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mysubaruimp
18th of July 2006 (Tue), 07:25
With the recent rise in popularity of the Peleng 8mm, I thought it was time to post up some samples.

The lense is great performer and a boatload of fun.

The Peleng is soft wide open and lense flare is a big concern. Stop the lense down to f/8 and this all goes away. Using the lense at f/8 and smaller apertures leaves you with a very dim viewfinder. There is a ring on the lense to adjust for this. The "Lock - Unlock" ring. It basically opens the lense up to the widest aperture letting in more light. Now you can compose your shot and possibly check DOF and focus (the viewfinder on my cam is too small, but on a 30d, maybe). When you are set, a twist of the ring stops it down to whatever you have it set for (f/8-f/16 in my case). The ring is very fluid and easy to use.

At f/8 it certainly isnt the best low-light lense to have, but with a flash, its still very usable. With an external (430ex/580ex/etc) flash on the camera, you can only have it pointed straight up if you use an omni-bounce or piece of tupperware, err, I mean lightsphere. The flash head sticks too far forward in any of the forward tilted positions and causes flare on the lense. Watch where you put your fingers too. If you hold the lense without thinking of hand placement, you will get a finger in the picture, or a halo of light refelcting off of your finger. Please keep all hands and feet behind the front of the lense at all times, for your own safety.

The lense is full time manual focus, but it isnt really an issue. There is a focus ring with a distance scale on it if you need to focus closer than 1m. I use the ring and just guestimate at what distance the subject is from me. I cant see the change in focus when I look down the hallway that is the viewfinder on the 350d and I am not really sure that the focus ring does anything, but I still do it. I am stubborn. It has worked out so far, but with the massive depth of field this lense offers, I havent noticed any OOF areas of the image. This is not a good lense if you love bokeh.

You can use the lense in Av mode (what I use most of the time) or full manual.

On to the samples.

The first shot is just a snap from when I was messing around with things. The shot is straight out of camera to show the vignetting. I believe exif is intact. It is f/8 (wont show in exif). The second shot is a 100% crop of that image. These shots are both untouched, no sharpening, nothing.

mysubaruimp
18th of July 2006 (Tue), 07:26
Second set. Cropped images. My favorite subject for this lense is animals.

http://www.invictusmoto.com/Peleng/Picture-055.jpg

http://www.invictusmoto.com/Peleng/Picture%20002.jpg

KevNJ
18th of July 2006 (Tue), 09:40
Beautiful boxer!! Oh and nice pictures as well. Maybe Ill take some pictures tonight of my boxer with my peleng. :)

For the ~$200 its well worth the money, or few bucks to rent it. hehe.

nation
18th of July 2006 (Tue), 11:41
Nice shots and review. Thanks for posting.

MrsKitty
18th of July 2006 (Tue), 18:17
Thanks for the review! This is the next thing on my want-list.

Who did you order from? Kiev via ebay?

RianFlynn
18th of July 2006 (Tue), 18:57
man what a great little find when you need to be wide!

Rian

cjm
18th of July 2006 (Tue), 19:11
What does this thing look like? or cost?

mysubaruimp
18th of July 2006 (Tue), 19:43
Kiev Camera is the only place that I am aware of in the US that sells them. Make sure when you call that she has them in stock. If she doesnt, it will be a long wait. I think there is only one in stock at the store right now.

As for looks, I dont have a second cam, so I cant take pics of it, but here are some shots online. The lense is all metal, and very rugged. These pictures make it look plastic.

Images thanks to http://www.pauck.de/marco/photo/stuff/peleng_fisheye/peleng_fisheye.html
http://www.pauck.de/marco/photo/stuff/peleng_fisheye/peleng_total0.jpg
http://www.pauck.de/marco/photo/stuff/peleng_fisheye/peleng_top0.jpg

BearLeeAlive
18th of July 2006 (Tue), 21:56
This lens is one of the ones on my wish list, and has for a while now. It just seems like too much fun.

buze
19th of July 2006 (Wed), 03:06
It is a great lens, and not only for goof shots. I use it extensively now, especialy for landscapes.

http://galleries.oomz.net/pub/s0606/S/IMG_8870.jpg

http://galleries.oomz.net/pub/s0607/S/IMG_9061-Edit.jpg

http://galleries.oomz.net/pub/s0607/S/IMG_9088-Edit.jpg

http://galleries.oomz.net/pub/s0607/S/IMG_9138-Edit.jpg

buze
19th of July 2006 (Wed), 03:15
Of note also, the peleng peaks at f11 or so, so outside you don't really have to care about focus or even exposure : Sunny 16 applies. On a sunny day 1/250s f11 in M mode and shoot around :D

Also, if you take care to put the horizon right in the middle of the frame, and try not to have strong verticals on the side, it is almost impossible to detect a shot was taken with a fishy.

Quite frankly I love the Peleng, it's clearly in the top 5 on all the manual lens I got, I use it a /lot/ more than most of my expensive AF Canon glass !
http://galleries.oomz.net/pub/s0606/S/IMG_8875.jpg

mysubaruimp
19th of July 2006 (Wed), 08:35
Thank you for posting the above shots. They clearly show that the lense is capable of producing some fantastic images.

superdiver
19th of July 2006 (Wed), 11:09
I have SO got to get me one of these!

ekie
19th of July 2006 (Wed), 11:13
i must get one too! lol

how does the peleng compare to the MC Zenitar 2.8/16 FISH EYE Lens?

buze
19th of July 2006 (Wed), 12:36
The Zenitar on a crop body is barely fisheye...
The Peleng is more like a full-frame fisheye, on a crop. In fact there are slight dark corners that you can either crop, or reproject. In my case I "remap" the image to remove the dark corners while keeping the maximum amount of image.
See the kind of postprocessing you can do to Peleng shots to remove the fisheye effect, or to remove the dark corners : http://galleries.oomz.net/pub/M42/russian/peleng8mm/

I haven't tried the Zenitar, I would certainly pick one if I upgraded to a 5D!

