Pro-optic 8mm f/3.5 fisheye


Here is my first image approved with a new lens, the Pro-optic 8mm f/3.5 fisheye. It is a remarkable lens in a few regards:

1. Price. At $250 this lens is almost as cheap as the nifty fifty, yet adds a view to your kit that is impossible to achieve otherwise.

2. Solid build. Surprisingly, it is well built. Nothing wobbles.

3. Manual controls. At first this seems a shame, but with a fisheye you really can't focus by eye anyways - just a quick glance at the distance scale and you are in business. The manual aperture means that you may be shooting stopping down (less light in the viewfinder), but with easy focusing or live view this isn't as big a deal. The manual controls are a big plus for me, as I can swap it onto my micro 4/3s camera.

4. Quality. Sharp, flare resistant, and with little fringing.

5. Unique distortion. You just can't beat the unusual perspective offered by a fisheye. What I like, is that unlike a rectilinear lens, it actually distorts people less if they are standing at the edge of the frame. Instead of stretching their head, it just 'bends' them...

All in all a surprisingly good buy! Since a fisheye is an effect you won't want in all your shots, it is a good balance between price and performance. Here is a link to a full review on Photozone...

I should add that it isn't compatible with a full frame camera, but offers 180 degrees on a 1.5 crop sensor (little less on Canon). Compared to the other manufacturer's options it is cheap: Canon $649, Sigma $650, Panasonic $785, Nikon $700...

Photo credits: Brad Calkins.
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March 19, 2011

A recent upload with this lens:


November 01, 2010

I love this kind of perspective, I think it's very creative, I plan to buy a nice 12 24! Hello!


October 29, 2010

looks like you're getting some fine lens to play with. lucky you.


October 20, 2010

i'd love to get a fish eye lens some day - thanks for sharing :)


October 19, 2010

Awesome! Thanks for sharing Brad ;)


October 19, 2010

That´s great! :)


October 19, 2010

Great image! I love fisheye!!!


October 19, 2010

8mm, that is wide angle! I doubt I could afford such a lens though.


October 19, 2010

Great image... I like how images look with a fisheye distortion, I just bought a Tamron 10-24 mm and I'm experimenting with it.


October 19, 2010

Really need to look into buying a fisheye lens


October 19, 2010

Great, congrats!