Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
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Ellie Mack, Amazon
22 December 2010
Summary: I purchased this lens because I love wide angle shots and have always wanted to use a fisheye. The only reason I am giving the lens a 4 star is because as someone else mentioned it is a much older Canon lens and think they should have a new version. The quality of the pictures is wonderful. The built is great except it is older. I think this lens is perfect for someone who loves the fisheye concept but already has a nice selection of various lenses.
Summary: This is a great lens, especially on a crop sensor body, its like a 24mm instead of a 15mm. It does extremely well in low light and is sharp even at f/2.8. I have used this to do filming in an aircraft simulator where lighting conditions are very low and it performs like a champ. I have also used it during a choir performance in a church to get a wide shot of the entire group, with only ambient lighting and it did very well. This is a quality prime piece of glass.
Summary: Fisheye lenses come in two varieties. Both types create a heavily barrel-distorted image that provides a roughly 180 degree field of view. Circular fisheyes create a circular image that falls entirely within the frame, leaving black around the edges. The circular image covers a full 180 degrees in all directions. Diagonal fisheyes, which fill the frame, give a 180 degree view only along the frame's diagonals.
Summary: I am a wedding and portrait photographer. I use the lens for these situations and love it. 1. To add some interest to dancefloor shots. I just hold the camera above the crowd and shoot down. The shots are playful and energetic. 2. To make a small, boring church look huge. Just shoot inside and watch out to keep your toes out of the shot. and for fun 3. To shoot kids and pets with big, cartoony heads. It's a great lens and fun to use.
Summary: I really like the sparkly, crystal-clear images this lens produces. I was after the lens distortion, and was pleased to see the other benefits of using the lens as well. It's quite a versatile lens. That it will not take a filter and the lens glass bulges outward is a little scary from a lens-protection standpoint.
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 I have often wondered why they don't bring out a newer version of this lens as this is fairly old now and what with the specifics of the digital camera I was expecting to have to be careful how I used this lens (especially as I am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. No picture fall off like you can get on the zooms with the large sensor (such as 24-105 for example).
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.