Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 3   
reviewer#11562 date: Dec-27-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Samyang 8mm f3.5 in a mount
Sony fisheye lens adaptor for 16mm f2.8
Ultra wide angle lenses (sony sel 1018 / Tokina 11-16)
price paid:279 GBP
positive:Good value
Well built
Wonderfully sharp
It's a fisheye yet distortion is uniquely 'proportional'
negative:No af (but really not a problem on a fisheye)
comment:A great, compact little fisheye lens. It's mf only but that's hardly a problem with a fisheye. It's fast, sharp in the centre wide open and sharp corner to corner stopped down. Best of all, Samyang employ a rather uniques design that means the edge distortion is less than you might expect - resulting in sharper edges and a projection I find a little reminiscent of an extreme wide angle lens - it's still a fishe eye lens in terms of 180 degrees corner to corner but I find the effect less distracting than say the sony lens adaptor. One word of warning - keep an eye out for your own fingers accidentally getting in shot whilst holding the nex :-)
reviewer#11454 date: Nov-9-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Samyang 8/3.5 SLR
and some more less good fisheyes
price paid:320€ (new)
positive:-Sharp in center wide open
-Sharp from corner to corner stopped down
-Overall very good IQ
-F2.8
-Size
negative:-Distortion is not as harmonic as with 8/3.5 Fisheye imho
-Hood is not removable (for using on FF E-Mount)
comment:Distortion feels less harmonic than Samyang 8/3.5 for SLR but much more harmonic than Peleng 8mm and so on.
Optically it's very good for an Fisheye. In some (daylight) situations contrast/acutance could be sometimes better but except that a stunning performer.
reviewer#11435 date: Nov-5-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:A ProOptic 8/3.5
E 16/2.8 + fisheye converter
price paid:300 USD
positive:small, light, inexpensive
negative:none
comment:Fantastic lens. Tiny, weighs nothing, performs perfectly.
The focus ring on mine is a tiny bit stiff, but it's a fisheye - not like I use it much. Focus marks are spot on, as opposed to the A-mount version which was way off, I had to adjust it.
"De-fish"-ing the lens with distortion correction works well, maybe a little waviness but not much.
Rivals the A-mount 35/1.8 for price/performance ratio - if you like fisheyes this is it.
reviews found: 3   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.33
  • overall: 4.53

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