Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Nikon APS-C Cameras

Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Nikon APS-C Cameras

Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Nikon APS-C Cameras

B&H # BO835SN MFR # SLY358N
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Product Highlights

  • For Nikon APS-C Cameras
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-22
  • Hybrid Aspherical Elements
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
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The Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens is compatible with Nikon APS-C cameras; it features a 180° angle of view that allows the photographer to see his subjects in unique way. This ultra-wide delivers a rounded perspective, well-suited to landscapes and unusual portraiture. It has multi-coated elements and a fixed petal-type lens hood to reduce flare and ghosting. This lens must be used in manual focus and manual exposure modes. This lens must be operated in Manual mode only with Nikon cameras--functions controlled by the camera (such as autofocus, auto exposure, etc.) will not be operative.

180° diagonal angle of view on APS-C image format
Creates outstanding, sharply defined images by using a hybrid aspherical lens
Reduces flare and ghosting with super multi-layer coating
Minimum focusing distance of 12-inches (304.8mm)
Fixed petal-type lens hood
In the Box
Bower SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Nikon APS-C Cameras
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Bower 8mm f/3.5 Specs

    Focal Length 8mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 12 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon DX
    FX in DX Crop Mode
    Angle of View 180°
    Minimum Focus Distance 12" / 30.48 cm
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 7 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 6
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread None
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.94 x 2.95" / 7.47 x 7.49 cm
    Weight 13.8 oz / 391 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 5.0 x 4.2"

    Bower 8mm f/3.5 Reviews

    SLY 358N 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Nikon APS-C Cameras is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 81.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tiny metal particles from lens mount First the good news: I love the lens for its creative capabilities. Get close and a new world of opportunities and possibilities opens. This affordable ultra-wide angle lens is a great next addition to your camera-bag. After using the Bower 8mm for a week of two in the field I noticed tiny metal particles on my DSLR's sensor. I found dust specs in my images when reviewing them on my screen. In the begining this lens has a somewhat tight fit on the camera body and there is no white dot marker to line up with. I have used the lens on two DX bodies: Nikon D2x and D80 and a FM2a. The fit gets more worn in after a while and I think that is where the metal particles on the sensor come from.
    Date published: 2012-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value, easy to use, great quality After several outings with this lens, I remain super impressed. The build quality is solid and, at f8, the picture is sharp corner to corner. I worried about the 'manual only' operation before I got it but this turns out to be a non issue - depth of field is so great that, unless I am focusing really close, it can be left set at 10 feet and everything is in sharp focus. As for exposure, the large field of view means that it is really easy to guess an average exposure - I have had less miss exposures with this lens than I get with my other lenses using TTL metering! Altogether, a really good purchase - I just regret waiting for so long before buying one.
    Date published: 2012-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I expected I use this as a specialty lens, not a mainstay, so my requirements aren't quite as strict as they would be if I depended on it for income. That said, the lens is well constructed, not too subject to flare (a surprise) and darn sharp! It's also a bit fiddly to focus on my D300s without using a chart for DOF or live view. The good news is that you can set it so that EVERYTHING is in focus, in most cases. It's important to be aware of whether the camera is level since that can greatly influence distortion. In that respect, it's a great training aid to improve your awareness of what you're doing. Just be aware that it IS a fisheye and behave accordingly. For the money, it can't be beaten. 98% of the performance for 1/3 the price!
    Date published: 2010-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fisheye Lens at a Budget Price I bought this lens to take shots inside rooms/office spaces thus capturing as much of the contents as possible. The lens was fitted to a Nikon D3100. It requires that you go into Manual (M) mode, as the camera will complain that no lens is attached. You will need to experiment a bit with the shutter speed and other setting (my first few shot were blank until I figured that the shutter speed was way too fast). The lens itself is surprisingly a bit heavier that I thought it would be, but it's solid. There are two rings, one for focus and the other for setting the aperture. You have to manually focus the lens, but this isn't too bad with practice. Overall a great lens for the price.
    Date published: 2012-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better The the Price Lests On This cheap little fisheye is amazing for the price. It is solidly built with an all metal housing. It is a bit heavy, and I'm fond of that. It is a fully manual lens, You set the zoom and aperture re. However it seems to have a tab that seems to allow for a camera to control the aperture. However my camera does not use it. Over all once the lens is stopped down the images are very sharp for the price. If you shoot in dusty conditions be ready to constantly clean this lens. The bulging front lens is a magnet for dust. And with almost unlimited depth of field, you will see it in your photos.
    Date published: 2011-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blown' Away... could see paying over 700 feels like the nikon 14 2.8 and quite sharp. Was sceptical, now I might have to go get their 85 1.4 If it is even close to this quality I'll be happy. I hope they start introducing more glass. I would give this 4 1/2 stars in a rating to compare with all fish-eyes ( no AF but you barley need to focus anyways).
    Date published: 2010-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens This is a wonderful manual fisheye lens for your DX (cropped format) camera. This is a manual focus lens, but that is not a problem as the depth of field is so wide that focus does not matter. On my Nikon D300, the aperture is transmitted to the camera so that Aperature/manual metering functions. Especially at f/8 to f/11 the lens is razor sharp from center to corner, sharper IMHO than the Nikon AF lens. .... A great lens at a great price.
    Date published: 2010-06-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A decent, inexpensive, lens. I tried as many situations as possible for this les right out of hte box. Pros: nice wide angle view with little bowing of the image on landscapes. Even indoors, you can get a very decent shot without rounded walls. Cons: A very slight, *almost* unnoticeable fuzziness on the very edges. Not enough to dampen my delight with this lens, and not as much as the Sigma lens has for 3 times the cost. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for an extra wide angle lens at a very affordable cost.
    Date published: 2010-06-28
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