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CanonEF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 197 reviews)

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    (37)

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    (7)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (129)
  • Strong construction (104)
  • Consistent output (96)
  • Lightweight (94)
  • Durable (83)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)
  • Difficult to clean (10)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Lens cap (6)
  • Bad lens cap (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (150)
  • Weddings (59)
  • Low light (57)
  • Night photography (52)
  • Sports/action (47)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (65), Pro photographer (59), Semi-pro photographer (51), Casual photographer (11), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (179), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super-wide, Super-Fun

Most of my photos are shot during my almost daily nature walks. They are mainly of wildlife, plants, and landscapes. Occasionally, humans or pets wander into the frame. Up to now,...Read complete review

Most of my photos are shot during my almost daily nature walks. They are mainly of wildlife, plants, and landscapes. Occasionally, humans or pets wander into the frame. Up to now, my go-to lens has been my Canon 100-400mm zoom, mainly to get little birds in distant trees, or big birds on the opposite side of the pond.

I thought a long time before buying this Canon 8-15mm zoom. I wanted a lens to give me truly wide-angle shots with my APS-C sensored Canon 7D. The specifications of this lens and the reputation of the L-series Canon lenses won me over.

This fisheye is just plain fun to use. It renews all sorts of creative energy in me and adds new excitement to my field trips. The lens is very simple to use and only a few basic concepts are necessary to use it to it's fullest. I have the flexibility of making curvy, artsy photos, or more conventional rectangular shots. Post-editing the curvy shots through Adobe Photoshop CS6, I can optionally remove most of the distortion and produce a conventional, rectangular shot with straight edges and a unique perspective at 8mm.

I use the lens without the lens hood, always. In between shooting spots, I put the lens hood and lens cap back on the front for protection while walking. Yes, the lens-cap-to-lens-hood fit is a bit loose. If it ever gets really annoying, I'll just bond the two together with glue. Putting the pair on, and taking them off as a unit, is a fast, simple, quarter-twist operation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good optics

Very good optics, but there is a great deal of chromatic aberration, especially at 8 mm, around the edge of the image area, which is obviously due to the circular image against the...Read complete review

Very good optics, but there is a great deal of chromatic aberration, especially at 8 mm, around the edge of the image area, which is obviously due to the circular image against the black edges.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Lens

By Larry

from Kansas City

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

This is a lens I have wanted for a while, and finally purchased. It is excellent, and I am ecstatic.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens

By Ahjet

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

This lens is so great!!!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharpest Fisheye on the market, period.

By Jonathan

from Massachusetts

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • extremely sharp

Cons

  • Heavy
  • vulnerable to scratches

Best Uses

    Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

    We own two of these lenses for special projects that require fisheye lenses. We use them on the RED Epic Dragon and on Sony cameras with Metabones adapters. (Ironically we don't own any Canon cameras). The fact is that we tested every fisheye available on planet Earth and this is simply the sharpest, period. Trust me. Yes, the design of the lens cap is not very tough and a little stupid. Get over it. You don't buy a lens based on the lens cap. Be careful with the lens, it's a fisheye and the outer element is exposed and vulnerable. That's the nature of a fisheye. I can't believe all the people complaining about that. That's how fisheyes are. If you need to put a filter on it, there is a gel filter holder on the back.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Thrillmonkey

    By Thrill monkey

    from North Palm Beach Fl

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

    This is a standalone great lens but when it's coupled with the the Canon Eos DRS and the DXO program the post production product is outstanding...

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice crisp images

    By Lenny

    from South Carolina

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Lens Cap

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

    Use this for landscapes. The images are some of the best I have seen from a fisheye.

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    • No

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Lens

    By Stephen

    from Scottsdale, AZ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

        This lens works with both Full Frame Cameras (sensor) and APS-C Cameras. You get the full circle with the full frame sensor but do not with the APS-C sensor. The zoom is really to allow you to work between the different cameras. You have more options with the full frame sensor. There is a designation on the lens for you to know how far you may zoom out with ea type of camera so you do not get any vignetting. I took it on a hike up to the wave in AZ and loved it. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a fish eye.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love this lens

        By Tony

        from Louisville, KY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

          I have owned Canon FD and EF 15mm fisheye prime lenses and I love their perspective. To get a zoom that goes from a round image to my old 15mm standbys perspective is just the best. It is very sharp, focuses quickly. I have no complaints and lots of compliments. A very cool lens.

