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Rokinon FE8M-N 8mm F3.5 Fisheye Lens for Nikon (Black)

by Rokinon

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  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm ; 445 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
  • Item model number: FE8M-N
  • ASIN: B002LTWDSK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Jun. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,698 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midnight Photography on 30 Aug. 2011
Great little lens. Lightweight, good build quality & fairly cheap.

Have used the lens mainly for taking pictures underground in caves & lead mines and it stands up to the rigours of the harsh and highly dirty environment. Comes with a handy little pocket to stick the lens in but this isn't padded so I'd recommend some other protection if you require it.

Suffers from a fair amount of chromatic aberration around the edges along with the expected barrel distortion associated with fisheye lenses. Fairly sharp lens - best around the F8-F11 region - but being soft at the extremes. Bought the lens for my Canon 550d & 7D and the lens must be used with manual focusing as it has no autofocus. Lens has an aperture ring allowing manual aperture setting - very quick and easy to use.

Overall, I really enjoy using it and it's cheapness is a great compromise over having auto-functionality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zoumis ioannis on 22 Nov. 2011
this is a sharp nice fisheye lens,a bit heavy,but ok construction,reasonably priced,recomended especially as an alternative to the more expensive nikon 10.5 mm fisheye
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By Mr W on 18 April 2014
I gave this a 4 star, with one very important caveat. Arrived before stated delivery, good solid build, controls are smooth & easy to use. The optics are very good resulting in very nice sharp images, the contrast & colour rendition are great too. The depth of field is huge. My goodness this is so wide in vertical format it's easy to get your feet in the shot if you're not careful.
Now for the not so good. My version was not chipped so there is no way to meter on my Nikon D3100, it only works on the manual setting. so I have to take a test shot review the histogram & adjust aperture/shutter speed accordingly, or you could use an exposure meter. Since most of my stuff is landscape work, I don't mind this too much, but if you're looking for a point & shoot get the chipped version.
Now for the really bad - the factory setting focus scale is way off, so much so, I was unable to get any focussed image. This seems to be an issue with the Nikon lens mount, a browse on the internet revealed many users having to peel back the front edge of the focusing grip, loosen the 3 slot screws & correct the factory setting. I did this & it now works as it should, full descriptions are available on the internet. If you are not technically minded/hands on don't even consider this Nikon version. This Rokinon lens is actually a Samyang, shame on them for releasing lenses that aren't properly calibrated.
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By Paul-A on 1 Jan. 2014
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What a great lens! Use it regularly on my Nikon D300 - it is MANUAL on the D300 but provided I have plenty of light the results are superb. 8mm means I get some incredible effects and can get close to my architecture - which is where it excels - Highly Recommended
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386 of 398 people found the following review helpful
Best of the "affordable" Fisheyes I've found 6 Feb. 2011
By MiRSD - Published on Amazon.com
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Fisheye lenses are very fun - they give a totally different perspective compared to just about any lens out there. The most common type seem to be the "circle" type, which product a big circle in the center of your image (with the fisheye image inside of that). On digital cameras with a crop-factor (like the Canon Rebel series, XXD series and even 7D), this can sometimes result in what looks like a circle with the top and bottom cut off.. not the most enjoyable image.

That's where this one comes in - the Rokinon produced a rectangular fisheye image - there is no "circle" as with other types of fisheye lenses, but you still get that great fisheye look (distortions and all).

You might see other similar looking (and priced) Fisheye lenses available out there.. Bower, Pro-Optic, Samyang, Rokinon, Vivitar, Falcon. These are ALL THE SAME LENS - Samyang, the manufacturer, simply re-brands it and changes the colors a bit (For example, look at: Vivitar - Fisheye lens - 7 mm - f/3.5 - Canon EF Pro-Optic 8mm f/3.5 Manual Focus, Fish Eye Lens with Canon EOS Mount ). With that said, be sure to check out the others to find the most affordable. The Rokinon is often 50-75 dollars less than the Vivitar.

The lens is a Canon EF mount (I only mention this because it's not listed in the description, only that it's "For Canon" - I wasn't sure if it was EF or FD mount before ordering). It WILL fit onto any EF Mount (meaning it will work on a 5D) but because it's SO WIDE, the hood will show up in images on a fullframe camera (it will not show up on images on a 1.6x crop camera like the Rebels, 7D or XXD line). The hood is not removable, but some people actually cut it off to use with full-frame cameras like the 5D.

