Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
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Jason A., Newegg
12 August 2010
Pros: This lense has an amazing picture, although it doesn't quite get 180 degrees field of view as advertised, it is like 175 degrees. The distortions are perfect, a very well made piece of glass. Well worth the price.
Conclusion: A fun lens to have in the bag (And it's so small and light, why not!). Is great for parties and the like, and for different shots. Distortion isn't that hard to correct, or can be minimized with a bit of thought before shooting. I have a very sharp copy. The cap is incredibly annoying.
Pros: Incredibly wide (5D). Af isn't as bad as I expected. Sharp, fun and small.
Cons: Build quality isn't fantastic. No USM - Have to switch back to MF to manually focus - Would much prefer full time MF.
Conclusion: My only complaint is the lens cap fell and rolls away. Canon should redesign it like the new 14L II that has pinch tap locking cap, the current version uses friction to keep it in place. Overall is not too bad for the price, you get what you pay for.
Pros: You can make people and pets look funny without trying.
Cons: Noisy motor, and the lens cap is a joke live everyone said.
Conclusion: Sold my 17-40 to get this lens (my copy was sharp enough but with a max aperture of f4 it was just too slow and not wide enough for my kind of photography). I'm very pleased with the Canon fisheye so far. For reference, mine was manufactured in Oct 2006.
Pros: Pretty good build quality. Quite sharp wide open, and it improves noticeably at f4 and smaller. Nice colour and contrast. A cute little lens.
Cons: Front element is a nightmare to keep completely spotless. My 5D sometimes over exposures (when set to Evaluative). And if I was being really picky, no USM so AF is a bit noisy.
Conclusion: This is a very specialized lens. It offers a 180 degree field of view and interesting perspectives and distortion. It is meant to be used sparingly, when the right situations present themselves.
Pros: Good image quality (sharp, good contrast/colors), small/compact/light-weight, offers 180 degree field of view and interesting perspective/distortion
Cons: Very annoying lens cap, no USM motor makes for noisy focusing, front element could get damaged because it protrudes (unavoidable), build quality is just acceptable
Conclusion: This is a good lens on a 10D when you really need to get those wide angle shots. For the most part I don't notice the distortion on the sides unless I get vertical lines near the edge of the frame. Over all this is a good lens.
Summary: Fantastic! I have often wondered why they don't bring out a newer version of this lens as this is fairly old now and what with the specifics of the digital camera I was expecting to have to be careful how I used this lens (especially as I am using the 5D). In actual fact the quality is amazing.