Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
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I love it beware of its power
4 October 2012
Summary: The lens has its great qualitys and it's down sides. You don't have to look thru the view finder point the camera and shoot this can make great shoots once you have learned what works for you. But this lens can distort your photos so take lots of photos to learn its limitation .
Summary: This lens is awesome. I am a Redding photographer and you can really make a difference in your shots using this lens, since the fisheye delivers a very nice effect in your moments. The only disadvantage is that in very low light, the aperture is not enough to get a more lighted picture.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Great photo effect, Lightweight, Quick Focus
Summary: This lens is great when you want to give a special touch to wedding or other special occasion photos. A lot of light comes into this lens, so the aperture is enough. The only thing is that this fisheye gives you less special effect than a spherical lens, but I believe this lens is better than other generical fisheye lens. It's worth the cost and you'll have lot of fun shooting with it!!!
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Conclusion: Like a macro, this is a specialty lens. Meaning it is not a primary workhorse lens. But it's concave design gives it a whole new world to work with. Excellent for landscape and interiors, it can create special effects that you would otherwise not get with ordinary wide angle lenses. This is as wide as you can get with a Canon lens, though you will need a full frame camera to bring out its full potential.
Pros: Super-sharp images, Superior build quality
Cons: highly unreliable front lens cap., pop eye design vulnerable to damage
Summary: Corners are a touch soft at f/2.8. But, the corners sharpen nicely from f/4.0. The The E-73 lens cap is worrisome. It can easily dislodge. One must be careful not to scrape the exposed front element when replacing the lens cap. The issue is serious enough to deduct a mark for the lens cap design. Sorry. This lens found more than it's average intended use compared to my 17-40/4L. This lens is a keeper for that specialty look. Highly recommended.
Summary: This lens has primarily been used thus far for landscape photography as well as the occasional portrait where certain aspects of the face can be distorted to the point of being caricature type effect such as over exaggeration of the chin, forehead and so forth. But I am looking forward to using the lens to its fullest capabilities.
Summary: I purchased this lens primarily for underwater photography. The 180 degrees of view the fisheye provides allows me to get much closer to my objects while still appearing further away. This is key, b/c of the absorption of light in the water. Teamed up with my 110 watt strobe, this two are a great pair for bringing out the amazing colors that exist below the waves. Have not used it much on land, but the distortion it provides to a room or object is very cool.
Summary: I bought this specifically for underwater photography on a Canon 30D, but I'm finding it useful for landscape & architectural subjects also. On an APS-C sensor, it's still plenty wide and the distortion is fairly easy to correct to rectilinear if you want. It's a fairly sturdy lens, the focus ring feels a bit loose though. Autofocus is quick and accurate, but kinda noisy.