Adding to the chorus - this is a very fun lens, and sharp.
michael fitzhenry, Amazon
19 January 2014
Summary: I didn't think I dug the distortion of a fisheye so I resisted buying this for my M4/3 set up, despite reading lots of positive reviews. I got it for around $200 on a Black Friday sale and I'm very glad I did. I recommend it to anyone building an M4/3 kit.
Summary: Lens is a full-frame 180 degree fisheye that is compact. Lens is fully manual, and there is no electrical communication between lens and camera. Despite this, the lens is easy to use. Fun also. Pictures are very nice and sharp. Manual focus not really an issue with such a wide-angle lens. Set focus at or near infinity to get everything from one meter to infinity in focus.
Summary: This is a great lens at a very reasonable price. I bought it for my Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 and it is really impressive glass! The fit and finish are impeccable. A Fisheye lens is not a "walk around" lens but it is perfect for those who like to think outside of the box occasionally. The DOF is amazing!
Summary: Great build quality, metal mount, feels like my old prime lenses from milled aluminium, the rings have zero play and run smoothly. Mounting it is a peace of cake and fit is very exact. Optical quality is great, tack sharp over the whole frame. Great color rendition. My sample has its sharpest ring postion when turned slightly beyond the infinity sign of the distance scale when shooting landscape pictures.
Good price/quality ratio. Appropriate for the amount it gets used.
23 September 2013
Summary: This lens has decent sharpness. I would not, however, say that it lives up to the hype by other reviewers. Furthermore, it is not just "set it and forget it.". If you don't pay attention to focus, then you will, indeed, notice it later. And with so much packed into one photo, you will likely find yourself peeping at those pixels when you open your RAW files at home.
A tiny, high quality fisheye at a very reasonable price
19 September 2013
Summary: There are many excellent reviews of this lens, but I just have to add my own experiences on a recent vacation. - Build quality is exceptional. Metal mount. It feels quite solid, the manual focus ring is a treat to use. The aperture ring is clicky enough without being difficult to move. - Optically... it's really quite nice. If you buy this lens, you should be fully aware of the geometric distortion a fisheye provides.
Nice lens! Interesting to use but watch those fingers and strap
Terry Doyle "Collectible_PBs", Amazon
27 August 2013
Summary: I'd give this 5 stars except for the cheezy lens cap. It's about 3/4" deep with two plastic tabs to clip onto the front of the lens hood. This thing is brittle plastic and these tabs can break off. In fact, the first of two lenses that I got had a tab broken: shipped it back (free) with comment and got another one in fine shape - both lenses were used. Pros: 1. Nice sharp focus and easy to use b/c everything beyond 3' is going to be in focus.
Summary: This is a very interesting lens. If you shoot landscapes, you can use the incredibly wide angle (180 diagonal degrees) to minimize the fisheye distortion effect and still make use of the wide angle. You can get a great vista with minimal distortion. Yes, it's true, you can take care of the spherical aberrations of the fisheye thrrough post-production treatment in Lightroom or other organization/editing software, but you can also create some breathtaking landscapes as...