Summary: I just received this lens, which I got to look at before my wife wrapped it for Christmas, so I was allowed to mount it to my E-500, and verify that it worked, and that was all I needed to know what I have gotten into! First off, this is not my first fish-eye lens… I had a 16mm OM Fish-Eye for my OM-1, and I truly enjoyed that lens. But, I had to part with it, and since then I have always wanted to replace it. This lens does the job.
Summary: I bought this lens to enable me to acquire some more creative shots. It ended up being so much more than that. The colors are exceptional, and all of my photos have been clear and crisp with minimal flare. I have used this lens for architectural photos, macros, and outdoors photos. I especially like how with outdoors photos it captures your entire field of view, giving you a shot no other lens can produce. An excellent buy despite it weighing as much as the camera body.
Summary: I love this lens. It never disappoints me. The focus is fantastic and the colors are great. A lot of people ask me with an element of curiosity what I use a fisheye lens for (as if it has limited uses) but I think the lens is especially useful for architectural arches, large ceilings and art images.
Summary: I just received this lens, and mounted it to my E-500, took a bunch of test shots, and that was all I needed to Know what I have gotten into! First off, this is not my first fish-eye lens… I had a 16mm OM Fish-Eye for my OM-1, and I truly enjoyed that lens. But, I had to part with it, and since then I have always wanted to replace it. This lens does the job. This 8 mm feels really balanced, but I cannot agree with the other reviews about it being too heavy.
Summary: Physically, the 8mm fisheye is a solid lensIt appears to be all metal, including the lens hood (fixed) and lens cap. Its waterproof. A few other things that I found is that the 8mm focuses very fast. Super Sharp. Its not a macro lens but its able to focus very close to the subject. As a fisheye lens, there's actually not much distortion in the middle of the lens. This lens has some slight purple fringing which can be fixed in photoshop.