Summary: I was a little worried about this lens before I bought it, I had fancied a fisheye for years but couldn't bring myself to part with the £600 or so for a Cannon or Sigma lens. I came across this after reading about it in a magazine and at first was a little worried about it being a manual lens. However, set the Aperture to 8 and the focus to infinity and every single picture you take will be pin sharp.
Summary: 1st lens came faulty -needed calibration. Sent back to the seller. Ordered from Amazon directly now and received working lens. I like it. Tried already on Canon 60D, 650D and BMCC EF. bought it mainly for BMCC EF to get the fisheye look. Not bad but is not that drastic as on Canon cameras due to crop factor 2.3 I like the lens, very sharp and provides good pictures at f/8. 3 stars for the fact that many of them are faulty and need calibration.
Summary: Lens captures crisp clear images with relatively little loss of clarity towards the edges of the image. The infinite focal length makes this incredibly easy to use especially in dark environments. Its also worth noting that the lens is so large that you will probably need an external flash because the lens leaves a shadow at the bottom of the image.
Summary: The lens is just what you need from the budget lens. It can take some great shots with some fidling. Overall would I advise someone to buy it? For someone on a low budget of course. I took it head to head against my friends £1100 lens, image quality was marginally better on his lens.
Fantastic creative opportunities for low cost - well built metal lens
19 August 2013
Summary: This is an awesome lens for the price. On an APS-c sensor it fills the field but gives a fish eye look. On a full frame it just gives a central circle of view. It provides 180degrees, the fish eye look is there if you want it or if you get the horizon right through the middle of the field of view it can be straight. This lens is sold on by Vivitar and other makes, why not buy direct?
Summary: For the money - what a brilliant lens! Ok so theres no autofocus but unless you are shooting something 3 inches in front of the lens, choose f5.6 or above and its all in focus anyway! Needs reasonably careful exposure but I use it on Manual with a daytime aperture of around f5.6 - f8, focus set to Infinity and shoot raw to make minor adjustments later. I use the histogram and bracket if necessary but most shots are well exposed.
Summary: Considering you can get a fisheye for your iPhones now, or editing software like Adobe Lightroom for around £100, you'd think these could be a bit cheaper, but no. The fisheye does its standard job, but some of the settings you change on-lens doesn't show through the screen or viewfinder, so you're basically shooting in the dark with this. But like i said it does its job so if you need a basic fisheye for your CANON camera, this will do just fine.