Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
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26 January 2012
Excerpt: The fisheye camera lens was originally developed so that the whole sky could be captured in one single image to help meteorologists study cloud formations. However, the extravagant 180-degree angle of view soon found favour with photographers.
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