Samyang 8mm (f/3.5) Fisheye Field Test
Definition of Fisheye: A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that takes in an extremely wide, hemispherical image
Many of my friends were surprised when they heard that I had purchased a Samyang 8mm f/3.5 Fish Eye lens. Partly because the Fish Eye is not popular, and it is rare to see photographers using it. I bought this lens is because I wanted something fun and nice to play with, this is where a fish eye lens comes in, and something that is not heavy on the price tag. So, I took the plunge and got myself a copy.
When we talked about third party lenses especially Samyang by Korean. I guess many of you would have negative thinking of it. What we are worry about first is the optics, next is the built and quality, and how it handles in different situation. However, I think the quality of the built of this Samayang lens really proves us wrong.
I bought this lens in SGCAMERASTORE. The sales person was very friendly to me, and he explained to me how it works. Also, the sales person gave me a warranty of 1 year and if there's any manufacturing default, he said that he would try to get it done for me with assurance. So, I bought it without worrying.
So, let me show you what the lens comes with,
Inside the box, it came with the Lens with Front and Back Caps, a comfortable pouch, and the Instruction Manual.
- Good Built and Good Image Quality
- Value for Money at itís price tag
- Manual Focus takes some time to get used to
- No filter thread to put additional filters
I begin my first shooting with this lens in Landscapes. So, let me share some of the pictures taken with this Fisheye lens.
This picture was shot during Sun Rise, and it was an eye opener for me.
The 8mm is really wide and in fact the above picture allows me to cover a larger scene with more buildings in. The distortion of this picture above do adds in some effects to the scene and it is something unique for me to try out.
I guess most of the Ultra Wide Angle lens users do try this out as in the above picture. However, using a fisheye lens, it certainly creates a nicer effect especially when the circular effects by the fisheye comes in.