Madweasel
19th of July 2006 (Wed), 16:50
I used to use the Zenitar 16mm fish-eye on my 35mm film cameras, but as Buze says, it doesn't really work with my crop 30D, so I sold it. I might be intersted in the Peleng as a replacement. Although it's slow to use the manual aperture, it's so much cheaper than the only alternative, the Sigma 8mm, which I would find hard to justify, as it's not a lens I would use a great deal.
I understand that although they are both 8mm and both described as circular-field fish-eyes, the Peleng has a larger image circle than the Sigma. This means the Sigma would give larger dark corners than the Peleng.
Thanks for showing the Peleng pics - very interesting, and the quality looks surprisingly good.

steved110
19th of July 2006 (Wed), 17:20
Thanks for posting, this looks like a great value lens - lots of fun to use, in my hands a fisheye would not get the level of use that I would have to have in order to justify spending more on the Sigma fisheye, so this is definitely one for the wish list.

Haley
24th of July 2006 (Mon), 21:53
Where can you buy this?

MrsKitty
25th of July 2006 (Tue), 16:10
Kiev Camera. Check for them on eBay but make sure they have it in stock before you bid/order!

You can order thru them direct (Google the name) but the prices thru eBay are cheaper.

ChopstickHero
25th of July 2006 (Tue), 18:29
wow, cool lens

Livinthalife
25th of July 2006 (Tue), 18:54
I will be getting a new lens in the next two months...thinking about this now...My other option was the 100-300 USM. I'm wondering which would I use more. Fishy does sound fun!

KevNJ
25th of July 2006 (Tue), 22:13
Kiev Camera. Check for them on eBay but make sure they have it in stock before you bid/order!

You can order thru them direct (Google the name) but the prices thru eBay are cheaper.

If you call them and mention you see that they sell it on ebay they will give it to you for 199 plus shipping which I could have sworn she said 40 dollars per lens ( I bought two ) but ended up being 414 shipped for the pair. Also it took 2 1/2 weeks to get them from my order, credit card was broke 3 different times :rolleyes: when I called about my order cause if you order online you get no receipt of any kind no email verification or anything. But everything was fine. Id buy from them again.

Great lens for he money. :D

WxGuesser
25th of July 2006 (Tue), 22:39
From ebay. "While using this MC Peleng 3.5/8 mm on Nikon D100 DX1 , canon and Fuji digital cameras it turns into 12 mm lens." Also the site said to add $15 if you are using it on a canon digital camera. Anyone who has bought this lens... Can you clear this up a little?

mysubaruimp
25th of July 2006 (Tue), 23:17
From ebay. "While using this MC Peleng 3.5/8 mm on Nikon D100 DX1 , canon and Fuji digital cameras it turns into 12 mm lens." Also the site said to add $15 if you are using it on a canon digital camera. Anyone who has bought this lens... Can you clear this up a little?

The 12mm part is because of the 1.6x (1.5x on Nikon) crop factor that our cameras have. It is still an 8mm lense, but the FOV is the same as a 12mm on a FF camera.

As far as adding $15, Kiev Camera doesnt charge that. I would assume the charge is for the mount. The Peleng is a mountless lense, and needs an adapter to mate with anything. It comes with an EOS adapter (free) if you specify it when your order. I think you must be looking at some other site.

Haley
3rd of August 2006 (Thu), 11:10
Kiev Camera. Check for them on eBay but make sure they have it in stock before you bid/order!

You can order thru them direct (Google the name) but the prices thru eBay are cheaper.

Thanks! Sorry it took awhile to reply. I appreciate it!

topsyturvy6234
3rd of August 2006 (Thu), 14:20
Were the original photos taken with a crop camera or a full frame?

Jon
3rd of August 2006 (Thu), 14:48
Were the original photos taken with a crop camera or a full frame?He mentions looking down the hall through the viewfinder of his 350D, so I presume with that.

mysubaruimp
3rd of August 2006 (Thu), 15:00
Correct, they were taken with a 350D. On a FF camera you will get a full circular image.

Dbix
5th of September 2006 (Tue), 00:30
here are some skate shots with a peleng

http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/9721/img6496edited1vb0eq9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/8137/img7890edited1mi0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

DimensionZero
8th of September 2006 (Fri), 21:09
Hmm, I'm thinking about picking one of these up, but I was wondering. What do you guys use to flatten out the image in post? (I apologize for hyjacking your thread)

Thanks!

mysubaruimp
9th of September 2006 (Sat), 12:40
Hmm, I'm thinking about picking one of these up, but I was wondering. What do you guys use to flatten out the image in post? (I apologize for hyjacking your thread)

Thanks!

