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Samyang 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye

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Manufacturer Samyang
Model 8 mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye
Lens style Fisheye
Focal length 8 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 180 o
Closest focusing distance 0.3 m
Maximum magnification 0
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 6
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 10 elements / 8 groups
Filter diameter 0 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Samsung NX
Sony E
Fujifilm X
Dimensions 60 x 55.8 mm
Weight 215 g
Additional information 1 Aspherical, 2 ED Elements
Dimensions for Samsung: 60 x 48.3 mm
Weight for Samsung 203 g.
Ultra Multi-Coating
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Owners reviews (3)
  1. TAR
    TAR 14 June 2019, 09:09
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    IP 86.166.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Optically FAR better than you’d expect, but it Fuji were to offer such a lens it would definitely outperform this lens. Specifically, corners and edges are, as you’d expect, much weaker than centre frame, and except at optimum apertures (5.6 - 8), almost unusably so, appearing smeared and soft. This is an uncorrected lens. Distortion is high. It is why it is so inexpensive. No metadata. No autofocus. An interesting lens. Much more than a toy or a curiosity, but somewhat less than a top end, highly engineered offering from an established manufacturer with a proven track record.

    Pros: Great fun. Absurdly cheap. Very solid all-metal build. Built-in lenshood. Good lens cap. With a following wind, IF you know what you are doing, the results can be good enough to submit for publication, for instance. Flare is no more of problem than you’d expect for a super-wide. Distortion is pleasing to the eye - why else buy a fisheye? - but can be improved in software. Hyperfocal focussing works very well and dof is huge, even if you don’t want it to be.

    Summary: Recommended. Anything better will cost an awful lot more.

  2. Rauf on Sony A6000
    Rauf on Sony A6000 29 December 2015, 02:02
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    IP 31.201.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 175 euro -
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: As mentioned before, long and heavy rotation which is quite useless. Not an actual 180 degree fish eye lens. The width is 172 degrees.

    Pros: Super duper cheap compared to its competitors, gorgeous quality (might be even better than Canon 8-15mm F4 which is $1300), great speed for its angle. Smallest fish eye lens out there.

    Summary: If you are looking for a fisheye and don't mind that it is manual focus (which really is not a problem as depth of field will not be shallow at all), do get this lens.

  3. Gunnar
    Gunnar 28 November 2013, 22:55
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    IP 209.249.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 250$
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: - on the NEX 7 it has color cast(camera problem) - manual focussing could use less rotation as you basically only need close focus or infinity - vignetting at f2.8

    Pros: - tack sharp - tiny - fast! - manual focusing very precise

    Summary: this is a very special use lens so you`ll not use it all the time, luckily its very cheap and tiny so having it does not cost you a lot ;) its a great lens for astrophotography as its fast as well..

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