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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2012, 10:00:28 AM »
examples of the 8-15mm set to 12-14mm and corrected in LR4 w/15mm fisheye setting...

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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2012, 10:00:28 AM »

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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2012, 10:12:44 PM »
I had the Tokina 10-17 but dumped it as the diffraction was not worthy of keeping the lens and also the colors were not nearly as true as this lens offers.  This is an excellent lens as the author states if you know how and when to use it.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2012, 11:36:01 PM »
Actually the only thing the hood is good for is peripheral protection of the front element.  Unless I'm going for a 180 degree shot I just leave it on for that extra protective ring.  The flourine coatings on these are super hard and dust/grime resistant and fortunately easily cleaned with a dry lens cloth.  Though I have used eyeglass cleaner to get rid of rain spots, most should never need more than a clean dry cotton lint free cloth.

As noted in the article fish eyes are not for everyone.  I reserve this lens for extreme close up work where I just need the short working range this lens provides.  It's great for in car photography and video.  I've used it also in drive through safari's where animals come up to your window.  It's also been useful during hikes and rock climbs where you cant always back up to get your subject in view.  You can honestly shoot a person from 2 feet away and capture nearly all of them and decent background so I would say this is good for people who like rock climbing or caving where you just don't have the luxury of distance to capture your subject.

I have tried being creative with the distortions but I dont find it too practical in that sense.  It's just another tool in the bag when a 20 or 24mm lens just isn't wide enough or when you need to film in close confinement such as in a car.


I got so frustrated with the lenscap that I  have superglued the lenscap and the lenshood together, so it has become rigid. So, the lens is protected when it is in my camearbag, but is not protected at all when in use


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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2012, 12:40:41 PM »
Excellent idea!  I might use RTV instead just so I can put it back to factory condition when I sell it.  I wonder how much a second lens hood would cost from Canon?

Actually the only thing the hood is good for is peripheral protection of the front element.  Unless I'm going for a 180 degree shot I just leave it on for that extra protective ring.  The flourine coatings on these are super hard and dust/grime resistant and fortunately easily cleaned with a dry lens cloth.  Though I have used eyeglass cleaner to get rid of rain spots, most should never need more than a clean dry cotton lint free cloth.

As noted in the article fish eyes are not for everyone.  I reserve this lens for extreme close up work where I just need the short working range this lens provides.  It's great for in car photography and video.  I've used it also in drive through safari's where animals come up to your window.  It's also been useful during hikes and rock climbs where you cant always back up to get your subject in view.  You can honestly shoot a person from 2 feet away and capture nearly all of them and decent background so I would say this is good for people who like rock climbing or caving where you just don't have the luxury of distance to capture your subject.

I have tried being creative with the distortions but I dont find it too practical in that sense.  It's just another tool in the bag when a 20 or 24mm lens just isn't wide enough or when you need to film in close confinement such as in a car.


I got so frustrated with the lenscap that I  have superglued the lenscap and the lenshood together, so it has become rigid. So, the lens is protected when it is in my camearbag, but is not protected at all when in use

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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2012, 04:57:09 PM »
together about 80$ at B&H. I checked this before I glued them together.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2012, 12:45:15 AM »
It would be nice if some 3rd Party would make a one piece heavy duty Lens cap for it.  Like the factory cap on the 17mm Tilt.

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« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2012, 01:15:20 AM »
I'm getting used to the lens after buying it a couple of months back and taking it with me on one extended trip. But I also took old reliable 15mm fish which has long been one of my favorite lenses. It's not that I use it every day, but when I wants a fisheye, it's what I wants.

It is oddly enough a lens that can be used with great subtlety --or none. Optically, I'd say the new lens is better, but not to the point I'd worry about using the lighter single length 15mm. (even small amounts of weight sometimes matter to the old arthritic guy). It introduces a bit more in options with the variable zoom and it promises to let me use it with the 1.6 crops and my full frame 5D3s. It's a welcome addition.

As it happens, it's my third fisheye of the kit. I have an 8mm Russian manual focus lens, that does the full 180 or very close. Not one of my favorites but useful in the past. My working kit when I worked at this professionally included an 8mm Nikon for the Nikon F in 1963 or so. It paid for itself, the biggest problem was avoiding ad work for art directors who were on the wave with it -- something that happened after the late George Silk's sailing photography that including fish eyes afloat.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2012, 02:31:44 PM »
Hi there, can I see samples with this lens with 1D IV
I can not imagine pictures on crop 1,3
or at leat explanation how it looks like.
thank you ...
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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2012, 04:18:13 AM »
Your review is the first one not to complain about the hood and lens cap.  I find the them fine, others seem to have issues. 

In all honesty, bad though the cap/hood is, I had loads of problems with the cap on my 15mm f2.8 - it was forever falling off.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #24 on: December 25, 2012, 09:41:34 PM »
Hi there, would it be possible to make 360º circular panoramas for virtual tours with this lens at 15mm or the sigma EX DG 15mm?
Does the canon5d mark III correct the chromatic aberrations of the sigma?


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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2013, 05:26:33 PM »
I can't see where anyone has submitted this correction (update) to the review, so apologies if I'm missing it, but under "Buy the Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Lens," the review reads:
"Err! No match for b&h." I just did a quick check, and found this lens listed at B&H for $1,499, with a current $150 instant savings:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/732107-USA/Canon_4427B002_EF_8_15mm_f_4L_Fisheye.html
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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #26 on: March 21, 2013, 07:07:01 PM »
sound like a fun lens but I prefer my 14mm.  At least I don't need to apply massive corrections to it.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #27 on: March 21, 2013, 08:02:10 PM »
Hi there, can I see samples with this lens with 1D IV
I can not imagine pictures on crop 1,3
or at leat explanation how it looks like.
thank you ...
OH
1.3x does not change the result significantly:

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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2013, 09:58:41 AM »
Your review is the first one not to complain about the hood and lens cap.  I find the them fine, others seem to have issues. 

In all honesty, bad though the cap/hood is, I had loads of problems with the cap on my 15mm f2.8 - it was forever falling off.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2013, 11:55:37 PM »
What kind or brand of ND gel you use? Doesn't degrade the image?

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