I dont use any software to flatten my images. I usually just crop out the vignetted corners. In the shots I posted, that is all that was done.

dylix
9th of September 2006 (Sat), 12:47
wow.. i might have to get this lens

sprout703
12th of September 2006 (Tue), 06:24
There is a group buy going on in the classifieds:sell section. Good deal

adam1093
10th of October 2006 (Tue), 16:22
is there a lense like this available in the uk??

im running a Canon 400d

cdmonkey
10th of October 2006 (Tue), 16:24
ebay is the only place that i have seen them in the uk but they dont have any on there at the moment.

Carl

paulhillion
10th of October 2006 (Tue), 17:16
Oh dear I know I shouldn't have looked at this thread! I've just checked on eBay and they're on there, available to the UK as well. I've just sent the sellers a message to check whether or not they have them in stock.

bignoodleboi
10th of October 2006 (Tue), 17:30
I always wonder do you have to manuel focus it? or does it have auto focus?

Sir Tony
10th of October 2006 (Tue), 18:11
manual

adam1093
11th of October 2006 (Wed), 16:13
any news on the ebay find??

is it worth setting up another group buy??

Sems
11th of October 2006 (Wed), 17:09
is there a lense like this available in the uk??

im running a Canon 400d

Just keep checking ebay, took a few weeks but I spotted one a few months ago for a grand total of 80 inc shipping. (average seems to be 100-120 tho). Good luck in your search that are great fun.

adam1093
12th of October 2006 (Thu), 11:47
80 incl shippin is good!!

theres one on there at the moment but buy it now price is 170 + 11 shipping costs???

Item number: 180037454283

Is this genuine???

Will there be more available at a lower price?

jkaufman
5th of November 2006 (Sun), 20:03
I just picked one of these up and got it this weekend. So glad I found this thread with some information on shooting with it since all of my test shots with it so far were either way too dark or completely blown out.

Thanks for the great info!

S Taylor
5th of November 2006 (Sun), 21:09
Just noticed this thread.... Love the Peleng 8mm!

Here's an usual subject for the 8mm fisheye : Lightning

I shoot lightning often during storm season, and was curious how these would turn out with the fisheye attached. This time the lens was on the 1DMkIIn, so the fisheye is much more pronounced on the 1.3 crop.

http://www.stpics.com/h_miscimgs/fe_lightning_800.jpg

dbett
11th of November 2006 (Sat), 16:31
Well I'm still trying to get mine outside, but I took a few at my daughter's 5th Birthday party.

It's a fun lens.

http://thebettertons.com/_images/misc/kalifish1.jpg

http://thebettertons.com/_images/misc/kalifish2.jpg

http://thebettertons.com/_images/misc/kalifish3.jpg

saturnin
8th of January 2007 (Mon), 19:30
anyone can post peleng /30D
thanks
SAt

Tareq
9th of January 2007 (Tue), 06:33
Is this lens better than Sigma 8mm fisheye?

Madweasel
9th of January 2007 (Tue), 10:44
Is this lens better than Sigma 8mm fisheye?
Not at all! It's a good cheap way into fish-eye photography, but the Sigma is sharper and gives automatic focussing and aperture, where the Peleng is completely manual/mechanical.

Tareq
9th of January 2007 (Tue), 11:06
Not at all! It's a good cheap way into fish-eye photography, but the Sigma is sharper and gives automatic focussing and aperture, where the Peleng is completely manual/mechanical.

thank you very much, i was looking to get that peleng as i thought it is better than Sigma.

Zilly
9th of January 2007 (Tue), 17:58
Just noticed this thread.... Love the Peleng 8mm!

Here's an usual subject for the 8mm fisheye : Lightning

I shoot lightning often during storm season, and was curious how these would turn out with the fisheye attached. This time the lens was on the 1DMkIIn, so the fisheye is much more pronounced on the 1.3 crop.

http://www.stpics.com/h_miscimgs/fe_lightning_800.jpg
you have just sold the peleng to me off to ebay to buy one for my 1d mkiin now

spending yet more money :rolleyes: dam forum ;)

michaelsink
9th of January 2007 (Tue), 19:03
Not the best shots, but I couldn't wait to shoot and post from this really fun lens... gonna play in the studio with this soon... RULES are made to be broken...

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/161/351593901_2812e78db9.jpg (http://farm1.static.flickr.com/161/351593901_2812e78db9.jpg)
(overexposed a little)
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/351593173_160b1c45d3.jpg (http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/351593173_160b1c45d3.jpg)
messy kitchen
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/164/351594068_800c291bcf.jpg (http://farm1.static.flickr.com/164/351594068_800c291bcf.jpg)
flash coverage from the Rebel XT (oh yeah, those are my holy jeans below)

Really fun lens, gotta shoot more

JDubya
17th of February 2007 (Sat), 16:34
I have an M42 adapter w/the chip (AF confirm, etc) so would it be a good idea for me to get the Peleng in M42 then use my M42->Canon adapter so I could retain AF confirm?

labbai
2nd of March 2007 (Fri), 05:39
Mmmm... Peleng...I like it! Solid metal and glass with a twist of something that doesn't fit anywhere... I just got myself an op/tech hood hat for my Peleng :rolleyes:
Works! I don't have to worry about the original cap, that doesn't fit... anyways. :lol:
Now that I learn to take some pics with it...

michaelsink
2nd of March 2007 (Fri), 06:00
Mmmm... Peleng...I like it! Solid metal and glass with a twist of something that doesn't fit anywhere... I just got myself an op/tech hood hat for my Peleng :rolleyes:
Works! I don't have to worry about the original cap, that doesn't fit... anyways. :lol:
Now that I learn to take some pics with it...

