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Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« on: May 07, 2013, 04:02:15 PM »
Well as the title says,what are the cheap fisheye options for canon full frame as these lenses are only used rarely i dont see the need for splashing out on the 8-15L version so just whats out there?

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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2013, 08:44:38 PM »
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Samyang-14mm-f-2.8-IF-ED-UMC-Lens-Review.aspx

the samyang 14mm is supposed to be pretty good

I got the 8mm for my EOS-M and i'm very happy with it on that little camera for the odd occasion i want to use a fish eye
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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013, 10:25:01 PM »
Love the Sigma 15mm DG EX rect. fisheye.... all on 5D3s and produces a 180 diagonal FOV. I'm an admitted fisheye addict ;) I bought a new one for 550$US and a used one for UW work for 350$US both are quite sharp and did better than the 8-15L @ 15mm.


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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2013, 10:32:55 PM »
Wow! Awesome shots ChilledXpress. I just love your P51  8)

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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2013, 10:34:19 PM »
Wow! Awesome shots ChilledXpress. I just love your P51  8)

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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2013, 11:56:17 PM »
The Canon 15mm FE is pretty nice, mine was so much better than the Samyang 14mm I bought it was like night and day. (The Samyang 14mmis not a fisheye, but it does distort everything)
 
I was able to pickup a used 15mm FE for $250, but deals like that don't happen often.  The front cap was missing, but there were no marks on the glass, and a new cap cost $27.  I used a front lens thread repair tool to expand the built-in metal hood very slightly so the cap fits snugly and securely.

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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 01:08:25 AM »
The Canon 15mm FE is pretty nice, mine was so much better than the Samyang 14mm I bought it was like night and day. (The Samyang 14mmis not a fisheye, but it does distort everything)
 
I was able to pickup a used 15mm FE for $250, but deals like that don't happen often.  The front cap was missing, but there were no marks on the glass, and a new cap cost $27.  I used a front lens thread repair tool to expand the built-in metal hood very slightly so the cap fits snugly and securely.

Good luck in finding a decent one of these... getting exceptionally hard to find (in the Bay area, Cali) and when you do they are usually quite "used". Cost more for a used Canon than the Sigma... the Siggy is newer, cheaper (new or used), warrantied if new, sharper and better built. I chased the Canon 15mm for quite a while, finally tested out a few 8-15L but Siggy won out after all was said and done. I also tried a few selections in the Bower/Rokinon/Samyang route, 8mm / 14mm... meh, no AF, cheesy build. Sigma still kicked arse. Love their 10-20mm for a crop, a great choice for the 7D. Not a true fish on a the crop but still fishy enough.

Some rarely use their fishes, me... I use it quite often. I own a lot of "L" glass, actually all "L" except for the Sigma's I spoke of. When my son was about to arrive, it was this 15mm Fish that I took into the delivery room. There are lots of examples in my Flickr link if you want to see more...
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2013, 02:02:44 AM »
While not a true fisheye the Samyang 14mm is pretty good value for money.
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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013, 03:14:37 AM »
Here's a mint condition and boxed Canon 15mm Fisheye on ebay in UK.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canon-EF-15mm-F-2-8-Lens-/190833970061?pt=UK_Lenses_Filters_Lenses&hash=item2c6e974b8d

£400 !

I have one as well ... love mine.  ;D

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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013, 03:22:39 AM »
Love the Sigma 15mm DG EX rect. fisheye.... all on 5D3s and produces a 180 diagonal FOV. I'm an admitted fisheye addict ;) I bought a new one for 550$US and a used one for UW work for 350$US both are quite sharp and did better than the 8-15L @ 15mm.


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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2013, 03:23:20 AM »
Here's a mint condition and boxed Canon 15mm Fisheye on ebay in UK.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canon-EF-15mm-F-2-8-Lens-/190833970061?pt=UK_Lenses_Filters_Lenses&hash=item2c6e974b8d

£400 !

I have one as well ... love mine.  ;D
still no bids yet with a day to go he may drop the price :)

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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2013, 04:10:58 AM »
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Samyang-14mm-f-2.8-IF-ED-UMC-Lens-Review.aspx

the samyang 14mm is supposed to be pretty good

indeed, Samyang/Walimex/Rokinon (the same thing) 14 mm VDSLR or DSLR version ...,good value for money .Take note the mustache distortion is pretty nasty, specially on a Full Frame camera but in most of the cases you can fix this in post processing, there are some software solutions .discussions on the subject here if this help :
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11407.0
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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2013, 05:46:21 AM »
Well as the title says,what are the cheap fisheye options for canon full frame as these lenses are only used rarely i dont see the need for splashing out on the 8-15L version so just whats out there?

The 8-15L is the last fisheye anyone would buy. It's pretty much THE definiative fishy on a full frame camera. That said, it's easy to tire of them if they are over used and as such I've bought and sold just about every fish there is available over the last 12 years or so. So lets be clear, to do what the 8-15L does, you will need two prime lenses, an 8mm circular fish and a 15mm fish. In my opinion, the best of these are made by Sigma, and are better and cheaper than the Canon variants (although these days, they are combined into the one zoom lens). New, they will cost the same as the Canon zoom when combined. But second hand, they are a lot cheaper...especially if you aren't in a rush and can linger in ebay for a few months to pick up a bargain.
I paid around £160 for both my old Siggi 15's and about £200 for the 8mm. I would avoid the russian manual focus lenses which are available. They really aren't worth the money and they are pretty awful quality. Buy cheap, buy twice.

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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2013, 06:41:41 AM »
Well...I am an L-Lens aholic...but not adverse to other manufacturers. (have two Sigmas and a Zeiss)....and I have no real call for circular images on my FF camera. I own the Canon 15mm Fisheye..I bought mine just before they were discontinued (why did Canon make that choice?), to make way for the 8-15mm, and although it is one of the oldest lenses in the Canon lineup I find mine to be small, sharp and a lot of fun. I researched the Sigma, and my readings told me that the Canon was sharper, built better and had no focus issues, better multi coating, and less flare which comes into play a lot with a fisheye...so I bought the Canon. I considered the 8-15mm, but the COST, the size and the slower f/stop and super-exposed front element just deterred me from buying that lens for a field of view I use occasionally when it is just right. (I thought it would be fun to have the circular, "novelty" option but resisted!!! LOL!). The Canon can stays tucked in my bag with its small footprint and can be on the ready when that fleeting opportunity arrises.  Great little lens..I even like the whirring of the non-USM...kind of a cool photo quirk!!!!!  ;D
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Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2013, 07:29:13 AM »
there is the lensbaby fisheye: http://lensbaby.com/optics-fisheye

Rather inexpensive, might buy one myself in time...
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