The lens is rounded like a traditional fisheye, so you cannot use lens filter in front of this.

The angle is VERY WIDE - probably 180 degrees.. I have the lenscap on a leash (capkeeper) and it shows up in images if I don't move it. Things right to the side of the lens will appear in the photo.. it's hard to hide from it!

The low price comes because the lens does NOT make electrical contact with the camera. It's a MANUAL LENS - there is no autofocus, and the camera will not recognize it as a lens. You change the aperture by turning the manual aperture ring on the lens itself. You focus using the larger ring. Since the lens is so wide, if you set it to infinity (on the focus scale), then bring it back to just before that mark, most of your image will be in focus. It's actually tougher to get stuff out of focus than in focus (great for those like me who can't manual focus at all)

If you set your camera to AV mode (haven't tried the others) it will automatically determine exposure for you (I was worried about this, figuring a manual lens had to be set manually (including exposure)) - You can, of course, still set it manually. And while it does meter, it's not always perfect so be sure to review your images once in a while to make sure everything is turning out. One of the problems is that with such a wide angle of view, there can often be very different lighting conditions. Taking a photo indoors, for example, will often result in a darkened room and very bright light sources wherever windows are. You almost need to "HDR" these to get usable images. Outdoors or in even lighting conditions, it works great.

The price is much less than other wide angle lenses (because those have name-brands behind them and features like autofocus and probably better optics). The only cheaper alternative are the poor screw-on fisheye filters that attach on top of an existing lens, but these will often produce near unusable photos. The photos from the Rokinon are surprisingly sharp.

The downside to it is that quality control on the distance-scale can be poor - a number of people are reporting getting this lens (or the other rebranded variations) with a distance scale that is "off" - meaning that the 2 foot mark might actually be "Infinity", but I think it is something you can learn to deal with after a few uses. It doesn't make the lens unusable by any means.

The other negative is that this lens is about 300 bucks for a manual-only lens made by Rokinon (or Samyang, etc..) - that's almost the same as you'd pay for a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens (or similar). With that said though, I still really enjoy it and would re-buy it again if I had to make the choice again.
98 of 106 people found the following review helpful
Waaay better than the peleng 22 Oct. 2010
By G. Cerpa - Published on Amazon.com
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Well what can I tell you, this lens is awesome, I've testes it and let me tell you some of the results I noticed:

- The amount of flare (even pointing the lens towards the sun) is minimal, it really surprised me in a very positive way.
- It doesn't darkens the corners or produce vignetting effect AT ALL!
- The quality in the final pictures is superb, the pictures are crisp sharp even in the edges!
- Unlinke the peleng lens, the rokinon does fill the entire frame of the picture with no empty corners.
- It does not have the annoying lock ring of the peleng.
- When you handle the lens it feels great, the build quality is great and the rubber grip in the focus ring is awesome, its heaviness makes it feel like a solid rock and well built pice of glass; and, unlike the peleng, it does look modern!
- The colors look nice and saturated in the final pictures.

I loved this one, and I can truely say that this lens will exceed your expectations, the best bang for the buck!

Note for the buyers: this lens is also sold under other brands such as: opteka, samyang, falcon; but it's the same glass
111 of 122 people found the following review helpful
Great Manual Lens! Detailed Review 14 Sept. 2011
By Mark Petry - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this lens after reading several reviews. I got it this morning and used it on my lunch break for about 30 minutes and it seems great so far. The image quality is good, but you can see that for yourself in the customer images. So, here are a few things you can't tell from the customer images. Things I knew going into this purchase - these are not complaints - just a few notes that you may not have been aware of:

1. First, it is a great lens for the price; very solid, feels nice, looks good. Definitely worth it if your want to give fisheye a try without breaking the bank.

2. You can not use filters with this lens.

3. This len (for Canon cropped cameras) has a viewing angle of 167 degrees NOT 180. It is however 180 degrees for cropped Nikon, Sony, etc. Not a big deal, the lens definitely has a great fisheye effect.

3. There is definitely some CA (chromatic abberation), but that can easily be fixed in your favorite photo editing software.

