Summary: This is an absolutely amazing lens. It's not a "walk around" lens but the distortion and autofocusing are perfect to round out my collection of Sony Lenses. The price of the lens is a bit off the chart so it's definitely a "luxury" item.
Summary: It is a great lens for specific uses. Gives dramatic pictures. My only concern is that it seems to be a gray market lens. Needs to be sent to Germany for repairs. However I have never needed to repair a lens. I am happy with the lens. \ I would recommend it to others.
A lot of fun. Provides some interest options for compositional creativity.
eclectic reader "wanderer", Amazon
9 March 2014
Summary: The optics on this lens seem very good. I wondered how much it would differ from the 16mm end of the 16-35 zoom. I found you need to look at the field of view to understand the difference. This lens gives a 180 field of view and is a true fish eye. A nice addition to my kit.
Summary: I purchased a different brand of fish eye lens last year and I was just not happy with it so I returned it. This lens however is great. Sharp photos with very little distortion at the edges. I keep this lens permanently attached to my Sony A230, and I use my Sony A77 for all other shots.
Summary: Its a great deal for this lens, however I do not think that it is new. It is probably used or refurbished because it did not come in an original box, and if that's true it feels like false advertisement, but I cannot dispute it really. Lens works, no scratches, great price.