Full frame fisheye lenses have ever typically been primes.. then Canon came along with this beast and shook the market up. Coming in at £899 it’s not inexpensive by whatever means, especially for such a specialist lens. However, yous get both 8 and 15mm in a single lens with the beauty of existence able to zoom between them… oh and a cherry-red ring and weather sealing!
I took this lens on tour with
THECITYISOURS, I idea it would be a not bad way to test information technology out and put information technology through its paces through varying weather.
I reviewed the Sigma 8mm f/three.v fisheye about a yr ago (found hither), I really enjoyed using that lens. I own both full frame and
APS-C bodies, so i could go both the total 180 degrees on full frame and when i wanted less extreme fish eye effect, I would put it on my
body. Although this did get a flake abrasive, then this Canon lens should be the perfect all rounder for fisheye…
Above you can see the divergence between 15mm and the full 180 degree 8mm on full frame. This gives slap-up versatility, especially when working in tight areas.
The first issue
with any fish eye lens is the bulbous front element and this lens really does stand out. This leads to the problem I accept with this lens, the fact the lens hood has to exist removed in one case you go past 13mm, otherwise the hood will testify upwardly in your shot – this so exposes the expensive front element and can easily be damaged.
- In a higher place – 15mm through to 8mm with hood attached. As you can come across, at 12mm the lens hood becomes very obvious.
If y’all’re buying this lens, it’southward for the versatility of a zoom (or the weather sealing and the red ring…?) so the lens hood is a chip of a trouble. I shot most of the time at thirteen – 15mm, so this wasn’t *TOO* much of a problem, although pretty inconvenient – especially shooting live music which can be very fast paced. I had to consciously have off the hood when I wanted to shoot 8mm shots.
In a higher place you tin encounter the lens hood in the top part of the prototype. Information technology’south non too bad due to the lighting, but all the same a chip abrasive.
The build quality
of this lens is great. Information technology has a plastic exterior although I’g pretty sure it’southward but a plastic coating and the rest of it is metal, because information technology weighs a pretty hefty 540g for such a small lens. Fun fact, it’s the shortest Canon zoom lens to date!
Information technology comes with a big plastic lens ‘cap’, which clips onto the lens hood and a protective soft pouch (which I accept never used on any of my L lenses and don’t know of anyone that does) A criticism of the lens cap is that it’s
easy to accidentally knock off, this is hugely inconvenient with a lens with such a bulbous front element.
(Update: On a recent wedding shoot I did in fact lose the lens hood as it came unclipped… sigh)
This lens besides features a ‘limit’ switch on the side which stops the lens from zooming out past 10mm. This is where the image starts becoming round. On the barrel is also shows where it becomes round on full frame,
This lens too has a slot for rear gelatin filters.
is truly fantastic with this lens. Very sharp beyond the frame, fifty-fifty broad open up, and the contrast in all situations that I’ve experienced has been very skilful. Colour fringing, aberrations and flare are all very well controlled even when pointing it straight at a light source, which is hands done with 180 degrees field of view.
The only time I experienced slightly messy prototype quality was using my flash setup I employ for gigs. The wink is seen in the top of the image, thus flaring the lens slightly. The big forepart element attracts dust and these piddling specs evidence up clearly due to the huge depth of field of the lens, although this was only ever a problem at 8mm and with flash.
Also something to note, unlike the Sigma, the Canon doesn’t suffer from a glow inside the barrel. Oftentimes with the Sigma (although they did notify me that this isn’t a problem on newer models) the blackness edges became soft and experienced a heavy golden glow due to light inside the barrel. The Catechism shots always remained jet black, no affair where the light source was.
is fast and authentic using the band type
motor. With it’s small-scale travel, it’southward very quick to lock onto focus. Even in low light it’southward accurate.
A heavy lens, both for your wallet and your paw. This lens feels unbalanced on my
because it’s a calorie-free camera body, most of the weight of this lens is at the front, pulling the camera down. This however feels very well balanced on the
series cameras, this isn’t too much of a problem only something to note.
The F/4 aperture isn’t a problem either. With such a wide lens, your shutter speed tin exist taken downwardly very low before you notice any blur. In fact I shot some images at i 2nd exposures of the sky and it looked fine!
Higher up – F/xvi example with lightroom correction. This can give some truly fantastic landscape shots showing the flexibility and appearance of an ultra wide angle. Even with profile corrections, this lens is all the same very sharp!
Example of sunstars that can exist achieved with this lens at
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Ane thing I’d like to betoken out that is often disregarded on lenses is the ability to articulate moisture on the front end element. Some lenses are easier to clean than others – this lens is super easy to clean, helped by a Flourine coating (front and rear elements). This is really noticeable when cleaning and
appreciated when going from common cold to warm environments.
I was shooting some candid shots outside with the band and went within the venue and this lens steamed up straight away, however, information technology cleared very rapidly. Probably the quickest I’ve seen and fabricated a huge difference when shooting in practise. Great job Canon!
Even though fisheye lenses give dramatic curved lines, you can carefully place horizons in the centre of an paradigm and get much less baloney, almost to the signal you de-fisheye information technology! This makes much more versatile.
Y’all can literally place objects on the front end of this lens and information technology’southward almost in focus. As with all fisheye lenses and ultra wide angles, objects appear much further away than they actually are – and so intendance needs to be taken to not hit the front element!!
Beneath – The first image was shot nearly 1cm from the front chemical element. The second showing a rather close call with the front chemical element!
I really love this lens. In fact, I’m probably going to be buying ane every bit soon equally possible
(Update: I concluded up buying ane shortly after completing this review) I inverse the way I shot and admittedly beloved the consequence. The versatility of the zoom is just truly fantastic along with the weather condition sealing (which for a music photographer and festival shooter is pretty important!)
Apart from the inconvenience of the lens hood, this is ane of my favourite lenses I’ve used. Sharp, accurate, versatile and in a small packet. Considering an 8mm and a 15mm lens would gear up you lot back effectually £450 each, this lens is good value for money. If you would only shoot at 15mm, so peradventure the Sigma 15mm
two.8 would be a better option, although for those looking to venture this lens is amazing.
Beneath are some simply images shot with the Canon 8-15mm
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