Hmmm... labbai, have you git a website for that hoo/cap?

jcw122
19th of June 2007 (Tue), 01:08
thank you very much, i was looking to get that peleng as i thought it is better than Sigma.

Gotta remember the Peleng is $300 cheaper though :D

Tareq
19th of June 2007 (Tue), 02:15
Gotta remember the Peleng is $300 cheaper though :D

ok ok, i don't need it as i don't use my sigma fishy that much, i need something creative to use it for.

toneepham
8th of July 2007 (Sun), 21:28
anyone want me to sell one to me ?

toneepham
8th of July 2007 (Sun), 22:22
I was wondering if it was hard to adjust to doing everything manual when you got the Fisheye because I am scared that when I get the lens I am going to mess up and the pictures are gonna turn out terrible. Does it just take some time getting used to ? If so how much time ?

f50fan
22nd of July 2007 (Sun), 17:19
I have an M42 adapter w/the chip (AF confirm, etc) so would it be a good idea for me to get the Peleng in M42 then use my M42->Canon adapter so I could retain AF confirm?

if you're asking if you would retain AF capability: this lens doesnt have AF.

wazmunstr
22nd of July 2007 (Sun), 19:02
if you're asking if you would retain AF capability: this lens doesnt have AF.

thats not what that means. af cofirm means when its in focus, the dot inside the viewfinder will let you know. great feature to have when your lens is all manual.

KaplanMultimedia
22nd of July 2007 (Sun), 20:53
I was wondering if it was hard to adjust to doing everything manual when you got the Fisheye because I am scared that when I get the lens I am going to mess up and the pictures are gonna turn out terrible. Does it just take some time getting used to ? If so how much time ?

It's not a problem at all. When not using flash, I usually use the Av setting. For instance, set the lens manually to f8 and set your camera in Av mode to f8. The camera will select the right shutter speed for the correct exposure. If you want to use flash, put the camera in manual mode, then select your shutter & aperture settings and the flash will find the right output in the E-TTL mode.

f50fan
22nd of July 2007 (Sun), 21:25
thats not what that means. af cofirm means when its in focus, the dot inside the viewfinder will let you know. great feature to have when your lens is all manual.

mmm. nice. thanks for clearing that up. i learned something new today!

f50fan
23rd of July 2007 (Mon), 15:40
well. i took a chance and i bought one of these babes. IM SO EXCITED. bought it for about $265 shipping included on ebay. Not bad compared to ebay's normal peleng prices. But, if anyone has more photo's with this bad boy, please post!

Katzer1
24th of July 2007 (Tue), 08:32
I have an M42 adapter w/the chip (AF confirm, etc) so would it be a good idea for me to get the Peleng in M42 then use my M42->Canon adapter so I could retain AF confirm?

I'd get it for M42,
I got it for EF mount, should have been more wise to get it in either Nikon or M42 mounts that I have AF confirm adapters for.

I need to try again to attach the AF confirm chip I bought for my tilt adapter, the EF mount on the peleng is bit too wide for using doublesided tape, and I dont want to glue it yet there....:confused:

Erez

Katzer1
24th of July 2007 (Tue), 08:35
Mmmm... Peleng...I like it! Solid metal and glass with a twist of something that doesn't fit anywhere... I just got myself an op/tech hood hat for my Peleng :rolleyes:
Works! I don't have to worry about the original cap, that doesn't fit... anyways. :lol:
Now that I learn to take some pics with it...


The original cap is wonderful for getting thumb prints all over the lens when taking it out of the case, or to randomly come off the lens just to yet again prove that gravity works.
Could you share the link for the op/tech hood hat you found suitable for the peleng (they come in all kind of sizes) ?
Thanks,
Erez

burrito
5th of September 2007 (Wed), 11:07
where can i buy a peleng?

Zilly
5th of September 2007 (Wed), 12:14
ebay

DoomMan
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 02:25
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2274/1557640463_a22e61f098.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2170/1557640315_7bb0cee3a0.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2388/1557640157_bf1ada32d1.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2379/1557640411_a42445836c.jpg

You guys made me go out and get one, and i don't regret it at all =]. Amazing lens

Madweasel
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 06:44
Very creative shots DoomMan. Great work!

Higha Level
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 07:35
DoomMan .... great use of the fisheye. Thank you for giving me some ideas.

I had a peleng and sold it because it was not sharp. Only to learn that it was because I had a T mount and not a EOS mount. Lens was too far away from the sensor. Now I have one on the way again. I hope people can learn from my mistake. This lens can be seriously sharp. I think it performs better than the Sigma because I had that first before getting the Peleng. Referring to IQ only not functional use ha-ha.

Hope to see more pictures while I wait.

Tareq
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 07:43
DoomMan .... great use of the fisheye. Thank you for giving me some ideas.

I had a peleng and sold it because it was not sharp. Only to learn that it was because I had a T mount and not a EOS mount. Lens was too far away from the sensor. Now I have one on the way again. I hope people can learn from my mistake. This lens can be seriously sharp. I think it performs better than the Sigma because I had that first before getting the Peleng. Referring to IQ only not functional use ha-ha.

Hope to see more pictures while I wait.

Thats why i don't sell my lenses.
I still have my Sigma 8mm, and i heard many said it is sharper than the peleng, so i will not sell it because you will say peleng is better.

Higha Level
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 08:20
Thats why i don't sell my lenses.
I still have my Sigma 8mm, and i heard many said it is sharper than the peleng, so i will not sell it because you will say peleng is better.

