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

(based on 58 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (24)
  • Consistent output (22)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Durable (20)
  • Easily interchangeable (16)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (39)
  • Night photography (16)
  • Video (15)
  • Low light (13)
  • Weddings (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (21), Pro photographer (7), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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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5.0

I recommend

By eduguerini

from São Paulo, Brazil

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

        Very good cost vs benefit

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        5.0

        Awesome lens

        By Sam

        from California

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

        very affordable, great built quality for the price, nice optics... just overall awesome especially considering the price!

        Just make sure to use it on the crop body - on FF you will get a circular image.

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        3.0

        Nice lens, but . . .

        By Jrod

        from Northern AZ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Not for full frame

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

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

        Good quality lens, and it mounts on a 5D, but not useful for taking full frame pictures. As someone said in another review, "it is like looking down a pipe" at the image. Not even crop-able after the fact. Great for t4i or t5i camera, but not for full frame 5D.

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        5.0

        Good SFX Lens

        By Jim the Runner

        from Seattle

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Good price, good results. Largely a manual lens, depending on the camera body.

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            5.0

            Highest Recommendation

            By Bill

            from Montreal, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I can't remember the last time I had so much fun with a new gear purchase. This lens is very well made with a solid feel and a metal mount (more than I can say for most of the Canon lenses I own). I'm surprised so many people are making a big deal about this being an "all manual" lens. Avoid F3.5 and focus pretty much takes care of itself. At F8 you can rack the focus from one side to the other with no noticable blur through the viewfinder. Unless I have something in the very near foreground, I leave the focus dial backed off just a hair from infinity. Exposure? Leave it on F5.6 or F8, put the camera in Aperture Priority mode and fire away. Too dark? Put your camera on auto-iso and let your sensor do the work. Need to avoid high iso? Throw it on a tripod. I like where they made trade-offs to get the price of this lens down. The optics and build quality are excellent but you need to focus yourself and you need a decent amount of light.

                Just a few things this lens is great at:
                Whole room interiors
                Car Interiors
                Some exterior architecture shots
                Pets!
                Kids
                Big sky - startrails etc

                A fantastic vacation lens! This is exactly what you want to take the typical "people standing in front of monument/scenery/building etc.

                It's big and fairly heavy but is well balanced on my T2i. How big? The lens cap is just about the same size and shape as a tunafish can. The cap fits nicely over the lens hood.

                Very happy with this lens. Would buy it again. Would consider other Samyang lenses. Would recomment to anyone.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By Riyaz

                from Thousand Oaks, CA

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  Great sharp pictures
                  Excellent for capturing everything in front.
                  Would be nice if it was AF but for the price you can't complain.

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                  5.0

                  Superb Lens!

                  By MPha9

                  from Montreal, QC

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                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

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

                  I bought that, not sur of what I was doing, and I'm proud of my purchase. Nice lens at a REALLY good price.

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                  4.0

                  the world is round

                  By Off the grid Panda

                  from San Francisco CA

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                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I shoot Canon and Been thinking of a fisheye but the Canon L lens is way more and for a once-in-a-while fun lens the price is right. Results are sharp, it's built solid and distortion is well ...expected. It does not talk to your camera meaning no auto anything but then again you can quickly check the metadata. You can still use your camera meter or use a light meter, I do both but mostly use a Sekonic L208. I mostly focus on infinity and back off just a bit with an aperture of last least f8.

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                    4.0

                    Great lens for the price

                    By Louise B.

                    from Montreal, QC, Canada

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Kid And Pet Portraits
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Real Estate photography

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

                        I am not a professional photographer, so I don't want to spend thousands on a single lens. Before purchasing, I had read the previous reviews, so I knew what to expect; all manual.

                        I use this lens on my Canon Rebel T3i. I set my exposure by shooting and adjusting according to what I see on the LCD screen (checking the histogram also helps). I make sure not to overexpose - shooting raw, I can easily recuperate the shadows in Lightroom.

                        Focussing is a bit more complicated. It is hard to focus through the viewfinder. I miss the good old split target or pixelation system of 30 years ago. Something like that would help tremendously. I try to evaluate the distance and set my lens accordingly. I take a frame and check for sharpness in camera by zooming in on my subject. Once this is set, you're good to go.

                        This lens is great for kid and pet portraits; the distortion is very amusing. Sometimes, I don't even look in the viewfinder; with a large depth of field you can just aim and fire.

                        Here are two examples of the photos I took of my grandkids.

                        At this price, one cannot expect as sharp a lens as its high-end counterparts, but it's pretty good. Bottom line: I'm having lots of fun with this lens.

