View Full Version : Thrilled with my Samyang 8mm fisheye lens!! - Fogo Island

02-25-2011, 04:43 PM
It is a very rare occasion when the cheapest really just may be the best. I did a LOT of research prior to deciding upon the Rokinon (Samyang) 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens. There was hardly a negative comment anywhere on the Net, as most of the reviews were very positive indeed.

Well, we finally had a nice day yesterday, so I went out exploring with my Sony A500 and fisheye in tow. Needless to say, I am pleased with the results. This manual lens is VERY sharp at f/8, and by keeping the distance set to about two feet, everything from a foot to infinity is razor sharp. And it renders the colours beautifully, reminding me of the old Minolta lenses. The images turn out very nice, even when pointing the camera directly into the sun, as you can see in the shots below.

I love that I have the option to distort things as much or as little as I choose, depending on how I frame the shot. It is a terrific lens for my Fogo Island landscapes, and even a very pricey ultra-wide angle lens would have a tough time covering this much real estate! (180 degrees diagonal)

I am equally thrilled with the Fisheye Hemi PS plugin. When you want to defish an image, it's just a matter of one click to straighten things out, with no notable degradation in IQ, even at the edges, unlike most other defishing software. By far, the best program of its kind that I have ever come across.

These images were captured close to my home, in the nearby towns of Fogo and Joe Batt's Arm (yup, that's the real name!) on Fogo Island, a one hour ferry ride off the northeast coast of Newfoundland.

It is worth mentioning that this lens sells for under $300. It is manufactured in Korea by Samyang, and also branded as Rokinon, Polar, Falcon, Pro-Optic, Opteka, Vivitar, Bower, and probably a bunch more, though they are all identical. It's just a matter of finding the brand with the absolute lowest price; in my case $259.

(taken handheld with my A500 and Rokinon 8mm, ISO200, f/8 and 1/1,250th sec.)

Focus On Newfoundland : about my photography: (http://www.FocusOnNewfoundland.com)





02-25-2011, 04:53 PM
another excellent set Glen, glad to hear your happy with your new toy - looking forward to more from you

02-25-2011, 09:22 PM
I am impressed! nice shots with the lens!

Matt K.
02-25-2011, 09:57 PM
Great shots. This seems to be the lens to get ....

02-26-2011, 01:09 AM
Great set! I just got the same lens and have been using it in the city to great effect. A fun little lens to perk up the winter blahs!

02-26-2011, 01:47 AM
All really nice shots Camper!

02-26-2011, 04:34 AM
really nice series, you've got some great light and textures. dig the wide perspective too.

02-26-2011, 07:41 AM
Cool set and nice buy on the lens!

02-26-2011, 10:33 AM
Nice set and congrats on the lens. It looks like it you can make some great pictures.

02-26-2011, 02:00 PM
If there's anybody making excuses not to get a fisheye, your set above should cure them of that.

Awesome shots one and all - great colour and composition!

02-26-2011, 11:23 PM
Looks like some great shots coming out of that lens. Nicely done set and I'll have to start saving my pennies! :)

Mad Aussie
02-27-2011, 02:37 AM
Very nice set ... nice work. The fisheye effect seems minimal really here ... which is a good thing I reckon.

02-27-2011, 06:09 AM
I can see why you are thrilled with your purchase with photos like this. Very nice set Camper.

02-27-2011, 07:14 AM
Very nice set.

02-27-2011, 10:13 AM
I'm not familiar with this lens and you have me intrigued.
Found the spec page ::: Samyang Optics co., ltd. - We bring you Safety ::: (http://www.syopt.co.kr/eng/product/8mm.asp)

I'm guessing this is made for DX (not full frame) lenses right?

03-01-2011, 05:00 PM
Great set! The first one is really nice. Like the perspective.