Samyang 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye II

Here's our review of the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye II lens for mirrorless cameras

Samyang’s fisheye is the cheapest lens here, and it’s perfect for getting creative on your travels. The 12mm equivalent focal length produces a whopping 180° diagonal field-of-view on a cropped mirrorless sensor, and the image fills the frame corner to corner instead of in a circular shape. The 30cm minimum focusing distance means you can get relatively close to your subjects to create some interesting effects, or use it to create stunningly wide landscapes of your destination. 

The Samyang 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye II lens for mirrorless cameras

The Samyang 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye II lens for mirrorless cameras

Samyang's 8mm fisheye features Extra-Low Disperion glass 

The lens is light, at 290g, and extremely compact for shooting incognito. It comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, with 2 aspherical and 3 Extra-low Dispersion elements to combat lens distortion and chromatic aberration, which it does well. Focusing can be tricky as the lens has no autofocus capability, although the depth-of-field is very large, which makes this easier. Central sharpness is brilliant throughout, though corners don’t become perfectly sharp until f/5.6. Chromatic aberration is also a concern, but any fringing is barely noticeable. 

Pros 

Lightweight
Wide field-of-view
Wide aperture 

Cons 

Hard to focus
Manual only
Limited uses

Specification 

  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Elements: 11/8
  • Filter size: N/A
  • Minimum focus distance: 30cm
  • DxL: 60x65mm
  • Weight: 290g
  • Find out more on Samyang's website