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Rokinon8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Canon
 
4.6

(based on 80 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (30)
  • Strong construction (30)
  • Durable (27)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Easily interchangeable (21)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Night photography (18)
  • Video (16)
  • Low light (13)
  • Weddings (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (24), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Lens

BH Photos shopping was a great experienceWhat a great lens. Yes a manual one, but not difficult to master or use.Focus on 5 feet and open at f/8 -and that is it....Read complete review

BH Photos shopping was a great experienceWhat a great lens. Yes a manual one, but not difficult to master or use.Focus on 5 feet and open at f/8 -and that is it. Get great photos. An aperture of f/8-11 should do it. Use f/16 if the light is great. f/5.6 should be tried as well. Lower f/ values may give a soft focus that may be helpful for portraits.Very well made. Feels solid.I got it about a week ago, but I have already taken 8 photos and 7 are super good. The first one was a user error.Good focus. WIDE angle of view -about 170 degrees.I got this lens for my self to take "fun photos", but I will use it for much more.It can't be beat for a photo in a confined space. Yes, it is a "fisheye lens" and hence the object distortion. But I knew that. I took indoor photos that I was unable to take with my Canon 10-22 mm lens.I am glad I bought this lens and not the Canon one that sells for $ .I would suggest this lens for anyone who is looking for a fisheye lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Okay Lens, Poor Design & Construction

This lens yielded some great results for me, however it's build quality is subpar. The lens mount is screwed into one little plastic ring which is screwed into another plastic ring. 2 of...Read complete review

This lens yielded some great results for me, however it's build quality is subpar. The lens mount is screwed into one little plastic ring which is screwed into another plastic ring. 2 of the screws stripped and some of the plastic broke so the whole fitting is loose now. There are also some internal flaring issues especially if using a camera-mounted flash.

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4.0

Worked as I thought it Would

By Jamie

from San Antonio, TX

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I purchased this kind of on a whim, I had been looking for several months but a change of plans pushed me to get one sooner than expected. The price was a definite plus and it came just as described with everything it said it would have. It seems as if it is built really well and I will be keeping this in my bag at all times. I expected the manual focus but didn't expect the setting of the aperture manually with a ring behind the focus ring. No big deal, just didn't know it would come like that. I performed very well and after very little practice I was able to get some very nice static shots.

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    5.0

    Great wide angle lens!!

    By Trace

    from Chicago

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

    This is a great lens to take fun photos with, excellent wide angles! Not the lens you want if you do portraits or studio photos. Great for adventures and vacation photography, it's a great fun lens

    I wanted this lens for a long time now and finally saved up for if and it was def worth the wait

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    5.0

    Great value for low price

    By papt

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Filters Not Allowed

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    Nice fish-eye lens, great resolution. I use it on Canon crop sensor (unfortunately it provides only 167 degree angle of view on Canon crop sensor. It would be 180 degree on Nikon). Also can be used on full frame.
    Although it has no auto focus but I don't miss it since with this focal length the depth of field is almost infinite. (depending on the aperture value and the focus distance)

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    5.0

    Recent order from B&H.

    By Ken

    from MN

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

    I recently purchased this lens from B&H. The item was exactly as described. It was packaged very well and shipped extremely fast. I will definitely order from B&H in the future.

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    4.0

    A nice lens to have in the bag

    By ZK

    from NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Difficult to Clean
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

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

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

    I got this lens for fun and I am having a blast with it. It is an okay lens for indoor low light situations. If you are thinking about using it for video be ready distorted edges. All manual is a bit tricky for starters and if you experiment with it, soon you will love it and get used to adjust both your camera and the iris on the lens. It is great for architecture, real state pictures. It gives it "a bigger than life look."

    Well, you get what you paid for. Good lens for the money.

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    4.0

    Does everything I ask and is very sharp

    By Kyle May

    from Strongsville, Ohio

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      I bought this lens based upon the reviews here and I am very happy with it. Use it one stop from wide open to one stop prior to stopped all the way down and you'll get excellent results. Manual lens is not an issue as depth of field with an 8mm lens is nearly boundless. For what you use it for, it is an excellent addition to your collection.

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      5.0

      GREAT

      By hodge

      from Souther California

      About Me Casual Photographer

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

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

        great lens

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        5.0

        Well price lens, great performance

        By Dyllan

        from Australia

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

        For the price I payed for this it was nothing but perfect. The quality is really good. The only down side is its 100% manual but with the price that's something you can sacrifice. I'd recommend this lens to anyone.

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        5.0

        Awesome Lens

        By DMV_211

        from Maryland

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

        Purchased before I went to LA I'm from MD and took amazing pictures and video with this lens. Great price great quality and B&H was very helpful to help me choose the best lens for my Canon 7d.

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        5.0

        What a great first fish eye lens

        By Ray

        from Lookout Mountain, Georgia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            High quality results, even for a beginner. Took a little while to understand what I had to do, but, now, the pictures are Stellar ! LOVE it, and the speed of deliver. THey've done it again !

