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Walimex Pro 8 mm 1:3.5 DSLR Fish-eye II lens for Sony Alpha mount bayonet lens, black (with removable lens hood)
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- suitable for the following cameras: Minolta Dynax 5D, 7D, Sony Alpha A100, A200, A230,A290, A300, A330, A350, A380, A390, A450, A500, A550, A560, A580, A700, A33, A35, A55V, A65, A77 - not suitable for full format cameras
- ideally suitable for shootings in narrow spaces - awesome and unique perspective with high depth of field
- multi-coated glass lenses - useable with manual exposure mode
- manual focusing - with removable tele lens hood
- minimum distance: approx 0,3m
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The Fish-Eye Lens by walimex pro makes a whole new view of things possible. Due to the unique perspective, your creativity is not limited. Whether in panorama and landscape photography or in narrow rooms, with the walimex pro Fish-Eye you can achieve brilliant panorama shots. Due to the exceptional depth of focus and the image angle of 180°, all options are open to the adventurous photographer.
The walimex pro Fish-Eye has a focal length of only 8mm. At a minimum distance of 30cm, exciting wide-angle pictures can already be captured in brilliant sharpness. The fast lens speed of 1:3.5 allows excellent shots even in less favorable lighting conditions. The lens is optimized for DSLR cameras with APS sensors. A fixed lens hood prevents laterally occurring stray light and lens reflections. The glass lenses of the lens are coated and thus ensure a brilliant contrast and sharpness range as well as a well-rounded color balance. The particularly high-quality optics of the lens ensures optimal image results.
New possibilities of image composition
With the walimex pro Fish-Eye photographers receive various possibilities of image composition, especially with spherical panoramas. Straight lines which are not positioned in the middle of the picture will be shown curved and a barrel distortion is the result. This particular lens type has a particularly short focal length for its image format size, which is why the image is displayed with curved forms. That is how photos, which are created with the walimex pro Fish-Eye, receive their typical spherically distorted perspective.
1x walimex pro 8/3.5 Fish-Eye II for Sony Alpha with convenient carrying bag and protection cap
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Why is it so cheap? Well, firstly it's made in South Korea, not Japan. Secondly, unlike the Canon it's a prime lens. And most crucially, it's entirely manual - there are no electrics, no image stabilisation, no autofocus, you even have to set the aperture on the lens. This does have some drawbacks - no information from or about the lens gets into the exif data and it's impossible to focus through the viewfinder when everything is so small. But the wider the lens, the greater the depth of field, and for most purposes you can just set the aperture to f8 and the focus about halfway between 1.5m and infinity and be confident that everything will be in focus. Just make sure that doesn't include your feet, knees, middle-aged spread or tripod if you're shooting portrait format ...
It's worth pointing out what I didn't notice immediately about this lens - or originally include in this review - which is that despite both the product name here on Amazon and the sticker on the box in which it was packaged, this lens (or at least the one I received) has an EF mount, not an EF-S mount. So it will fit on all Canon DSLRs, not just the cropped-sensor ones - useful to know if you plan to upgrade to a full-frame camera. What isn't clear is whether there actually IS a version of this lens (under any of Samyang's various brand names) with an EF-S mount - my guess would be not but if buying this for a full-frame camera I'd be wary and look for one that specified as much. This does mean that you will not get the classic fish-eye round image on a cropped sensor camera - I can't speak for whether this is possible on a full-frame camera as I am using this on an EOS 500, however it is possible to remove the fitted lens hood if necessary. On a cropped-sensor camera, if you point it close to horizontally, it's almost an ultra-wide angle; the fisheye distortion is much more pronounced if you point it above or below the horizontal. The extremely bulbous front element precludes the use of filters.
The only real downsides I've found so far are that the camera struggles to get the exposure right in low light - it tends to overexpose quite severely - and sharp contrasts can generate some pretty severe purple fringing towards the corners of the frame. But the former can be dealt with in manual with a bit of trial and error, and the latter in processing - though not with Canon's own Digital Photo Professional which needs exif data to deal with chromatic aberrations. However, neither is anywhere near a deal-breaker. There also isn't much to grab hold of between the focussing ring and the aperture ring for when you're fitting or removing the lens - you actually have to hold the lens cap, always remembering to do this HORIZONTALLY or from under the lens to avoid the risk of dropping the lens out of the cap, which shouldn't be relied upon to bear the whole weight of the lens, although it actually locks into 2 grooves on the inside of the the (very firmly anchored) lens hood pretty securely and doesn't rotate on the lens; note that the lens cap does not fit if the lens hood is removed.
If you've always wanted to use a fisheye but were daunted by the price, or even if you hadn't even realised you needed a fisheye, this unexpectedly excellent bit of glass is a great buy and great fun to use.
PS: a quick note about brands - this lens and others in the same series seem to be available under several different brands - Samyang (the parent company), Opteka etc. The prices vary a bit so it's worth checking around to see which is cheapest currently; the product is identical even where they sometimes quote a different focal length - some say 7 or 6.5mm.
It is a fixed focus lens and at 8 MM. gives a very wide angle . It provides good quality results on indoor room pictures with the usual distortions but effective to give a good view of an entire room. It is useful too for panorama shots where you want a wide spectrum of foreground and background. Again there are the usual distortions. These are the most practical uses but it is also great just to play around with and get some really interesting and unusual shots.
Not an essential piece of kit for everyone but an interesting addition to a lens collection. The quality of photo seems to be quite acceptable, however, it is not that quality which should be paramount for buyers but rather it's potential for interesting and unusual shots.
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