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          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent lens Especially w APS c sensor cameras

          By jimwww

          from vancouver, bc

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

            No Lens FLare. Amazing.Kinda not so great lens hood.If used at 15mm on 50d, 70d, etc you can get very wide pictures without distortion. Better to buy this than any single 8mm fisheye for not too much more money. (can use as wide angle not just fisheye)F4 is fast enough for this lens.Have to shoot a lot with it to understand how it works.. flag poles are amazing at 12mm

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            (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good but a bit disappointed

            By rsfoto

            from Mexico

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Center In Ff Sensor
            • Poor Centering

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

            Hi,

            bought this lens as an add on to my L lenses I already have.

            I like the images coming out of it and the versatility. Image quality good as usual for Canon L series lenses.

            As usual it is well build, feels nice. As an owner of the previous EF 15mm f/2.8L lens i like the new feature of circular and full frame images.

            A big nitbit is that the circular image does not center exactly in the area of the full frame sensor of my EOS-1D X

            With a lens with such a price and a camera with such a price this should be no topic.

            Using the lens on my 12 year old EOS-1Ds this is not the case. Clueless

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            sharp as a straight 8mm lens

            By Shawn Moore

            from Annapolis md

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Sharp
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Cheap lens cap

            Best Uses

            • Panoramas

            Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

            Great lens as sharp as a straight 8mm lens. Perfect for 360 Panos. Cheap Lens Cap.

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            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens by Canon

            By Anthony

            from Ridgefield CT

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

            Lens is made well. F4 is a poor choice. Lens is tough to use in low light on overcast situations.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens by Canon

            By Anthony

            from Ridgefield CT

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

            THe lens is excelent. My only complaint is F/4. Low light shooting and cloudy overcast shooing is very tough.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            FUN lens!

            By Shutterbug

            from Washington State

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

              I just got this lens, and so far, I am loving the creative side it brings out! Since it captures so much, you have to rethink composition, but the possibilities are endless! I saw a video on FB of "unleash the power of the fisheye" by Canon...good tips. That was my deciding factor to purchase it. Not one bit sorry. Can't wait to see what I do with it.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              its good

              By Mr. T

              from Phoenix

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Special Event

              Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

              smooth lens. great quality. not too heavy. only purchase if you have a dedicated use for it. bump up f for better images. wish the hood was designed better to protect lens.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              So very satisfied with my purchase!

              By Seydeh

              from Berkeley

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                It took me months to decide whether or not to buy this lens, because I own a 7D and I knew it wouldn't live up to my expectations of a fish eye lens compared to a full frame camera.But after reading LOTS of reviews, I decided to go for it. And boy am I glad that I did!Some don't like the dark corners in the image when using the 8mm focal length, but I actually like it.Others complained about the cap not being too fit, but it works just fine for me.All in all, I am very satisfied with my purchase and the price is totally worth it!

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                (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Crisp Lens, but doesn't fill full frame

                By arturo

                from atlanta

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Doesnt Fill Full Frame

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                This is a great lens, but I was disappointed to find that when the lens is set to 8mm on a canon 6D full frame, it doesn't fill the entire frame. There is a circle in the middle of the image. Either way, this lens is great.

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                4.0

                Incredible

                By Jay

                from Virginia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                  I love this lense because it allows me to see the entire room without backing up 20 feet. Its quality is durable and I really like its zoom capability.

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                  5.0

                  So happy to have the fisheye EF 8-1500

                  By Micolta

                  from Bogotá, Colombia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                  Fisheye is perfect for capturing images of concerts, travels, It´s very useful.

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                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Superb lens!

                  By PhotonShark

                  from Fort Worth, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lens Cap Stays On
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Front Element Safety

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                  I bought this lens for those occasional sky-wide sunrises and sunsets, when no other lens can fully capture the beauty. I also love to do wide-angle night photography of the Milky Way, and often with foreground terrain and objects illuminated by the moon. Star images are the most telling method of lens image quality over the format short of USAF 1951 bar target testing. To test this, I took my first Milky Way pictures with this lens a few nights ago, and I am VERY impressed by the tight, sharp star images, even at f/4 and at different zoom settings. See accompanying picture - Canon 60Da, 30 second exposure, f/4, ISO 2000.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Terrific

                  By Pete

                  from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • No Nd

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens:

                  Love this lens. I have an APS-C camera and I can finally shoot wide! and when i put it into my water housing I get great focus and super wide shots of waves!

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