Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF

Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF

Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF

B&H # SI835CA MFR # 485101
Expected availability: Mid Jan 2019

Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • One SLD Glass Element
  • Unique 180° Circular Imagery
  • Internal Focus, AF/MF Selection
  • Min. Focus: 5.3", 1:4.6 Magnification
  • Six-Blade Diaphragm
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Sigma 8mm f/3.5 overview

  • 1Description

Presenting an impressively unique 180° angle of view, the Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens is a creative tool for producing dramatically distorted, circular imagery. Designed for full-frame-format Canon EF DSLRs, this lens intentionally does not cover the full image frame and rather produces a fully circular image in the center of a black frame. One Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element is incorporated in the lens design and helps to reduce some chromatic aberration and color fringing for increased clarity. The lens also features a close minimum focusing distance of 5.3", along with a 1:4.6 maximum magnification ratio, to enable creative close-up shooting from unique perspectives. An internal focusing design maintains the overall length of the lens during use, and a selector switch allows you to quickly change between autofocus and manual focus settings.

Circular fisheye design provides a 180° angle of view and produces circular images that do not fill the entire full-frame-format frame.
One SLD element helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for greater color accuracy and clarity.
Minimum focusing distance of 5.3" pairs with a 1:4.6 maximum magnification ratio for creating unique close-up imagery.
Focus mode selection switch lets you quickly change from auto or manual focusing control.
The lens itself lacks front filter threads but does incorporate a gelatin filter holder at the rear of the lens.
UPC: 085126485276
In the Box
Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF
  • LC735-02 Lens Cap Cover for 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens
  • LCR Rear Lens Cap for Canon EF
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Warranty Extension
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sigma 8mm f/3.5 specs

    Focal Length 8mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Canon (APS-C)
    Angle of View 180°
    Minimum Focus Distance 5.3" / 13.46 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.6
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 6
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Rear:
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.89 x 2.70" / 73.5 x 68.6 mm
    Weight 14.11 oz / 400 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 4.5 x 3.9"

    Sigma 8mm f/3.5 reviews

    8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 48.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fish-eye Great lens for panoramas. Also for fun photos, but be careful whose nose you have in the center of the frame, 'cos some people don't like the effect :p. It focusses fine, and has a huge (long) dof. On a 1.6 crop body you can a panorama in 5 shots + nadir. The postprocessing is much easier and takes far less time than with canon 10-22mm (which is btw also a great lense) and the results are very similar in quality. The only drawback is the resolution after stitching (around 9000x4500 vs 11000x55000 on canon 10-22) but for most applications with panoramas it's perfectly ok. Great lens and if you're into panos, have a canon body, than there is no better way to go.
    Date published: 2008-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 8mm Sigma Fisheye I am a freelance photographer and I have used my 8mm fisheye on numerous jobs to great visual effect. I like the way it works on a crop sensor (such as my 40D) as it gives you enough distortion to look different, without going overboard and turning it into a full 180 degree circular photo. Of course the best thing it has is the ability to work on full-frame digital cameras, as it isn't limited to only cropped sensors. The only thing I don't like about it is the lack of a lens hood, but as it is a fisheye lens, a lens hood would be seen in the resulting images. Just be careful with it and it will last for years. Great build quality.
    Date published: 2008-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent lens for VFX work Excellent lens for HDRI images of an entire room or scene. So far best method I've found: 1. Mark your tripod at 0, 120, and 240. 2. Place the tripod in the scene. Make sure tripod and ballhead are level. 3. Set your ISO as low as possible given the situation (lighting and environment). 4. Shoot five exposures, two stops apart, changing your shutter speed only. 5. Shoot on set of five exposures for each of the three positions marked on your tripod (total of 15 exposures). Make sure to remove both the front filter cap AND the removable filter holder. Ideal for such a specific use!
    Date published: 2011-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It has the quality I was looking for The build quality of the lens is high, with bright images are sharp and bright. Color saturation is excellent; essentially it is a very well-made lens. With a Fisheye lens it is hard to find a really unique image because everything around you is brought into the picture. With the extreme depth of field this lens provides I expected some image fall-off at the edges, but the corner to corner sharpness I saw in my images was impressive. Although a bit pricey for a fun lens I think it is an excellent buy because this lens will provide unique, high-quality images that most other photographers will not be able to get.
    Date published: 2009-01-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It delivers what it promises I use this lens for panoramics and bought it because it's made for full format cameras. I work with it on my Canon 5D-MKII and on my 7D and I like the results on my 7D more (for the use of stiching panoramics, of course). The lens is flare sensitive (quite normal for a fisheye) and it could be sharper. For a lens like this the auto-focus is useless, always go for manual focus and use the hyperfocal distance. The scala on the lens is not accurate, do some test shots and memorize (or tape) the setting.
    Date published: 2010-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from do VT Photography? Buy it right now. Don't get this if you don't want to see like a fish, and don't buy it if you're not going to use it alot. This is the best super circular fisheye I've ever owned. Sharp all the way through except for a little purple fringing near the very outter edge. Clear, bright and crisp images. I do VTs and panos with this, and I couldn't do without (unless I wanted to take 30 or so shots to accomplish the same task). You need to have this if you want to do panos and VT photogrpahy. One thing to note: You see that the photo of the lens doesn't have a front cover... you read that it comes with one, BUT, you can add a standard 72mm filter to the front with the included lens cap attachment. That attachment is removable... don't forget to take the attachment off when you're shooting without a filter!
    Date published: 2008-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I ran over it with my car tough lens; i ran over it with my car (don't ask) and it still works - at least much of the time. it is not the sharpest lens i own, and wasn't even before the car incident but it isn't too bad. the focal length even if you use a 1.6x factor camera is awesome. with a ff camera the field of view is incredidble. i use it for a couple of shots at every wedding - back of the church, etc. it is also fun to shoot one or two shots at sporting events
    Date published: 2008-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent lens if you want true fisheye On a full-frame camera this lens provides a circular image with all the distortion expected for a fisheye. The circular image will not fill the frame or reach the edges of the frame. The circular image can be cropped and unfished with the adaptive wide angle filter in photoshop. If you just want to get a super wide angle lens, the distorion might be a bit extreme with a fisheye. In this case the Canon 8-15 might be a better, though more expensive choice, as it allows a full frame image at 15 mm and a circular image at 8 mm with increasing distortion at intermediate settings. This Sigma lens has a detachable holder for the lens cap, filters or hoods, but virtually all including the holder will vignette the 180 degree image--forget it, slide off the holder before using.
    Date published: 2014-10-20
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