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: Great lens. One thing to note. When I got it, the manual focusing did not work. I called Olympus and learned that the manual focus is not manual. When the camera is set for manual focus, it will focus manually. But only while attached to the camera. What has been previously said, the lens works better stopped down. It works very well but you need to learn how to master it.
Summary: This is a great lens at a reasonable price. It has a solid feel and produces eye catching shots. It's easy to want to shoot close quarter shots with this lens. You'll quickly find that it's a fun lens which has wide application. The fisheye curvature can produces dramatic effects. It goes without saying that the shots, given proper lighting, are crisp and sharp. I highly recommend.
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.
Excerpt: This is a nice piece of glass, everything you would expect from an Olympus High Grade Lens. The optics are very good, and the build is excellent. It is priced in the same range as most of the big named competition and probably better built. An important part of the value of this kind of lens lies with the Olympus software that allows the fisheye effect to be adjusted up or down. This adds to the versatility and value of a fisheye lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction