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Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« on: August 26, 2010, 12:06:57 AM »

Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye


London, UK, 26 August 2010 – Canon today unveils the world’s first fisheye zoom lens offering both circular and full frame images, thanks to an extreme wide-angle focal range of 8-15mm. Replacing the EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, the new EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM is the latest addition to Canon’s L-series range of professional lenses, providing outstanding image quality, constant aperture throughout the zoom range and a robust design for reliable shooting in challenging weather conditions.


When paired with Canon’s full-frame DSLR bodies, such as the EOS 5D Mark II or the EOS -1Ds Mark III, professional photographers can choose to capture circular or full-frame fisheye images, allowing them to view a scene in a completely new and unique way. This new level of choice provides enhanced creative flexibility when shooting scenes such as the night sky, where the full 180º horizontal and vertical fields of view (FOV) allow every detail to be captured with incredible clarity in one single image.


When used with EOS bodies featuring APS-C or APS-H sensors, the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM produces a more traditional, full frame fisheye view. A zoom-lock mechanism on the lens body allows the range to be limited to the focal length that ensures the best possible full-frame view without unsightly vignetting around the edge. ‘C’ and ‘H’ markings can be found next to the zoom operation ring, indicating the wide-angle zoom position where vignette-free shooting is possible with either sensor, allowing photographers to achieve optimum results with any EOS body.



Advanced optics for professional imaging


The EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM showcases over 70 years of Canon’s optical engineering heritage, boasting 14 lens elements in 11 different groups, including one aspherical and one Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element to correct chromatic aberration and produce high-quality, high-contrast shots with excellent colour reproduction.


Ghosting and flare caused by strong light sources can be a particular challenge when shooting at such a wide angle, and, in order to counteract these artefacts, all lens elements have been covered with Canon’s Super Spectra Coating. The inner surface of the front element also features Canon’s SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC), which uses tiny cone-like structures, shorter than the wavelength of visible light on the surface of the lens element, to gradually slow light down until it is at the same speed as it travels through glass, removing the risk of flare occurring before the light reaches the sensor.


To maintain optimum image quality, the front and rear lens elements also feature a Fluorine Coating which actively repels water, dust and dirt, making it easier to clean the lens and leaving it unobstructed by particles.


Fast, accurate focusing and low light performance


The ultra-wide angle zoom of the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM offers a fresh take on sporting action or architecture shots, while the constant f/4.0 aperture allows faster shutter speeds to be employed for natural-looking images in low light.


A ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM), provides quick and accurate focusing when shooting and enables a full-time manual focus functionality allowing photographers to adjust the focus of any shot, even when the AF system is activated, for even greater control over image capture and improved creative flexibility.


Built for professional performance


The EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM features a high-grade physical design that reflects its elite performance. High resistance to both dust and water enables it to be used in a range of challenging situations, and, when used with a professional EOS body, it allows continued shooting in the harshest weather conditions. The external design also features the new exterior texture, for a high quality look and feel indicative of all new L-series models.


High quality accessories


The EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM is supplied with a dedicated lens cap, lens pouch and a felt-lined lens hood EW-77 for use when using the zoom at the 15mm setting, preventing lens flare.


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Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« on: August 26, 2010, 12:06:57 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010, 12:57:48 AM »
Ok, I'll totally take this over the 14-24 BAM!

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Re: Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010, 01:19:27 AM »
Pricing specs:

"The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens is expected to be available in January of 2011 for an approximate retail price of $1,400."

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/about_canon?pageKeyCode=pressreldetail&docId=0901e024801e8289

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010, 01:46:45 AM »
Insert icon of very happy Muteteh on his way to pre-order one of those.

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Re: Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010, 02:15:42 AM »
this is definitely a good lens for videos, been planning to do bmx edits if ever i buy a new body. oh yeah!!  ;D

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Re: Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 02:25:33 AM »
The ONLY thing that Canon announced today that I'd be even half-way interested in. What advantages will it have over my EF-S 10-22 f3.5-4.5? Cn I use it at 8mm without vignetting on an AS-C camera  - why wasn't a simple question answered in the press release?

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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2010, 02:29:51 AM »
How does the lens cap even fit on that? Wow. I'm not interested in buying it but I wouldn't mind giving it a rent or two.

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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2010, 03:08:39 AM »
Insert icon of very happy Muteteh on his way to pre-order one of those.

Ha ha!  I actually just commented on a post of yours in another thread.  All I said was Merry Christmas!

I must say I was not expecting this at all, but I am very excited about it.  Can't wait to rent one and see how I like it.  I really think Canon did something neat here and I will look forward to seeing test results from this :)

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Re: Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2010, 03:12:15 AM »
The ONLY thing that Canon announced today that I'd be even half-way interested in. What advantages will it have over my EF-S 10-22 f3.5-4.5? Cn I use it at 8mm without vignetting on an AS-C camera  - why wasn't a simple question answered in the press release?

I think this is the bit you were looking for:

"When used with EOS bodies featuring APS-C or APS-H sensors, the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM produces a more traditional, full frame fisheye view. A zoom-lock mechanism on the lens body allows the range to be limited to the focal length that ensures the best possible full-frame view without unsightly vignetting around the edge. ‘C’ and ‘H’ markings can be found next to the zoom operation ring, indicating the wide-angle zoom position where vignette-free shooting is possible with either sensor, allowing photographers to achieve optimum results with any EOS body."

So it looks like your answer is "no", but they have locks so you can't "accidentally" move it there.  Must say that was a nice touch.

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2010, 03:14:36 AM »
Lens cap? probably similar to what they did with the 17mm ts-e, where is twist-on extended cap instead of the cheap push on ones that lead to chaffing of the lens like on the canon 14mm primes, 15mm fisheye and nikon 14-24 or are prone to easily come loose in your bag.

Looking forward to pictures and reviews on this lens from 8mm-15mm, in particular the full frame fisheye lens shot over circular (going to assume serious vignetting is inevitable at the wider focal lengths).  I am curious on the lens hood for the 15mm use though, shame they didn't include images of that.

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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2010, 03:50:13 AM »
The ONLY thing that Canon announced today that I'd be even half-way interested in. What advantages will it have over my EF-S 10-22 f3.5-4.5? Cn I use it at 8mm without vignetting on an AS-C camera  - why wasn't a simple question answered in the press release?

I think Canon's intended customers are FF body owners, who would now have a circular fisheye & diagonal fisheye in one.

Per my understanding of the press release, you would have vignetting on APS-C at 8mm, and that there are markings on the lens indicating at which focal lengthes would APS-C & APS-H sensors get the equivalent of a diagonal fisheye.

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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2010, 03:53:46 AM »
mmm... I wonder if this baby is weather-sealed? It'd be a great choice for landscape photos, but hate to run into problem when it rains...

Gut feeling says it's going to be one of those lenses that refuses to take filters and hoods....
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Re: Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2010, 03:57:38 AM »
It's sealed, comes w/ a hood (for the 15mm end, haha), takes gel filters in the rear. click

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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2010, 03:57:38 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2010, 05:50:48 AM »
$1400? Sold. I'm looking forward to seeing sample images. Thank you Canon!

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Re: Canon Announces 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Zoom
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2010, 06:09:23 AM »
Gut feeling says it's going to be one of those lenses that refuses to take filters and hoods....

Just out of curiosity... what kind of filter would be of interest to use with this lens? The only useful filter I know of for digital photography (outside clear "lens protectors") is a polarisation filter, but this lens would be far too wide for that to be sensible. Are there any other cool useful filters I've missed? Or are you perhaps considering using this lens for chemical photography?

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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2010, 06:09:23 AM »