Well I am not telling anyone to sell their lens. I just had both at the time and I wanted to see if the Sigma performed better TO MY EYES to justify the high cost. It didn't to ME so I returned it. Plus the quality was not that much better for the price when I had them. I didn't want to pay so much for AF. In terms of price, I think the Peleng performs better. Especially with the right mount.

The main point I was getting across was that I didn't know about the really thick T mount that comes with the lens and didn't find documentation on it so I got rid of it. Now with the right mount I can focus correctly.

You can do what you wish with your lens. I was just kind of sharing my experience.

- Andrew

michaelsink
14th of October 2007 (Sun), 08:40
DoomMan - very nice use of the peleng mixed with a little strobist flair, AWESOME shots, you're inspiring me to do more with this wonderous lens...

730shooter
15th of February 2008 (Fri), 09:25
has anyone heard of the 5d mirror hiting the rear lens element? i heard that the pelengs rear element sticks out too much to use on a 5d.....can someone provide some insight?

im looking to buy it to add to my lenses, thought the fisheye effect would be fun, awesome pics doomman......u got me fiending to get this lens now

BearLeeAlive
15th of February 2008 (Fri), 10:57
has anyone heard of the 5d mirror hiting the rear lens element? i heard that the pelengs rear element sticks out too much to use on a 5d.....can someone provide some insight?

im looking to buy it to add to my lenses, thought the fisheye effect would be fun, awesome pics doomman......u got me fiending to get this lens now
Yep, I just got this lens this week, and the mirror definitely hits the rear element, won't be doing that again. I will use it on my 20D only unless I can rig something up that will work with the 5D.

timnosenzo
15th of February 2008 (Fri), 11:01
Yep, I just got this lens this week, and the mirror definitely hits the rear element, won't be doing that again. I will use it on my 20D only unless I can rig something up that will work with the 5D.

Yikes! Did you try and fire off a shot or will just not mount to the camera?

BearLeeAlive
15th of February 2008 (Fri), 11:05
Yikes! Did you try and fire off a shot or will just not mount to the camera?
Nope, tried it first. There is no issue mounting it, as it is an EF mount.

The Zman Abides
16th of February 2008 (Sat), 19:11
Yep, I just got this lens this week, and the mirror definitely hits the rear element, won't be doing that again. I will use it on my 20D only unless I can rig something up that will work with the 5D.

I'm looking at picking up this lens (though upset to see price gouging to $300+ now), but I do plan moving to FF (5D) soon, so I'm understandably concerned and confused. I see this thread:
http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00Kzyg

Where someone has posted shots from a 5D using the Peleng 8mm, is it possible that it had the wrong/different mount?

Spoonford
16th of February 2008 (Sat), 19:38
I'm looking at picking up this lens (though upset to see price gouging to $300+ now), but I do plan moving to FF (5D) soon, so I'm understandably concerned and confused. I see this thread:
http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00Kzyg

Where someone has posted shots from a 5D using the Peleng 8mm, is it possible that it had the wrong/different mount?

I shot a whole series on a 5D with the Peleng 8mm, you can see it here:

http://jamesdebenham.com/8mm.html

When I first tried the combo the mirror did hit something. I unscrewed the little plastic part that is for holding rear mounted filters and it works fine.

The Zman Abides
16th of February 2008 (Sat), 21:03
I shot a whole series on a 5D with the Peleng 8mm, you can see it here:

http://jamesdebenham.com/8mm.html

When I first tried the combo the mirror did hit something. I unscrewed the little plastic part that is for holding rear mounted filters and it works fine.

Some fine shots you have in there. Glad to hear it won't be a problem on the 5D.

BearLeeAlive
17th of February 2008 (Sun), 10:15
I shot a whole series on a 5D with the Peleng 8mm, you can see it here:

http://jamesdebenham.com/8mm.html

When I first tried the combo the mirror did hit something. I unscrewed the little plastic part that is for holding rear mounted filters and it works fine.
Great shots.
The filter holder on mine is metal, but once I removed it, it worked just great, thanks for the tip.

woolbr8stl
16th of March 2008 (Sun), 21:17
Peleng Fisheye @ St Louis Union Station's Grand Hall

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c251/woolbr8stl/5075grandhallfisheyesmall2.jpg

therealmr
27th of April 2008 (Sun), 14:16
http://fc05.deviantart.com/fs27/f/2008/118/f/4/f4b6e0b0e1a8c559199c8adc9c0e2f6a.jpg

http://fc05.deviantart.com/fs30/i/2008/135/9/5/Waiting_by_therealmr.jpg

I'm used to shooting low-light, so this peleng is giving me some trouble. Otherwise, it can be really fun.

Jloughin
28th of April 2008 (Mon), 19:00
Looks like I might be getting this after all. Anyone have problems with this lens at all?

