Samyang 8mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye

Available in Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Four Thirds and Samsung mounts, this diagonal fisheye lens represents a budget option at just £240.

Samyang 8mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye CS

Samyang 8mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye CS

At such a price you can’t expect everything and as such, it’s manual focus only and the aperture has to be set via the aperture ring on the lens, rather than through the camera. That means you’ll need to shoot in Manual mode. On the up-side it gives an 8mm equivalent focal length of 12mm on a full-frame D-SLR and offers a 180º angle of view (167º on a Canon APS-C D-SLR).

Weighing in at 417g, it’s certainly not light but the build quality is solid with a nice fluid action on the focusing ring, which also features a good, ridged grip. The aperture ring was also pleasing to turn with a satisfying click as it moved into place. 

The images it produced were a little soft towards the edges of the frame but they were by no means the worst in our test, meaning that though the Samyang 8mm fisheye is a budget option, it’s still a strong performer. Also featured is a built-in lens hood and a lens cap that fits over the hood to protect the front element when in a camera bag.


This review was first published in the September 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.