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My review of Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

 
Nelson ­ Tan
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Aug 22, 2011 11:34 |  #1

I've finished reviewing the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens, and I must say that the performance is pretty impressive!

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Full frame fisheye

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Circular fisheye

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Works really well for some interiors

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Incredible sharpness for a fisheye lens, and solid flare resistance!

The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM is not a lens for everyone, given its relatively high price tag and exotic focal lengths. However, it does feature superlative optics for a fisheye lens, so you do get very good results even at the extreme angles, which is quite a feat of optical engineering. The lens may seem bulkier and heavier than its predecessor (EF 15mm f/2.8), but given that it incorporates both a circular and full frame fisheye, it is actually two lenses in one and quite worth the premium in weight and size.

I started the review with the distinct feeling that I will be shooting more full-frame fisheye shots, but ended up with quite a lot of circular fisheye shots instead! I thought that the occasions for using a circular fisheye lens are very limited, but that turned out to be a misconception. It is more difficult to plan for a circular fisheye shot, but it is merely an additional step to retrain your eye. In many cases, the full frame is sufficient to capture the elements. In some cases though, having the circular fisheye option makes all the difference in the world.

The optical performance of the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM is very good for a fisheye lens, especially at the 15mm end for full-frame fisheye images. There is excellent resolution for fine details, and tight control of contrast and flare suppression. Chromatic aberration is virtually non-existent, which is an impressive effort on the part of the optical engineers.

You can read more about the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM review here (external link)!

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Aug 22, 2011 11:39 |  #2

Hi Nelson Tan from Singapore! Glad to see you have an account here at POTN (: I was one of the youth winners at Montage 2011 by NUS, SG this year, and it was great hearing you at Engage 2011. Thank you for your review of the FE zoom!

At least... I hope you're the Nelson Tan I know. Not too many photogs with your name around.


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Aug 22, 2011 11:56 |  #3

thanks for the review. once this lens hits ~$1000 mark i might pick one up.


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Aug 22, 2011 12:26 |  #4

Headshotzx wrote in post #12978401 (external link)
Hi Nelson Tan from Singapore! Glad to see you have an account here at POTN (: I was one of the youth winners at Montage 2011 by NUS, SG this year, and it was great hearing you at Engage 2011. Thank you for your review of the FE zoom!

At least... I hope you're the Nelson Tan I know. Not too many photogs with your name around.

Hi Headshotzx,

Yes it's me. :)

Thanks for checking out the review. Nice photo stream at Flickr by the way!

Nelson


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Aug 23, 2011 01:39 |  #5

Very impressive pictures.


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Aug 23, 2011 01:46 |  #6

Waiting for a bit of a Price drop before I grab mine too,
Great shots


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Aug 23, 2011 02:15 |  #7

Thanks for the review and welcome to the site.


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Aug 23, 2011 09:04 |  #8

nikesupremedunk wrote in post #12978477 (external link)
thanks for the review. once this lens hits ~$1000 mark i might pick one up.

LOL, don't hold your breath. That'll NEVER happen. Not even in the used market.


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Aug 23, 2011 15:53 |  #9

I'd like to see some off a crop body camera..


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Nov 20, 2016 01:09 as a reply to  @ nureality's post |  #10

And 5 years later they are going as low at 700 on eBay! We all win!!


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