Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens

Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens

Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens

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This high-performance Fisheye Lens has a 180° field of view, and a focal length equivalent to 16mm on a 35mm camera. With great depth of field, exaggerated perspective and extreme deformation, the marvelous image of this fisheye lens broadens your shooting palette. The incorporated ED lens elements greatly reduce chromatic aberrations to provide the highest image quality with high resolution and contrast.

UPC: 050332154582
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Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens
  • LR-1 Rear Lens Cap
  • LC-74 Lens Cap
  • LSC-0814 Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Olympus 8mm f/3.5 specs

    Focal Length 8mm
    Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 16 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Four Thirds
    Angle of View 180°
    Minimum Focus Distance 5.31" (13.49 cm)
    Magnification 0.22x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
    Elements/Groups 10 / 6
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread None
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.03 x 3.11" (7.7 x 7.9 cm)
    Weight 17.11 oz (485 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 4.2 x 1.9"

    Olympus 8mm f/3.5 reviews

    8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality, fun images If you like fisheye lenses, you'll love this one. The overall quality is phenomenal, from the glass to the sturdy metal body. The glass is ultra-sharp and has very little flare/reflection issues. Even though I often end up with the sun in the frame, rarely do I see any flare or artifacts from it. Focusing is fast and reliable. Even the lens cap is made from a sturdy piece of metal. I can't think of anything I don't like about the lens. Since the front element is huge it can take some effort to clean, but that just comes with the size.
    Date published: 2008-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Quality! I must admit that this is my first time purchasing an Olympus lens and I'm very much impressed by its built quality at one sight! When I first touched it, it almost felt like touching one of those German made high end lenses for larger format (film) camera. It's sturdy/heavy metal construction and lens front cap (also metal) fits perfectly smooth! Supplied lens pouch fits just perfect with this lens and you will see what I mean by all this. Now the most important part the image quality. I use Leica Digilux 3 and bought this lens for my summer travel and I just wanted to make some funky, fun images out of fisheye. And this lens was the only choice for the body so far. Well, as much as I'm impressed with its built quality and etc, I'm very pleased with the image quality and great color. It gives pretty sharp images plus it is amazing how you can focus and shoot as close as 2cm with this lens! It's so worth it. Problems Encountered: Like all other fisheye lenses, just be careful not to include your fingertips in your image, it is so easy to make this mistake!
    Date published: 2007-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Little Jewel For many years, I'd come upon a scene while out doing photography, and I'd say to myself: This would be a great subject for a fisheye lens! But I never had a fisheye lens to take advantage of those moments, so I had to be content living with the imagined photo in my mind. Well, this year I finally decided to get a fisheye, and being a very satisfied owner of three Olympus DSLR's, I decided to get the Olympus 8mm fisheye. I've been having a lot of fun with it ever since. Let's be perfectly honest, the asking price is a lot for a lens that will be spending, at most, 5% of the time on your camera. Hence, it's the kind of lens you get after you have all your other bases covered. But once you have your wide-angle, normal, and telephotos zooms, this little guy can be quite a treat. The first thing one notices about this lens is that it's built like a tank. It's all metal and glass, which is, sadly, rare to find with today's plastic lenses. The build quality is the best I've ever seen in my many decades of photography. Even if you never took a picture with it, it would still be a work of art. But the fun begins once you place it on your Olympus (or Panasonic) camera. This lens gives you the kind of perspective that no zoom can provide. For closed-in spaces, like very small rooms, closets, cubicals, it can make them seem huge. My favorite photo with this lens was taken inside of a compartment of an old Pullman sleeper car, where I was able to capture an entire birth in one frame! Try doing that with your 70-300mm zoom. Image quality is typical of Olympus' high grade lenses: exceptional. Great color, and incredible shaprness. But one thing I learned, is that with large apertures in the f.3.5 to f.5.6 range, you do get some softness in the edges of the frame, which is very typical of this sort of lens. But stop it down to f.8 or so, and it really shows it's stuff. Images are a sharp and clear as you could want, right to the edge of the frame, almost too much so. As for chromatic aberations, I've never experienced any. I'm sure there might be some if I viewed the images at 500% magnification or so, but even when I view the images so they fill up my color monitor, I don't see anything that would take away from the overall image quality. Another thing you learn quickly with this lens, is that when used outdoors, and there is any amount of sky in the frame, the camera will, in matrix metering mode, compensate for that beatiful sky, leaving foreground elements looking very dark and under-exposed. The best way to avoid that is to either switch to spot metering, or set the EV to +1 or so, depending on how much sky is in the frame. Bracketing your exposues is not a bad idea. With indoor shots, the matrix metering mode seems to be work the best, as long as you can avoide any bright sources of light in your composition. A wonderful little advantage of this lens is that when used with an imaged stabilized camera body, like an Olympus E-620, you can get ridicously long hand-held exposures that will amaze you--I'm talking two or three seconds long! No, the photos won't be razor sharp, but they will be far more acceptable than you might imagine. Since this is a fisheye lens, you can forget about using filters with it, which also means that you will not be able to protect the front element with a UV filter. Since the front element actually protrudes from the barrel, it is best to ALWAYS keep the lens cap on between shots. You also want to keep your fingers as far away from the front of the lens as possible, as it's very easy to get a finger print or two on the lens. It's also surprisingly easy to get your finger in your shot, just by holding the lens to close to the front element! So be very, very careful when using and shooting with the fisheye. For those of you who love wide-angles and what they can do, this lens is a must have item. I have no doubt it will last you a lifetime, so even though the asking price seems steep, it will be with you for as long as you want to keep it. I carry mine with me whenever I go out shooting, even if I have no plans to use it, because you just never know when that perfect opportunity for a fisheye lens will come-up, and when it does, I want to make sure I can capture it. I've never had more fun with any other lens I've owned. It will open up a whole new world for any photographer who is brave enough to try one.
    Date published: 2010-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great underwater lens! I use my olympus e 620 excluxively for underwater photography and this lens is perfect for what I do! It's great for large animal shots! If you like macr though this lens is not for you. Olympus makes the best underwater equipment bt far! ...
    Date published: 2011-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Great pics. I have always been a fan of pics taken with this type of lens. The quality is great! Can't wait to play around with it some more.
    Date published: 2010-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this hemispherical Lens. I love the exaggerated distortion this lens provides when doing close up shots. The 2x tele-extender works with the lens to provide you with even more separation of the back ground from the subject. Purple fringing is very negligible.
    Date published: 2011-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lens you need to have!!! Well build, sturdy and very sharp lens, actually quite beautiful design. Great for fun pictures, tall buildings,night skies, and anything else you can think off with such a lens. A bit too heavy for my E-420
    Date published: 2008-10-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous lens! This lens is extremely sharp and opens a whole new world of creative use. It's a lot of fun to play around with. There is some minimal CA under extreme contrast, but it can be minimized in PS.
    Date published: 2008-07-03
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