4. This is a fully MANUAL lens. You have to manually set the aperature and focus on the lens - NOT through the camera. The lens does not actually communicate with the camera body. If you are confused by this, read you camera's manual or look for a free tutorial online by Googling "Photography for Beginners". There are a ton of free tutorials that will help you learn. That's how I got started.

5. The aperature ring shows six values of 3.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22. However, when you rotate the aperature ring, it clicks 9 times from 3.5 to 22 - just something to keep in mind. Not a big deal since a lens of this nature is going to have a pretty wide depth of field most of the time anyway.

If you just want a quick "how-to" for this lens, then:

1. Set the aperature (on the lens) to f5.6 or up (f8, f11, etc)
2. Set your camera's ISO to AUTO
3. Finally, set the focus ring (again, on the lens) to the infinity symbol.

Now, as long as you are at least 2 feet away from you subject, your pictures will be in focus without doing anything else to the lens. If this seems complicated, don't be afraid! It's actually quite simple! Again if you are confused, search the Internet for the following terms:

Aperature
Depth of field

Well, that should get you started. If you are ok with the things I listed above, then go get this lens! You won't regret it!
72 of 82 people found the following review helpful
An underrated great lens from Samyang 2 Nov. 2010
By E. Hung - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are reading the review for this lens, you are looking at a highly underrated lens. The performance of this lens has surprised a lot of critics including Ken Rockwell and photozone. If you are out there shooting with fisheye, you definitely should not mind about manual focus and manual aperture. Otherwise, go ahead and spend 3 times as much of your hard earned money on Sigma or at least 4 times as much on the new Canon 8-16mm L which hasn't been shipped yet. BTW the price of this Samyang fisheye has dropped to $263. Hello? How much does the plasticy Canon kit lens cost? For the quality of its optics and build (metal), the Samyang is a real bargain. The first thing I did with this lens was to shoot toward the sun and confirmed that flares were very well controlled. You get a nice single streak of flares and they are not all over the place. Just be realistic with laws of physics, you cannot expect no flare at all with such wide angle even with nano or whatever coating. This Samyang is arguably the best choice for APC DSLRs with all factors considered. And it 's made in Korea too unlike some N company with cheap Chinese made lenses.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't Ask For More 12 Jun. 2011
By D_Spider - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great little lens, versatile and super-sharp. It's surprisingly small and light for such a wide angle lens. I've seen lots of comments about the focusing ring's being mis-calibrated. Ken Rockwell's review says that the sharpest infinity focus happens when you set the ring to 1.5 feet. If you want to extend the depth of field as close as possible, set it to 1 foot, the minimum; then, at f/11, things only 4 inches away will be sharp (and the mountains on the horizon will look sharp); at f/16, DOF extends to 3 inches, and at f/22 to 2 inches from the lens! The sharpness at f/3.5 isn't good (but that's typical); at f/5.6 it's good, and at f/8 it's super; you have to pixel-peep--not at 100% but at 200% or 400%!--to see the slight fall-off in sharpness as you go to smaller apertures. The contrast the lens delivers is excellent, like the sharpness at the various apertures, and the color is rich and true with no color cast at all. There's no noticeable chromatic aberration, and flare is minimal for so wide a lens as long as you keep the sun out of the picture.

This lens gives you wonderful converging lines that you can exaggerate or minimize by tilting your camera, and the corners of the image are realistic and better than the high-end fisheyes (see Rockwell's review, of the "ProOptic 8mm," which is just another branding of this lens). If you want "straight" wide-angle shots, the sharpness of this lens produces detail fine enough so that you can straighten the converging lines in your image editor without that adjustment showing in the final picture.

The built-in lens shade works, and it also protects the bulging front element, but keeping the lens cap on when you're not shooting is a good idea to protect the lens from smudges. You can't use filters on this lens without making your own filter-holder, and then there'd be some vignetting of the image, but the color fidelity and contrast of the lens makes filters unnecessary.

Autofocus would be redundant with this lens: for landscapes, use the 1.5-feet setting, and for close-in shots use 1 foot (but don't worry if you forget). The manual exposure is no problem, either: take a test shot when light conditions change, check your LCD and adjust the shutter speed, and that's it. If you keep your aperture at f/8 or f/11 and have the focus ring set at 1 foot, your biggest problems will be to keep your own feet out of your pictures, and then to decide which of your images you like best.

This lens is an amazing bargain, first-rate optical quality and remarkable ease-of-use at a truly affordable price.
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