Bower SLY 358C 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon APS-C EOS Cameras

Bower SLY 358C 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon APS-C EOS Cameras

Bower SLY 358C 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon APS-C EOS Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • For Canon APS-C EOS 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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Bower 8mm f/3.5 overview

  • 1Description

The Bower SLY 358C 8mm f/3.5 Ultra-Wide Fisheye Lens is compatible with Canon APS-C EOS 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.

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
UPC: 636980500447
In the Box
Bower SLY 358C 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon APS-C EOS Cameras
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    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 Canon EF-S
    Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
    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 1.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 4.9 x 4.0"

    Bower 8mm f/3.5 reviews

    SLY 358C 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon APS-C EOS Cameras is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 129.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great quality for the price We will use this lens for specific videos on our Canon 7D (this is a shared camera), especially for time-lapse effect and pictures of events when the flash is not welcome. This lens is great because it becomes a 167 degree lens, full-frame (no black corners) with the 7D. Almost no flares are visible; the tulip shaped lens hood seems to work OK. Based on the weight of the lens and contrast of the pictures, the quality is pretty good. The only thing that we could say is not so great is the lack of guide for the focus (vs. the Peleng), since the subject is so far... Of course, I understand this is more a behavior by design issue than a real one.
    Date published: 2010-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hacker Fix to the non-removable hood showing in all photos This lens is wonderful for the money! It's a strong build and as sharp as I need it for the few times I need a fish-eye lens. I was frustrated that the hood is not removable and so it shows in photos, requiring a crop of every image. So... I Googled and saw that others had cut their hood off. I used side cutters (google that if you don't know what they are) and it was extremely easy. One video I saw suggested taking the glass off first, but it was quite easy to clip the hood off without being worried about scratching the glass. Then, I used a metal nail file to clean it up a bit (not necessary, but I'm a bit anal). Easy peasy. And it gets me a much larger photo... almost totally circular.
    Date published: 2016-06-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hook, Line, Sinker... A Fisheye to Buy I've always been a huge fan of shooting wide and wanted a new toy to put this action. I wasn't disappointed by the build. Rugged, durable also known as everything you want in a lens especially if you are planning to do some skate or snowboarding videos where boards are constantly flying at your camera. My only complaints is the focus may be a bit blurry but that problem seems to affect many fisheye users. But nonetheless it knocked off a star for me. Definitely a great lens for video. I did a few tests at the local skatepark and had a blast once I got going. I definitely recommend buying if on a budget like myself. Bang for buck makes this a great buy.
    Date published: 2013-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fisheye Lens I use this lens to shoot mainly low light videos indoors. I have used it to take pictures as well, but that's not what I got it for. I just love how close you can get to the camera and how it keeps everything in frame. The only negative thing (which doesn't affect my videos) is when taking photos, the plastic around the lens will sometimes get in the way of the flash and leaves a shadow on the image. Like I said I mainly use this for video so it doesn't affect me but I can see how this would bother some people. One more negative is that the lens is not detected by my t3i so I have to press the button every time I turn on the camera which isn't a big deal but it's completely manual. There's nothing automatic about this lens.
    Date published: 2014-02-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sharpness, not missing autofocus Good to begin with fisheye lenses.. The sharpness is quite good for the price of those lens.. It's very cheap! I'm happy with it for my first Fisheye lens! When I purchased I thought I would miss the autofocus, but the focus range is wide and its realy not hard to achieve the focus, everything is aways in focus... only if you're shooting something really close to the lens you have to check well, cause the lens doesn't have electronic communication with the camera, so it wont beep when the focus is manualy reached....
    Date published: 2016-02-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bowen Fisheye Lens I'm an amateur, having just recently purchased a Canon T3i and a few lenses - this Bowen being one of them. I purchased everything for a recent trip to Hawaii. I gave it 4 stars because I'm no expert, so I can't go into detail about the technical aspects or specifications, but the lens has been absolutely wonderful for me so far. I love the fisheye effect for wide landscape shots and this lens has provided fantastic results. I might write a more detailed review once I learn a bit more about photography, in general.
    Date published: 2012-05-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from satisfies my craving for wide angle I based my purchase of this lens on Ken Rockwell's review. My experience has matched his review quite well so far: it's a pretty impressive lens for the price. It has manual aperture and focus. Focus is a non-issue (due to the ridiculous focal length). If you ever set your camera on M, you won't find the aperture ring a problem, either; although this does mean that the image metadata doesn't automatically record your aperture settings for you. But these are pretty minor inconveniences. I'm not a very sophisticated photographer, so take my review with a grain of salt, but I really like the images I'm getting out of this lens.
    Date published: 2012-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bower 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon APS-C review While I own and use a number of fisheye lenses for my Canons and other cameras and formats, I was curious as to how this one would suit an expanded horizontal view as it is slightly wider in focal length than is typical for APS-C. I typically use Fisheye Hemi's software to straighten the verticals in my compositions giving a sweep-lens camera like rendition as could be found with a Widelux film camera. This fisheye lens has very good 8 sharpness and I've used that aperture exclusively. I prefocus at that aperture's hyper focal distance for set it and forget it shooting. I predetermined that hyper focal distance in live view with the use of a loupe as this is a strictly manual lens. This lens' price made casual and experimental use acceptable. There have been no unexpected or negative results with it now for the couple of weeks I've owned it.
    Date published: 2015-11-19
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