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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2013, 07:04:03 AM »
I guess it would be nice to have the new 8-15mm zoom on site...but the cost, weight and size (vs. amount of use) deter me from that purchase...although apparently the IQ is better.  (Have looked for side-by-side image comparisons on the web @ 15mm...but am coming up empty  :()

Yes, I could not find any good compaction ether...
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« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2013, 07:15:26 AM »
The Rokinon (a.k.a. Samyang) is a crop sensor lens. It'll fit on a full frame camera but you get a small rectangular image due to the built in lens hood. If you cut off the hood, you get a cropped circle in the middle instead, but still wont cover the whole sensor.

This lens is now made with a detachable hood, which I've bought. The image circle is 29mm, or a wee over, just enough to cover a Nikon DX sensor.

I can shoot a couple of pictures on a 5Dmk3 without the hood and upload the result somewhere, if anyone's interested.

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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2013, 07:23:23 AM »
i have the canon 15mm fisheye picked it up used on ebay for $650 a couple of weeks ago. i have used the 8-15L my photo buddy has one and i was going to get one my self but, i couldn't part with the price of entry for the L zoom just to expensive for a specialized lens for occasional use so i went for the alternative, wonderful lens, sharp at f/2.8, fun to use and reasonably cheap, recommended ;)
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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2013, 07:28:22 AM »
I was thinking on a second canon 15 2.8 or a sigma.

What are my possibilities? Anyone had both of them? Also how is Rokinon?

I have the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 and the Rokinon, but do notice that (a) the former is an FF lens, and the later is a crop factor lens, (b) the lenses have different projections.

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« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2013, 07:45:54 AM »
i have the canon 15mm fisheye picked it up used on ebay for $650 a couple of weeks ago. i have used the 8-15L my photo buddy has one and i was going to get one my self but, i couldn't part with the price of entry for the L zoom just to expensive for a specialized lens for occasional use so i went for the alternative, wonderful lens, sharp at f/2.8, fun to use and reasonably cheap, recommended ;)

So....can you borrow your bud's Zoom and give us a side-by-side at 15mm f/4 with a 100% crop for comparison???!!!!???!!!!????   :P
Actually ...I don't really need it...I am very happy with my Canon 15mm f/2.8..paid same price as you..bought it new just as the 8-15mm zoom hit the market.  Its a cool lens, and perfect for "my" needs!!!!!
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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2013, 08:50:06 AM »
Yes that would be nice, if you could borrow the 8-15.
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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2013, 09:32:02 AM »
I guess it would be nice to have the new 8-15mm zoom on site...but the cost, weight and size (vs. amount of use) deter me from that purchase...although apparently the IQ is better.  (Have looked for side-by-side image comparisons on the web @ 15mm...but am coming up empty  :()

Yes, I could not find any good compaction ether...

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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2013, 09:33:13 AM »
Attached shows the coverage of the Samyang on a full frame body. You can kinda see the image circle it gives which you can expand into if you cut off the hood. There are some examples out on the internet of people who have cut off the hood.

The latest Samyang fisheye has a removable hood. 

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« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2013, 09:37:11 AM »
For what it's worth, I recently picked up my 8-15mm for £400 - courtesy of Canon's spring cashback (£155), and a clearout of my cupboard of old photo gear in part-exchange (farewell, my original 5D). I've been very happy with it - as you can imagine, I've been struggling not to overuse it. Creating 360 panoramas (using Hugin on the Mac) has been a particular pleasure.

You may be interested in Canon's recent article on the 8-15mm, with Jeff Ascough talking about using it as a wedding lens: http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical/shooting_weddings.do

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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2013, 12:18:02 PM »
i have the canon 15mm fisheye picked it up used on ebay for $650 a couple of weeks ago. i have used the 8-15L my photo buddy has one and i was going to get one my self but, i couldn't part with the price of entry for the L zoom just to expensive for a specialized lens for occasional use so i went for the alternative, wonderful lens, sharp at f/2.8, fun to use and reasonably cheap, recommended ;)

So....can you borrow your bud's Zoom and give us a side-by-side at 15mm f/4 with a 100% crop for comparison???!!!!???!!!!????   :P
Actually ...I don't really need it...I am very happy with my Canon 15mm f/2.8..paid same price as you..bought it new just as the 8-15mm zoom hit the market.  Its a cool lens, and perfect for "my" needs!!!!!

everybody body wants to pixel peep, yes the L is better at f/4 but not at f/2.8 :P it's a better lens all round but only slightly better for double the price its not twice as good, it's my only non L lens but as infared said "it's a cool lens" I concur.
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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2013, 06:31:25 AM »
Attached shows the coverage of the Samyang on a full frame body. You can kinda see the image circle it gives which you can expand into if you cut off the hood. There are some examples out on the internet of people who have cut off the hood.

The latest Samyang fisheye has a removable hood.
Thanks for the info. I didn't realise they had updated the design since I got mine early on. That makes it a bit more interesting for full frame use, even if it doesn't cover the whole sensor.
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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2013, 09:43:23 AM »
I bought the Sigma 15 but had to return it. It was overexposing (inconsistently), the corners were mushy at any f-stop, darker and discolored, the colors were OK but not quite right. I bought a used Canon 15 which is a much better lens.


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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2013, 10:16:53 AM »

"I bought the Sigma 15 but had to return it. It was overexposing (inconsistently), the corners were mushy at any f-stop, darker and discolored, the colors were OK but not quite right. I bought a used Canon 15 which is a much better lens. "m


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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2013, 01:01:02 PM »
Since I knew I was not going to be using it very often and I only wanted something to fool around with, back before Christmas when B&H had a 2 day sale I got the Rokinon 8mm for $214.
It's manual everything but that's OK I'm used enough to that.
I have been very happy with this lens and I feel for the price the IQ is excellent.
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Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« Reply #29 on: May 22, 2013, 09:23:13 AM »
The best fisheye available for Canon (and any system) is the new ef 8-15mm f4 L fisheye. It's the best of the bunch by a long way. It combines full circular 8mm through to 16mm and every point inbetween and some fun zoom bursts too. In my opinion, save and buy the best and let it be the last fisheye you ever buy.
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« Reply #29 on: May 22, 2013, 09:23:13 AM »