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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 8 mm f/1.8 ED PRO Fisheye

2 December 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid casing and high quality workmanship ,
  • unique parameters,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • imperceptible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • lack of problems with the lateral chromatic aberration,
  • slight coma,
  • very fast, silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • vignetting could have been a bit lower

Undoubtedly it is difficult to produce an f/1.8 fisheye instrument – after all the optical construction of the Olympus M Zuiko Digital 8 mm f/1.8 ED PRO Fisheye consists of 17 elements, including 8 special ones. Olympus decided to try that and the results seem to reward that risk. We don’t doubt that the M.Zuiko Digital 8 mm f/1.8 ED PRO Fisheye is an excellent lens which will be a great joy to use. The owners of Micro 4/3 cameras are in perfect position right now – when they don’t need good fastness, they can use the brilliant Samyang 7.5 mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT which is also cheap; when they demand a better aperture fastness they can use not less brilliant Olympus.


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Of course there is also the question of the price. Is 4000 PLN too much or too little for such a lens? Hard to say. I suppose it will be easier to answer such a question when any other optics producer launched a fisheye lens with an aperture close to that of the Olympus.