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CanonEF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 194 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (149)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (129)
  • Strong construction (104)
  • Consistent output (96)
  • Lightweight (94)
  • Durable (83)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)
  • Difficult to clean (10)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Lens cap (6)
  • Bad lens cap (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (150)
  • Weddings (59)
  • Low light (57)
  • Night photography (52)
  • Sports/action (47)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (65), Pro photographer (58), Semi-pro photographer (51), Casual photographer (11), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (178), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super-wide, Super-Fun

Most of my photos are shot during my almost daily nature walks. They are mainly of wildlife, plants, and landscapes. Occasionally, humans or pets wander into the frame. Up to now,...Read complete review

Most of my photos are shot during my almost daily nature walks. They are mainly of wildlife, plants, and landscapes. Occasionally, humans or pets wander into the frame. Up to now, my go-to lens has been my Canon 100-400mm zoom, mainly to get little birds in distant trees, or big birds on the opposite side of the pond.

I thought a long time before buying this Canon 8-15mm zoom. I wanted a lens to give me truly wide-angle shots with my APS-C sensored Canon 7D. The specifications of this lens and the reputation of the L-series Canon lenses won me over.

This fisheye is just plain fun to use. It renews all sorts of creative energy in me and adds new excitement to my field trips. The lens is very simple to use and only a few basic concepts are necessary to use it to it's fullest. I have the flexibility of making curvy, artsy photos, or more conventional rectangular shots. Post-editing the curvy shots through Adobe Photoshop CS6, I can optionally remove most of the distortion and produce a conventional, rectangular shot with straight edges and a unique perspective at 8mm.

I use the lens without the lens hood, always. In between shooting spots, I put the lens hood and lens cap back on the front for protection while walking. Yes, the lens-cap-to-lens-hood fit is a bit loose. If it ever gets really annoying, I'll just bond the two together with glue. Putting the pair on, and taking them off as a unit, is a fast, simple, quarter-twist operation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good optics

Very good optics, but there is a great deal of chromatic aberration, especially at 8 mm, around the edge of the image area, which is obviously due to the circular image against the...Read complete review

Very good optics, but there is a great deal of chromatic aberration, especially at 8 mm, around the edge of the image area, which is obviously due to the circular image against the black edges.

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5.0

Thrillmonkey

By Thrill monkey

from North Palm Beach Fl

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

  • Weak Casing

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

This is a standalone great lens but when it's coupled with the the Canon Eos DRS and the DXO program the post production product is outstanding...

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5.0

Nice crisp images

By Lenny

from South Carolina

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Lens Cap

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

Use this for landscapes. The images are some of the best I have seen from a fisheye.

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5.0

Amazing Lens

By Stephen

from Scottsdale, AZ

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

      This lens works with both Full Frame Cameras (sensor) and APS-C Cameras. You get the full circle with the full frame sensor but do not with the APS-C sensor. The zoom is really to allow you to work between the different cameras. You have more options with the full frame sensor. There is a designation on the lens for you to know how far you may zoom out with ea type of camera so you do not get any vignetting. I took it on a hike up to the wave in AZ and loved it. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a fish eye.

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      5.0

      I love this lens

      By Tony

      from Louisville, KY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

        I have owned Canon FD and EF 15mm fisheye prime lenses and I love their perspective. To get a zoom that goes from a round image to my old 15mm standbys perspective is just the best. It is very sharp, focuses quickly. I have no complaints and lots of compliments. A very cool lens.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent lens Especially w APS c sensor cameras

        By jimwww

        from vancouver, bc

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

          No Lens FLare. Amazing.Kinda not so great lens hood.If used at 15mm on 50d, 70d, etc you can get very wide pictures without distortion. Better to buy this than any single 8mm fisheye for not too much more money. (can use as wide angle not just fisheye)F4 is fast enough for this lens.Have to shoot a lot with it to understand how it works.. flag poles are amazing at 12mm

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          (1 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good but a bit disappointed

          By rsfoto

          from Mexico

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor Center In Ff Sensor
          • Poor Centering

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

          Hi,

          bought this lens as an add on to my L lenses I already have.

          I like the images coming out of it and the versatility. Image quality good as usual for Canon L series lenses.

          As usual it is well build, feels nice. As an owner of the previous EF 15mm f/2.8L lens i like the new feature of circular and full frame images.