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                        5.0

                        It is a family favorite

                        By Pete the Neuroscientist

                        from Pittsburgh, PA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Inexpensive
                        • Sharp
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy
                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        For what it is--a budget, manual focus fisheye--it is excellent. Its build quality is solid and it is pretty sharp. The manual focus can be difficult to gauge through an optical viewfinder, but if you have enough light to stop down to f/11 or so you should be fine. Focus can be tricky when wider apertures are required. The distortion encourages creativity and the wide angle permits a feeling of "being there." My family loves looking at pictures I take of family events using this lens because they feel like they are back there at the events with their loved ones.

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                        5.0

                        Good results, easy to use, perfect!

                        By Tugboat enthusiast

                        from Norfolk, Virginia

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action

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

                          We live on the river and it changes second to second. Submarines, tugboats, sailboat regattas as well as seagulls and cruise ships take on an entirely surreal look with this lens. I have not found anything that doesn't excite me about being able to change everyday objects with this lens, everyone should have this one!

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Fun to use

                          By John

                          from Stockton, Ca.

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Included Removeable Hood
                          • Lightweight
                          • Low Price

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Archetecture
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            Used at a wedding this weekend. The curved affects on the archetecture gives a fun dimension to the scene. I thought auto focus was important but I didn't have any issues, I even forgot to focus a couple of times. Very happy with the purchase.

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                            5.0

                            Great Buy!

                            By Louise B.

                            from Montreal, QC

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

                            Being all manual, I thought I would need a lot of practice with this lens. Within 5 minutes of receiving it, I snapped a few perfectly exposed frames! Checking the histogram helps a lot. As for focusing, depth of field is so large, there's a lot of leeway.

                            So I love this lens! Perfect for the price!!!

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                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By Kata

                            from Utica, MI

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              I had it for about two weeks and so far is great. It looks and feels expensive.
                              I am pleased with image quality.
                              First I thought I would use it only for video however It suites very well for landscape and architectural photography, which is something I was not thinking to do until I got this lens.
                              So far I love it. Hope it will last really long.

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                              5.0

                              Good qaulity

                              By Linda

                              from 7409 Briza Loop,San Ramon.CA 94582

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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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:

                                  I selected it from B&H after compared with other website. I think it is a good choice!

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                                  5.0

                                  Worth the money

                                  By OJ

                                  from New York

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Rugged

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography

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

                                    Great product for the price. Keep in mind that this is not a $ L-Lens. It works, images are very good, I can't even complain about the edges :-).

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                                    5.0

                                    Great addition to my bag

                                    By j.a.

                                    from Brisbane, Australia

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • TACK SHARP
                                    • Very Affordable

                                    Cons

                                    • Can't use filters

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography

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

                                    I read a lot of good reviews and they seemed to be too good to be true, then I took the risk and ordered this lens to find out that everything what was said was true.

                                    If you used to shoot by the time years ago, you will remember the old times as this lens is completely manual, no auto focus, no auto diaphragm. Set the maximum aperture, focus, set the diaphragm and press the shutter. If you use f8 or more, everything becomes in focus, so, who need auto-focus?. It's tack sharp! Brilliant. Works very well in my 7D and 40D.

                                    If you prefer auto-focus and auto-diaphragm, please look some other alternatives but be prepared for the big bucks.

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                                    3.0

                                    Budget option for a fisheye

                                    By choken31

                                    from buenos aires, argentina

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

                                    Nice product, good quality, you can consider it a bargain. really sharp.
                                    reaaly simply to operate in manual focus, cause everything it's on focus! ever!
                                    i use it in a canon 6d, a full frame, and was dissapointing that it NOT produce a full circular image as i expected. thats why i leave 3 stars and no 5. in a crop frame sensor camera i think it's unbetable

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                                    4.0

                                    Great for the price

                                    By J.Sanders

                                    from Temecula, Ca.

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Slow Focus

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    I usually rent the Canon 8-15mm fisheye but needed to buy my own, this was on sale so thought I'd give it a try. I mostly use it for video & filming action sports. So far it works great, footage quality is good...takes a min to get used to the aperture ring as the camera (in my case 60D) doesn't read it electronically. My only complaint is it has a very soft focus, it does not have sharp detail like the Canon/higher end lenses. Fortunately it doesn't show up in the video as long as your focus is close enough. I've yet to take photo's with it though, but you can't go wrong for $2[$]as opposed to the $1k plus lenses.

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                                    4.0

                                    Rokinon Fish Eye Lens Does the trick

                                    By Little One

                                    from Clarks Summit, PA

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor in Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                                    This is an entry level affordable fish eye lens for a beginner to novice photographer.

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