Manticorp
7th of May 2008 (Wed), 15:37
I did a review here, not too in depth but just a look at it...

http://www.manticorp.co.uk/Peleng8mmfisheye.htm

...be careful buying from ebay like I did as it did not come with all the original accesories even though it was listed as new. Did get a bargain for it though! If anyone wants to see any more images I have loaadddssss

Strayz
8th of May 2008 (Thu), 12:22
here are 2 shots that I took with it in low light.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2203/2342029385_6d37547a70_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3228/2342857494_bf9d277743_o.jpg

illusions
16th of July 2008 (Wed), 06:03
Still trying to figure out how to use my peleng... so it's still a so-so shot :(
Most of my outdoor shots were overexposed :cry:

therealmr
20th of July 2008 (Sun), 19:33
http://fc03.deviantart.com/fs30/i/2008/146/6/1/Engineering_Dissarray_III_by_therealmr.jpg

http://tn3-1.deviantart.com/fs25/300W/i/2008/151/d/5/Fluid_by_therealmr.jpg

ChadAndreo
15th of August 2008 (Fri), 01:21
bump

therealmr
15th of August 2008 (Fri), 14:07
http://fc08.deviantart.com/fs31/i/2008/228/c/d/Working_the_crowd_by_therealmr.jpg

I feel like I'm the only one with this lens, haha.

Madweasel
15th of August 2008 (Fri), 14:53
Now Sigma has released the 10mm f/2.8 fish-eye I expect interest in the Peleng (among APS-C users) has seriously reduced. Yes it's still cheaper, but the Sigma is better, faster, doesn't need cropping, and has autofocus. It's now taking its place on my shopping list.

therealmr
16th of August 2008 (Sat), 21:30
And yet I don't feel like spending over 700 for a lens that's such special purpose - especially when the image quality is well good enough for printing.

*shrug*

illusions
17th of August 2008 (Sun), 08:14
^^ I feel the same way... I can't wait to go back home and check the photos taken with this lens of some olympic venues. Will share pics soon.:-)

johnjayb
20th of August 2008 (Wed), 10:51
hmmm... i wonder if id like this

M5Man
20th of August 2008 (Wed), 11:04
So is this lens better than canons fisheye ?

GetOnMyLevel
20th of August 2008 (Wed), 11:13
^ definitely not better than canons fisheye.
but its easily worth it for the price.

Tareq
20th of August 2008 (Wed), 12:08
So is this lens better than canons fisheye ?

And Canon fisheye is not full circle [that if you think to use with full frame], Canon 15mm fisheye is diagonal fisheye, and the best alternative lens for this Peleng is Sigma 8mm [or another one like 10mm from Sigma or another brands].

Madweasel
20th of August 2008 (Wed), 12:43
So is this lens better than canons fisheye ?
Canon doesn't make an equivalent lens (i.e. 8mm). A cheap alternative to Canon's 15mm is the Russian Zenitar 16mm. It's the same sort of build as the Peleng and is pretty good image quality (not as good as the Canon though).

The Peleng is good if you've a crop camera and might want to give fish-eye a go but don't want to spend more than you have to to get the effect. You'll also have to crop your images to get the full rectangular field too, as the image circle doesn't quite cover the sensor.

M5Man
22nd of August 2008 (Fri), 08:01
Thanks for the feedback guys seems canon need to bring out a new lens then :)

capturedexpressions
21st of October 2008 (Tue), 17:22
Looking for a good Fisheye lens on a 50D (1.6 crop). Anyone have any to post? I may be looking into the Sigma 8mm fisheye as well.

M5Man
22nd of October 2008 (Wed), 10:50
So has anyone used the Peleng and the the Sigma ?

If so what are your veiws

Pros & Cons ;)

Couldnt open the reveiw on the Peleng did anyone else have that issue?

Don Komarechka
22nd of October 2008 (Wed), 13:28
Curious how this lens looks on a FF sensor. Anyone with a 1Ds/5D and this lens care to show an uncropped example? :)

h0rde
22nd of October 2008 (Wed), 21:06
Curious how this lens looks on a FF sensor. Anyone with a 1Ds/5D and this lens care to show an uncropped example? :)
If I ever get mine, I will. The post office lost mine (delivered it somewhere but not to me) and it will probably take weeks for me to track it down, if I ever do.

extremeugene
22nd of October 2008 (Wed), 22:50
Looking back at old posts, it seems that getting the Peleng @ <$300 USD was feasible, now not so much?

illusions
23rd of October 2008 (Thu), 08:23
^^ I sold mine a couple of months ago for $235 ... it was very good for occasional use, I was just not patient enough with the all manual operation.:oops:

labbai
7th of November 2008 (Fri), 01:07
317992

Nice lens, great DOF from almost nothing to infinity on a shiny day... :D Mine is a great peace of russian optics in metal! And that OP/Tech hood head over the cap is just fine...takes some extra work to dress/undress, but works fine on field. :p
Worth all the money. Perhaps the Sigma is better, but Peleng is much more fun!

labbai
7th of November 2008 (Fri), 01:32
317999

Some chopped trees towards the sun.
Some alien with a torch in Turku.
Peleng, Peleng! :lol:

h0rde
11th of November 2008 (Tue), 00:56
Finally got a hold of my Peleng from the useless post office. Haven't had too much time to play with it, and it isn't that easy to use indoors in a dimly-lit room, but still, I think it's sweeeeet.

More importantly, for 5D owners, it's necessary to remove the filter from the rear element in order to mount it. It just twists off, but it can be hard to get at; I had to unscrew the mount to get a good grip on it.

stetsonaw
11th of November 2008 (Tue), 06:48
very nice shots, i've been looking for a good fishy, i must find one. thanks for the pics.

therealmr
17th of November 2008 (Mon), 12:37
http://fc08.deviantart.com/fs36/i/2008/322/4/d/Tattoo_time_by_therealmr.jpg

Canon EOS-1
Peleng 8mm fisheye @ f/3.5
1/40th
ISO 400 - Illford super xp-2
[scanned negative, no adjustments]

randy.wick
11th of December 2008 (Thu), 15:12
Well, tonight I will be the newest owner of a Peleng 8mm fisheye!!! Photos to come! Thank you all for all of the FANTASTIC information in this thread!