          A big nitbit is that the circular image does not center exactly in the area of the full frame sensor of my EOS-1D X

          With a lens with such a price and a camera with such a price this should be no topic.

          Using the lens on my 12 year old EOS-1Ds this is not the case. Clueless

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          sharp as a straight 8mm lens

          By Shawn Moore

          from Annapolis md

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Sharp
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Cheap lens cap

          Best Uses

          • Panoramas

          Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

          Great lens as sharp as a straight 8mm lens. Perfect for 360 Panos. Cheap Lens Cap.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens by Canon

          By Anthony

          from Ridgefield CT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

          Lens is made well. F4 is a poor choice. Lens is tough to use in low light on overcast situations.

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          4.0

          EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens by Canon

          By Anthony

          from Ridgefield CT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

          THe lens is excelent. My only complaint is F/4. Low light shooting and cloudy overcast shooing is very tough.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          FUN lens!

          By Shutterbug

          from Washington State

          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
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

            I just got this lens, and so far, I am loving the creative side it brings out! Since it captures so much, you have to rethink composition, but the possibilities are endless! I saw a video on FB of "unleash the power of the fisheye" by Canon...good tips. That was my deciding factor to purchase it. Not one bit sorry. Can't wait to see what I do with it.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            its good

            By Mr. T

            from Phoenix

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Special Event

            Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

            smooth lens. great quality. not too heavy. only purchase if you have a dedicated use for it. bump up f for better images. wish the hood was designed better to protect lens.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            So very satisfied with my purchase!

            By Seydeh

            from Berkeley

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

              It took me months to decide whether or not to buy this lens, because I own a 7D and I knew it wouldn't live up to my expectations of a fish eye lens compared to a full frame camera.But after reading LOTS of reviews, I decided to go for it. And boy am I glad that I did!Some don't like the dark corners in the image when using the 8mm focal length, but I actually like it.Others complained about the cap not being too fit, but it works just fine for me.All in all, I am very satisfied with my purchase and the price is totally worth it!

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              (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Crisp Lens, but doesn't fill full frame

              By arturo

              from atlanta

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

              • Doesnt Fill Full Frame

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

              This is a great lens, but I was disappointed to find that when the lens is set to 8mm on a canon 6D full frame, it doesn't fill the entire frame. There is a circle in the middle of the image. Either way, this lens is great.

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              4.0

              Incredible

              By Jay

              from Virginia

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Video

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                I love this lense because it allows me to see the entire room without backing up 20 feet. Its quality is durable and I really like its zoom capability.

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                5.0

                So happy to have the fisheye EF 8-1500

                By Micolta

                from Bogotá, Colombia

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                Fisheye is perfect for capturing images of concerts, travels, It´s very useful.

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Superb lens!

                By PhotonShark

                from Fort Worth, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lens Cap Stays On
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Front Element Safety

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                I bought this lens for those occasional sky-wide sunrises and sunsets, when no other lens can fully capture the beauty. I also love to do wide-angle night photography of the Milky Way, and often with foreground terrain and objects illuminated by the moon. Star images are the most telling method of lens image quality over the format short of USAF 1951 bar target testing. To test this, I took my first Milky Way pictures with this lens a few nights ago, and I am VERY impressed by the tight, sharp star images, even at f/4 and at different zoom settings. See accompanying picture - Canon 60Da, 30 second exposure, f/4, ISO 2000.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Terrific

                By Pete

                from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Nd

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                Love this lens. I have an APS-C camera and I can finally shoot wide! and when i put it into my water housing I get great focus and super wide shots of waves!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Fisheye Lens!

                By Teleia

                from Atascadero Ca

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                  Bought this lens to challenge myself to be more creative, love the fun distorted shots! Excellent quality, not liking the poorly designed lens cap. Be very careful with this lens and give it lots of protection.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Blue Sky

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                    This lens is so great. I used it last week in a club to shoot the event and I was very happy with the images. I was using f/4-f/5/6 for most of my shots. I also got some nice circular shots at 8mmm focal length. The lens comes with a good cap that protects the front element of the lens fine when not in use.

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                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Very Happy with Purchase

                    By AlaskaDave

                    from Juneau, Alaska

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Lens cap

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Panography

                    Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                    I primarily use this lens for shooting 360 Panos, at which it excells. The results are sharp.

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