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

(based on 76 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (28)
  • Strong construction (28)
  • Durable (25)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Easily interchangeable (21)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (48)
  • Night photography (18)
  • Video (16)
  • Low light (13)
  • Weddings (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (26), Semi-pro photographer (24), Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (4), 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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4.0

A nice lens to have in the bag

By ZK

from NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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)

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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              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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                      5.0

                      Great lens!

                      By Adam

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus

                      Best Uses

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

                        For the money, this is a great lens! I'm using it on my Canon T3i with a crop sensor. If you have a full frame camera, don't get it. It has manual adjustments on the lens for both aperture and focus which are fairly easy to use. I tend to keep the f at 5.6, and the focus close to infinity and most pictures turn out fine. My favorite pictures I've taken with it are:

                        1. Indoors with a large group of people. It's nice to capture the whole group.

                        2. Nighttime shots with long exposure. I took some great shots recently at f 3.5, shutter speed 20 seconds, 1600 ISO. A few people stood close to the camera (to give some perspective), stayed still, and the background of sky and stars was stunning.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent purchase

                        By Dennis

                        from Philadelphia,PA

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

                        Combination of price and build quality is unbeatable. At first, i was little uneasy on lack of AF but this lens is so wide and crisp, you don't even have to worry about focusing, especially on landscape shots. Until get used to it, I found myself little over exposed since shape of the glass brings so much light into camera. Now I use stop or two lower than I would normally use and everything comes up spectacular. Excellent for video, still or moving images. Build quality is exceptional for the price point.

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                        5.0

                        I recommend

                        By eduguerini

                        from São Paulo, Brazil

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

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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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