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            5.0

            Incredible value

            By Mark Johnston

            from Owensboro, KY (USA)

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            Pros

            • Easy operation
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            This lens is fun, well-made and makes great photos. I've used it for a couple of weeks on my Canon 70D and absoultely LOVE it. (Granted, it's a niche lens that could be overused...)

            For anyone who is worried about not having autofocus or automatic aperture, do not let these shortcomings stop you from buying this lens. Because of it's (VERY) wide focal length, almost everything you shoot will be set to infinity. And setting the camera's exposure to "M(anual)" will let you see the light meter so you'll know how wide to open the aperture.

            The construction is good and it feels very solid without being heavy. The mount is metal (aluminum?), not plastic.

            Also, it appears that the exact same lens is sold under multiple brand names (made by Samyang, sold as Samyang, Rokinon, Bower, and others). I noticed that the Samyang version of this lens was priced a bit higher than the Rokinon. But from what I can tell they're identical.

            For anyone who is considering buying their first fisyeye lens - you can't go wrong with this lens. It's affordable, makes great pictures, and loads of fun. (I wish I had this with me on a recent trip to Walt Disney World. I missed so many opportunities for using it!)

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            5.0

            Perfect!

            By Bobby

            from Australia

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

            I was looking for a well built, value for money fisheye and this is exactly that. Perfect for ocean and landscape photography and is a wonderful addition to any kit. Only complaint is that it is extremely wide however that would not stop me buying this, overall considering price this is one of the best fish eyes available

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            4.0

            for me,... this is terrific, lots of fun

            By mac

            from Strasburg, Pa.

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              I've only had this lens out of the box a few times and I will be carrying this everywhere to explore all of it's options. So far I'm impressed with the ease of operation, and the manual speed and f/stop is something I've not used since my Army days with my Canon FTB. The nice thing for me,being and amateur, is checking the photo instantly and correcting the exposure and f/stop. I see this lens as a powerful tool (toy) and one I wished I had bought the day I saw Rokinon fisheye advertised. I'm sure I'll enjoy this lens immensely.

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              5.0

              Great cheap lens

              By Horishas

              from Mexico

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              Great lens if you don't mind doing everything manually

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              5.0

              A Unique Perspective

              By None

              from Philadelphia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  This is my 1st adventure in the ultra wide or fisheye realm. This lens seems well-made, sharp and easy to use on my Canon 40D in apeture- priority mode. I'm not sure how much I will use it, but I think it will help me learn to pay attention to the whole frame.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing lens

                  By Yulez

                  from New York

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

                  Really great fish eye lens! Captures everything beautifully, and a great price too!

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                  4.0

                  Just what I expected

                  By svosen

                  from Great Falls, MT

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Exterior Good Light
                      • Tripod Long Exposures

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

                      I did a lot of research about this lens before buying it, and it lives up to my expectations following that research, so I'm giving it 4 stars.

                      It is indeed a nice sharp lens if stopped down a little. Close it to F5.6 or smaller and it will perform very well. Note that it is very soft wide open, and it's almost unusable if stopped down all the way (although I never shoot that way anyhow).

                      My copy appears to have the issue of an incorrectly "calibrated" focus distance ring. This hasn't been an issue for me yet, but I suppose I may eventually decide to go through the process of re-setting it. Definitely not a deal breaker for me at this point.

                      The lens does give a dark image in the viewfinder if stopped down at all (stopping it down makes the viewfinder progressively darker). The viewfinder is essentially unusable in a semi-dark or dark environment, making live view almost a must-have. Also, as many others have pointed out elsewhere, unless you have a split prism viewfinder, it will be difficult to obtain critical focus without live view anyhow.

                      Build quality is adequate, and it's aesthetically just fine.

                      I will note that I shot with a Sigma 10mm F2.8 for few days last year, and it is a far superior lens to the Rokinon. Still, given the price comparisons, I have no complaints with this lens. Image quality rules, for me, and this lens will deliver under the right conditions. You just need to understand its limitations before going into a shoot, and it shouldn't disappoint.

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                      5.0

                      Good Lens, Great Price

                      By Bay6

                      from Dallas, Texas

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I'm very impressed by the sharpness and color reproduction of this lens. I found it easy to operate even though it is a fully manual lens. The lens comes with a carrying pouch so it'll be easy to throw it into my run bag.

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                        5.0

                        Super fisheye

                        By turkishman

                        from MD

                        Verified Buyer

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

                        very good optics and build. A+

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens

                        By Robert

                        from El Salvador

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Fun

                        Cons

                        • Lens Hood Falls Very Easy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I'm having lots of fun with this lens!
                        I can not talk about the technichal aspects, as I am a fun photographer. I mean, I shoot for fun but I also shoot in Manual

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