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The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM is the first fisheye zoom lens offering a choice of full frame or circular image. It is a full frame fisheye lens for cameras with 35mm, APS-H or APS-C sensors plus circular fisheye option for cameras with 35mm sensors. High quality images are delivered by an UD lens and an aspherical lens. It features a reduction in ghosting and flare with the SubWavelength Coating (SWC) and super spectra coating. As this lens features a Canon EF (Electro-Focus) lens mount, you can use this lens on a Canon full-frame camera (Such as the 1D X, 5D Mk III, 6D etc.) and a cropped sensor (APS-C) camera with EF-S mount (EG. 350D, 7D, 550D, 60D etc.). More
Circular or full frame Fisheye zoom lens
There’s no need to buy two specialist lenses when the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM offers, either full frame or circular fisheye images when used with cameras with a 24x36mm (full frame) sensor. For photographers shooting with DSLR’s with a smaller sensor, full frame fisheye images are possible. With a 180 diagonal field of view, capturing the whole scene in a single image has never been easier.
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are highly resistant to dust and moisture.
Fast, quiet auto focus
A ring USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid auto focus with near-silent operation. A high-speed CPU and optimised AF algorithms contribute further to AF speed. Full time electronic manual focus override is available without having to switch out of AF mode.
Enhanced image quality with SWC coating
Designed for use in digital photography, Canon’s patented Subwavelength structure coating helps minimise the ghosting and flare caused by internal reflections. By eliminating the cause, the coating reduces reflections and helps to deliver crisp, clear images.
Easier lens cleaning
The foremost and rearmost lens surfaces are treated with a Fluorine Coating which enables the easier cleaning of the lens surface compared to existing coatings.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Much more versatile than a prime fisheye
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Comments about Canon EF 8-15mm f4.0 L USM Fisheye Lens:
Fantastically fun new take on how the world can appear. If you have access to both crop sensor and full frame sensor/film then there are a wealth of possibilities with this lens.You do need to be acutely aware of the front element which cannot be protected by a filter, especially as the close focus point is at 15cm from the sensor, meaning approx 1cm from the front element.The lens hood only seems to be of any use at 15mm.When used on APS-C sensor, the zoom limiter prevents very dark corners, there is a bit of light fall off, but there is no view of the lens internals.I find the most useful zoom range on a ff body is either 8mm for full circular view, and 14-15mm the points in between are still useable but I find I want to crop off the corners. It is expensive and fish eye images always will divide opinion, composition is very difficult as the lens captures so much, but it is so much fun trying to make those images.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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another Canon winner
By Snapper Mick
Excellent lens superb optics but I can't stress enough how vulnerable the front element is. It produces all you would expect from an 'L series' lens; including excellent pictures of your feet if you are not careful. I use the lens as an advanced hobbyist and am very satisfied with the images I get and I am learning its capabilities daily. Ok so its a specialist lens and very expensive but you get what you pay for. Sensible purchase for an amateur? probably not but oh boy is it good. Again WATCH THAT VERY EXPENSIVE (AND VULNERABLE) FRONT ELEMENT.
About Me Getting started
Great fun looking for new perspectives. Good glass out lasts the digital camera bodies which rapidly evolve.
Awesome & fun
By Cheeky Monkie
This lens is awesome in bright daylight. Having just visited the Maldives, this is probably the most used lens I took. The contrast achieved even taking shots into direct sunlight are amazing.Images are sharp and full of detail.The attached images are totally un-edited.
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Quirky but fun
You can get a unique perspectives using this lens but it is tricky to find a strong composition as the distortion limits compositional choices. As many other people say, the lens is fun to use, you will find yourself working new angles that you just could not use with other lenses.The lens cap isnt particularly firmly held on the lens, so care needs to be taken.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Canon EF 8-15mm f4.0 L USM Fisheye
About Me Professional
Another tasty bit of bottle from the Neasden boys, this one with a front end the width of your hand and so deep and dark you could sink your arm in it up to the elbow. Sporting a smart paint job featuring the L-type red band and white lettering on a black lens barrel, it comes with the Canon signature notched lens hood and a clip on cap proudly displaying the maker's name that fits over it without having to reverse the hood – which doesn't reverse in any case.Neck hung, the camera sits perfectly balanced and pointing forward with this lens mounted, ready to grab anything within around 15 feet – there is massive depth of field and of course autofocus. Bearing in mind the extent of cropping that can be done without apparent loss of image quality, that should do for most scenes, news work and street 'art'. It's a dab hand at landscapes too.There's a snazzy window in the top of the barrel showing the focusing scale and the auto/manual focus switch is found to the left of that. Over to the right is a similar switch labelled 'Limit,' which stops the zoom at about 10 mil on the short end [16mm equivalent on 35 mm film on this camera]. This is because anything wider on some cameras – including my Eos 600D – starts to vignette due to the size of the sensor [smaller than 35mm film format], and there's no point in allowing that to happen as you'll only have to spend hours on the computer cropping the images to hide it. If I understood the paperwork correctly – and no man reads that twice – some other cameras may record a circular fisheye image at wider zoom focal lengths, depending on the size of their sensors, and others may allow full frame at the same short focal lengths. Coming from a time when you knew what to expect from every focal length because all cameras were 35mm, I don't pretend to understand this stuff until I've done lots more reading, and I don't think I'll do that as it could lead to spending large amounts on a top level camera body.On the Canon EoS 600D that this lens is used with, the 35mm film format equivalent focal length is 13-24mm and as I still have my ancient A-1, T 90, 24mm f2.8 FD L and long experience of using a company 16mm Nikkor on an F3 High-point, comparisons are easily made. With the Limit switch turned on, the lens zooms no wider than 10mm, the equivalent of that 16mm Nikkor from years gone by, but it does appear the level of image distortion is less – the uprights seem less curvy until you get in really close. At its longer extreme of 15mm [24mm on 35mm film], it makes as tidy a wide angle as the original 24mm FD and a good everyday working lens, albeit a lot bigger and costly. It's the variety you pay for, of course.The lens comes with a grey suede lens case with reinforced bottom and drawstring top that makes for a top class fashion accessory but, as always, is impractical when keeping the lens ready for use in a working gadget bag. Give it to the wife for a make-up bag or whatever…
A creative lens for those special shots
By The Norwich Photographer
Was looking for a lens for confined spaces and for funky work, and this does the trick. Its easy to us, reasonably fast (could be faster), but it get the shot beautifully.With the lens cap off the glass does feel very vulnerable, but so far so good.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Wow what fun
It's so easy to have fun with this lens. Looking through the lens composing images, zooming in/out, getting low to include forground features etc. Watch out for your tummy and feet getting in the shot. Should I be recommending this lens to slim people only? LOL.Today I shot a fire brigade ladder unit on exercise at full extension and fully in view with the transport unit.