Katzer1
30th of December 2008 (Tue), 03:04
Peleng goes to ghost town Bodie, CA!

http://www.pbase.com/katzer/image/107590036/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/katzer/image/107590037/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/katzer/image/107590038/large.jpg

original pic with, shows some flare
http://www.pbase.com/katzer/image/107590040/large.jpg

can be fixed in gimp
http://www.pbase.com/katzer/image/107590039/large.jpg

better if you can block the sun, and take out the hand in post proc
http://www.pbase.com/katzer/image/107590041/large.jpg

hybrid car
http://www.pbase.com/katzer/image/107590042/large.jpg

Full size 10mp pics can are here:
http://www.pbase.com/katzer/pelengfisheye

Cheers,

Erez

cyril_13
10th of February 2009 (Tue), 08:58
Hi,
I leave in the Netherlands and I would love to buy a Peleng. Do you know where to buy it..???

Thanks !

krb
11th of September 2009 (Fri), 23:22
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2655/3911595792_9b150953f4.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennethrberry/3911595792/sizes/o/in/set-72157622361484872/

illusions
12th of September 2009 (Sat), 09:09
^^ wow u guys do a good job with this lens... I had to sell mine, user error for sure!!!:oops:

blindz24
28th of October 2009 (Wed), 12:39
Will this work the same way on a crop body XTi ? Or is it useless ?

krb
28th of October 2009 (Wed), 12:43
Will this work the same way on a crop body XTi ? Or is it useless ?
It is designed for crop bodies. My shot above was taken using a 40D, same sensor size as the XTi. It was also cropped a bit so you're only seeing the center area.

Madweasel
28th of October 2009 (Wed), 18:34
Well, it works pretty well with crop bodies, but it was designed as a circular fisheye for film cameras, as it predates DSLRs.

blindz24
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 08:14
Well, it works pretty well with crop bodies, but it was designed as a circular fisheye for film cameras, as it predates DSLRs.

But it will still work on an SLR? It does look rather 'vintage' lol I have an XTi and Im looking for an affordable Fish Eye Lens.

krb
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 09:06
But it will still work on an SLR? It does look rather 'vintage' lol I have an XTi and Im looking for an affordable Fish Eye Lens.
Works just fine but there are no electronics. Manual focus, there's a ring to manually close the aperture and the exif data in the pics won't say what lens was used.

blindz24
30th of October 2009 (Fri), 07:41
Good to know :) thank you.

BearLeeAlive
30th of October 2009 (Fri), 08:04
Here is a landscape shot with the 5DII, I had to remove the filter holder on the rear of the lens or the mirror would hit it (at least on the 5D I had before).

This shot is pretty much unprocessed.

http://bearleealive.smugmug.com/Other/Oregon-2009/8mm-Landscape/557789773_L8XXy-L.jpg

71sbeetle
10th of November 2009 (Tue), 14:12
I took some pics with my Peleng 8mm on my 50D a few days ago, I am currently trying to sell mine (some cropped some not):

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2471/4092804997_7b3eecb8a4.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2727/4093570652_442fdafeee.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2623/4092806131_858566ecd4.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2678/4093571426_b011de5fbe.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2663/4092806859_0110465e81.jpg

alexmol
11th of December 2009 (Fri), 07:14
Alternative solution to removing the rear filter:

http://www.16-9.net/5d_mirrorshave/

BearLeeAlive
11th of December 2009 (Fri), 07:47
Alternative solution to removing the rear filter:

http://www.16-9.net/5d_mirrorshave/
Yikes!!!!
Methinks I will stick to removing the rear filter, I don't really need it anyway.

I have not tried it with the filter holder since getting the 5D2, but does anyone know for sure if the mirror hits the filter holder the same as it does on the 5D?

alexmol
12th of December 2009 (Sat), 09:09
I've contacted the owner at peleng8.com (http://www.peleng8.com/) and he says that the ones he sells don't hit the mirror on the 5D Classic. He has pictures on his site gallery taken with the 5D.

The price for a new one with focus confirmation chip is about 50-100$ more than the used ones on ebay.
I'm thinking of ordering one.

Any thoughs ?

Alex

71sbeetle
12th of December 2009 (Sat), 10:29
mine didn't hit on my 5D either, but I wasn't using filters, that may be why

therealmr
14th of December 2009 (Mon), 14:45
even with a filter, it shouldn't hit the 5d classic mirror (I have this lens and the 5d, and while using the filter I've experienced no ill effects)

BearLeeAlive
14th of December 2009 (Mon), 15:36
Mine definitely hit. There were scars to prove it.

It is no worry really, I have no desire to use one of the filters anyway.

krb
25th of April 2010 (Sun), 00:58
I don't use this thing very often but I enjoy the results when I do.

