and precise and preforms perfectly. I have nothing bad to say about this lens.

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great for Virtual Tours

                                      By PanoPop

                                      from Monterey, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Virtual tours

                                          Comments about Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF:

                                          I primarily use this lens for virtual tours. Unfortunatly I only have the Canon 7D so I don't get the full fisheye effect that a full frame would give.

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