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By Mr Al
from Isle of Man
I have 6 L series lenses and this one has to be the most fun of all! A lot more useable that I first though, I was wary of the price, but it has put a great big smile on my face and I am very happy. I use a 5D mkii.
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Laxey Promenade, Isle of Man
Laxey breakwater, Isle of Man
(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
The Bigger Picture
Firstly let me say that I use full frame DSLRs so I cannot comment on how this lens works with APS-H and APS-C format bodies. So with that said, let me tell you about the Canon EF 8-15mm f4.0 L USM Fisheye Lens. In a word, spectacular. As part of my design & marketing work I have to photograph interiors and so adding a high-end 'fish-eye' lens from Canon to my kit was a 'no brainer'. Therefore I will not dwell on this obvious aspect apart from saying it excels 'inside'. However, in another aspect of my photography, I concentrate on sea and landscapes and after reading up about its tempting capabilities, I'd been hankering after adding this lens to my kit bag for almost a year. [...]First impressions was of a very compact, surprisingly light but beautifully crafted lens. Fast and responsive when mounted its controls falling easily to hand. I took a few test shots and was immediately struck by the range, versatility and importantly, how well the moderate f/4 aperture delivered very acceptable hand held results, even with relatively long (1/4sec) exposures. So having no IS (image stabilisation) is not an issue. Set up correctly, the images it takes are superb. Chromatic Aberration is apparent on both red/cyan and blue/yellow fringes but simply rectified in RAW processing programmes. The lens is easily cleaned with a 'spudz' cloth - a very important bit of kit as, by its very nature, the protruding lens does pick up dust and rain. Something that needs constant attention when shooting.The following weekend saw me in Cornwall. I needed to get some Winter seascapes and so I headed down to Porthcurno Cove with my trusted set-up of an EOS 1Ds MkIII with 16-35mm f2.8 lens, tripod and an assortment of filters. Yet I also took along an EOS 5D MkII mounted with my new 8-15mm fisheye. I'd planned my visit to Porthcurno to coincide with the rising tide but when I arrived on the beach I was a little disappointed to see that the offshore wind had failed to drum up the surf and breakers I'd wanted. Instead, through the 16-35 the scene before me all looked a little flat. Still, I set up my tripod low down on some rocks and waited for breaks in the overhead cloud to throw light onto the sand and give me something to work with. As I waited, I slung my 5D&Fisheye off my shoulder and brought it up to my eye. At 15mm the scene in front of me was transformed. The surrounding cliffs were brought into shot, the clouds lowered threateningly, the sand took on a sweeping golden curve while the horizon levelled perfectly. The drama of 'the bigger picture' was instantly added by the 8-15mm fisheye.I started taking shots and playing with the focal length. It was strange to see my feet in the first few takes and I had to watch my hand-work as fingers easily slip into shot. Yet, even without filters the lens handled the lighting conditions superbly, bringing out the texture in the clouds and capturing crisp, sharp images. I decided to swop bodies and switched the lens to the EOS 1 with the tripod. The combination was perfect and the rest of the weekend was spent on the North coast, clambering down cliffs and over rocks, getting shots that had a whole new dimension added. However, there are a couple of things I'd like to point out. Firstly, I must say that while full '180° circular fisheyes' of rock-pools may look quite interesting, I can't get my head around all the surrounding black framing, so I haven't pursued this capability too far as yet. Perhaps that's my failing. Maybe I'm not 'seeing' this aspect of the lens's full 'full frame' potential. Also, I've got a tiny niggle in that on more than one occasion I've inadvertently knocked off the lens cover. Due to the protruding fisheye the lens cover has to clip on to the outer lip and this is not particularly secure. This was to prove annoying on one occasion when I had to re-trace my footsteps a mile up a winding cliff path and back across fields to a stile where I presume I'd knocked the lens cover with my leg as I climbed over. I found the cover but, bearing in mind it took ten weeks for Canon to get me a replacement lens pouch for my 16-35mm, I'd hate to think how long it might take to get a replacement cover for this little sucker!But this is just a minor point and does not warrant my taking off a point from my full 5 star rating. Overall, I would suggest that you consider exactly what situations your photography leads you to and then ask yourself how will this lens extend my repertoire. For me the EF 8-15mm fisheye adds extra dimension in that it takes over from where my 16-35mm lens leaves off.
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Included Accessories: Front and rear caps, Lens hood, Lens case
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