Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
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Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM review
3 April 2014
Summary: The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM remains a slight oddity and yet an extremely fun lens to use. The optical quality is impressive for such a wide lens and the performance is exceptional, from the autofocus to the weather-sealing.
For full-frame users, having the combination of a circular and full-frame fisheye in one optic will no doubt be appealing, although its use is limited by the subjects it will suit and the novelty of severe distortion can wear thin over time.
Excerpt: This unique lens offers two lenses in one for full frame camera users. At 8mm it provides a circular fisheye image, with a 180 degree field of view in all directions. With the lens zoomed to 15mm, the lens offers a diagonal fisheye image, with a field of view of 180 degrees from corner to corner.
Pros: Excellent sharpness, in the centre of the image area, Superb build, Unique zoom design effectively gives full-frame users two lenses in one, Useful for owners of multiple Canon camera formats
Cons: Expensive, No way to lock the lens at either end of the focal range, High CA levels towards edges of the picture area
Summary: This Canon Fisheye zoom lens is a very special lens with good image quality, which is fun to use. Canon has been very successful in eliminating flare and ghosting. That is a top achievement for a wide-angle lens. Using a Fisheye zoom lens gives you the unique opportunity to get much of the area in your photo. As a result, you can also get very close to the subject. If you keep the horizon well in the middle, the distortion of this lens does not have to disturb you.
Pros: Zoom lens with a unique focal length range, Good image quality: high resolution, low chromatic aberration in jpg files, Insensitive to flare and ghosting., Vignetting is nicely limited, The characteristic Fisheye distortion
Cons: High price, No image stabilization, The characteristic Fisheye distortion and susceptibility to bias