Peleng 8mm on 7D
f/8
250/60/15 (3 shot HDR)
ISO 1600
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4030/4547024121_2b9d835f88.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennethrberry/4547024121/sizes/o/

willy b
13th of May 2010 (Thu), 16:32
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1424/4604435941_4578b35320.jpg

robgr85
17th of May 2010 (Mon), 23:38
What are Your experiences with 1Ds? Can I use Peleng with filter, or better not?

kermit4u
17th of November 2010 (Wed), 15:13
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/4965445377_07a51950d3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/33199292@N04/4965445377/)
dog_tire_leglift (http://www.flickr.com/photos/33199292@N04/4965445377/) by jowen_tk (http://www.flickr.com/people/33199292@N04/), on Flickr

jaycky
19th of January 2011 (Wed), 12:52
Hi,
I leave in the Netherlands and I would love to buy a Peleng. Do you know where to buy it..???

Thanks !

Been looking for something different this year for a lens.
I am picking mine up here through these guys used them before had no issues and my dad uses them as well...

http://www.rugift.com/photocameras/canon_cameras_lenses.htm

Winck
22nd of February 2011 (Tue), 08:46
I've had mine laying around for the better part of a year or two, without using it, so I took it for a spin a couple of weeks ago, to get a feel for when it should be used and especially when it not should be used.

This one was a snapshot, while waiting for the train home and I kind of like it.
It's not too "fishy" and it conveys the space rather nicely. I'm not entirely sure about the crop, though, I think there's to much dead space to the left.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/52/P%C3%A5g%C3%A5t%C3%A5g_Rio-Kalle_Trianglens_Station_Malm%C3%B6_Sweden.jpg/800px-P%C3%A5g%C3%A5t%C3%A5g_Rio-Kalle_Trianglens_Station_Malm%C3%B6_Sweden.jpg
Knud Winckelmann - commons.wikimedia.org - CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P%C3%A5g%C3%A5t%C3%A5g_Rio-Kalle_Trianglens_Station_Malm%C3%B6_Sweden.jpg)
Canon 10D, 1/30 Sek, Iso 800, F-probably around 5.6-8.

Knud

tomms
24th of March 2011 (Thu), 09:22
ive had this lens for just over a year and i love it like its my first born:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4145/5017080927_3af5abfd93_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5000950425_e8075d8fa8_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4861963880_91baedd59c_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4904871702_3df090fb3a_b.jpg

SebkeClaes
12th of June 2011 (Sun), 09:00
I just ordered one, hoping to bring some life back into this thread :D

XxDJCyberLoverxX
12th of June 2011 (Sun), 09:41
Nice! I played with one a few weeks back on the set of my friend's music video shoot. That lens was fun! It didn't really matter where my focus was.

SebkeClaes
15th of June 2011 (Wed), 16:42
It's a bit tricky at first but it's loaaaaaaads of fun :D Should've bought one earlier!

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/247295_2036134430397_1455305428_32273977_834694_n. jpg

Assi
27th of June 2011 (Mon), 02:19
Ordered one today!
I already got Canon 15MM fisheye that I bought in Thailand earlier this year, but on my crop body (Canon 450D) its not alot fishy.

bfung
2nd of July 2011 (Sat), 12:47
I've been thinking about getting a fisheye for fun, since right now my only other lenses are a 85mm and 35mm. Seems like everybody loves it on a crop, and from what I understand, it's useable on a full frame as long as I cut the front petals?

Madweasel
2nd of July 2011 (Sat), 18:03
No petals on the Peleng.

Brian_R
2nd of July 2011 (Sat), 19:34
this thread makes me want a fisheye. looks like fun

bfung
2nd of July 2011 (Sat), 19:55
After doing some research, it seems that Peleng is a true fisheye while the samyang isn't, but apparently the samyang has better control of distortion?

Madweasel
3rd of July 2011 (Sun), 10:28
It depends which Samyang model you're talking about. The 8mm is a true fisheye, but the 14mm is rectilinear. Some people get confused about the Peleng, because it was made as a circular-field fisheye for 35mm cameras, but works quite well as a rectangular-field fisheye on a crop camera, once you've cropped a little further to get rid of the black corners.

SebkeClaes
3rd of July 2011 (Sun), 11:45
Really like the heavy distortion on this one, great for party pics

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/270565_157234224350054_138770002863143_383834_4018 173_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/261311_156543704419106_138770002863143_378852_3701 824_n.jpg

MPCman
5th of August 2011 (Fri), 16:20
Had it lying around for a long time, thought I'd use it for a change :cool:

krb
17th of September 2011 (Sat), 15:48
Once a year I just have to take this thing out and play with it. This time on a full frame camera. You really have to watch out for your toes using this combination.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6200/6156790552_b1d53c2673_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennethrberry/6156790552/sizes/o/)
Udvar-Hazy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennethrberry/6156790552/sizes/o/) by KennethRBerry (http://www.flickr.com/people/kennethrberry/), on Flickr

qless
17th of September 2011 (Sat), 17:27
Something else you can do with a Peleng, a few shots (mostly 5 to be sure, 4 should be enough) and you can have a 360 pano:
http://arnoraps.be/pano/cdc/cdc-hall.jpg

flash (http://arnoraps.be/pano/cdc/cdc-hall.swf)
html5 (ipad/iphone -> safari only) (http://arnoraps.be/pano/cdc/cdc-hall.html)

cpam.pix
28th of December 2011 (Wed), 10:15
Does anyone have experience with this lens on the 1Dm3 ?

Any mirror interference problems?
How do the shots look?

Thanks!

krb
28th of December 2011 (Wed), 16:43
Does anyone have experience with this lens on the 1Dm3 ?

Any mirror interference problems?
How do the shots look?

Thanks!
My shot a few posts above was taken using a 1Ds mkII. No mirror issues at all.