Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
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What a great lens
Donald W. Ritchey "D", Amazon
6 March 2013
Summary: This is the first fisheye I've owned and this thing is a lot of fun. Its fast, sharp and takes great pictures. Obviously there is distortion with it being a fisheye lens but fixable with DxO or similar software.
Summary: This Fisheye is a great lens. There is an issue with the lens cap not staying on, but there are fixes, just google for some ideas. Whether you use this on a full frame or APS-C camera, the effects are still worth having it in your bag. I wish Canon would replace this discontinued lens with another option under the $1000 mark (right now the only Canon fisheye available is the L).
Summary: Full frame 15mm fisheye lens is totally amazing! 180 degree field of view, close focusing to 39cm Some bending , curving , but this is to be expected with a 180 degree field of view, and is an awesome perspective when shot with a low angle.
Summary: I love this lens, too. Here's a tip for the loose lens cap: Pick up a roll of paper tape in the wound care aisle of the drug store. One layer of this tape along the inside lip of the cap (fold the extra half over to the outside or trim off) and you will no longer have this problem.
Summary: I bought this lens to have as an additional option/perspective for my wedding clients. I am on the Canon 50D cropped sensor so I don't get as much of the fish eye barreling, but I like it that way. I enjoy this lens as a great ultra wide angle with just a hint of a fish eye effect so that it doesn't become too much if I use it on a few different shots.
Conclusion: I carry lens with me wherever I go because it is so much fun to shoot and never fails to produces the most remarkable images. I've not owned any other fisheye lenses so I can't compare it quality wise with anything. All I know is the images this lens produces consistently puts a smile on my face. I own a lot of lenses so it is quite unique in that regard. My only negative comment is the front lens cap which is restrained only by friction (felt lined cap).
Conclusion: The Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens is a bit of a boutique lens, but can come in very handy in certain circumstances if you own a camera with a full-frame sensor. If your camera(s) has/have a APS-C or APS-H sized sensor, this probably isn't the lens for you. This is a rectilinear lens, which means the geometry of straight objects, such as walls or the sides of buildings, will appear less curved despite the extremely wide focal length of this lens.
Pros: Very sharp, rectilinear focal length, small size, does the job very well on cameras with a full frame.
Cons: No USM, nosier focus, lens cap, no full-time manual focusing, colors a tad muted than other Canon lenses I own.