"The Canon 8 - 15 fisheye lens - Please see below for the pros and cons of it"
The Canon 8 – 15 fisheye lens is a specialist lens you can use for unique, funky and quirky shots. It is not a lens that everyone will take to, but if the fisheye effect is your sort of thing you will have a blast with this lens.
I bought the Canon 8 – 15 fisheye lens on a bit of a whim, and there are times when I do have to ask myself if I made the right decision since it does spend quite a bit of time in my lens bag doing nothing. I suppose I should sell it, but I can’t. When I do get the Canon fisheye lens out of my bag I remember just how much fun it is and then there’s no way I can part with it. Having owned the Canon fisheye lens for a few years now I thought I would share what I consider the pros and cons to be………..
Pros of the Canon 8 – 15 fisheye lens
1) It’s an L series lens. Being an L series lens this lens is made out of the best quality materials and contains the best optics. This means that this lens is tough, durable, robust and weather sealed. It also means this lens has excellent image quality as well.
2) You can capture circular fisheye and diagonal fisheye shots. The best thing about the Canon 8 – 25 fisheye lens is that you can take both full circular and diagonal fisheye photos with it. Other fisheye lenses are a fixed focal length which means they take full circular fisheye shots OR diagonal fisheye shots but not both. The ability to do this makes the Canon 8 – 15 a very versatile lens.
3) Great depth of field. The depth of field you get with the Canon 8 – 15 is awesome, and there is front to back sharpness throughout the frame at wider apertures. Even when you use the lens wide open, i.e. at f4, you will still get a good depth of field.
4) You get a lot of bang for your buck. Even though the Canon 8 – 15 is expensive but then you are getting two lenses in one. The cost of a separate circular fisheye lens and diagonal fisheye lens totals more than the Canon 8 – 15, and these two lenses are third party lenses and not Canon L series lenses. It’s easy to see that the Canon 8 – 15 is awesome value for money.
Cons of the Canon 8 – 15 fisheye lens
1) It’s not an easy lens to use. There is a huge learning curve with the Canon 8 – 15 and you have to be prepared to invest a lot of time and effort in order to capture great photos. When I bought this lens I naively thought it would be easy to capture good photos, boy how wrong I was. My first attempts were hopeless and I was almost tempted to take it back to the shop and trade it in. I’m glad I decided to persevere with the lens cos when I do get it right the results are amazing.
2) Uncontrollable distortion. Okay, I appreciate you use a fisheye to get the distorted look (otherwise you’d use a standard lens right?) but you have no control over the level or direction of distortion. There are times when I take an image and the distortion is one part is spot on, but too much/too little in another part of the image, and there is nothing I can do to get it as I want it.
3) It’s expensive. Whilst the Canon 8 – 15 fisheye lens is great value for money it is still damn expensive, and since it is a specialist lens with few uses it is very damn expensive. There are many people out there who would not be able to justify such an investment.
Is the Canon 8 – 15 fisheye suitable for you?
This is a question only you can answer but before you go and part with your hard earned cash on one I would recommend you take the time out to analyse your photography and ask yourself if a fisheye would be of benefit. You need to be honest with yourself and follow your head (and not your heart) on this as it is a big investment and it could end up being a total waste of money.
Even though I don’t use my Canon 8 – 15 that often this lens has not been a waste of money for me. I have bene particularly lucky with a couple of fisheye photos I submitted to a print on demand store where I have sold sufficient copies (and made enough money from those sales) to cover the cost of the fisheye lens. I know I have been exceptionally fortunate, and the chance of the photos falling flat on their face was higher, but for some reason these images have captured the attention and imagination of many people who liked them enough to part with their hard earned money for my photos (which is always flattering). Had these images flopped I know that the Canon 8 – 15 fisheye would have been a waste for me.
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If you found the above useful/informative below are some other posts detailing the pros and cons (from my personal experience) of other Canon lenses that may be of interest to you. Please do feel free to take a look.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 70 – 200 F4L IS LENS” This is not Canon’s top end flag ship 70 – 200 zoom lens however it is the best value for money and gives the biggest bang for the buck. If you want a 70 – 200 zoom lens and can live without the f2.8 aperture this is the lens for you. A truly excellent lens.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 16 – 35 F4L IS LENS” This lens is, without a doubt, the best wide angle lens for Canon cameras. It is cheaper than the f2.8 version, it is smaller than the f2.8L version and the image quality is better than the f2.8L version. If you want a wide angle lens for you Canon camera look no further than this.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 100 – 400L IS LENS” This is an affordable and versatile super zoom lens, and if you want a long reach this lens is right up your street. You may have to spend a few pounds to get one of these but is the best value for money super zoom lens around. Get one of these and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 100 F2.8L IS MACRO LENS” This is Canon’s flagship macro lens and when you see it, feel it and use it you will soon see why. If macro and close up are your thing you need this lens. If products and still life subjects are your thing this is your lens. This is the sharpest lens I own and when I use it I have to watch my fingers.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 28 – 300L IS F3.5 – 5.6 LENS” Many photographers give this lens a hard time and I struggle to see why. Okay, it is expensive but you get an L series lens that is bullet proof, has image stabilization, has excellent build quality and has the ability to capture a huge range of different shots. This is the perfect walkabout and travel lens, and one I carry around on my 6d all the time.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 35MM F2 IS LENS” If you want an affordable 35mm prime lens that is as good as a Canon L series lens (but doesn’t carry the red ring) this is the lens for you. The image quality is great, the build quality is good and the image stabilization technology is superb. All in all this is a cracking lens and one every photographer should have in their collection.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 24 – 70 F2.8L LENS” This is, without a doubt, one of the best portrait lenses of all time. This lens has been my workhorse for many years now and I wouldn’t be without it. I love this lens, and I am sure you would too.
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